SOUND TIGERS BEATEN BY HARTFORD 5-3
Wolf Pack rally for win with three third-period goals
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, were beaten by the Hartford Wolf Pack 5-3 at home Sunday.
Martin Grenier scored his first goal of the season which turned out
to be the game-winner for the Wolf Pack at 8:51 of the third period
while Robert Nilsson scored two goals and Jeff Hamilton recorded a
goal and two assists in the losing effort for the Sound Tigers.
Nilsson scored the first goal of the game at 13:23, his second of the
season, off a great pass from Jeff Hamilton for the easy one-time
goal. Jeremy Colliton also notched a helper on the play to extend his
assist streak to four games and his point streak to five. However,
Hartford countered just 35 seconds later when Nigel Dawes scored off
a feed from Colby Genoway to make 1-1.
Dwight Helminen gave the Wolf Pack their first lead at 2-1 with a
power-play goal off assists from Joe Rullier and Fedor Fedorov with
3:31 left in the opening frame, but Nilsson was able to get the Sound
Tigers even at 2-2 just 1:06 later with his second goal of the game
and third in two nights taking a great back-door pass from Hamilton
with Colliton also assisting on the equalizer.
Action in the second period started early when the Wolf Pack's Ivan
Baranka took a tripping penalty 26 seconds into the frame, and Sound
Tigers jumped all over the power-play opportunity scoring just 12
seconds later on rocket shot by Hamilton over the shoulder of
Hartford goalie Robert Gherson. Cole Jarrett set the play up from the
point finding Hamilton at the left circle for the one-time goal,
Hamilton's fourth goal of the season. Rob Collins also picked up an
In the third, Evgeny Tunik took a hooking penalty and was also
assessed an unsportsmanlike conduct minor to give the Wolf Pack a
four-minute power-play at 5:25. Dawes evened the score at 3-3 on the
second of the two advantages off assists from Genoway and Helminen at
the 8:09 mark. Hartford took the lead for good just 42 seconds later
when Grenier pushed a rebound past Sound Tigers netminder Wade
Dubielewicz off an from Jarkko Immonen to make it 4-3.
With the Sound Tigers on a power play, Dubielewicz was pulled in
favor of an extra attacker with just over a minute left in the game,
but referee Dean Morton awarded an empty-net, shorthanded goal to
Helminen at the 19:14 mark when Collins tossed his stick at the Wolf
Pack skater who was on a clear path to score.
Dawes was the first star of the game, Nilsson the second and Hamilton
the third. Gherson made 23 saves to earn the win while Dubielewicz
took the loss with 28 stops. The Sound Tigers were 1 for 5 on the
power play while Hartford was 2 for 5 and had a 33-26 shots on goal
The Sound Tigers will finish a three-game homestand when they host
the Hershey Bears this Wednesday, December 7th at 11 a.m.