Pack Take Their Lumps
Craig Weller moves in on Providence goalie Brian Finley (Chris Rutsch photo)
Ryan Callahan scored a goal for the fourth straight game and the Wolf Pack pushed the Bruins around for most of the second period, yet Hartford fell to 2-7 on the year with a 3-2 loss to Providence last night in Hartford.
Callahan had another goal waved off in the second period, jamming the puck home through traffic only to have the ref (David Banfield, looking startled and overwhelmed most of the night) blow the whistle after losing sight of the puck. The Wolf Pack were down 2-1 at the time and eventually tied the game on a goal from Dane Byers with only seconds left in the period, but former Pack defenseman Ryan Glenn scored for Providence in the third period thanks to some messy play by Hartford in their own end, handing the Bruins the victory.
Darius Kasparaitis, in the second game of his conditioning assignment, wasn't banging bodies as often as he had in the game before. Dane Byers was more than able to step up the rough stuff, including one check that hammered a Providence player flat onto his back behind the net. Dale Purinton and Sean Curry fought in the second period, during which the 6'-5" Curry turtled, only to have Purinton continue to swing away, at one point missing Curry's head and slamming his fist into the ice. Lauri Korpikoski admirably started a fight in his own defense against Petr Kalus, but got tied up in his own jersey and easily took the worst of it.
And now, for some old business: Continuing forward from Kasparaitis' devastating hip check on Portland's Tim Brent the game before-- sending the near-sighted Portland fans into fits of apoplexy-- you're invited to check out a video of the Pirates' own innocent choir boys singing Handel's Messiah, thanks to the always-brilliant PackAttack.org.
Be sure to note the special guest appearance by Pirates head coach "Kevin 11", who presumably stopped by the church while walking home from his DUI community service.