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Wolf Pack Look to Keep Calder Cup Dreams Alive in Game 3

May 22, 2024 - American Hockey League (AHL)
Hartford Wolf Pack News Release

HARTFORD, CT - The Hartford Wolf Pack will face elimination for the third time during the Calder Cup Playoffs. Tonight, the Wolf Pack returns home for Game 3 of the Atlantic Division Finals against the Hershey Bears. The Bears lead the series 2-0 and can clinch a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals with a win tonight.

The puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m., and coverage is available on AHLTV and Mixlr.

Tale of The Tape:

The Wolf Pack and Bears met four times during the regular season, with the Bears taking three of the four meetings. The Wolf Pack posted a record of 1-2-0-1, while the Bears went 3-1-0-0. The Bears have won each of the last five head-to-head meetings, including Game 1 and Game 2 of the Atlantic Division Finals.

Hershey took their stranglehold on the series with a 4-2 triumph in Game 2 on Saturday night at the Giant Center. Ivan Miroshnichenko opened the scoring 2:50 into the hockey game, beating Dylan Garand over the right shoulder on the game's first powerplay.

Miroshnichenko extended the lead to 2-0 at 13:32 of the second period, scoring his second goal of the game and third of the series on a beautiful individual effort. Ethen Frank potted the eventual game-winning goal, his second of the series, at 4:25 of the third period. He took a pass in front of the net from Lucas Johansen and snuck a shot by Garand for his fifth goal of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

Hendrix Lapierre then deflected a Jake Massie shot home at 8:30 to balloon the lead to 4-0.

The Wolf Pack scored twice late, converting on a pair of redirections. Jake Leschyshyn got the club on the board at 17:02, tipping in a shot from Victor Mancini. Anton Blidh then got a piece of a Nikolas Brouillard bid at 19:11, cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Time would run out, however, as the Bears hung on for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series.

Wolf Pack Outlook:

The Wolf Pack are 2-0 when facing elimination during the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs. They defeated the Charlotte Checkers 3-2 in overtime in Game 2 of their First Round series on April 27 th . The Wolf Pack completed the comeback the next day, winning Game 3 3-1 to win the series 2-1.

Brett Berard led the Wolf Pack with four shots in Game 2. He has a team-high 29 through nine playoff games. Mancini posted a +2 +/- rating in the Game 2 loss on Saturday night. He leads the team in playoff +/- with a +6 rating.

Leschyshyn's goal in Game 2 was the fourth consecutive goal he scored for the Wolf Pack. He notched both goals in the team's 2-1 overtime victory in Game 4 against the Providence Bruins on May 10 th and the club's only goal in their 6-1 loss in Game 1 to the Bears.

Leschyshyn leads the Wolf Pack with five goals during the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs. His six points (5 g, 1 a) are tied with Riley Nash (4 g, 2 a) and Berard (1 g, 5 a) for the team lead. Berard's five assists lead the club in that department.

Bears Outlook:

The Bears, thanks to their 4-2 victory in Game 2, are now 4-0 at the Giant Center during the 2024 Calder Cup Playoffs. Including the regular season, the Bears are now 33-7-0-0 at home this season.

Miroshnichenko now has goals in three straight games. Game 2 was his second career multi-goal outing in the Calder Cup Playoffs. The rookie notched two goals in the club's Game 4 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on May 11 th .

Pierrick Dubé led the Bears with six shots in Game 2.

Through two games in the Atlantic Division Finals, the Bears hold a +4 advantage on special teams. The club is three-for-nine on the powerplay and nine-for-nine on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal.

Frank and Miroshnichenko lead the Bears in goals this postseason with five each. Lapierre, meanwhile, paces the club in points with eight (3 g, 5 a) through six games.

Game Information:



Play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack Alex Thomas will have 'Wolf Pack Pregame' starting live at 6:45 p.m. on both AHLTV and Mixlr.

Single-game tickets for Game 3 and Game 4 of the Atlantic Division Finals are on sale now!

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