Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone
Alone Again Al (John Woike/Hartford Courant)
So, the Wolf Pack capped off their 10th season by doing what no other AHL team has done in over a decade-- blowing a seven-game series by losing games six and seven at home (Jim Schoenfeld: "Each of them deserved a better fate, but that's sport. Kids are going to make mistakes").
So, Al Montoya basically took a big dump on the ice in Game Seven, and gave his team an early start on the off-season (Al Montoya: "The team worked their tails off, and I just wasn't there to make the saves for them. I have to sit with that all summer, knowing I let them down like that").
Putting how it ended aside, here are some of the more interesting moments from this past season:
Water bottle gets thrown at Dale Purinton's head
Jarkko Immonen's hat trick
Dane Byers' hat trick and a ton of fights against Manchester
Lessard for MVP
Al Montoya's fight against Norfolk
Ryan Callahan's All-Star GWG (plus)
Callahan: "The Goal"
Now I'm Feeling Zombified (Chris Rutsch photo)
Rob Zombie shows up
Jed Ortmeyer shows who's boss
Callahan: "The Deke"
The 9-3 win over San Antonio
Darius Kasparaitis decks Tim Brent in debut
Not to mention Greg Moore's "own goal" during a delayed penalty call against Bridgeport, or Steve Valiquette throwing up in the crease during a game, or "Rob Murray Night" in Springfield, or Joe Rullier's return (with effusive heckling and accompanying banners), or Bryce Lampman's two-goal game in Worcester with the Sharks fan in front of us who clapped at everything, or Al Montoya's other "fight" in Portland... it was quite a season.