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PRE-GAME REPORT: WOLF PACK HOST ISLANDERS IN MIDWEEK TILT

PRE-GAME REPORT: WOLF PACK HOST ISLANDERS IN MIDWEEK TILT

Jan 25, 2023

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack return to the XL Center for the latest installment of the ‘Battle of Connecticut’ tonight as they play host to the Bridgeport Islanders.

Puck drop is set for 7:00 p.m. and coverage is available on both AHLTV and Mixlr.

Tale of The Tape:

This is the sixth of twelve meetings between the Wolf Pack and the Islanders during the 2022-23 season, and the second of six at the XL Center. The sides will again meet back in Hartford on February 17th in the seventh installment of the ‘Battle of Connecticut’.

The Wolf Pack have won each of the last two meetings, most recently taking a 7-3 decision on December 27th in Bridgeport. Ryan Carpenter notched a hat-trick in the victory, the first by a Wolf Pack player since April 7th, 2021. Cristiano DiGiacinto, Lauri Pajuniemi, Bobby Trivigno, and Karl Henriksson also lit the lamp in the victory. Henriksson’s goal was the first of his AHL career.

The Islanders hold a 3-2 edge in the season series thanks to three consecutive victories, all in Bridgeport, to start the season. They claimed victories on October 23rd (5-2), November 5th (5-3), and November 23rd (6-3).

The Wolf Pack won the only other meeting in Hartford by a score of 4-3 on December 23rd.

In addition to their lone meeting in February, the sides will meet four times in March and once in April to wrap up the regular season series.

Wolf Pack Outlook:

The Wolf Pack collected their second consecutive victory on Sunday, scoring a 4-3 comeback decision over the Bruins in Providence.

Jonny Brodzinski and Ty Emberson both lit the lamp in the first period, while Vinni Lettieri scored shorthanded for the home side. The Bruins took a 3-2 lead in the middle frame thanks to a powerplay goal by Lettieri and a five-on-five goal from Connor Carrick, their only even-strength marker of the game. Carpenter evened the score at 9:55 of the third period, pouncing on a rebound to force overtime for the second time in three meetings between the foes.

In overtime, Tanner Fritz fed Will Cuylle on a two-on-one and the rookie buried his first career overtime winner just 65 seconds in. The win was Hartford’s first this season when trailing after two periods (0-13-2-1). The win also snapped a six-game losing streak for the club in Providence.

Hartford completed their first three-in-three of the season with a 2-1-0-0 record thanks to wins on Saturday against Rochester (4-1) and Sunday in…

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