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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Wolf Pack lose in double OT, 6-5

Oh ho! 19th-Century Indian rubber vase, eh?
Watch out, Dan-- Kanko means, "can't go take a shower" (Chris Rutsch photo)

The Hartford Wolf Pack lost in double overtime to the Monarchs in Manchester on Saturday night, 6-5, with the Monarchs' Jeff Giuliano scoring the game-winning goal at 1:46 of the second overtime period. Manchester now holds a 2 games to 1 lead in the best-of-seven series, with Game Four to be played tomorrow afternoon in Manchester.

The Wolf Pack took an early 2-0 lead in this one, on power-play goals by Dwight Helminen and Dan Girardi before the game was even 3-1/2 minutes old. The Monarchs then reeled off 5 unanswered goals, with the fourth goal coming two minutes into the third period and causing the Wolf Pack starting goalie, Al Montoya, to be pulled in favor of Robert Gherson.

Only seconds after the Monarchs scored their fifth goal of the game to make their lead 5-2, Hartford's David Liffiton bloodied Manchester's Tim Jackman. The fight seemed to rejuvinate the Wolf Pack, and soon afterwards they scored the first of three straight goals to tie the game at 5-5 and send it into overtime.

I'm not economically viable
Goddamnit, Al-- get up!! (Union Leader photo)

I started out watching the game on the crappy B2 Network, but the game kept freezing up, eventually dropping out entirely ("server cannot be found") in the third period. After that, I settled on merely listening to the Chicken Hawk's call over the Wolf Pack's internet audio feed. Watching the game on B2 was interesting while it lasted, because I could still hear the homer-ish Manchester announcers talking to each other whenever the regular broadcast was in a commercial break, as is typical with internet feeds. Apparently, mocking the Wolf Pack (repeatedly calling them the Hartford Whalers while pretending to ignore a scoring change that gave an assist to Colby Genoway), singing along in parody to the commercials, and making jokes about Mexicans named "Pedro" is how you entertain yourself when you work on the radio in a small town in New Hampshire.

Watching Manchester's broadcast was good for at least one thing, though, as they had "bumpers" after the commercial breaks that showed video highlights of past Monarchs games, including the brawl fest with Hartford during the 2002 playoff series, which saw the players fighting on the ice, on the benches, and even in the penalty boxes, as well as fighting in the stands.

I also happened to catch one of the Manchester announcers mis-pronouncing Norfolk as "Norfork", so apparently that's not just Bridgeport's problem.

I got my hair highlighted, because I felt some strands were more important than others Jiri Hudler

Griffins win in triple OT - After taking an 18-stitch cut in his nose on the first shift of the game, Jiri Hudler returned to score the game-winning goal 2:21 into the third overtime period, as the Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Toronto Marlies last night, 6-5. Aleksander Suglobov had two goals and an assist for Toronto.


Blogger Brushback said...

The Manchester paper coverd Guiliano's GWG pretty well:

"For the winner, Giuliano turned 19-year-old rookie defenseman Marc Staal into oblivion. Monarchs right wing Alexandre Daigle had made the outlet feed to Giuliano.

"We were just so tired," said Giuliano, unaware that he had faced a fresh-faced rookie on the one-on-one to win it. "I started taking him wide, put it through his stick and sometimes it doesn’t get all the way through. I just went in on the goalie at that point. It was awesome. I had nothing to lose. We had been playing about four hours."

Hartford backup goalie Robert Gherson said he thought he had Giuliano’s bid, "but it hit my stick and went in."

"That’s what happens in overtime, it ends on one play," said Wolf Pack coach Jim Schoenfeld. "Usually it’s not as spectacular as that. It was a real big-league goal."

4/22/06, 9:09 PM


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