It took almost six periods of hockey to decide Wednesday's Game Four of the Atlantic Division Finals, but like he has done many times throughout his career, Ken Gernander stepped up his game when it mattered most.
The Wolf Pack captain scored his third goal of the post-season at 7:49 of the third overtime to lift Hartford to a 4-3 win over Worcester and a four-game series sweep of the IceCats. The hockey marathon marked the longest game in Wolf pack history and the 10th longest in AHL history.
Trailing 3-2, Dominic Moore scored with 35 seconds remaining in the third period to send the game to OT. Jason MacDonald and Jozef Balej also scored for the Pack, while Jason LaBarbera stopped 36 of 39 shots in the win.
"You couldn't write a better script, said Wolf Pack head coach Ryan McGill. "Our captain, Kenny Gernander, has played every position, and whenever he jumps over the boards, you know he's going to get the job done. He was actually double-shifted when he scored."
"The guys are in a position where they expect to win," added McGill. "That's their motto every night."
Hartford, winners of eight straight games, will face the winner of the Philadelphia/Wilkes-Barre series in the AHL's Eastern Conference Finals.
The Philadelphia/Wilkes-Barre series only began last night, so the pack will be idle for at least the next week to 10 days. The Conference Final is scheduled to start the week of May 17.
Dates and times have yet to be decided, but tickets for the series are now on-sale at the Hartford Civic Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Filene's at Buckland Hills Mall and Westfarms Mall, or charge-by-phone at 860-525-4500, 203-624-0033, 203-744-8100 or 413-733-2500. Fans can also purchase tickets on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com
Adult tickets purchased in advance are $23.50 (lower level) and $21.00 (upper level), while tickets purchased day-of-game are priced at $25.00 (lower level) and $22.50 (upper level). Tickets for children aged 12 and under are $13.00. Group discount packages are still available for home playoff games. For more information, please call 860-548-2000.