Wolf Pack Dominant Against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton


Scott Morris, Staff Writer

On Sunday evening, the Hartford Wolf Pack hit the XL Center ice to face off against an in-division opponent, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. As the regular season winds down for the Wolf Pack, they made sure their fans were still entertained, lighting the lamp five times


The cheering from the home crowd began just 16 seconds into the game as Zac Jones found the back of the net after finding a loose puck in the neutral zone and dangling his way past goaltender Dustin Tokarski. The Pack wouldn’t stop scoring as Will Lockwood added to the lead when he and Ryan Carpenter entered the offensive zone, and Lockwood roofed a backhander past the goaltender. Lockwood’s goal was the 14th of his career and his second since joining the Wolf Pack. Hartford’s domination would continue as Tanner Fritz had the puck on the right-wing wall before sending it right to captain Jonny Brodzinski, and he wasted no time as he fired a quick shot right past Tokarski for his 18th goal of the season.


The remainder of the game would remain in Hartford’s control as Anton Blidh added to the lead in the second period as he took the puck from behind the Penguin’s net and snapped a wrist shot that hit the crossbar before landing behind the goal line.


However, the Penguins would eventually beat Hartford goaltender Louis Dominque as Jonathan Gruden scored in the third period, but Domingue would not allow another puck to go past him. The Wolf Pack would seal the deal as Turner Elson fired an empty net goal for the 13th of the season, giving the Wolf Pack a 5-1 victory.


The Hartford Wolf Pack return to action on Wednesday, as they host the Bridgeport Islanders for the final installment of the “Battle of Connecticut” this season.