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Sunday, December 18, 2005

Wolf Pack tear apart Sound Tigers, 6-2

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

The Hartford Wolf Pack's 6-2 victory Saturday night over the visitng Bridgeport Sound Tigers was one of the most lopsided AHL games I've ever seen. By the end of the second period, the Wolf Pack had taken a 5-1 lead on the Sound Tigers, outshooting Bridgeport 39-7, and had also cleaned house by winning two fights (including Martin Grenier putting Doug Christiansen on the seat of his pants with one huge punch).

No doubt the clamoring for Thomas Pöck to be brought up to the Rangers will continue, as Pöck had another outstanding game offensively with a goal and three assists. The line of Dawes, Helminen, and Genoway scored yet again, with Dawes netting his 11th goal of the season. Ivan Baranka had a more physical edge to his game than usual, getting involved in two scuffles tonight, including one after the final horn had sounded. Blake Bellefeuille, recently called up from Charlotte and signed to a PTO contract, finished off his own rebound to score a nifty goal in the second period that was all effort.

They hate us in Scandinavia USA vs. Finland

Prior to the Wolf Pack game, there was an afternoon game played between the USA Women's team and Finland. This was my first time seeing a women's hockey game up close, and the play was much more physical than the no-contact hockey that I was expecting. The teams seemed fairly evenly matched at the start, but the best two or three players on the ice were definitely on the American side (especially Krissy Wendell, who is a standout skater and puck handler), with the Americans having a considerable size advantage as well. If I remember correctly, the Finnish squad didn't record more than one shot on goal throughout the entire second period and through most of the third, and the U.S. ended up winning, 5-3.


Anonymous Xie's Taint said...

The Sound Tigers played like most of the 22 years when the Whalers were here and played weak and mediocre hockey.
I didn't see Hulk Hogan and his band of white trash tonight though i was dissapointed.

12/18/05, 12:30 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

There were a lot fewer Bridgeport fans on hand for this game than there had been for the previous games this season. Whatever the reason, they picked a good night to stay home, because the Sound Tigers stunk.

12/18/05, 3:40 PM

Blogger Brushback said...


The Wolf Pack won in Lowell on Sunday, 3-1, to gain 5 out of a possible 6 points on the weekend.

Once again, the line of Dawes, Helminen, and Genoway combined for one of the Hartford goals (Dawes' 12th).

The Wolf Pack are now 8-0-1-3 in their last 12 games.

12/18/05, 8:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really wish more people had shown up for the USA vs. Finland game. I, for one, was grateful for the opportunity to be there.

12/20/05, 10:05 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

I thought it was an interesting game, too-- I had fun watching it.

USA seemed to lack a bit in depth of talent (for a national team), but I guess that can be expected at this stage for the women's side of the sport. In any case, the players skated hard and played tough, and it was a good game.

12/22/05, 3:30 PM


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