Pack Fall 5-1 in BridgeportDec 27, 2019
(Photo courtesy of Bridgeport Sound Tigers)
Andrew Ladd scored twice, and Otto Koivula had three assists, for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday night at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT, in a 5-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.
A Boo Nieves shorthanded goal was the only Wolf Pack score. Hartford outshot the hosts 31-22 in the game, but Jared Coreau made 30 saves in the Bridgeport net.
The game was the first for both teams since Saturday night.
“I thought we did a lot of good things, especially for the first game after a long break,” Wolf Pack head coach Kris Knoblauch said. “One thing I didn’t think we did very well was, we gave up too many odd-man rushes, and they capitalized on those. But overall, there was a lot of good performances.”
After a scoreless first period, in which the Wolf Pack outshot Bridgeport 9-5, the Sound Tigers would score a pair in the second frame.
The Bridgeport power play broke the ice at 8:57, after Darren Raddysh was called for instigating a fight with Bobo Carpenter at 7:31.
Wolf Pack goaltender Adam Huska (17 saves) stopped a shot from the right-wing circle by Matt Lorito, but Kieffer Bellows found the rebound and held the puck long enough to find some room to Huska’s right through which to flick it in.
Ladd doubled the lead with 22.7 seconds left in the second, with his eighth goal in 20 AHL games on the season. Koivula sliced down the left side in the Wolf Pack zone before feeding across the slot, and Huska had no chance on Ladd’s quick shot.
Nieves cut the lead in half 2:55 into the third period, while teammate Nick Jones was serving a holding minor. Nieves intercepted a Ladd pass in the Wolf Pack zone and broke out on a 2-on-1 with Steven Fogarty. Fogarty’s pass from the right side in the Sound Tiger zone went off of Bridgeport forward Travis St. Denis’ stick to Nieves, and he put a shot past Coreau high on the stick side.
Ladd restored the two-goal margin with his second of the game just 3:08 later, though, at 6:03. A fine pass by Koivula set Josh Ho-Sang up with open ice in the middle of the Hartford zone, and he found a wide-open Ladd on the left side for an easy finish behind Huska.
Grant Hutton made it a 4-1 Bridgeport lead only 3:01 after that, at 9:04. Sebastian Aho slid a pass from the right boards to Hutton at the middle of the blue line, and his long drive beat Huska to the glove side.
Parker Wotherspoon completed the scoring with an empty-net goal with 33.9 seconds left, connecting from the corner of his own zone, after Carpenter won a faceoff to Coreau’s left.
The Wolf Pack are back in home-ice action at the XL Center Saturday night, hosting the Providence Bruins. Faceoff is 7:00, and the first 2,000 fans will receive a free Wolf Pack pennant flag, courtesy of NBC Connecticut.
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Hartford Wolf Pack 1 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5
Friday, December 27, 2019 - Webster Bank Arena
Hartford 0 0 1 - 1
Bridgeport 0 2 3 - 5
1st Period- No Scoring. Penalties-No Penalties
2nd Period-1, Bridgeport, Bellows 10 (Lorito, Quenneville), 8:57 (PP). 2, Bridgeport, Ladd 8 (Koivula, Wotherspoon), 19:37. Penalties-Raddysh Hfd (instigating, fighting, misconduct - instigating), 7:31; Carpenter Bri (fighting), 7:31; Schilkey Bri (slashing), 10:34.
3rd Period-3, Hartford, Nieves 3 (Fogarty), 2:55 (SH). 4, Bridgeport, Ladd 9 (Ho-Sang, Koivula), 6:03. 5, Bridgeport, Hutton 3 (Aho, Koivula), 9:04. 6, Bridgeport, Wotherspoon 3 (Carpenter), 19:26 (EN). Penalties-Jones Hfd (holding), 1:08.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 9-9-13-31. Bridgeport 5-9-8-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 1; Bridgeport 1 / 2.
Goalies-Hartford, Huska 5-4-4 (21 shots-17 saves). Bridgeport, Coreau 5-8-1 (31 shots-30 saves).
Referees-Dan Kelly (45), Alex Normandin (65).
Linesmen-Nick Briganti (58), Andrew Bell (43).