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Wolf Pack closes regular season against Bruins

Hartford Wolf Pack

April 21, 2024 – American Hockey League (AHL)
Hartford Wolf Pack News Report

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Hartford Wolf Pack concludes the 2023-2024 regular season this afternoon at the Amica Mutual Pavillion, where they will take on the Providence Bruins in an Atlantic Division showdown.

Puck drop is scheduled for 3:05 PM and coverage will be available on AHLTV and Mixlr.

Story of the band:

This is the tenth and final meeting between the Wolf Pack and Bruins this season. It is the fifth and final meeting at the Amica Mutual Pavilion.

The Wolf Pack can clinch the season series with a win today. The club has won five of its first nine meetings, with a record of 5-3-1-0. The Bruins, meanwhile, have collected points in six of the first nine meetings, with a record of 4-3-1-1.

Hartford has victories in each of its last two games, both in early March. On March 3, in the last meeting in Rhode Island, the Pack earned a 5-2 victory. At the last general meeting, in Hartford on March 8, the Pack came away with a convincing 7-4 decision.

Brett Berard recorded the first hat trick of his professional career with the victory. Berard lit the lamp at 7:26 and 2:20 of the first period, helping the club to a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes. His power-play goal 2:35 into the second period, making it 5–0, was the club’s only hat trick so far this season.

Blade Jenkins opened the scoring just 3:48 into that night’s hockey game, while Alex Belzile and Ryder Korczak also contributed to a 6-0 lead from 3:07 into the middle frame.

Patrick Brown scored at 6:30 of the second period to make it a 6-1 affair, but Nikolas Brouillard’s goal at 11:18 of the middle stanza put the Wolf Pack out of reach.

Three power play goals for the Bruins would make it 7-4, but the Wolf Pack comfortably moved over the finish line by two points.

Wolf Pack Outlook:

The Wolf Pack picked up their fourth straight victory on Saturday night, defeating the Springfield Thunderbirds 6-4 at the MassMutual Center.

On four separate occasions, the Wolf Pack found themselves behind in the game. Each time there was a response before the club finally took the lead in the third period.

Mathias Laferriere opened the scoring 6:15 into the match, beating Hugo Ollas from the right wing. 57 seconds later, a heavy shot from the left circle by Brennan Othmann beat Vadim Zherenko at the glove and tied the score at 1-1.

Matthew Kessel’s explosion from the point after a failed clearing attempt at 14:04 restored the lead for the home side. However, 2:23 later Jaroslav Chmelaø would level the peloton. Chmelaø converted from a breakaway for his second goal in as many games at 17:27, thanks to a feed from Matej Pekar.

Jakub Vrana’s backhander would beat Ollas on a partial breakaway at 15:01 of the second period, giving the Thunderbirds a 3-2 lead. Mac Hollowell made it 3-3 just 4:30 later, scoring his third goal of the season after a feed from Othmann. Hollowell made it to the net, went to the backhand and scored his first goal since Jan. 13 at 7:31 p.m.

Zach Dean’s power play count just 2:50 into the third period made it a 4-3 game, as he beat Ollas with the blocker from the right side. Sahil Panwar checked in with his first career AHL goal at 9:58, deflecting a Blake Hillman shot for Hartford’s fourth response goal of the night.

Othmann gave the Wolf Pack their first lead of the night, scoring his fourth career game-winning goal off Zherenko’s glove after working his way into the slot. The goal, scored at 12:04, was Othmann’s 21st of the season and third point (2g, 1a) of the match.

Adam Sýkora’s empty net at 18:36 completed the comeback.

Ollas made 14 saves in his professional debut to earn his first career victory.

Berard leads the Wolf Pack in goals with 25 on the season. Belzile, meanwhile, leads the club in points with 50 (19g, 31a), while Hollowell leads the way in assists with 40.

Bruins prospects:

The Bruins dropped a 4-1 decision to the Bridgeport Islanders last night at Total Mortgage Arena in Bridgeport.

Ian Mitchell opened the scoring 2:38 into the game, scoring his sixth goal of the season to give the Bruins an early lead. However, that would be the only goal they could score as Henrik Tikkanen slammed the door shut with 31 saves.

Alex Jefferies converted on a power play opportunity at 4:47 of the opening period to tie the score at 1-1. After a goalless second period, the Islanders’ power play would make the difference in the final stanza.

Julien Gauthier scored his sixth goal of the season (9:02) in the final frame, giving the Isles a lead they never lost. 28 seconds later, Gauthier hit five-on-five to make it 3-1, giving the Isles the insurance they needed to pull away in their season finale.

Cole Bardreau hit the empty net at 6:49 to seal the Islanders’ third win of the season over the Bruins.

Georgii Merkulov leads the Bruins in both goals with 28 and points with 63 (28 g, 35 a) on the season. His 35 assists are tied for the team lead with Fabian Lysell.

Game information:

WATCH: AHLTV

Listen: Mixlr

Play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack Alex Thomas will kick off “Wolf Pack Pregame” live at 2:50 PM on both AHLTV and Mixlr.

The Wolf Pack opens the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs on Thursday evening! Game 1 of the club’s best-of-three first-round series takes place at the Bojangles Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Wolf Pack battles the Charlotte Checkers.

Puck drop is set for 7 p.m

For playoff information, visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com/tickets/playoff-information.

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