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HARTFORD WOLF PACK 2009-10 GAMES 1-40

GAME 40: 3-1 Road Loss at Albany (Record: 20-15-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/9 at Albany
1-3 L
Weise
Matt Zaba (26 saves)
0-for-4; 5-for-6
NOTES: Albany scored the game's first goal on a power play at 6:28 of the first period, and the River Rats stretched their lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded tally at 10:10 of the second. The Pack ended Albany goalie Justin Peters' shutout bid when Dale Weise scored an unassisted shorthanded goal at 12:18 of the third, cutting the lead to 2-1. Albany iced the game with an empty-netter at 19:57 of the third. Albany outshot Hartford 29-20, as Matt Zaba stopped 26 shots in his second straight start.

GAME 39: 5-2 Road Win at Worcester (Record: 20-14-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/8 at Worcester
5-2 W
Heikkinen, Weise 2, Locke 2
Matt Zaba (29 saves)
2-for-7; 2-for-4
NOTES: After giving up the game's first goal on a power play at 6:54 of the first period, the Pack got into a groove just 31 seconds later when defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen scored off assists from P.A. Parenteau and Dane Byers to make it 1-1 at the 7:25 mark. Hartford then took the lead for good on a power play at 5:24 of the second, when scoring leader Corey Locke tallied off assists from Parenteau and Heikkinen for a 2-1 advantage. Dale Weise made it 3-1 at 12:19 of the middle period, as the Pack took a two-goal lead in the third. Goaltender Matt Zaba was perfect in the middle period, stopping all 11 Worcester shots. Hartford continued to pour it on in the third, as Locke notched his second goal of the game on a power-play at 3:10 to make it 4-1. Byers and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti picked up assists on Locke's goal. Worcester got one back on a power play at 12:46 of the third, but that was as close as the Sharks would come. Weise closed out the scoring with an unassisted goal, his second of the game, at 15:32 of the third, making it a 5-2 final. The Pack outshot Worcester 36-31, as Zaba finished with 29 saves. Locke was named the game's No. 1 star. Parenteau was No. 2 star, and Weise was No. 3 star.

GAME 38: 3-2 Road Loss at Lowell (Record: 19-14-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/6 at Lowell
2-3 L
Crowder, Weise
Steve Valiquette (23 saves)
0-for-7; 3-for-4
NOTES: There was no scoring in the first period, as Hartford goaltender Steve Valiquette stopped all six Lowell shots, and the Devils' Jeff Frazee turned aside all seven by the Pack. Lowell eventually got on the board first with a power-play goal at 2:37 of the opening period. The goal came 24 seconds after Brodie Dupont was sent off for holding. The Devils made it 2-0 with an even-strength goal just under four minutes later at the 6:31 mark. Hartford broke through Frazee at 3:15 of the third period, when Paul Crowder scored his eighth goal of th eseaosn off an assist from defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen at even strength. The Pack went on to tie the score less than four minutes later, as Heikkinen set up a goal by Weise at 6:43 of the third to make it 2-2. Lowell broke the tie with the game-winner when Nick Palmieri scored his second goal of the night with just one minute remaining in the third period. Hartford outshot Lowell 30-26. Heikkinen was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 37: 3-2 Home Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 19-13-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/3 Syracuse
2-1 W (SO)
Heikkinen
Chad Johnson (30 saves)
0-for-3; 4-for-4
NOTES: Syracuse took a 1-0 lead with an even-strength goal at 8:28 of the first period. That was the only goal of the opening 20 minutes, in which Hartford outshot the Crunch 9-8. The Pack continued to outshoot the visitors by a wider margin in the second period. Halfway into the game, the shots were 18-12 in Hartford's favor, and the margin was 22-16 through two periods. Defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen finally broke through for the Pack, beating Syracuse goalie Kevin Lalande off assists from Corey Locke and P.A. Parenteau at 11:08 of the third period. Heikkinen's goal was his sixth of the season, and it forced overtime in a game where Lalande was otherwise spectacular with 33 saves. Johnson was also sharp thorugh the first 60 minutes, stopping 25 shots and then five more in overtime to finish with 30 saves. Locke, Parenteau and Heikkinen all scored in the shootout to give Hartford the 2-1 win. Johnson was named the game's No. 1 star, and Heikkinen was the No. 2 star.

GAME 36: 3-2 Home Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 18-13-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
1/2 Bridgeport
3-2 W
Grachev 2, Weise
Chad Johnson (23 saves)
1-for-2; 3-for-4
NOTES: The Pack got on the board first, scoring the only goal of the opening period when Evgeny Grachev connected for his eighth of the year on a power play at 4:57 with assists going to Nigel Williams and Dale Weise. Chad Johnson, sent down by the Rangers to get some playing time, stopped all 10 Bridgeport shots in the first 20 minutes. Bridgeport tied the game on an even-strength goal at 1:33 of the second period. The Sound Tigers grabbed the lead on a 5-on-3 power play at 7:00 of the second with P.A. Parenteau and Corey Potter in the penalty box. Bridgeport took its 2-1 lead into the third period, but the Pack made it a 2-2 game with 9:05 left in the third period, as Weise scored off assists from Brodie Dupont and defensmeman Mike Sauer. The Pack then took the lead when Grachev scored his second of the game at 15:00 of the third. Defensemen Ilkka Heikkinen and Bobby Sanguinetti assisted on Grachev's winning goal. The Pack outshot Bridgeport 27-25. Grachev was named the No. 1 star, and Weise was the No. 2 star.

GAME 35: 5-3 Home Win Over Springfield (Record: 17-13-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/30 Springfield
5-3 W
Byers, Couture, Sauer
Garlock, Parenteau
Steve Valiquette (25 saves)
0-for-2; 5-for-5
NOTES: Springfield struck first, as Ryan O'Marra scored a shorthanded tally at 6:01 of the opening period. The Falcons made it 2-0 when O'Marra scored his second of the game with only eight seconds left in the first. The Wolf Pack came right back, however, to grab the lead game with three even-strength goals in the first five minutes of the middle period. Dane Byers notched his ninth of the season off assists from P.A. Parenteau and Corey Locke at 1:35. Seventeen seconds later, Derek Couture scored off an assist from Paul Crowder to make it 2-2. Defenseman Mike Sauer then gave the Pack the lead, scoring at 4:47 of the second. Parenteau and Locke assisted on Sauer's third goal of the season. Springfield came back to tie the game again late in the second period with 3:41 to go. The Pack pulled away down the stretch, getting a game-winning shorthanded goal from Ryan Garlock at 4:00 of the third and another goal from Parenteau at 19:12 of the third. Goalie Steve Valiquette finished with 25 saves, including a perfect 10 in the third period. Parenteau was named the No. 1 star.

GAME 34: 4-3 Overtime Road Win at Springfield (Record: 16-13-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/27 at Springfield
4-3 W (OT)
Ambuhl, Dupont, Parenteau, Locke
Steve Valiquette (28 saves)
0-for-2; 3-for-5
NOTES: Springfield got on the board first at 8:14 of the opening period, but the Pack needed just 63 seconds to tie the game with Andres Ambuhl scoring an even-strength goal at 9:17 of the first. The Falcons went up by a goal again, scoring on a power play at 13:54 of the first to make it 2-1, but Hartford responded for a 2-2 tie after one period. Brodie Dupont got the tying goal, his seventh of the season, at 18:25 of the first off assists from Dale Weise and Bobby Sanguinetti. Steve Valiquette was solid in goal for the Pack, making 13 stops in the opening period. Hartford eventually took its first lead at 10:12 of the middle period, as P.A. Parenteau notched his 11th goal of the season of an assist from Corey Locke to put the Pack up 3-2. Hartford outshot Springfield 12-4 in the second period to take a 20-19 advantage in shots on goal after 40 minutes. Springfield came back to tie the game at 3-3 on a power play goal with 6:02 remaining in the third. That goal forced overtime, where Locke delivered the game-winner from Parenteau and Nigel Williams just 69 seconds into the extra session for a 4-3 win. Valiquette finished the game with 28 saves. Locke was named the game's No. 1 star, and Parenteau was named the No. 2 star.

GAME 33: 3-2 Overtime Shootout Road Loss at Bridgeport (Record: 15-13-5)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/26 at Bridgeport
2-3 L (SO)
Crowder, Locke
Steve Valiquette (28 saves)
1-for-4; 4-for-4
NOTES: The Pack dominated the first period, outshooting Bridgeport 9-3 over the opening 13 minutes and 14-7 by the period's end. Bridgeport goalie Nathan Lawson was the difference, stopping all 14 first-period shots. Bridgeport broke through for the game's first goal at 3:06 of the second period. It was the lone goal of a period in which Bridgeport outshot Hartford 11-10. The Pack tied the game 1-1 at 7:19 of the third period, when Paul Crowder scored his seventh of the season off an assist from defenseman Nigel Williams. The Sound Tigers came back to make it 2-1 on a shorthanded penalty-shot goal at 10:19 of the third, but Hartford's Corey Locke forced overtime by scoring a power-play goal from Dane Byers and Ilkka Heikkinen with just 1:14 left in regulation. The game ended up in a six-round shootout, where P.A. Parenteau scored the lone Wolf Pack goal, and Justin DiBenedetto beat Steve Valiquette for the winner. The Pack outshot Bridgeport 41-30 for the game.

GAME 32: 4-1 Home Loss to Hamilton (Record: 15-13-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/19 Hamilton
1-4 L
Dupont
Steve Valiquette (30 saves)
0-for-5; 4-for-6
NOTES: Hamilton took a 1-0 lead on a goal at 5:09 of the first, but the Pack responded just under three minutes later, when Brodie Dupont scored off an assist from defenseman Michael Sauer at 8:06 of the second. Hamilton scored the eventual game-winner on a power play just over two minutes after the Dupont goal and made it 3-1 with another power-play score two minutes after that at 12:42 of the second. The Bulldogs closed out the scoring at 15:09 of the third.

GAME 31: 6-1 Home Win Over Toronto (Record: 15-12-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/18 Toronto
6-1 W
Byers 2, Hoffman, Locke,
Owens, Couture
Steve Valiquette (23 saves)
2-for-11; 5-for-6
NOTES: Hartford scored two goals in the first 3:09 and never looked back, making it an easy night for goalie Steve Valiquette, who picked up the victory with 23 saves. Dane Byers got the scoring parade off to a quick start at 1:56 of the first, netting his seventh of the season off assists from P.A. Parenteau and Corey Locke. Mike Hoffman made it 2-0 with an unassisted goal at 3:09 before Toronto cut it to 2-1 on a power play at 8:29. The Pack stretched their lead back to 3-1 with their first man-advantage goal of the game at 19:21 of the first. Byers got the goal off assists from Corey Potter and Parenteau. Hartford added two more special-teams goals in the second period, as Locke scored on a power play from Matt Gilroy and Parenteau at 16:05 of the second, and Jordan Owens notched a shorthanded tally from Brodie Dupont with 32 seconds left in the middle period. Hartford pushed the lead up to 6-1 at 1:16 of the third period when Derek Couture scored off assists from Paul Crowder and Ryan Garlock. The Pack outshot the Marlies by a whopping 44-24 margin. Locke was named the game's No. 1 star. Byers was the No. 2 star, and Parenteau was the No. 3 star.

GAME 30: 2-1 Home Overtime Shootout Loss to Albany (Record: 14-12-4)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/13 Albany
1-2 L (SO)
Couture
Chad Johnson (29 saves)
0-for-5; 4-for-4
NOTES: Albany scored the game's first goal with 3:06 remaining in the opening period, but goaltender Chad Johnson was otherwise sensational, stopping 18 of 19 River Rats shots in the first 20 minutes. Johnson continued to hold the fort in the second period until Derek Couture pulled the Wolf Pack into a 1-1 tie, scoring at 12:24 of the second off assists from Matt Gilroy and Dane Byers. Second-period shots were low, with Hartford outshooting Albany 6-5, although the River Rats held a commanding 24-12 shots advantage through 40 minutes. The Pack dominated the shots on goal in the third period, however, outshooting Albany by a wide 12-4 margin and then by a 7-2 margin in the overtime to finish with a 31-32 shots advantage. The teams remained tied through overtime, forcing a shootout. Corey Locke scored in Round 1 of the shootout for the Pack, but the River Rats countered with goals in Rounds 1 and 3 for a 2-1 victory. Byers was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 29: 2-1 Home Overtime Win Over Bridgeport (Record: 14-12-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/12 Bridgeport
2-1 W (OT)
Grachev, Weise
Steve Valiquette (25 saves)
1-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: Evgeny Grachev staked the Pack out to a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal from Brodie Dupont and Matt Gilroy, at 13:33 of the first period. It was the seventh goal of the season for the 19-year-old. Steve Valiquette stopped all eight shots he faced in the first period, as the Pack were outshot 8-7. Valiquette was equally sharp in the second period, stopping all 11 Sound Tigers shots to make the 1-0 lead stand up through 40 minutes. Bridgeport tied it a 1-1 at 9:03 of the third, but the Pack came through in overtime, as Dale Weise scored at 1:15 of the extra session off assists from Dupont and Sanguinetti. Dupont was named the game's No. 1 star. Valiquette was the No. 2 star with 25 saves and Weise was the No. 3 star.

GAME 28: 5-2 Home Loss to Portland (Record: 13-12-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/11 Portland
2-5 L
Garlock, Dupont
Chad Johnson (24 saves)
0-for-4; 6-for-7
NOTES: Ryan Garlock got the Pack out to a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal, assisted by Dane Byers at 15:14 of the first. Goaltender Chad Johnson made the first-period lead stand up well into the second period before Portland broke through for a 1-1 tie at 15:05 of the second. The Pirates outshot the Pack 15-3 in the middle period, but Johnson held the fort with 14 saves. Portland took the lead on a power play just 57 seconds into the third period, as Cody McCormick scored his second goal of the night. Brodie Dupont wasted little time making it a 2-2 game with the Pack's second shorthanded goal of the night, assisted by Matt Gilroy, at 4:10 of the third, but Portland came back at 5:57 to regain a lead at 3-2. The Pirates stretched their advantage to 4-2 with another goal at 10:27 of the final period. Portland sealed the win with an empty-netter at the 19:37 mark.

GAME 27: 9-2 Road Loss at Hershey (Record: 13-11-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/6 at Hershey
2-9 L
Owens, Byers
Steve Valiquette (11 saves),
Matt Zaba (15 saves)
1-for-7; 3-for-6
NOTES: Hershey scored three goals in the first period and added two more in the first 2:47 of the second for a 5-0 lead before Jordan Owens got the Pack's first goal -- a shorthanded tally from Corey Locke, at 3:06 of the second. Hershey came back to score four more goals in the second period, and the Pack scored the third period's only goal, a power-play tally by Dane Byers off assists from Dale Weise and Locke with 1:37 remaining. Hartford starting goaltender Steve Valiquette came out of the game after allowing the fifth Bears goal. He was replaced by Matt Zaba, who stopped 15 of 19 over the final 37:13.

GAME 26: 4-1 Road Loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Record: 13-10-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/5 at W-B/Scran.
1-4 L
Nightengale
Matt Zaba (29 saves)
0-for-6; 4-for-5
NOTES: The Wolf Pack took an early lead on Jared Nightengale's goal, assisted by Evgeny Grachev and Derek Couture, at 9:27 of the first period. Matt Zaba stopped all 10 Penguins shots in the first 20 minutes, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton broke through for its first goal at 7:48 of the second, tying the game 1-1. The Penguins dominated play in the middle period and eventuall added two more goals on a power-play at 10:08 of the second and 64 seconds later with an even-strength goal at 11:12. The Pens added an insurance goal to make it 4-1 at 13:02 of the third. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton outshot Hartford 33-21.

GAME 25: 7-1 Road Loss at Manchester (Record: 13-9-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
12/4 at Manchester
1-7 L
Couture
Steve Valiquette (26 saves),
Matt Zaba (2 saves)
0-for-2; 5-for-3
NOTES: Manchester jumped out to a 3-0 lead, scoring three goals in the first 9:21. That led to the removal of starter Steve Valiquette, who was replaced by Matt Zaba. The goaltending change had little impact, as Zaba gave up two more goals in the first. Valiquette re-entered the game for the second period and allowed an early power-play goal before settling down to finish his night with 26 saves, yielding only one more power-play goal at 18:28 of the third. Hartford was outshot 13-6 in the opening period, 23-15 over 40 minutes, and 35-20 for the game. The Pack got on the board at 9:04 of the second period, as Derek Couture scored on a goal assisted by defenseman Mike Sauer.

GAME 24: 3-2 Road Overtime Loss at Bridgeport (Record: 13-8-3)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/29 at Bridgeport
2-3 L (SO)
Ambuhl, Crowder
Matt Zaba (40 saves)
0-for-1; 3-for-3
NOTES: Hartford lost in OT for a second straight night, but earned a standings point on the road. Andres Ambuhl got the Pack out to an early 1-0 led, scoring off an assist from Devin DiDiomete at 9:17 of the opening period. Paul Crowder made it 2-0 at 1:41 of the second with a goal set up by defenseman Mike Sauer. Matt Zaba was the big story in goal through 40 minutes, stopping all 13 Bridgeports shots in the first period and 12 of 13 shots in the second. Zaba had a shutout going for the first 33:38 of the game. Bridgeport made it a 2-2 score with a goal at 1:24 of the third, and there was no further scoring in regulation and OT. Zaba was stellar with 40 saves through the 65 minutes of action, and the game was ultimately decided in a six-round shootout. Corey Locke scored the only shootout goal for the Pack, while Bridgeport's Matt Martin got the deciding goal past Zaba in Round 6. Dale Weise, Dane Byers, Crowder, Ambuhl and Jordan Owens also took part in the shootout.

GAME 23: 3-2 Home Overtime Loss to Providence(Record: 13-8-2)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/28 Providence
2-3 L (OT)
Locke, Crowder
Chad Johnson (35 saves)
0-for-6; 5-for-5
NOTES: Providence took a 1-0 lead on a goal at 2:48 of the opening period, but the Pack responded just over eight minutes later, when Corey Locke scored his 12th goal of the season off assists from Jordan Owens and Ilkka Heikkinen. Providence regained the lead later in the period with a shorthanded goal at the 14:15 mark. The Wolf Pack got the only goal of the second period to tie the score at 2-2, as Paul Crowder connected for his fifth of the season off assists from Heikkinen and Dale Weise at 16:28. The game appeared to be headed to a shootout in the final minute of overtime, but with 41 seconds left in the extra session, Providence's Mikko Lehtonen got the game-winner against Pack goalie Chad Johnson, who had an otherwise tremendous night with 35 saves. Johnson was named the game's No. 2 star.

GAME 22: 4-3 Home Overtime Win Over Portland (Record: 13-8-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/27 Portland
4-3 W (OT)
Potter, Weise, Ambuhl, Byers
Chad Johnson (26 saves)
0-for-2; 4-for-4
NOTES: Despite leading 2-0 at the end of the first period, the Pack found themselves going to overtime after allowing three third-period goals and then getting a game-saving goal from Andres Ambuhl with 13 seconds left in the period. Once in overtime, Dane Byers wasted little time winning the game. Defenseman Corey Potter got the Pack on the board first, scoring an unassisted goal at 3:37 of the opening period. Dale Weise quickly stretched Hartford's lead to 2-0 with a shorthanded goal, also unassisted, at the 7:51 mark. Hartford goalie Chad Johnson was the big story through the first two periods on a night when the Pirates were outshooting the Pack 18-9 after 40 minutes and 29-27 for the game. Johnson stopped all eight Portland shots in the first period and 10 more in the second. Portland finally broke through Johnson for its first goal at 1:54 of the third period, scored on the first shot of the period by either team. The Pirates then wasted little time in tying the score at 2-2 with an even-strength goal at 3:58 of the third. The Pack regrouped, however, and enjoyed a wide advantage in shots over the the next several minutes before Portland struck for the go-ahead goal at 8:39 of the third. Just when it looked like the Pack were finished, Ambuhl made it a 3-3 game off assists from defensemen Nigel Williams and Ilkka Heikkinen in at 19:47 of the third. Byers then delivered the winner just 1:22 into the overtime off an assist from defenseman Mathieu Dandenault. Byers was named the No. 1 star of the game, and Ambuhl was named the No. 2 star.

GAME 21: 4-1 Road Win at Lowell (Record: 12-8-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/25 at Lowell
4-1 W
Grachev, Owens, Weise 2
Chad Johnson (22 saves)
0-for-1; 4-for-5
NOTES: Lowell grabbed a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 9:30 of the first, but the Pack came right back 33 seconds later to even it at 1-1 as Evgeny Grachev notched his sixth goal of the season off assists from Brodie Dupont and Bobby Sanguinetti at 10:03. Despite the tied score, the Pack dominated play in the opening period, outshooting Lowell 12-5. The Pack's efforts finally paid off when they took a 2-1 lead at 5:40 of the second period. Dane Byers got the go-ahead goal from Jordan Owens and Corey Potter. Hartford continued to keep the pressure on, and was outshooting Lowell 20-9 midway through the second period. Hartford made it a 3-1 game with 4:35 left in the middle period, when Dale Weise scored his team's third straight even-strength goal, assisted by Byers and team scoring leader Corey Locke. Through two periods, the Pack led 3-1 and were outshooting the Devils 26-14. Lowell came on to outshoot Hartford 9-5 in the third period, but the Pack sealed their victory on an empty-net goal from Weise, assisted by Sanguinetti and Locke, with 44 seconds remaining. Chad Johnson finished with 22 saves for the win. Owens was named the No. 1 star of the game; Weise was No. 2 star, and Byers was No. 3 star.

GAME 20: 2-1 Road Loss at Syracuse (Record: 11-8-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/21 at Syracuse
1-2 L
Heikkinen
Chad Johnson (22 saves)
0-for-2; 3-for-3
NOTES: After a scoreless first period, Syracuse took a 1-0 lead with a shorthanded goal at 5:18 of the second. The Crunch made it 2-0 at 13:40 of the second. Defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen enabled Hartford to avert the shutout when he scored a shorthanded goal off assists from leading scorer Corey Locke and Dale Weise with two seconds remaining in the third period.

GAME 19: 5-3 Home Win Over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Record: 11-7-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/19 W-B/Scranton
5-3 W
Weise, Crowder
Locke (2), Byers
Matt Zaba (21 saves)
3-for-6; 3-for-3
NOTES: The Wolf Pack erupted for four goals in the first period and led 4-1 after 20 minutes. Dale Weise got Hartford on the board first, scoring on a 5-on-3 power play from Corey Locke and Bobby Sanguinetti at 8:59, and Paul Crowder made it a 2-0 game with his second goal in as many nights -- scoring on the power play just 30 seconds later. Crowder's goal was assisted by Brodie Dupont. The Penguins got one back at the 12:53 mark, but Hartford closed out the period with even-strength goals from Locke, assisted by Dane Byers and Jordan Owens, at 15:34 and Byers, assisted by Owens, at 17:30. The Wolf Pack outshot the Pens 11-5 in the opening period, taking any pressure off backup goalie Matt Zaba. Wilkes-Barre cut the score to 4-2 with a goal at 2:55 of the second period, and the shots were even at 9-9 in the middle frame. The Pens made it a one-goal game at 9:48 of the third, but Locke scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 11:35 off assists from Evgeny Grachev and Weise to make it a 5-3 final. Hartford outshot the Pens 13-10 in the third period and 33-24 for the game. Locke was named the game's No. 1 star. Weise was the No. 2 star, and Owens was the No. 3 star. With a remarkable four-point performance, Locke is the AHL's top scorer with 29 points in 19 games. His 11 goals are tied for the AHL lead.

GAME 18: 2-1 Home Shootout Loss to Binghamton (Record: 10-7-1)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/18 Binghamton
1-2 L (SO)
Crowder
Chad Johnson (35 saves)
1-for-9; 6-for-7
NOTES: Despite a stirring third period that saw them storm back to force overtime, the Pack fell 2-1 in a shootout on a night when Hartford goalie Chad Johnson followed his back-to-back shutouts with a 35-save performance. Paul Crowder snapped Binghamton goaltender Andy Chiodo's shutout bid and delivered the tying goal on a power play with 3:22 remaining in the third period. Crowder scored his third goal of the season, off assists from Dane Byers and Corey Locke, on the Pack's 13th shot of the final period and 27th of the game. Binghamton took a 1-0 lead on a power-play goal at 17:26 of the first period, but Johnson stopped 14 other first-period shots and had 22 saves through two periods. The Pack had big advantage in shots in third period, outshooting Senators 16-10. Johnson, the game's No. 3 star, allowed two goals in the shootout, while Chiodo was perfect, stopping Crowder, Brodie Dupont, Dale Weise and Evgeny Grachev.

GAME 17: 4-0 Road Win at Worcester (Record: 10-7-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/14 at Worcester
4-0 W
Heikkinen, Dupont,
Garlock, Sanguinetti
Chad Johnson (35 saves)
1-for-7; 6-for-6
NOTES: Rookie goaltender Chad Johnson turned in his second straight shutout, this time making 35 saves. He was particularly brilliant through two periods with 14 stops in the first and 13 more in the second, as Worcester was outshooting the Pack 27-18 after 40 minutes and finished the game with a 35-24 shots advantage. Hartford got on the board first just 49 seconds into the middle period when defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen scored off assists from Corey Locke and Brodie Dupont. The Pack made it a 2-0 lead at 3:16 of the third, when Dupont scored off an assist from Owens, and then a 3-0 lead at the 5:27 mark, when Ryan Garlock converted assists from Corey Potter and Dane Byers. Bobby Sanguinetti scored on a power play with 2:45 remaining in the final period to make it a 4-0 game. Dale Weise and Locke assisted on the Sanguinetti goal. Johnson was named the No. 1 star, Heikkinen was the No. 2 star, and Dupont was the No. 3 star.

GAME 16: 2-0 Home Win Over Manchester (Record: 9-7-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/13 Manchester
2-0 W
Couture, Byers
Chad Johnson (26 saves)
0-for-3; 2-for-2
NOTES: What shaped up as a goaltending duel down to its final three minutes tured out to be a runaway win for Hartford, which struck twice in a span of 38 seconds to break open a scoreless game and help goalie Chad Johnson nail down his second shutout of the season against the top team in the Atlantic Division. Derek Couture got the eventual game-winner from Justin Soryal with 3:06 left in regulation, and Dane Byers stretched the lead to 2-0 off assist from Jordan Owens and Bobby Sanguinetti at 17:32. Byers had been returned to Hartford from the Rangers earlier in the day. The Monarchs outshot the Pack 26-25, but Johnson stopped all 26 shots, including eight in the third period. Johnson was game's No. 2 star behind Couture.

GAME 15: 2-1 Road Loss at Manchester (Record: 8-7-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/11 at Manchester
1-2 L
Parenteau
Chad Johnson (22 saves)
1-for-5; 6-for-7
NOTES: Parenteau was named the No. 3 star.

GAME 14: 4-1 Road Win at Bridgeport (Record: 8-6-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/7 at Bridgeport
4-1 W
Dandenault, Locke,
Grachev, Sanguinetti
Chad Johnson (28 saves)
2-for-6; 5-for-6
NOTES: Another big night for the Pack, as they stormed to their fourth straight victory. Mathieu Dandenault got Hartford on the board first with 4:55 to go in the opening period, scoring off assists from Andres Ambuhl and Paul Crowder. Corey Locke stretched the lead to 2-0 on a power play just under two minutes later with P.A. Parenteau and Bobby Sanguinetti picking up the assists. Hartford widened its lead to 4-0 in the second period on goals by Evgeny Grachev and Sanguinetti. Grachev scored off assists from Tyler Arnason and Dale Weise at 8:26 of the second, and Sanguinetti tallied on a power play -- assisted by Grachev and Locke -- at 15:33. Pack goalie Chad Johnson stopped 28 of 29 shots after facing only six shots in the first period. He was at his best in the final period with 13 saves. The Sound Tigers' Dustin Kohn spoiled his shutout bid with a power-play goal at 6:30 of the third period. Grachev named No. 1 star, Johnson No.2 star, and Sanguinetti No. 3 star.

GAME 13: 5-3 Road Win at Providence (Record: 7-6-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/6 at Providence
5-3 W
Dupont (2), Owens,
Grachev, Locke
Chad Johnson (29 saves)
0-for-1; 0-for-1
NOTES: Providence opened the scoring at 5:02 of the first period, but the Pack's Brodie Dupont was quick tor respond, making it a 1-1 game just 83 seconds later. Providence went ahead 2-1 at 6:48 of the second period, but Jordan Owens came back less than two minutes later to tie the score again, with P.A. Parenteau and Corey Locke picking up assists on his goal. Evgeny Grachev gave Hartford the lead for good by scoring at 13:40 of the second, and Dupont made it a 4-2 game with his second goal of the night -- the game-winner -- less than three minutes later. Providence turned it into a one-goal lead on a power play midway through the third period, but Parenteau iced the win with an empty-net goal, assisted by Owens and Locke, with 44 seconds left to play. Dupont was named the No. 1 star, and Grachev was named the No. 3 star. Goaltender Chad Johnson stopped 29 of 32 shots for his third straight victory in net. Only two penalties were called in the entire game. The victory lifted Hartford over the .500 mark for the first time this season.

GAME 12: 3-2 Home Overtime Win Over Manchester (Record: 6-6-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
11/1 Manchester
3-2 W (OT)
Heikkinen, Sanguinetti, Locke
Chad Johnson (33 saves)
1-for-4; 5-for-6
NOTES: Defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen got the Pack off to a fast start, scoring on a power play off assists from P.A. Parenteau and Corey Locke at 4:10 of the first period. Just under three minutes later, at the 7:08 mark, defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti made it a 2-0 lead with Parenteau and Locke each picking up another assist. Manchester came back with a pair of second-period goals, including one on a power play to tie the game 2-2 heading into the final 20 minutes. No one scored in the third period, but Hartford's Locke ended up the game's hero when he scored off an assist from Sanguinetti with one second left in overtime. Chad Johnson held the fort with 33 saves for the victory, including 11 stops over the third period and overtime against the No.1 team in the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference. Locke named No. 1 star and Johson No. 2 star.

GAME 11: 7-0 Home Win Over Providence (Record: 5-6-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/31 Providence
7-0 W
Weise (2), Sanguinetti (2),
Owens, Locke, Heikkinen
Chad Johnson (17 saves)
3-for-5; 3-for-3
NOTES: It was the biggest night of the season to date and the most lopsided shutout victory in team history for the Wolf Pack, who led 1-0 after one period, 3-0 after two , and erupted for four goals in the third. Goalie Chad Johnson stopped all 17 shots for his first AHL shutout, while Dale Weise and defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti each chipped in two goals. Sanguinetti and Corey Locke finished the game with four points each, while Weise had three. Weise's shorthanded goal to open the scoring at 2:39 of the first period would stand up as the game-winner. Sanguinetti and Owens scored in the middle period, and Weise, Sanguinetti, Locke and defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen scored in the third. The Pack were brilliant on the power play, going 3-for-5 with man-advantage even though P.A. Parenteau had not yet returned to lineup. Weise was named the game's first star, Sanguinetti No. 2 star, and Locke No. 3 star. Pack outshot Bruins 48-17. Tremendous turnaround on heels of shutout loss by team that was playing without Parenteau and Dane Byers.

GAME 10: 6-0 Home Loss to Hershey (Record: 4-6-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/30 Hershey
0-6 L
 
Miika Wiikman (9 saves)
Chad Johnson (9 saves)
0-for-4; 4-for-4
NOTES: Pack got off to rough start against the defending Calder Cup champion Bears, giving up a shorthanded goal at 9:30 of first period to fall behind 1-0. Hershey added two more goals in the last 8:13 of the opening period and never looked back. Alexandre Giroux, a former member of the Wolf Pack, paced Hershey with two goals and two assists to earn No. 1 star honors. Miika Wiikman started in net for Hartford but came out after the fourth Hershey goal, scored at 3:35 of the middle period. Chad Johnson came on and finished the game.

GAME 9: 4-3 Home Win Over Worcester (Record: 4-5-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/25 Worcester
4-3 W
Grachev (2), Parenteau (2)
Miika Wiikman (32 saves)
1-for-4; 2-for-3
NOTES: Worcester took a 1-0 lead on a power play at 6:49 of first period, but the Pack came back less than two minutes later with an even-strength goal by Evgeny Grachev, assisted by Brodie Dupont and Dale Weise, at 8:28 of the first. Grachev scored again at 14:38 of the first to make it 2-1, with Ilkka Heikkinen and Mike Sauer picking up assists on the goal. After a scoreless second period, P.A. Parenteau made it a 3-1 lead on a power play from Dane Byers and corey Potter at 1:45 of the third period. The Sharkscut the lead to 3-2 at 4:04 of the third before Parenteau did it again -- his eighth goal in nine games, which stood up as the winner. Parenteau's second goal, scored at 14:09 of the third from Potter and Byers, made it 4-2. Worcester added a goal with 3:30 remaining but could get no closer, as Hartford goalie Miika Wiikman finished another strong game with 32 saves. Grachev was named the game's No. 1 star. Potter was No. 2 star, and Parenteau was No. 3 star.

GAME 8: 5-2 Home Win Over Lowell (Record: 3-5-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/24 Lowell
5-2 W
Locke, Parenteau, Sauer, Byers, Potter
Miika Wiikman (34 saves)
3-for-3; 4-for-5
NOTES: After a scoreless first period, the teams combined for five second-period goals. Hartford's Corey Locke got the game's first goal on a power play at 0:32 of the middle period, off assists from P.A. Parenteau and defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen. Goaltender Miika Wiikman, who finished with 34 saves, was the story for the Pack right from the opening period, stopping all 16 Lowell shots as Hartford was outshot 16-9 in the first 20 minutes.Lowell tied the game with a power-play goal at 3:01 of the second, just seven seconds after Jordan Owens went off for tripping. Hartford went ahead on another power-play goal at 9:52 of the second, as Parenteau scored his sixth of the season from Bobby Sanguinetti and Heikkinen. Less than two minutes later, Lowell's Vladimir Zharkov got his second of the game to tie the score 2-2 at 11:21 of the second. The Pack used its power play to regain the lead with a third man-advantage goal, scored by defenesman Mike Sauer at 16:27 of the second with Evgeny Grachev and Corey Potter assisting on the play. Sauer's goal made it 3-2 going into the third period. Dane Byers added an insurance goal for Hartford at 2:53 of the third, as Parenteau picked up his third point of the night and Locke picked up his second with the assists on Byers' goal. Potter closed out the scoring with his first goal of the season, shorthanded into an empty net at 19:00 of the third. Parenteau was named the game's No. 1 star. Locke named No. 2 star.

GAME 7: 3-2 Road Loss at Adirondack (Record: 2-5-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/23 at Adirondack
2-3 L
Parenteau, Byers
Chad Johnson (24 saves)
2-for-6; 4-for-5
NOTES: Pack gave up the first goal at 1:20 of the opening period, but came back to tie it 1-1 when Parenteau notched his fifth goal of the season on a power play just over four minutes later. Adirondack scored two goals in first 11:13 of second period to stretch its lead to 3-1. Pack cut it to 3-2 on Dane Byers' first goal of the season -- another power-play tally -- at 13:14 of the second period. The Pack had 11 shots in the third period and outshot Adirondack 28-27 overall but could not come back for a tie. Corey Locke, who assisted on both Hartford goals, was named the game's No. 3 star. The Pack's other assists were both by defensemen  -- Bobby Sanguinetti on Parenteau's goal and Parenteau on Byers' goal.

GAME 6: 2-1 Road Loss at Springfield (Record: 2-4-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/17 at Springfield
1-2 L
Sauer
Miika Wiikman (12 saves)
0-for-3; 3-for-3
NOTES: Pack ran into a hot goaltender in Devan Dubnyk, who made 32 saves for the win and No. 1 star honors on a night when Hartford outshot Springfield by a 33-14 margin. After a scoreless first period, Springfield went ahead 1-0 on a goal by Charles Linglet at 0:57 of second period. The goal came on Springfield's first shot of period. Springfield made it 2-0 in the third period when Linglet scored his second goal at the 8:33 mark -- again on his team's first shot of the period. Hartford defenseman Mike Sauer cut the lead to 2-1 with a shorthanded goal at 10:02 of the third -- his first of the season -- off assists from Paul Crowder and Jordan Owens, but the Pack could come no closer. Sauer was named the game's No. 3 star.

GAME 5: 6-3 Road Loss at Portland (Record: 2-3-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/16 at Portland
3-6 L
Crowder, Sanguinetti, Ambuhl
Chad Johnson (18 saves)
0-for-4; 3-for-6
NOTES: Portland jumped out to 1-0 lead after one period at home and led 4-0 after two periods, thanks to back-to-back power-play goals at 5:31 and 14:48 of the second period. Pack broke through on an unassisted goal by Paul Crowder at 4:31 of the third period. Portland's Tyler Ennis completed a hat trick and stretched the lead to 5-1 at 5:43 of the third, but the Pack came back on defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti's first goal of the season, from Dale Weise and Tyler Arnason at 9:09 of the second to make it 5-2. Lead went back to four goals at 6-2 when Portland scored with 4:37 left in game. Hartford closed out scoring with Swiss forward Andres Ambuhl's first North American professional goal, assisted by Sanguinetti and Russian rookie Evgeny Grachev, at 18:03 of the third.

GAME 4: 3-2 Road Win at Providence (Record: 2-2-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/11 at Providence
3-2 W
Heikkinen, Parenteau, Weise
Chad Johnson (22 saves)
1-for-5; 5-for-7
NOTES: After giving up the game's first goal on a power play just 3:45 in the first period, the Wolf Pack stormed back for three straight goals over the next 35 minutes and held on for a 3-2 win. Finnish defenseman Ilkka Heikkinen got the ball rolling when he tied the game 1-1 on his first North American professional goal at 12:31 of the first period. P.A. Parenteau, coming off a hat trick the previous night, gave Hartford the lead for good on a power play at 7:32 of the second period with Heikkinen and Evgeny Grachev getting the assists to make it 2-1. The eventual winner came from Dale Weise on a shorthanded penalty shotjust three minutes after Parenteau's goal, at 10:31 of the second. That made it 3-1. Goalie Chad Johnson hung on for the win, giving up just a late power-play tally with 1:05 left in the third period. Heikkinen was named the game's No. 1 star, and Johnson was the No. 3 star.

GAME 3: 7-3 Home Win Over Springfield (Record: 1-2-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/10 Springfield
7-3 W
Williams, Locke (2),
Parenteau (3), Dupont
Matt Zaba (8 saves);
Chad Johnson (27 saves)
4-for-11; 7-for-9
NOTES: Wolf Pack dominate their home opener for first victory of season, leading 3-0 in first period and then outscoring Falcons 4-1 over final two periods. P.A. Parenteau scored a hat trick, and Corey Locke netted two goals in the lopsided victory, which featured four Wolf Pack power-play goals. Hartford went up 1-0 on power play at 3:12 when defenseman Nigel Williams scored first of season. Pack stretched lead to 2-0 on another man-advantage goal by Locke. Parenteau made it 3-0 off assists from Bobby Sanguinetti and Paul Crowder at 10:39 of first. Locke scored his second goal of game on another power play at 0:47 of second period to make it 4-2 -- his fifth goal of the season, which stood up as the game-winner. Evgeny Grachev and Ilkka Heikkinen assisted on the winning goal. Springfield cut lead to 4-3 at 3:08 of second, but Pack pulled away down stretch with goals from Parenteau (power play at 11:12 of second), Brodie Dupont (first goal of season at 11:26 of third, and Parenteau completing the hat trick on a shorthanded penalty shot with 4:48 left in game. Goaltender Johnson earned the victory by stopping 27 of 28 shots in relief of Zaba, who left after allowing two goals in first period. Hartford outshot Springfield 43-38. Parenteau named No. 1 star, and Locke named No. 2 star.

GAME 2: 5-3 Road Loss at Providence (Record: 0-2-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/9 at Providence
3-5 L
Grachev, Locke, Weise
Chad Johnson (21 saves);
Matt Zaba (7 saves)
2-for-5; 2-for-5
NOTES: Wolf Pack grabbed an early 1-0 lead on power-play goal by Evgeny Grachev, reassigned to Hartford by Rangers earlier in the day, at 11:48 of first period. Providence took 2-1 lead over last six minutes of first period and stretched it to 4-1 with eventual winning goal on power play at 10:44 of second period. Corey Locke cut score to 4-2 with power play goal -- his third goal of season -- at 3:17 of third, and Dale Weise scored with only 10 seconds left in regulation to make it a 5-3 final. P.A. Parenteau and Paul Crowder each had two assists in the loss to lead Pack. Both Parenteau assists came on power play. Goaltender Zaba replaced Johnson after two periods with Pack trailing 4-1.

GAME 1: 5-3 Road Loss at Binghamton (Record: 0-1-0)
Date Opponent
Result Goal-Scorers
Goaltender PP; PK
10/3 at Binghamton
3-5 L
Locke (2), Crowder 1
Matt Zaba (29 saves)
1-for-5; 3-for-4
NOTES: Wolf Pack trailed 4-0 at 12:12 of second period but rallied for three straight goals to make it 4-3 just 22 seconds into third period on Corey Locke's second goal of the game. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti assisted on first two goals. Locke named No. 3 star of game.





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