Wolf Pack Earn Their First Win in a Shootout
Sunday October 12th 2008, 9:46 pm

Artem Anisimov and Brodie Dupont each scored in the shootout and added assists on Corey Potter’s first period goal to help the Hartford Wolf Pack earn their first win of the season, defeating the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 2-1 in a shootout in Hartford on Sunday.

The Pack took the only lead of the game at 7:35 of the first period when Anismov won a faceoff deep in the Bridgeport zone and Dupont fed Potter at the center point, where he floated a wrister that found its way through a tangle of bodies past Bridgeport rookie goaltender Peter Mannino.

Just under five minutes later, with rookie Bobby Sanguinetti in the penalty box, Bridgeport defenseman Andy McDonald let loose with a bomb of a shot from the same area, beating Miika Wiikman on the stick side to tie the game at one.

If there’s one area where coach Ken Gernander is likely to look for his team to improve upon against the Bulldogs in Hamilton on Friday, it’ll be the number of penalties they’ve taken through their first two games of the season.  After giving Springfield eight power play opportunities on Saturday, they allowed Bridgeport six tries with the man advantage on Sunday, while earning only three of their own.  In both games the Pack limited their opponent to one power play goal, thanks in large part to the penalty killing efforst of Tom Pyatt, who played another impressive game, and Jordan Owens, who earned himself time on the top line with Anisimov and P.A. Parenteau in the third period with his strong play at both ends of the ice.

Once again the Wolf Pack held a significant advantage in shots on goal, outshooting the Sound Tigers by a margin of 36 to 20.  Mannino, playing his first professional game, acquitted himself well, fending off numerous quality scoring opportunities, especially in the third when the Pack outshot the tired Bridgeport team, who were playing their 3rd game in 3 days, by 14-3.   At the other end of the ice, Wiikman didn’t allow himself to lose focus during long stretches with little action, and was able to come up with big saves late in the third and again in overtime to keep the score knotted at one.

In the shootout, Wiikman stopped four of five Bridgeport shooters. On Hartford’s side, Greg Moore and Dale Weise were stopped by Mannino, but Dupont was able to tuck the puck up just under the cross bar.  Ansimov got the shootout-deciding goal by deking Mannino and lifting a backhand over the sprawling goaltender.

UPDATE: For more on the game, see Bruce Berlet’s report at the Wolf Pack web site, the Courant or Howlings. The game summary is available from the AHL.  Video highlights from the game are available from AHL Live.

Pack Scoring:
1. Potter (1) (Dupont, Anisimov) 7:35

Shootout Scoring:
Greg Moore (No Goal)
Brodie Dupont (Goal)
Dale Weise (No Goal)
Artem Anisimov (Goal)

Dupont – Anismov – Parenteau
Byers – Moore – Jessiman
Jamtin – Pyatt – Weise
Owens- Ouellette – Soryal

Potter – Sanguinetti
Fahey – Denisov
Murray – Graham

Wiikman / Zaba

Three Stars:
1. Artem Anisimov
2. Jordan Owens
3. Peter Mannino

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