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Sunday, April 16, 2006

The Kids Will Have Their Say

We're Gonna Sabotage Your Cookout
Lauri Korpikoski (#24) and Greg Moore (#14) (Chris Rutsch photo)

Last night's game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers could've easily have been a letdown game for the Hartford Wolf Pack, and in fact it started out like it was going to be one. Coming off a fight-scarred road victory the night before against hated rival the Providence Bruins, and with their playoff position already well in hand, facing a neutered Bridgeport Sound Tigers team that the Wolf Pack had handled fairly easily early on in the season (6-0 against the Sound Tigers at one point)-- the likelihood for the Wolf Pack to come out flat in this one was definitely there.

After a rocky start to the game, marked by three Bridgeport power plays in the first few minutes, the Wolf Pack found their skating legs and came storming back, holding a shot advantage that was something like 21-2 over one stretch between the first and second periods. Still, it only added up to a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard, on a freakish goal by defenseman David Liffiton where he Jagr'ed his way through most of the Bridgeport team and fired a shot on goal that was turned aside, only to have the puck bounce off the back of a Sound Tigers defender and into the net. When Bridgeport tied the game at 1-1 late in the second period, on a powerplay goal only a minute into a bogus 5-minute high-sticking major against Dan Girardi, it looked like the Sound Tigers were about to turn the tide against Hartford.

But moments later, a shorthanded goal by Greg Moore dropped the Sound Tigers right where they were standing. In a brute display of power, Moore bulled his way down the left wing with Cole Jarrett clinging to his skates like an ankle-biting poodle dog, Moore then chipping the puck back over Bridgeport goalie Frederic Cloutier's shoulder as Jarrett continued to slash at his shins with his stick. Lauri Korpikoski then scored a minute into the third period, and the Wolf Pack kept one boot on the Sound Tigers's throats from there on out, sending the whiny, low-rent, corpulent Bridgeport fans trudging back home licking their wounds, on the very short end of a 5-1 shellacking.

I would imagine if you could understand Morse Code, a tap dancer would drive you crazy
Dane Byers (#28, under the pile) takes on Marjamaki, with Dale Purinton (#5) helping out (Chris Rutsch photo)

Veteran enforcer Martin "What's up dere, Bahb?" Grenier scored a nice goal also, his 4th of the season, and Chad Wiseman finished off the scoring for the Pack with 4 seconds left to play, but this game was won on the play of the new kids. From the AHL rookies like Robert Gherson and Dan Girardi, both of whom joined the Pack well under the radar at the beginning of the season and then outplayed every other prospect ahead of them on the depth chart, to the new guys that just started playing North American pro hockey last week, like Greg Moore and Lauri Korpikoski, and Dane Byers, who wouldn't back down from protecting his goalie even while Masi Marjamaki was repeatedly jamming a stick into his gut.

I haven't slept for ten days, because that would be too long
Greg Moore: "This ain't the B2 Network, is it, guys?" (Chris Rutsch photo)

Their regular season now completed, the Wolf Pack await the results of today's game between Providence and Lowell before finding out who their first-round opponent will be. A series between Hartford and Manchester would start play on Tuesday, while a Providence - Hartford series would start on Wednesday.


Anonymous Love your nails said...

It was quite nice to see assdrizzle sent home without his usual Hulk Hogan antics.
What a tool

4/16/06, 8:42 AM

Anonymous CalderCup2000 said...

"Hartford Wolf Pack photos by Chris Rutsch-- to be modified later, when the actual game ones come up"

Sheesh... It *is* Spring Rabbit day... ;o)

Give it another ten minutes...

4/16/06, 9:11 AM

Blogger Brushback said...

I should probably say this within an actual post, Chris, but your photos do an awful lot for this blog. Without your photos, this place would look ten times worse.

4/16/06, 10:34 AM

Anonymous mrs. brushback said...

That picture with Dale helping's the one instance in which I was actually glad Dale Purinton grabbed someone by the neck and tossed them like a salad. I mean, cripes, the ref already took down Byers and the Bridgeport jackass still wouldn't back off.

I agree with Brushback on this one - Chris Rutsch's photos make this blog. It's certainly not the writing. ;) (Love you, Dear)

4/16/06, 1:12 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Chris Rutsch's photos make this blog. It's certainly not the writing

The return of Captain Obvious!

4/16/06, 2:03 PM

Anonymous fredorov fredburgerov said...

Dang! I thought it was the contributions of the pack attack organization which made this place worth an occasional look-see.

4/16/06, 3:06 PM

Anonymous CalderCup2000 said...

It's all about the captions for me...

That, and where else can you find accurate up-to-date FedFed news on the net these days?

4/16/06, 6:25 PM

Blogger Brushback said...

Hey, isn't Fredburgerov the guy who played Radar O'Reilly on M*A*S*H?

4/17/06, 1:07 PM


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