Pack get blown out by Syracuse

Syracuse Crunch 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

Hartford, CT, February 2, 2019 – Syracuse Crunch goaltender Eddie Pasquale stopped all 21 Hartford Wolf Pack shots Friday night at the XL Center, as the Crunch skated off with a 6-0 win.

Defenseman Ben Thomas scored his first goal of the season, and had an assist, for Syracuse, and Mitchell Stephens scored twice. Ross Colton also had a goal and an assist.

“It would have been nice to get a goal and get some energy in the building from the crowd we had,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said. “But we need to finish those chances when we have them, especially against a team like Syracuse. I thought we were too light in our zone, and gave them too much space to make plays.”

The Crunch, who came into the game as the highest-scoring team in the AHL, got the only goal of the first period, at the 11:01 mark.

After the Wolf Pack could not get the puck past Hubert Labrie at the Hartford blue line, Alex Barre-Boulet fed across the middle to Stephens on the left side. Stephens, who was returning to the Syracuse lineup after missing the previous 23 games due to injury, fired a quick shot that beat Wolf Pack goaltender Marek Mazanec (26 saves) to the stick side.

The Crunch would put three on the board in the second period, starting just 2:02 in with a goal by Colton. After a pass hopped over Ryan Gropp’s stick near the Syracuse blue line, Thomas sent a quick pass to Colton. He moved down the right side, his off-wing, and fired a shot past Mazanec’s catching glove and inside the goal post.

“We recognize they’re a real explosive team, and any time you turn the puck over, there’s a good possibility they will put it in the back of the net,” McCambridge said.

Just 3:18 later, at 5:20, Thomas scored on a nice individual effort, making it 3-0. Shawn O’Donnell was unable to clear the puck past Thomas at the right point, and he stickhandled deep into the zone, beating several Wolf Pack poke-check attempts, before putting a backhand shot into the net from in front.

Taylor Raddysh upped the margin to 4-0 at 10:13. A shot from the blue line by Cameron Gaunce was deflected on goal by Cory Conacher, and the rebound came right to Raddysh at the right side of the slot. He had most of the net to bury the puck into.

That was it for the scoring until late in the third period, when Syracuse scored a pair of shorthanded empty-net goals after Brady Brassart received a double-minor for high-sticking Gabriel Fontaine with 2:54 left.

The Crunch won the ensuing faceoff, after the Wolf Pack had pulled Mazanec, and Stephens slid the puck from his own zone into the vacated cage only three seconds later, at 17:09.

Then, at 18:20, Dominik Masin hit the open net to make the final a six-goal margin, after Colton and Alexander Volkov had combined to send Masin behind the Wolf Pack defense.

“They’re a good team,” Wolf Pack forward Steven Fogarty said of the Crunch. “We didn’t do anything well, and they took advantage of that. I think a lot of guys need to step up. We do a lot of talking in the locker room, but it hasn’t been showing on the ice.”

The Wolf Pack now head to Allentown, PA for a pair of games vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s faceoff is 7:05 PM, and all the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 AM, and 100.9 FM, WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio. Video streaming is available at theahl.com/AHLTV.

The next Wolf Pack home game is this Wednesday, February 13, a 7:00 PM contest vs. the Toronto Marlies. That is another chance to take advantage of the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”, which includes two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas, all for just $40.

Tickets for all 2018-19 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger start at just $13 each, and all tickets will have a $3 day-of-game increase.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2018-19 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com. To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

Syracuse Crunch 6 at Hartford Wolf Pack 0
Friday, February 8, 2019 – XL Center

Syracuse 1 3 2 – 6
Hartford 0 0 0 – 0

1st Period-1, Syracuse, Stephens 3 (Barre-Boulet, Labrie), 11:01. Penalties-Thomas Syr (holding), 7:33; Leedahl Hfd (hooking), 14:14.

2nd Period-2, Syracuse, Colton 8 (Thomas), 2:02. 3, Syracuse, Thomas 1 5:20. 4, Syracuse, Raddysh 14 (Conacher, Gaunce), 10:13. Penalties-Conacher Syr (slashing), 2:38; Conacher Syr (cross-checking), 8:04; Lindgren Hfd (roughing), 8:04; Andreoff Syr (fighting), 14:43; Lindgren Hfd (fighting), 14:43; Masin Syr (fighting), 18:13; Beleskey Hfd (fighting), 18:13.

3rd Period-5, Syracuse, Stephens 4 17:09 (SH EN). 6, Syracuse, Masin 2 (Colton, Volkov), 18:20 (SH EN). Penalties-Raddysh Syr (tripping), 1:18; Leedahl Hfd (tripping), 5:06; Andersson Hfd (hooking), 14:08; Brassart Syr (double minor – high-sticking), 17:06.

Shots on Goal-Syracuse 12-11-9-32. Hartford 8-4-9-21.
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 0 / 3; Hartford 0 / 5.
Goalies-Syracuse, Pasquale 15-8-3 (21 shots-21 saves). Hartford, Mazanec 7-8-4 (30 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Kenny Anderson (66), Beaudry Halkidis (48).
Linesmen-Kevin Briganti (39), Luke Galvin (2).

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  • Hartford is an embarrassment. IF Gorton doesn’t clean house and dispose of the likes of Drury and McCambridge, ownership should move past Gorton.

    • Exactly right.

      If Lettieri is the call up, then what is going on there? That’s why I say, what is Andersson learning there as opposed to being here?

      • I am more worried about the injury to K’Andre Miller …..I watched the video..knee went smashing into the boards…yikes!…….AHL just a league that consists of players that are borderline major leaguers…lol..obviously our players in Hartford are beer league players…

        • No, they are not borderline players. They are a mixture. Andersson and Hajek are #1 draft picks and are supposed to be real. Guys like Day and Lindgren are supposed to be real prospects – and we have hopes for Meskanen, Gettinger, Crawley. Yes, the majority of the team consists of the guys you describe — but there are a handful of important players in Hartford — and the Rangers must make the best use of this resource.

          • Yet they signed a 27 year old defender this week so he can get ice time in a lost season for what purpose? They have the same roster construction problems there like they do on Broadway when it comes to D.

            Get Bigras out of there, maybe send Gilmour to Laval as he has no future in New York.

      • I don’t get it either. Andersson should have been playing with Rangers when Hayes went down with injury. Not Nieves. Andersson is the future. Having him waste his time on a terrible Hartford team is a joke.

    • This is exactly why we are always unable to grow our own players through the farm system. Maybe deep pockets Dolan should just go buy out who ever is managing Tamps Bays farm club-scouting system and bring them up here. Whom ever set up our farm system and our scouting system is totally incompetent and should be shown the door.

      • Simple answer, leave Gorton alone and allow him to do his job without interference. Including giving him full authority on the draft.

        That’s all it takes.

        • Rangers best players are not in Hartford and will make the jump to the big club without spending much time in the recycled ahl..I for one am not panicking about Hartford…. Andersson and Hajek… regardless of the warning bells…. etc…. will be up soon…..

    • I am not privy to know who is clicking on the thumbs down rater but who ever it is they are clueless to the situation of this franchise it’s farm system and it’s scouting track record. Ignorance is bliss.

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