Mar 18, 2023

BRIDGEPORT, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack hit the road with an eye towards shaking off a tough loss on Friday night. Tonight, the Wolf Pack make the trek south to battle their Connecticut rivals, the Bridgeport Islanders.   

Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. and coverage is available on both AHLTV and Mixlr.

Tale of The Tape:

This is the tenth of twelve meetings between the Wolf Pack and the Islanders this season. It is the final meeting of the season at Total Mortgage Arena. The sides wrap their season series up with two games at the XL Center on March 29th and April 7th.

The Wolf Pack snapped a two-game home losing streak against the Islanders with a 7-5 comeback victory at the XL Center on Wednesday night. The Islanders jumped out to a 3-1 lead on goals from Ruslan Iskhakov, Kyle MacLean, and Andy Andreoff, finding twine on their first three shots of the night. Will Cuylle had Hartford’s lone goal in that span, then Lauri Pajuniemi gave the home team life with a goal at 14:39.

Jonny Brodzinski tied the game at 1:26 of the second period, scoring from a sharp angle. William Dufour put the Isles back on top at 7:33, making it a 4-3 game at the time with his shot from the point. That would be the score after two periods, but the Wolf Pack would not be deterred.

Ryan Carpenter tied the affair just 99 seconds into the final frame, then Tim Gettinger put the Pack ahead at 6:15. Brodzinski blasted home his second goal of the night at 12:59, making it 6-4. Tanner Fritz hit the empty net at 17:08, before Collin Adams scored at 19:10 to make things slightly tighter.

The Wolf Pack are 4-5-0-0 against the Islanders this season, and 2-3-0-0 at Total Mortgage Arena. However, Hartford has won their last two trips to Bridgeport, outscoring the Islanders 16-3 in the process. They took a 9-0 decision in their last visit on March 4th, and won 7-3 on December 27th.  

Wolf Pack Outlook:

The Wolf Pack lost in regulation for just the second time all season when leading after two periods of play on Friday night, falling 4-2 to the Springfield Thunderbirds. Anton Blidh and Will Cuylle both scored in the opening minutes of the game, with Blidh lighting the lamp at 4:32 and Cuylle at 5:55. Hartford would take that lead to both the first and second intermissions, before hitting a speed bump in the final frame.

Will Bitten scored twice, at 6:21 and 11:41, to tie the game 2-2. Martin Frk then gave the Thunderbirds the lead for good at 14:39, blasting a shot home on the club’s third powerplay. Bitten completed the hat trick at 18:47, hitting the empty net.

It was Hartford’s second loss in three games in regulation at home when leading by two or more goals after two periods of play.

Cuylle leads the Wolf Pack in scoring with 37 points (21 g, 16 a) on the campaign. His 21 goals pace the club in that category. 

Islanders Outlook:

The Islanders bounced back in convincing fashion last night, handing the Syracuse Crunch a 5-2 result at Total Mortgage Arena. Trevor Carrick scored 3:04 into the game, lighting the lamp on the powerplay to put the Crunch ahead 1-0 after one.

The Isles exploded for three goals in the second period, taking a lead they’d hold for the rest of the night. Andreoff scored twice, hitting twine at 10:05 to tie the game and then again at 18:09 to pot the eventual winner. Adams also scored in the period, nabbing his second goal in as many games at 13:56.

Chris Terry tacked on an insurance marker at 5:24, before Rudolfs Balcers scored Syracuse’s second powerplay goal of the night at 17:01. Any drama would be neutralized when Andreoff completed the hat trick with an empty net goal at 17:29.

Terry leads the Islanders in scoring with 60 points (19 g, 41 a) in 55 games this season. Andreoff, meanwhile, leads the club in goals with 29. He’s one of two Islanders to hit the 20 goal mark this season, as the rookie Dufour has 20 on the campaign.

Game Information:


Play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack Alex Thomas will have ‘Wolf Pack Pregame’ starting live at 6:45 p.m. on both AHLTV and Mixlr.  

The Pack is back at the XL Center next Friday, March 24th, when the Springfield Thunderbirds return to town. Join us for $2 beers and $1 hot dogs until the end of the first intermission. Tickets are available at

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ABOUT THE HARTFORD WOLF PACK: The Hartford Wolf Pack has been a premier franchise in the American Hockey League since the team’s inception in 1997. The Wolf Pack is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL's New York Rangers and plays at the XL Center. The Wolf Pack has been home to some of the Rangers newest faces including Igor Shesterkin, Filip Chytil, and Ryan Lindgren. Follow the Wolf Pack on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.  

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