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Wolf Pack expect it: Ferraro keeps showing his assets on offense
By David Heuschkel
Courant Staff Writer
March 7, 1998
If you're talking about scoring, Peter Ferraro has nothing else to prove in the American Hockey League. Yet, the Wolf Pack expect a lot from him.
They want goals, goals and more goals.
So far, Ferraro has given them what they want. He scored twice in a 6-3 victory over the Adirondack Red Wings before 7,095 Friday night at the Civic Center.
Ferraro averaged 43 goals the past two seasons, when the Rangers' affiliate was in Binghamton, N.Y. Since being claimed off waivers from the Penguins in January, Ferraro has 12 goals and 14 assists in 19 games. The Wolf Pack (36-18-9) are 9-1 when he scores.
"Every time he's on the ice, he's a threat," Wolf Pack coach E.J. McGuire said. "That's his biggest asset, his offensive ability.
"He's actually fulfilled even more of those expectations. He also came with the reputation of being volatile, hot-headed, taking penalties at the wrong time. Aside from one incident this year, he's been incredibly mature. That's what leaders do."
Ferraro, who will be a free agent after this season, said he would consider re-signing with the Rangers. It's no secret he would prefer to be in the NHL.
"I think it would be beneficial for the Rangers to develop their young players rather than going out and getting all the high-priced guys all the time," said Ferraro, 25. "You need a good mix of young guys and old guys. I don't consider myself old at all by any means. I'm still very interested in this organization."
Ferraro tied a team record with 10 shots. His first goal broke a 2-2 tie with 11 minutes, 4 seconds left. He was set up twice by Marc Savard. The first time, Ferraro's shot was stopped by goalie Norm Maracle. Vladimir Vorobiev got the puck after it bounced over the net and gave it back to Savard, who found Ferraro in front.
"Marc's that gifted, that he sees the opening like that," Ferraro said. "I didn't really have to do much. I just had to get in the opening. I was fortunate to get two excellent passes and kind of buried the puck."
Ferraro then scored on a 2-on-1 with Daniel Goneau with 3:39 left. Pierre Sevigny and Ken Gernander clinched it with empty-net goals. The five goals in the third period are a team record.
Eric Cairns and Derek Armstrong each had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack. Goneau had three asists, giving him seven points in the past two games.
Cairns made it 2-1 at 3:32 of the third, taking a cross-ice pass from Armstrong and beating Maracle with a high slap shot just inside the far post.
The Red Wings led 1-0 after outshooting the Wolf Pack 15-8 in the first period.
"I thought we had some good jump in the first," Red Wings goal Glenn Merkovsky said. "After that, they just turned it up and we had trouble staying with them."
The Wolf Pack tied it on Armstrong's ninth goal with 6:57 left in the second. Cairns kept the puck in the zone and gave it Armstrong, who skated into the high slot and beat Maracle stick side with wrist shot.
Jason Muzzatti, who made 27 saves, kept it tied by stopping Yan Golubovsky on a breakaway.
The Wolf Pack played without forward Brad Smyth, who went home to Ottawa after his father had heart surgery. He is not expected back for the game tonight against Philadelphia at the Civic Center.
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