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Pack rally late, fall in shootout

Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2 (SO)

Bridgeport, CT, January 27, 2017 – Matt Carey scored late in the third period to force overtime for the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at Webster Bank Arena, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers recovered to win in a shootout, 3-2.

Josh Winquist scored both Sound Tiger goals in regulation, and Andrew Rowe and Michael Dal Colle scored for Bridgeport in the shootout. Jaroslav Halak made 21 saves and stopped three of four in the shootout.

Chris Brown had the other Wolf Pack goal, and Adam Tambellini had a shootout goal for Hartford. Magnus Hellberg made 22 stops in regulation and overtime, and went 2-for-4 in the shootout.

“Frustrating,” said Hellberg of the result. “I think we made a really good comeback, obviously it’s a really tight game, with a team in our division. So these points are really important. I thought we did a great job coming back, we fought hard in overtime, obviously we didn’t get the result we wanted.”

With time growing short in the third period, the Wolf Pack capitalized on a power play, after Ben Holmstrom was called for boarding at 14:38.

On the man advantage, Mat Bodie carried down the left side in the Sound Tiger end and handed the puck to Carey at the left side of the goal mouth. Carey turned and backhanded a shot underneath Halak’s left pad and into the goal.

That sent the game to overtime, which was scoreless, with Bridgeport getting four shots to the Wolf Pack’s two.

The Wolf Pack had won 11 of their previous 12 shootouts going back to last season, but this one would not go their way.

Rowe scored on the Sound Tigers’ first attempt, while Steven Fogarty and Nicklas Jensen were stopped on the Wolf Pack’s first two chances. Tambellini made good on the Wolf Pack’s third shot to keep Hartford alive, but after Halak denied Marek Hrivik, Dal Colle put a backhand shot into the top corner on Hellberg’s stick side for the win.

Brown got the Wolf Pack off to a good start only 2:08 into the game, with his 11th goal of the season and third in the last three games.

After linemate Tanner Glass, covering the left point, put the puck toward the net, Brown thought he had scored on one close-in opportunity, and after that stayed out of the net behind Sound Tiger goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Brown re-gathered the loose puck and ripped it in.

That was the Wolf Pack’s only offense until Carey’s late goal in the third, though, and Bridgeport would get the next two.

The Sound Tigers drew even on a power play at 14:12, with Glass off for tripping. Kane Lafranchise got the puck to Winquist in the right circle, and his high snap shot got past Hellberg. The Wolf Pack argued that the puck had gone off the crossbar, but after a lengthy video review, referees Ben Moser and Dave Lewis ruled it a good goal.

The Sound Tigers then scored the only goal of a second period they dominated, outshooting the Wolf Pack 11-2.

Winquist gave Bridgeport the lead at 4:12 of the second with his second of the game. Josh Ho-Sang threaded a perfect pass across the slot from left to right, and the left-handed-shooting Winquist one-timed it from below the faceoff dot past a helpless Hellberg.

The Wolf Pack are right back in action on Saturday night, with a 7:00 home game vs. the Providence Bruins. The first 2,000 fans into the XL Center will receive a 2016-17 Wolf Pack team trading card set, and it’s also “Stick it to Cancer” night, sponsored by Jefferson Radiology. The Wolf Pack will wear special Stick it to Cancer jerseys, which will be auctioned off, with proceeds benefitting cancer charities.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com. To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

Hartford Wolf Pack 2 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3 (SO)
Friday, January 27, 2017 – Webster Bank Arena

Hartford 1 0 1 0 – 2
Bridgeport 1 1 0 0 – 3

1st Period-1, Hartford, Brown 11 (Glass, Fogarty), 2:08. 2, Bridgeport, Winquist 6 (Ho-Sang, Lafranchise), 14:12 (PP). Penalties-Cullity Bri (interference), 4:34; Glass Hfd (cross-checking), 6:52; Glass Hfd (tripping), 12:32; Fontaine Hfd (tripping), 19:35.

2nd Period-3, Bridgeport, Winquist 7 (Ho-Sang, Lafranchise), 4:17. Penalties-Hellberg Hfd (interference), 6:57; Bodie Hfd (delay of game), 16:31.

3rd Period-4, Hartford, Carey 11 (Bodie, Jensen), 15:12 (PP). Penalties-Bodie Hfd (roughing, misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 2:24; C. Jones Bri (goaltender interference), 9:16; B. Holmstrom Bri (boarding), 14:38.

OT Period- No Scoring. Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Hartford 1 (Fogarty NG, Jensen NG, Tambellini G, Hrivik NG), Bridgeport 2 (Rowe G, Winquist NG, Kearns NG, Dal Colle G).
Shots on Goal-Hartford 11-2-8-2-0-23. Bridgeport 5-11-4-4-1-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 1 / 3; Bridgeport 1 / 6.
Goalies-Hartford, Hellberg 10-9-5 (24 shots-22 saves). Bridgeport, Halak 5-1-2 (23 shots-21 saves).
A-3,698
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Ben Moser (3).
Linesmen-Kevin Briganti (39), Nick Briganti (58).

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5 Comments

  1. This is such a bad team that it does not bode well for the near future as far as the big club is concerned. 3 years down the road appears to be more promising.

    Credit Gorton for getting the Rangers younger so by the time the real prospects are ready the current Rangers’ core are still in their prime, sans the King, who’s successor may be Shesty or Halverson, both of whom will be ready by then if they are going to be NHL players.

    In Gorton I trust.

    1. Then you should trust him on the timeline relating to Graves, as well as the evaluation of the job the coaching staff is doing. 🙂

      Btw, Craig Custance from ESPN.com gave out his All-Star Break grades, and he gave the Rangers an A- for how they have overachieved expectations. He said despite the fact they had a rough patch from Hank and “they need help on defense, this team still finds ways to win games”.

      Not bad considering they have a clueless coach who apparently can’t be trusted to use his players properly, or so I’ve heard. 🙂

      1. LOL, how long you a fan? They won the President’s Trophy but didn’t win the Cup.

        The Kings made the playoffs of the last day of the regular season but won the Cup.

        I’ll take door #2. 🙂

        Regular season means nothing other than to get to the dance.

        1. Ok, then by that metric, you are saying you trust Gorton why exactly? How many playoff series have the Rangers won with him as GM? Zero. Isn’t your trust based on what he has done thus far to help the Rangers overachieve in the regular season? That’s all there is to go on at the moment, and thus far, GM and coach BOTH deserve high marks.

          We can’t judge the playoffs until we get there. And in the playoffs, AV has done quite well, certainly relative to his immediate predecessor and in terms of the scope of Rangers history.

          My only point is, the team has overachieved thus far. That’s a good thing and not a bad thing.

          1. Ok, that’s fair, but based on his work so far, and let’s make this clear, he only took over this season in earnest as Sather was still calling the shots prior to this year, Gorton has shown us that he knows how to evaluate talent, as follows:

            Brass for Zib and a 2nd. This is like bringing a knife to a gun fight. Not only is Zib better long term but he also got the Sens to add a 2nd rounder. Complete fleece here, as Gorton sold high on Brass.

            Grabner. Now even Gorton will probably admit that he never expected what we are seeing now. BUT, it made complete sense from a “fit” standpoint as the Rangers were going with speed and Grabner, and most of us knew this, would fit perfectly within this system.

            Holden. Very nice trade. Only a 4th rounder. I don’t buy that Holden is the darling he appears to be. He’s got nice traditional stats but I go to most of the home games and, IMO, his traditional stats look better than his overall play. But still, a puck moving D man that if he were on the 3rd pair would be perfect for that role.

            Pirri. One dimensional, no question. But goal scoring on the PP is all he’s needed for. He’s awful at everything else but he does serve a purpose and it was a good risk at $1.1M.

            Clendening. I still say this guy should be a regular on the 3rd pair, no matter the health of the team. He moves the puck well and fits into the coach’s system. Yeah, he has his flaws but he’s also good on the PP and, GASP, he’s on the ice for more shots/goals for than against. That means something.

            Pumpel. Not a bad depth pick up, no? Not a star by any means but fills some minutes and chips in an occasional goal. Considering the cost (nothing), he’s been ok.

            Glass. HE’S NOT HERE ANYMORE.

            What do all these moves have in common? They are younger, faster, and more skilled players that more fit into today’s NHL style of play.

            Jury’s out for sure, but so far, so good. Now, fix the D.

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