Wolf Pack Light the Lamp Eight Times in Victory


Scott Morris, Staff Writer

The XL Center was the place to be on Saturday night, as the Hartford Wolf Pack destroyed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 8-2. However, the Wolf Pack wasted no time as they lit the lamp only eight seconds into the game before the fans settled into their seats for the night.

This was the second straight night that the Wolf Pack had scored a goal in the opening 30 seconds of the 1st period. Tim Gettinger was given credit for the 1st goal of the game and his first goal since returning from injury on January 20th. The second goal of the game came off the stick of Ty Emberson with 16:27 remaining in the 1st period. However, the 3rd goal of the game came off the stick of Tanner Fritz, who was skating in his 300th AHL game. Fritz’s goal would go down as the game-winner, his first game-winner of the season.

Hartford’s netminder Louis Domingue had an easy night as he only faced 23 shots and saved 21 of them. This was Domingue’s 11th win of the season, and by far his best game as he was making some highlight reel saves throughout the entirety. The Wolf Pack ended their 1st half of the season on an incredible note as they head into the All-Star break with a record of 19 wins, 17 losses, and four overtime losses, with them sitting in 6th place in the Atlantic Division.

The 2nd half of the season for the Wolf Pack will begin on February 10th as they will complete their five-game homestand against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms as the Wolf Pack organization celebrates Military Appreciation Night.