Game PreviewOct 27, 2017
Game Day Info:
Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Puck Drop: Friday, Oct. 27 at 7:15 p.m.
The Wolf Pack are back at the XL Center to take on the Sound Tigers in the second matchup of the season between the two teams. Today’s game will be the first of five home games against the Sound Tigers in the 2017-18 season, with four remaining matchups between the two set for Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
Last season, the Pack were 2-4-1-1- in eight games against the in-state rival. A division rival, the Sound Tigers currently sit in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with a 2-4-0-0 record with 19 goals for and 22 against. The hockey club has played to four losses, which came at the hands of the Laval Rocket, Charlotte Checkers, Binghamton Devils and Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The first Sound Tigers win came in the form of a 5-3 win over the Checkers on Oct. 13 and the second in a 6-3 win over the Wolf Pack last Sunday.
Last Time Out:
Last Sunday, the Wolf Pack played to a 6-3 loss to the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport. Three first-period goals for Bridgeport marked the difference in the game, as the Wolf Pack battled back, but were unable to close the gap.
Hartford defensemen Brandon Crawley and Vince Pedrie both scored their first professional goals, and Adam Tambellini had his team-leading fourth of the season, but Mitch Vande Sompel, Tanner Fritz and Michael Dal Colle all had a goal and an assist each for Bridgeport.
Thus far, the Wolf Pack are 3-3-0-1 on the season, which places them at fifth in the Atlantic Division, one spot ahead of the Sound Tigers. The Providence Bruins currently lead the division with a 5-1-0-0 record, while the Checkers and Phantoms fall close behind in the tight race. Though Hartford sits in fifth place with seven points, the division-leading Bruins only have a three-point advantage, with 10.
Players to Watch:
#7 Adam Tambellini
In seven games played, Adam Tambellini has scored four goals and notched one assist for a total of five points. The third-year left wing seems to be improving on his successful sophomore campaign, where he finished fourth on Wolf Pack club in points (35), assists (22) and shots on goal (131).
# 20 Scott Eansor
Scott Eansor is currently tied for the AHL lead, with seven goals in six games. The rookie center is new to the Sound Tigers, as he spent the previous four seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He recorded 38 points (18 goals, 20 assists) in 40 games last season and ranked second on the Thunderbirds in short-handed goals (three) and fourth in game-winning goals (four), while serving as team captain.
Coming Up Next:
The Wolf Pack have another three-game weekend with away visits to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hershey Bears this Saturday and Sunday. Then, the Pack will be back at the XL Center next Saturday, Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. for a Country Night game against the Bruins and a 5 p.m. Sunday faceoff against the Springfield Thunderbirds. For tickets and information, visit the Hartford Wolf Pack ticketing site or call 866-762-6451.