Mar 15, 2023
HARTFORD, CT – Despite trailing three separate times in the contest, the Hartford Wolf Pack picked up a crucial victory over the Bridgeport Islanders on Wednesday night. Six different Wolf Pack players lit the lamp as the team earned a 7-5 comeback victory in ninth installment of the ‘Battle of Connecticut’.
Jonny Brodzinski completed the comeback bid for good about thirteen minutes into the final period. Playing in his first game since being assigned to Hartford by the New York Rangers on March 11th, Brodzinski took a feed from Jake Leschyshyn and blasted a one-timer from the left circle that Cory Schneider couldn’t stop. The goal was Brodzinski’s second of the contest and stood as the eventual game-winner.
The Islanders broke the ice just under two minutes into a wild opening period. Ruslan Iskhakov got the scoring started, collecting a loose puck at center ice, and dancing his way into the offensive zone before wrapping around the Hartford net and lighting the lamp just 1:56 into the contest. The tally was Iskhakov’s 15th of his rookie campaign and gave the Islanders the game’s first lead.
Fellow rookie Will Cuylle would find the equalizer just under a minute later. Cuylle, stationed in the slot, tipped a pass from Ty Emberson past Schneider to tie up the contest. The goal was Cuylle’s 20th of his rookie campaign, becoming the first member of the Wolf Pack to reach the 20-goal mark. The goal was also Cuylle’s 34th point of the season, good for the team lead.
Bridgeport reinstated the lead with a pair of goals in a four-minute stretch. Kyle MacLean put the Islanders back on top just over the five-minute mark in the period. MacLean grabbed the puck out of the air in the left-wing circle, rotated towards the goal, and sniped a shot from a sharp angle that squeezed by the glove of Domingue and into the net, putting Bridgeport back on top.
Andy Andreoff pushed the Isles lead to two just over four minutes later. Chris Terry fired a shot from the right circle that Domingue turned away. Andreoff pounced on the rebound and buried it into the Hartford net to give the Islanders their biggest lead of the night. The goal was Andreoff’s team-leading 26th of the campaign.
The Wolf Pack drew back within one late in the opening stanza. The Islanders had a powerplay killed, but before Paul Thompson could get back into the action, Lauri Pajuniemi sniped a long range shot past Schneider for his 17th goal…
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