The Wolf Pack's playoff push continued Saturday night with a convincing 6-2 win over Springfield in the final home game of the regular season, keeping Hartford within four points of the final playoff spot in the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference.
Both Adam Tambellini and captain Mat Bodie had two assists, while Chris Brown had a goal and an assist. Nicklas Jensen and Cristoval Nieves had one assist each, and goaltender Mackenzie Skapski made 28 saves to pick up the win in his first AHL game since Dec. 18.
Nieves now has two goals and four assists for six points in four games.
"...last home game, so you want to put your best foot forward," Bodie told the team's website. "Skapski was great for us tonight, made some really big saves when the score was still close and gave us the opportunity to blow the game wide open."
Hartford's final four games of the regular season are all on the road, starting later today in Portland.
On Friday night, defenseman Troy Donnay was recalled by Hartford from Greenville of the ECHL, though he did not play Saturday night.
Up in the Ontario Hockey League, Brandon Halverson made 21 saves in Sault Ste. Marie's 3-1 Game 2 loss to the Erie Otters. The Greyhounds trail the Otters, 2-0, in the best-of-seven series that now shifts back to Sault Ste. Marie. Halverson was named the game's third star in a losing effort.
Goaltender Adam Huska made 24 saves for Green Bay in a 3-1 win over Lincoln Saturday night in the United States Hockey League. The 2015 seventh-rounder is now 26-9-2 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .931 save percentage and four shutouts this season.
Lastly, Josh Nicholls scored twice and Michael St. Croix added an assist for Greenville, who dropped their season finale, 5-4, to Atlanta. Nicholls finished the season with 21 goals and 24 assists for 45 points in 58 games, while St. Croix had 11 goals and 29 assists for 40 points in 66 contests. Fellow prospect Richard Nejezchleb finished his first season of pro hockey with eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 41 games.