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Make that five straight losses. Earlier this afternoon the Wolf Pack dropped a 5-2 decision against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. They were not in it for long as they continue to struggle on a dismal season. The penalty kill came up short as Bridgeport converted on three of six power play opportunities. Mackenzie Skapski was in net stopping 31 of 36 shots. Marek Hrivik and Taylor Beck recorded tallies in the game. The six game road-trip have not fared well for the Pack. It continues next weekend as they play Hershey Friday and Saturday.
Early on Hartford was on par with Bridgeport. Both clubs had equal opportunities. Bridgeport was close on converting when they hit the post a few times. Mackenzie Skapski had a few stellar saves as well. All was going good until late in the frame. The Pack began to run into penalty trouble which bit them. At 18:53 the Sound Tigers converted on their first power play goal to make it 1-0. After twenty, the Pack were down by one. Shots favored Bridgeport 12-11.
The second opened the flood gates for the Sound Tigers. Bridgeport buzzed for most of the frame and had stellar chances. The Pack looked lost without the puck and had too many turnovers. They were unable to break out. At 7:55 the Sound Tigers converted on another power play goal to make it 2-0. Then Bridgeport notched a quick goal at 8:48 to extend their lead to 3-0. Once again the wheels of the bus has fallen. After a bit of back and forth action, Marek Hrivik put up Hartford on the board at 14:40. He had a nice shot to make it 3-1 Bridgeport. Michael Paliotta and Taylor Beck recorded the assists. The Pack began to buzz a bit but could not do further damage. They had a few nifty chances. Then late in the frame they became undisciplined and frustrated. Bridgeport converted on another power play goal at 19:58 to make it 4-1. After forty, the penalty kill failed Hartford. Shots favored Bridgeport 21-16.
The third tapered off as both clubs were fatigued. Hartford had the early push a first few minutes in. Taylor Beck at 6:37 made a two goal game once again with a good conversion to make it 4-2 Bridgeport. Nicklas Jensen and Marek Hrivik recorded the assists. Majority of the frame was scoreless afterwards. Bridgeport gained solid control of the frame afterwards as they had nonstop chances. Mackenzie Skapski was busy in net. Hartford had four shots compared to Bridgeport’s fifteen. The Pack was getting outplayed once again. At 16:11 the Sound Tigers extended their lead to 5-2. The rest of the frame was scoreless and that was game. Shots favored Bridgeport 36-20.
The lack of discipline and urgency failed the group once again. Nothing changed and they never showed up in the third, again. Similar to the other two games this weekend. They are playing dismal hockey as usual, but this time in uglier fashion.
The Pack next two road games are on Friday and Saturday at 7 pm in Hershey as they take on the Bears.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Marek Hrivik
- Taylor Beck
- Steven Goulakos
- Healthy scratches: Garrett Noonan.
- Injured scratches: Cristoval Nievse, & Adam Tambellini.
- Adam Tambellini was scratched in the game as he was injured in warmups. He did not return as he limped to the locker room.
- The power play had one opportunity. They were unable to convert.
- The penalty kill was awful, going 3/6.
- Hartford now lost five straight and lost the last 8 of 10 games.
- Hartford now gave up 18 goals and scored 5 in three games this weekend.