Shocker In Gloomtown
Down 5-3 halfway through the third period against a Lowell team that they've beaten only twice in five previous tries this season, the Hartford Wolf Pack came back against the Lock Monsters and won in overtime at Lowell earlier today, 6-5. It was the second straight night where the Wolf Pack overcame a multiple-goal deficit by pulling out a win, and one of the few times ever that the Pack have been able to solve Lowell's outstanding goalie, Vitaly Kolesnik, who was on Kazakhstan's Olympic hockey team in Torino.
Thomas Pöck had the game-winning goal, on a powerplay with 14 seconds left in the overtime period. Once again, the Wolf Pack dug a hole for themselves with penalties, being whistled for seven penalties in the first period alone, and the two teams combined for 9 powerplay goals. For the Wolf Pack, Alexandre Giroux had a goal (his 25th) and two assists, Jarkko Immonen had a goal (28) and an assist, and Colby Genoway and Dan Girardi had two assist each. Nigel Dawes also scored his 24th goal of the season. Keith Aucoin had a goal and 3 assists for Lowell, and former Wolf Pack winger Paul Healey scored his 12th powerplay goal of the season, a Lowell team record and his 15th goal overall this year.
With Manchester losing in Providence, Hartford now takes sole possession of second place in the division.
Photo credit: Chris Rutsch/Hartford Wolf Pack