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Saturday, April 01, 2006

Falcons Left With Very Few Feathers

Wait'll I start Nautilus
Dale Purinton bloodies Mitch Fritz during a battle in Springfield earlier
this season (Chris Rutsch photo)

The Hartford Wolf Pack throttled the hapless Springfield Falcons in Springfield on Friday night, 9-3. The nine goals marked a season-high for Hartford, coming only a little more than two weeks after the Pack had scored eight goals in a game in Philadelphia against the Phantoms.

Dwight Helminen had a hat trick and was +5, which matches the all-time mark for plus/minus in a single game by a Wolf Pack player. Nigel Dawes had a four-point night with a goal and three assists, and was +4. The Wolf Pack now have five players on their roster who have scored 30 or more goals this season: Alexandre Giroux (34), Nigel Dawes (32), Dwight Helminen (31), Jarkko Immonen (30), and Brad Smyth (31).

Even Dale Purinton scored a goal for the Wolf Pack, his second goal in 17 games for Hartford this season.

Springfield's Mitch Fritz and Hartford's Martin Grenier, two veteran AHL enforcers, fought 3:30 after the first puck was dropped.

Springfield actually had a 2-1 lead in the game at one point, but an offensive explosion by the Wolf Pack that included 5 goals in the third period put the game well out of reach. The Falcons were playing with three first-time players on their roster who had each just signed ATO's, including P.J. Atherton, a defenseman out of the University of Minnesota who ended up scoring a goal in his first-ever AHL game.

Robert Gherson was given credit for the win for the Wolf Pack, though he was replaced after the second intermission by Al Montoya. It's possible that Gherson might have tweaked something during the second period. In any case, both Wolf Pack goalies faced a minimal amount of shots in the game, as Hartford outshot Springfield 35-14.

The two teams will face each other again on Saturday night at the Hartford Civic Center. No better time to break out the Purinton gamer, I'd say...


Blogger Brushback said...

Gherson left the game with a concussion, and Chris "Five-" Holt has been called up from Charlotte to be the back-up.

4/1/06, 10:13 AM


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