As I warned yesterday afternoon, I didn’t get to watch Saturday night’s Wolf Pack game against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers live, so here’s Bob Crawford’s recap, courtesy of the Wolf Pack.
Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1
Bridgeport, CT, November 7, 2009 – Corey Locke, Bobby Sanguinetti and Evgeny Grachev all had a goal and an assist each, and Chad Johnson made 28 saves, Saturday night at the Arena at Harbor Yard, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 4-1, in the first meeting of the year between the two Connecticut rivals.
The win was the Wolf Pack’s fourth straight and sixth in their last seven games.
The first 15:00 of the first period were scoreless and tightly-played, but the Wolf Pack began the scoring with two goals in a span of 1:55 starting at 15:05.
Mathieu Dandenault registered his first Wolf Pack, and first AHL, point at 15:05, as pressured the net and deflected Andres Ambuhl’s feed from the top of the left circle past Bridgeport goaltender Nathan Lawson.
Then, at 17:00, Hartford’s league-leading power play converted on a four-on-three situation, with Locke scoring his ninth of the year from the bottom of the right circle. P.A. Parenteau found Locke with a quick pass across the goalmouth.
The Wolf Pack doubled its lead in the second period, on goals by Grachev and Sanguinetti.
Grachev scored off a rush on a hard snapshot from the left side of the slot at 8:26, and Sanguinetti’s goal was on a five-on-three power play at 15:33. Off of a mad goalmouth scramble, Sanguinetti jumped on a loose puck in the left circle and buried it behind Lawson.
The only goal of the third period was a four-on-three power-play tally by Bridgeport’s Dustin Kohn at 6:30. Kohn drove a shot from the middle of the blue line through a screen and past Johnson, ruining Johnson’s shutout bid.
The victory improved the Wolf Pack’s record on the year to 8-6-0-0 for 16 points, and lifted them into third place in the Atlantic Division.
Hartford Wolf Pack 4 At Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1
Nov 7, 2009 – Arena at Harbor Yard
Hartford 2 2 0 – 4
Bridgeport 0 0 1 – 1
1st Period-1, Hartford, Dandenault 1 (Ambuhl, Crowder), 15:05. 2, Hartford, Locke 9 (Parenteau, Sanguinetti), 17:00 (pp). Penalties-Morency Bri (hooking), 3:17; Locke Hfd (hooking), 7:45; Heikkinen Hfd (roughing), 8:06; Mauldin Bri (roughing), 8:06; Dupont Hfd (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:36; Haley Bri (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:36; Kohn Bri (hooking), 16:30.
2nd Period-3, Hartford, Grachev 5 (Arnason, Weise), 8:26. 4, Hartford, Sanguinetti 5 (Grachev, Locke), 15:33 (pp). Penalties-Gillies Bri (roughing), 1:44; Ambuhl Hfd (interference), 4:46; Couture Hfd (roughing), 10:52; Gillies Bri (instigating, fighting, misconduct – instigating, game misconduct – aggressor), 10:52; Bentivoglio Bri (hooking), 14:30; Soryal Hfd (hooking), 16:24.
3rd Period-5, Bridgeport, Kohn 2 (Katic, Moore), 6:30 (pp). Penalties-Potter Hfd (tripping), 0:39; Owens Hfd (roughing), 5:12; Martin Bri (roughing), 5:12; Sanguinetti Hfd (roughing), 5:33; Sanguinetti Hfd (holding), 9:28; Parenteau Hfd (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:21; Haley Bri (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:21; Dupont Hfd (roughing), 17:50; Morency Bri (instigating, fighting, misconduct – instigating, game misconduct – instigator (last 5:00)), 17:50.
Shots on Goal-Hartford 12-13-12-37. Bridgeport 6-9-14-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 2 of 6; Bridgeport 1 of 6.
Goalies-Hartford, Johnson 6-3-0 (29 shots-28 saves). Bridgeport, Lawson 3-4-0 (37 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Kevin Redding (16).
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