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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Smyth helps Pack rout Phantoms, 8-2

We were inept and offensive — just what Alex was looking for
Pat Kavanaugh and Dan Girardi (Chris Rutsch/HWP photo)

The acquisition of Brad Smyth on loan from Manchester paid off immediately for the Hartford Wolf Pack, as Smyth notched 5 points (two goals and three assists) in his first game back in a Wolf Pack uniform, helping Hartford rout the Philadelphia Phantoms in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, 8-2. The victory on the road stopped Hartford's three-game losing streak. Ivan Baranka added a goal and three assists for the Wolf Pack.

When Brad Smyth left the Wolf Pack after the '01-'02 season, he stood as the team's all-time leader in career points, a spot that took Ken Gernander three more seasons to eventually snag last year, 347 points to Smyth's 343. It has now taken Smyth only one game to reclaim the career points lead back.

Martin Grenier achieved a "Gordie Howe Hat Trick" for Hartford, with a goal, an assist, and two fights. In Grenier's first fight, he flattened the Phantom's Pat Kavanaugh with one punch midway through the third period; several minutes later, Grenier came to the aid of a teammate (Colby Genoway, I believe) against Riley Cote, and was given a game misconduct for being the third man in. Dale Purinton, playing his first game in many weeks, also fought for the Pack, after taking a slash from Stefan Ruzicka.

Hello, Starbuck
Former Pack teammates Jason Dawe (on left) and Brad Smyth in
Finland, when they both played for Oulun Kärpät


Thanks go out to packattack.org, for tracking down an old article on Brad Smyth that appeared on nhl.com and newyorkrangers.com back in 2002.

UPDATE 3/16/06 3:29pm - I've read on another site that Jake Taylor might've been the Wolf Pack player that Martin Grenier was sticking up for when he got his third-man-in misconduct, not Colby Genoway. I was going from memory, from listening to Bob Crawford's radio call over the internet, which was amusing in one aspect: there were a number of fights in the third period, and every time Bob would start to say something like "...and now Purinton goes after a Phantoms player", at first it would sound like, "...and now Purinton goes after a fan."

The Philadelphia Phantoms web site has a slide show from the game, with some good photos of the tussles that occurred (not to mention the spooky-looking Phantoms mascot):

Hartford vs. Phila 3/15/06

Also, someone who posts on the HockeyTurd message board went to the game, and took some pretty good photos: go to HockeyBird