The Wolf Pack WIN on Wednesday morning as they topped the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in overtime, 5-4. The point streak continues and is at eight games (7-0-1). Alexandar Georgiev gets the win in net as he stops 33 of 37 shots. Ryan Sproul recorded two goals while Filip Chytil, Lias Andersson, and Scott Kosmachuk notch one. Hartford won a critical match up against the Sound Tigers. Hartford is two points behind Bridgeport for the final playoff spot entering the weekend. On the flip side, Hartford could have won the game in regulation. They had a 4-0 lead entering the third. Bridgeport tied the game in the third.
The first two periods were fantastic by Hartford. The Pack stormed out and was ready to play. Offensively they were clicking on all cylinders. Defense was finding their grove as well. All was going well. Hartford scored three goals in the first. At 7:58, Lias Andersson gave Hartford a 1-0 lead, with assists to Ryan Graves and Ryan Gropp. He tapped the puck in and was rewarded. Hartford was buzzing. At 8:55, a quick release of shot by Scott Kosmachuk fooled the Sound Tigers goalie to extend the lead to 2-0. The goal was unassisted as the forward forced a turnover. Bridgeport was struggling early in the contest as the Wolf Pack was giving it to them. At 11:37 on the power play, Ryan Sproul from the blue line extended the lead to 3-0 Hartford with his slap shot. Neal Pionk and Lias Andersson recorded assists. The rest of the first was scoreless. Eric Selleck was close to scoring. The refs called the goal off since he bat the puck in above the crossbar. Shots favor Bridgeport 10-9.
Filip Chytil scored the lone goal in the second at 3:37 on the power play. He had a snipe to extend the lead to 4-0. Adam Tambellini and John Gilmour recorded the assists. The game settled. Bridgeport in moments pressured Hartford’s defense and Alexandar Georgiev. All was going good. The Pack continued to generate strong chances. There was good back and forth action as the game settled. After two periods, shots favor the Sound Tigers 21-18.
Bridgeport turned the table around in the third. Hartford was out shot 15-3 in the final twenty. Bridgeport came out ready to play. They had urgency while Hartford sat on the lead. They were playing as if the win was guaranteed. The Sound Tigers had continual offensive zone timing and Alexandar Georgiev was busy in net. At 2:03, the Sound Tigers got their first goal. Then at 2:29, 4-2. Back to back early goals for Bridgeport. Head Coach Keith McCambridge took his timeout to settle the boys. The game did settle. Bridgeport was getting close with their surges while Hartford was keeping the play simple. It felt most of the game was in Hartford’s end. There was no change ins core until late in the third. The game began to turn interesting. At 18:29 the Sound Tigers strike again to make it 4-3. Hartford had to buckle down. Bridgeport was buzzing and pouring it on. Then at 19:11, Bridgeport tied the game at four. It was a new game as Hartford had a 4-0 lead disappear. Absolutely stunning. The game was headed to overtime. Shots favor Bridgeport 36-21.
Bridgeport had control of overtime too. They were getting close on scoring the go ahead goal. At 3:51 Ryan Sproul was aggressive and entered into the offensive zone. He shot the puck well and the Wolf Pack won the game in overtime. That was a huge relief. Shots favor Bridgeport 37-24 after everything.
I’m happy for the win. However, they should be closing out the game better. There is no reason for the Pack to blow a four goal lead. They have to play a full sixty and help themselves by dominating the entire game. The defense fell asleep and they stopped playing. A win is a win but they have to be better since they are in the race for the playoffs.
Hartford begins a six game road trip beginning tomorrow. They face the Syracuse Crunch at 7:00pm.
Ricky’s 3 Stars
- Lias Andersson
- Ryan Sproul
- Scott Kosmachuk
- The power play was hot. They converted on two of three chances.
- The penalty kill was perfect, killing all three penalties.
- Lias Anderson had three points. He had one goal and two assists.
- Ryan Sproul (2 goals) and Scott Kosmachuk (1 goal, 1 assist) recorded two points.
- Filip Chytil continues to impress. He has points in the last seven of ten games.
- Scratches: Marek Mazanec (Injured), Shawn O’Donnell (Injured), Joe Whitney (Healthy), and Gabriel Fontaine (Injured).