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Sunday, February 05, 2006

Jarkko Immonen torches Portland for 5 goals

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(Article from the AHL web site)

Jarkko Immonen set a franchise record with five goals to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 6-0 victory over the first-place Portland Pirates at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday night.

Immonen opened the scoring 8:18 into the game, scored twice more in the second period to cinch his first career hat trick, then scored two more goals 44 seconds apart in the third. A native of Finland in his first North American season, Immonen now leads the Wolf Pack with 23 goals and 45 points on the season.

Al Montoya made 34 saves for his second shutout of the season. Thomas Pock, Fedor Fedorov and Daniel Girardi registered two assists apiece for the Wolf Pack.

The 23-year-old Immonen, acquired by the N.Y. Rangers from Toronto in the Brian Leetch trade of 2004, became the first Wolf Pack player ever to score more than three goals in a regular-season game. He then topped Chris Kenady's four-goal effort in a 2000 playoff contest by netting his fifth goal on Saturday on a penalty shot.

The win in Portland (the Wolf Pack's only game this week) is Hartford's third in a row, and improves the Wolf Pack's record to 27-15-2-5. The Pack remain in third place in the Atlantic Division, a point behind Manchester and four points behind Portland.