Wolf Pack win Three of Four in Busy Week

The Wolf Pack ended the week on a down note Sunday, losing 5-1 to Portland in Lewiston, but that was not before the Pack rolled up four straight wins, to get as close to a playoff spot as 14 points.

The Pack had to come from behind in the third period in three of those four wins, including a rebound from a 3-0 deficit Tuesday at Portland, a game that ended in a 4-3 Wolf Pack verdict, and a recovery from being down 1-0 to Hershey at home Friday, ultimately a 2-1 shootout win.  That made it eight times, out of 22 total wins on the season at that point, that Ken Gernander’s team has won when trailing after two.

Dov Grumet-Morrs

Dov Grumet-Morrs

They needed Dov Grumet-Morris to bail them out Saturday night at home against the Pirates, with Portland outshooting the Pack 33-24 and nearly climbing all the way out of a 3-0 hole of their own, and once the Wolf Pack spotted Portland another 3-0 lead in Sunday’s game, they simply didn’t have enough left in the tank for another revival.  Still, the club is 6-3-0-1 in its last ten games and 10-5-0-1 in the last 16, by far its best stretch of the season since the first month.

Individually, no one has been more responsible for the recent success than Grumet-Morris, who is 8-1-1 in his last ten decisions, with a 2.26 goals-against average and a 92.5% save percentage over that span.  His battling, scrambling style of play has energized the fans at the XL Center, and the team as whole seems to feed off of his tenacity.  Up front, T.J. Hensick is the leading scorer on the squad during the 10-5-0-1 run, with 4-12-16 and a +8, and Conor Allen is also a +8, tops among blueliners, while having contributed 1-7-8.

The Wolf Pack’s points percentage is .656 over the last 16 games, which, if they kept it going for the rest of the season, would give them a final total of 78 points.  Frighteningly enough, that still probably wouldn’t be enough to secure a playoff spot, as the current eighth-place team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, already has 67.  So the Pack are going to have to find a way to get it cranked up even stronger here in the final 20 games.

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