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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Pack stay tied for first

Whatever you do, don't start a band Chris Rutsch/HWP photo

The Hartford Wolf Pack maintained a piece of first place on Sunday, as Colby Genoway's two 3rd-period goals led a 5-3 come-from-behind victory over the Springfield Falcons in a late afternoon contest in Springfield. Defenseman Dale Purinton's empty-net goal in the game's final seconds sealed the Pack victory. The often-maligned Purinton, first demoted to the minors after incurring a 10-game suspension with the Rangers in the pre-season, now has 4 points (1g, 3a) in 7 games for the Wolf Pack.

Nigel Dawes started off the scoring for the Wolf Pack with his 5th goal of the season, while Alexandre Giroux added a short-handed goal and, in an unusual occurrence, goalie Chris Holt was credited with assists on two of the Wolf Pack goals. Daniel Sparre assisted on both of Colby Genoway's goals. Sparre is in his first professional season after leading his junior team, the Halifax Mooseheads, in goals and points last year. Genoway is also in his first full pro season, having signed with the Wolf Pack last spring once his college career had ended. Genoway led the Frozen Four runners-up North Dakota Fighting Sioux in points last year, before seeing action in 4 games with the Pack at the tail end of the '04-'05 season.

Hartford remains tied with the Portland Pirates for first place in the division, and will face the Pirates in Hartford on Wednesday night.

In other news, Hugh Jessiman, sent down from Hartford to Charlotte earlier in the week after posting zero points in 7 games this season with the Wolf Pack, tallied a hat trick in Charlotte's 7-2 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays today. Jessiman was the Rangers' top pick in the 2003 Entry Draft.

4 Comments:

Blogger ķíçĶĩċē said...

Thanks as always for your Pack reports!

I'm very interested in young Nigel Dawes this season, in the hope he may even get a call up later on! I'm glad he scored again, he seems to be settling well in pro hockey.

Hows Ivan Baranka looking?

11/8/05, 4:42 PM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

I like Baranka a lot-- I think he still needs more time to develop a more physical presence, but he's shown that he's a steady defenseman who plays smart and can fit in well and pick up for his teammates when he's on the ice. He doesn't get a lot of attention because he's more of a stay-at-home type of guy, but he does have a goal and a couple of points so far. The Wolf Pack have been carrying an extra defenseman for most of the year, and despite that Baranka has yet to be a scratch once.

Hopefully, Pack Attack or one of the others around here can step in with some more details.

Dawes is really showing true the scouting reports of him being a persistent skater with a very strong move to the net, one of those guys who can find the open spaces and create scoring opportunities. Things are going well for him now, after a bit of a slow start which wasn't his fault. I think it took a while for his teammates to get the puck to him.

11/8/05, 10:16 PM

 
Blogger ķíçĶĩċē said...

There is a comment in todays NY Post regards maybe a call up for one of the Pack's D - 'the Rangers are likely to give consideration to promoting either Ivan Baranka or Peter Pock from the Wolf Pack to not only give aid and comfort to a power play that's 3-for-37 in the last seven games, but to a defense that's been scatter-shot in its own end and lacks someone to transport the puck.'

I laughed out loud when I read they called Thomas Pock = Peter Pock :-D I guess they are mistaking him for our Petr Puck!

11/9/05, 5:44 AM

 
Blogger Brushback said...

You're right-- it's in Larry Brooks' column:

"In the meantime, the Rangers are likely to give consideration to promoting either Ivan Baranka or Peter Pock from the Wolf Pack to not only give aid and comfort to a power play that's 3-for-37 in the last seven games, but to a defense that's been scatter-shot in its own end and lacks someone to transport the puck.

The more offense-minded Pock would provide a greater boost on the PP, whereas the 20-year-old Baranka, by all accounts, has been the best overall D-man for the Wolf Pack.

In order to make a recall, the Rangers would have to waive a player. Jeff Taffe, who continues to count against the roster while on a conditioning assignment with the Wolf Pack, is the logical candidate.


The link to the article is http://www.nypost.com/sports/rangers/31011.htm, though if you're not registered or try to log on after a couple of weeks, you probably won't get to see the article anyway.

Baranka is Slovakian, Prucha is Czech, Pöck is Austrian-- they're all the same, right?

With Purinton injured and out for 4-6 weeks now, if they bring Pöck or Baranka up to New York, that means Hartford will likely be stuck with getting Steve MacIntyre from Charlotte, which will suck.

Peter Worrell was sent down to Charlotte, by the way. Not that I care, but a few people always ask about him in particular because he's a fighter.

11/9/05, 7:17 PM

 

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