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Sunday, December 25, 2005

Wolf Pack tighten grip on Geico Cup

My dramatic posture more than offsets the flippancy of my word balloon Dwight Helminen (Rutsch photo)

With their 3-2 shootout win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the Corruption Dome on Friday night, the Hartford Wolf Pack have put a virtual stranglehold on the most prestigious imaginary trophy in professional hockey history, the GEICO Connecticut Cup. The Wolf Pack are now 5-0 against the Sound Tigers this season, with 5 games left in the season series between the two teams.

Full Bruntal NugityTotal Ted-nacity
"Got you in a stranglehold, baby!!"

Friday's win put the Wolf Pack two points behind first place Portland in the division standings, and a point behind second-place Manchester. The victory was only Hartford's second shootout win in seven tries this season. The Pack are now 9-0-1-3 in their last 13 games.

I wasn't at the game-- part of the reason for the two-day-old recap, the other being the holidays-- which puts me in the same boat for now with HockeyTurd's Wolf Pack "reporter" (and the rest of the geniuses on the HockeyTurd message board), who never seems to actually go to the games either. After outshooting the Sound Tigers 55-21 in their last meeting a week ago, the Wolf Pack outshot Bridgeport in this game, 47-24. Thomas Pöck tallied his 5th goal of the season for Hartford, and Dwight Helminen scored his team-leading 16th goal and added an assist.

What's black and crispy and sticks to the wall? A Polish electrician
Jeremy Colliton fires a shot on Al Montoya

The Sound Tigers were again playing without their leading goal scorer, Jeff Hamilton, who had been called up to the Islanders for one game and is now back in Bridgeport. Hamilton, who only recently made his return to the Sound Tigers after starting the season with Ak Bars Kazan over in Russia, has 19 points (10g, 9a) in 15 games with Bridgeport this season, and also has 5 points (1g, 4a) in 4 games with the Islanders.

By the way, there's a reporter for the Connecticut Post who keeps a pretty good Sound Tigers blog, if there are any Wolf Pack fans out there who're interested in a view from the other side of the ice.


Blogger Alex Nunez said...

The "Corruption Dome" is one of the laugh-out-loud funniest things I have read this week. I am fortunate enough to to behold the "CD" in all its glory every day as I park in its garage to go ride Metro-North.

For all the greased palms that went into its making, though, it happens to be a pretty good place to see a game.

12/26/05, 9:12 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

The building itself is nice-- I especially like the two bar areas, and the TV monitors that are placed above the top row of the arena. The Sound Tigers fans could serve to be a lot more lively, though (except for the "tWo" Tool World Order guy and his cronies, who are doing their jobs).

12/26/05, 11:05 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The place is not bad in terms of view, food, drink. That being said, it's got one of the most f'd up layouts in terms of accessing your seats (at both ends of the arena) that I've ever seen.

12/29/05, 11:31 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

The way that the Corruption Dome was wedged into the lot it was built on means that it was built as a semi-circle, and I'll agree that it does make it a hassle to get to some of the end sections.

If (hypothetically) the AHL were ever to leave Hartford, I don't think I'd become a Sound Tigers fan, even if they were the only AHL team left in Connecticut. I'd go to Springfield games, and not just because they're closer to where I live.

Bridgeport's new jersey design does look nice, though, I gotta admit.

12/29/05, 1:23 PM


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