Specialty Teams Trigger Third Period Collapse
Saturday November 29th 2008, 12:15 am

Through the first forty minutes of Friday’s game in Bridgeport the Hartford Wolf Pack dominated the Sound Tigers, outshooting their in-state rivals by a margin of 33-14 while keeping them pinned in their own zone for long stretches of time.  Yet the young Pack team was able to put just one tally on the board through two periods, despite their numerous scoring chances.  In the final period, the Sound Tigers roared back with four unanswered goals in a ten minute span to hand the Pack their second consecutive loss.  Three of the four goals came during special teams play, including two on the power play and one shorthanded.

Artem Anisimov kicked off the scoring for the visitors at 13:47 of the first period, extending his point-scoring streak to 7 games (4 goals, 4 assists) and moving him into second place on the team with his 6th goal of the season.  With the Pack in the midst of a line change, Mike Ouellette tried to bank the puck in off Bridgeport goaltender Yann Danis from behind the goal line.  Danis thwarted his attempt, but the rebound came out in front of the net, where a charging Anisimov was able to tuck it in just under the cross bar on the far side.

The Pack kept Bridgeport hemmed in their own zone for most of the second half of the period and finished the frame with a 16-6 advantage in shots.  They continued their strong play in the second period, outshooting the Sound Tigers by a margin of 17-8.  But an inability to finish on the part of the Pack and strong play by the game’s first star, goaltender Danis, meant the Pack would start the final stanza with a tenuous one goal lead.  That lead would prove impossible to hold.

Ben Walter picked up the Sound Tigers first goal at 6:17 of the final period, chipping a lose puck up over Hartford netminder Miika Wiikman from just off the right post for Bridgeport’s only even-strength tally.  It was Wiikman’s first start after missing two games with an undisclosed injury suffered a week ago against Lowell.  He made 21 stops on 25 shots, stopping only 7 of 11 in the third period.

Trevor Smith continued the scoring for the Sound Tigers with the first of two quick power play goals at 11:30.  With David Urquhart already in the box for roughing and a delayed call coming on Corey Potter, the second-year pro was able to bat his own rebound out of mid-air and into the net.

Just 19 seconds later, with Potter serving his hooking call, Isles forward Mike Sillinger, in Bridgeport on a conditioning assignment while he recovers from hip surgery performed last February, snapped a feed from Blake Comeau past Wiikman on the stick side.

Much like their parent club, the Wolf Pack has struggled on the power play this season, and they went 0 for 6 with the man advantage on this night.  To make matters worse, the power play gave up a shorthanded goal at 15:54 when Bobby Sanguinetti was unable to control the puck at the Bridgeport blueline, allowing Tyler Haskins to skate in on a breakaway.  Haskins deked to his backhand and put the puck over Wiikman’s pad to finish the scoring at 4-1.

Once again the Pack outshot Bridgeport in the period, registering 13 shots to Bridgeport’s 11.  They finished the game with a 46-25 advantage.

With their second loss in a row, the Wolf Pack now find themselves in the Atlantic Division basement, their sub-.500 record (8-9-0-2) putting them one point behind the Lowell Devils and two behind the Worcester Sharks.  They face the third place Manchester Monarchs in Hartford on Saturday night.


  • The Pack dressed 7 defenseman.  Brandon Sugden was a healthy scratch as a result.
  • With a 15-4-0-2 record, Bridgeport is second in both the East Division and the AHL.

1. Anisimov (6) (Ouellette, Denisov) 13:47
3. Walter (4) (Haskins, Kohn) 6:17
3. Smith (7) (Walter, Iggulden) 11:30 (PP)
3. Sillinger (1) (Comeau, Kohn) 11:49 (PP)
3. Haskins (4) 15:54 (SH)

Soryal – Moore – Parenteau
Dupont – Anisimov – Weise
Owens – Pyatt – Ford
DiDiomete – Ouellette

Graham – Fahey
Potter – Sanguinetti
Denisov – Sauer

Three Stars:
1. Yann Danis
2. Ben Walter
3. Tyler Haskins

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