Manchester, NH, April 4, 2014 – David LeNeveu set a Hartford Wolf Pack franchise record with his third straight shutout Friday night at Verizon Wireless Arena, making 37 saves in a 2-0 Wolf Pack win over the Manchester Monarchs.
The victory lifted the Wolf Pack to the .500 mark, 31-31-1-6 for 69 points, for the first time since November 29. LeNeveu had also shut out Bridgeport in the previous two Wolf Pack games, a 4-0 home win on Saturday and a 3-0 victory in Bridgeport Sunday.
The Wolf Pack, who were outshot 37-16, had consecutive shutouts eight previous times in franchise history, but had never had a third straight.
The first period was scoreless, but the Wolf Pack were hit with a pair of penalty calls just 30 seconds apart in the final minute.
Darroll Powe went off for slashing at 18:55, and Ryan Bourque was called for slashing at 19:35. The Wolf Pack survived the rest of the first period without any damage, but 1:06 of the five-on-three carried over into the second frame.
The Wolf Pack killed that all off, though, and then scored twice in the second period, despite being outshot by a margin of 17-6.
Kristo opened the scoring in a four-on-four situation at 7:25, after T.J. Hensick won a faceoff. Hensick got the puck back from Allen and fed a great pass to the right side of the slot to Kristo, who faked Berube to the ice and slipped a forehand shot past his left pad.
Johnson then made it 2-0 with a power-play goal at 13:34. With Kevin Gravel in the box for closing his hand on the puck, Johnson took a pass from Oscar Lindberg and snapped a shot from the middle of the blue line, and it deflected off of a Manchester defender, went through a Marek Hrivik screen and past Berube on the stick side.
Manchester outshot the Wolf Pack 12-2 in the third period, but could not solve LeNeveu, who improved his Wolf Pack record on the season to 7-7-0.
The Wolf Pack are back on home ice Saturday night, hosting the Providence Bruins in a 7:00 PM game. Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2013-14 home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger. To speak with a representative about season or group tickets, call (855) 762-6451.
Hartford Wolf Pack 2 at Manchester Monarchs 0
Friday, April 4, 2014 – Verizon Wireless Arena
Hartford 0 2 0 – 2
Manchester 0 0 0 – 0
1st Period- No Scoring. Penalties-Berube Mch (interference), 10:04; Haley Hfd (hooking), 13:01; Powe Hfd (slashing), 19:05; Bourque Hfd (closing hand on puck), 19:35.
2nd Period-1, Hartford, Kristo 22 (Hensick, Allen), 7:25. 2, Hartford, Johnson 5 (Lindberg, Allen), 13:34 (PP). Penalties-Syvret Hfd (slashing), 5:56; Weal Mch (high-sticking), 7:18; Fast Hfd (hooking), 9:02; Gravel Mch (closing hand on puck), 13:19.
3rd Period- No Scoring. Penalties-Syvret Hfd (tripping), 12:08; Andreoff Mch (roughing), 12:08.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 8-6-2-16. Manchester 8-17-12-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 1 / 3; Manchester 0 / 5.
Goalies-Hartford, LeNeveu 7-8-0 (37 shots-37 saves). Manchester, Berube 26-16-2 (16 shots-14 saves).
Referees-Geoff Miller (28).
Linesmen-Jeremy Lovett (78), Joe Ross (92).