Hershey, PA- The Hartford Wolf Pack were back again Sunday to face the Hershey Bears after their disappointing loss in the third period Saturday night. You could tell that these guys had a sour taste in their mouth, especially considering their former Pack teammate, Kris Newbury, was the one to score the game-winning goal the night before.
The Wolf Pack got off to a pretty quick start in the first period outshooting Hershey 11-2. Despite the initial effort, Connor Carrick got another goal in against Hartford early on in the game, the Wolf Pack trailed through first period 2-1.
Hartford’s starting goalie of the night, 20-year-old Mackenzie Skapski, struggled a bit at first, especially after Australian native Nathan Walker deflected a deep shot past Skapski to tie the game up, but was able to rebound. Though his faltering through the first period seemed to continue, with the help of Mat Bodie, who making a quick diving play midway through the second, was able to shut the door on the Bears for the remainder of the game.
I guess one could call this ‘a weekend of getting even.’ Chris Bourque, an ex-Bear scored the second goal for Hartford, fans booed loudly and showed signs of disapproval that their once beloved wing had officially turned his back on them. The early tie up goal by Bourque was assisted by center JT Miller, who just returned Saturday from playing briefly with the Rangers.
Gliding into the third period, game still tied, the Bears had to be feeling pretty confident with themselves, they’d outscored opponents 5-0 in their three previous home games and still had yet to loose a game at home this season. Oscar Lindberg, would have none of this, you could tell by his swift movements and hard blows to the puck that he wanted to win this game, as he scored his second goal of the game, the game winner for his team leading eighth goal of the season.
Hartford improved to 8-3-1-0 with 17 points on the season
Goals for Oscar Lindberg were his seventh and eighth of the season
Goal for Chris Bourque was his fourth of the season
Goals for Hershey Carrick, Walker
This was the first home loss for Hershey