The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost to the Hartford Wolf Pack Thursday by a score of 3-1. John Persson had the lone Sound Tigers goal, but two first-period markers by the Wolf Pack were the difference in the contest. Anders Nilsson started in net for the Sound Tigers and saw 33 shots, stopping 30 of them.
Both of Hartford’s first-period goals came on the power play, with Oscar Lindberg getting his sixth of the season to open the scoring. Nilsson stopped Syvret’s shot from outside, but the rebound came right to Lindberg waiting on the doorstep. He powered the puck past Nilsson and gave Hartford a 1-0 lead.
Later in the period, the Wolf Pack converted on the man advantage once more thanks to Jesper Fast. Fast was waiting in the left circle as Danny Kristo sent a cross-ice pass through the slot. Fast took a one-timer and Nilsson was unable to go post-to-post to make the save. The goal was Fast’s first of the season and made it a 2-0 game. The Sound Tigers penalty kill recovered as the game went on, however, finishing 6-for-8 on the night.
The Sound Tigers cut the lead in half on a two-man advantage as Persson used his big frame to create havoc in front. After Mike Halmo’s shot was stopped by Wolf Pack goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris, Persson found the rebound in front and slid it home to make it a 2-1 lead.
The Sound Tigers had their chances in the third period, including a pair of power plays midway through the final 20 minutes. Grumet-Morris made saves on two Sound Tigers chances in front from both Chris Langkow and Sean Wiles to keep the Wolf Pack up a goal.
With Grumet-Morris holding strong on one end, Hartford picked up an insurance goal at the other. Conor Allen took a shot from center point that snuck through traffic and by Nilsson at 16:06 to make it a two-goal game. The Sound Tigers committed a pair of minor penalties following that goal, and though Alan Quine hit the post on a shorthanded breakaway with less than a minute to play, Hartford skated away with a 3-1 win.
The Sound Tigers travel to Springfield to play the Falcons Saturday night before returning home for a 3 p.m. contest against the Albany Devils Sunday afternoon.
3rd star: Danny Syvret (HAR)
2nd star: Conor Allen (HAR)
1st star: Oscar Lindberg (HAR)
Thorn in the Side: Conor Allen has now scored three goals against the Sound Tigers this season, the most of any Wolf Pack player.
Johnny on the Spot: John Persson has scored in both games in which he has played since his return from injury Sunday.
Production from the Back End: With an assist in the game, Dallas Jackson has four points in his last four contests. He currently leads all Sound Tigers defensemen with 13 points.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
23 John Persson-9 Anders Lee-23 Mike Halmo
11 Andrew Clark-22 Alan Quine-24 Sean Wiles
7 Scooter Vaughan-54 Chris Langkow-16 Chris Bruton
44 Brett Gallant-17 Matt Lowry-49 Justin Johnson
46 Matt Donovan-21 Dallas Jackson
5 Mike Keenan-10 Scott Mayfield
15 Marc Cantin-4 Mike Cornell
45 Anders Nilsson
35 Kenny Reiter
HARTFORD WOLF PACK LINES
27 Jesper Fast-16 Oscar Lindberg-29 Danny Kristo
9 Ryan Bourque-15 Marek Hrivik-78 Akim Aliu
17 Darroll Powe-6 Andrew Yogan-11 Michael Kantor
14 Kyle Beach-91 Brodie Dupont-45 Arron Asham
21 Shawn O’Donnell
44 Aaron Johnson-24 Brendon Nash
25 Danny Syvret-4 Connor Allen
2 Samuel Noreau
1 Dov Grumet-Morris
35 Jeff Malcolm