While former Hershey Bears players Hubert Labrie and John Albert made their starting line up debut at The Giant Center in their new Hartford Wolf Pack sweaters. Hershey would welcome Joe Whitney and Adam Chapie, after a trade between the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers. It wouldn’t take long for Hershey to drop 4-0 before the first period even came to and end.
With Nathan Walker heading to the box just over a minute into play, Hartford would take advantage of their power play twenty six second later when Cole Schneider would beat Pheonix Copley and make it 1-0. Less than two minutes later at 3:10 in the first, Eric Selleck would bring the game to a two goal lead for Hartford and they weren’t done bringing the heat.
When Ryan Sproul brought the game to a three goal deficit for Hershey, Pheonix Copley would say goodnight, as Vitek Vanecek would take to the pipes for the remainder of the night. Only a minute later, on the first shot Vanecek would face, Steven Fogarty would send one to the back of the net giving Hartford a 4-0 lead.
With a third power play goal of the game from Scott Kosmachuk at only 1:08 into the second period Hartford would widen the gap and make it 5-0. At 12:14 in the second period Dustin Gazley would take away Brandon Halverson’s chance at a shutout, and make it 5-1. Tyler Graovac and Aaron Ness would also see points for their assists on the play.
Liam O’Brien would bring the game to 5-2 at 3:18 in the third period, with his first goal of 2018, bringing his total to nine for the season. However, nobody would score for the rest of the game and Hershey falls 5-2 to Hartford.
Hershey would see five power plays unanswered, while killing off two of five penalites for the night. Hershey outshot Hartford 33-23. This loss brings Hershey’s record to 12-25-3-4.