It may be early in the season but the teams’ depth was tested over a three game set this past weekend. Starting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins left the game with a minor injury about midway through a 5-4 win at Worcester. Desjardins would miss at least the next three games.
Coach Ken Gernander was a guest of the ‘Hawk’, Bob Crawford in the ‘Hawk’s Nest’ which is a pre-game show in the Comcast Coliseum Club on Friday nights. Gernander said that the injury to Desjardins wasn’t serious and he didn’t believe it was the result of any intentional collision. Jason Missiaen had been playing well. He stepped in to get the win in Worcester and he had a near shut out three days earlier in an overtime game against Hershey.
Unfortunately something changed and no matter the reason Missiaen found him self in two hellish games against the Albany Devils. Missiaen would allow 10 goals over the two games on a total of 45 shots. His play on Saturday night got him pulled in favor of rookie goalie Mackenzie Skapski late in the third period. Missiaen is on a one year contract and will need to impress the Rangers enough to be offered a new contract. His play will have to dictate that need.
Skapski went into replace Missiaen with about eight minutes left in the game on Friday night. He stopped all three shots he faced. Skapski continued that trend when he was given a start on a Sunday matinee at the XL Center against the Norfolk Admirals. Skapski goalless streak would continue through this entire game. Skapski played well and looked calm under pressure situations. He played rebounds off to the side and when he could, he froze the puck without allowing a rebound. The Pack put up three goals and won 3-0. The game goes into the books as a shut out but Skapski wasn’t fully tested. The Admirals only mustered 16 shots and were often busy killing penalties. Skapski’s 67:59 minutes of scoreless play is an impressive introduction to his AHL career. Skapski got his first win, his first shut out and his first star of the game all in the same night. The next chapter will be how these two back up goalies play in their next opportunity. Will Skapski’s score less streak continue? How will Missiaen’s play the remainder of the season?
A Wolf Pack captaincy is a possibility this season.
At the Hawks Nest show I asked Coach Gernander what his thoughts were on naming a captain this season. He said that he felt it will take some time. He mentioned the lack of returning veteran leadership from the last couple of years. He did say though that it is a possibility as the season progresses. There are already contenders. Ryan Bourque is a popular choice among fans and Jared Nightingale will be too, if he is offered a contract for the season. Nightingale has played a few hundred games with the Pack and Connecticut Whale. He recently was offered a try out contract by the Pack to return.
The Wolf Pack next head to play the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday Night. Then it will be on to the XL Center. They will be playing the Worcester Sharks on Sunday at 3P.M. You can listen to Bob Crawford call the game on www.foxsportsradio1410.com . You can get tickets to Sundays game by contacting the Wolf Pack ticket sales office at call (855) 762-6451.