Wolf Pack Arrive Safely on “The Rock”

A longer travel day than the Wolf Pack are used to today, but no hitches in a safe journey to St. John’s, Newfoundland.

The traveling party spent Wednesday night in Boston, after busing from Worcester following that night’s 2-1 over the Sharks, and then caught an 11 AM flight out of Logan Airport in Boston, bound for Toronto.  After a short layover in T.O., it was back up in the air for a three-hour ride to St. John’s, and arrival time in Newfoundland was roughly 7:30 PM local time, which is 90 minutes ahead of Eastern Time.  My seatmate for both legs of the flight was recent addition Chris McCarthy, who, I am happy to report, seems a veteran and unruffled traveler.

Chris McCarthy

Chris McCarthy

A 2:00 practice is scheduled for Friday afternoon, and then the Wolf Pack will spend the evening rooting for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who will need to beat the Albany Devils in regulation in Albany, in order for the Wolf Pack still to have a chance to make the playoffs.  Wolf Pack world will be counting on the fact that the Sound Tigers are due, as Bridgeport is 0-7-0-2 in its last nine, and has won only one of 16 games (1-12-1-2) since the end of the Olympic break.  Albany has struggled a bit lately as well, though, 0-2-1-0 in their three games last weekend and winning only one of their last seven (1-3-2-1).

Goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris made the trip to Newfoundland with the Wolf Pack, and it sounds like he is ready to suit up, as Jason Missiaen headed back to Greenville from Boston.  It seems certain that David LeNeveu will retain his starting role when the Wolf Pack and IceCaps play their first of back-to-back games up here Saturday, as LeNeveu has been between the pipes for all of the Pack’s six consecutive wins in their current streak, and has allowed a total of only four goals on 185 shots in those six contests.  That works out to a goals-against average of 0.66 and a save percentage of .978.

It’s been over three years since the franchise has put together a win streak of as long as six games…last time that happened was December 3-17, 2010.  And after Wednesday’s victory in Worcester, the Wolf Pack is 15-5-1-0 in 21 games since February 22, a gaudy points percentage of .738.

 

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5 Responses to “Wolf Pack Arrive Safely on “The Rock””

  1. Chris Says:

    Bob when I first noticed this blog and looked at the current standings I could not help but wonder about your logic. As I currently read this the standings read us at 75 points with 4 games left for a possible 83. Now I get that the devils may be at 83 now. But Hershey is only at 82 the and the 8th spot. If top 8 teams make the playoffs from the conference. Wouldn’t it be more logical to say a Hershey win tonight against bingmonton would eliminate the pack as it would give the current last spot 84 points.

    • Crawford's Corner Says:

      If Albany loses in regulation and Hershey wins, then the Wolf Pack would still be alive, as Hershey would then be in seventh place and Albany would be in eighth, and the Wolf Pack could still catch Albany.

      • Chris Says:

        Ok yes i get that logic and that does make sense. But at the same time even if Albany wins and moves up to 85 points a Hershey loss in regulation would still mean we could catch Hershey because that would keep them at 72 at least for the time being.

      • Crawford's Corner Says:

        Yes, but the Wolf Pack cannot catch both Hershey and Norfolk, because those two teams play each other twice. So the only way the Pack could make it is to catch Albany and either Hershey or Norfolk. If they can’t catch Albany, they’re out, unfortunately.

  2. chris Says:

    ahhhhh that makes much more sense thanks for clearing that up. and in the playoffs are not i think for the majority in the 2nd 1/2 of the season the pack played like one of maybe the most dominating teams in the ahl. they certainly played like a playoff bound team down the strech regardless of where they end up in the standings.

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