Recap: Wolf Pack 3, Islanders 0Nov 10, 2023
The Bridgeport Islanders (3-6-1-0), American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, were unable to solve Dylan Garand and the Hartford Wolf Pack (7-2-1-0) on Friday night, as they suffered a 3-0 loss at Total Mortgage Arena.
Garand (4-1-1) matched his season high by turning aside 37 shots - his first shutout of the season and the second time the Islanders have been blanked this year. Jakub Skarek (2-4-1) made 26 saves for Bridgeport.
Riley Nash scored twice for the Wolf Pack, while Anton Blidh notched the eventual game-winning goal in the opening 13 minutes.
Blidh capitalized on a rebound loose in the crease at the 12:25 mark, closing in after Skarek made several key saves. Adam Sykora and Blake Hillman were credited with the assists.
Nash extended Hartford’s lead with back-to-back goals in the second period to pull the visitors ahead by a trio. His first came 5:50 into the frame after finding himself alone in front and chipping a shot past Skarek. Brett Berard forced a turnover in Bridgeport’s zone before finding Nash in the slot for his fourth goal of the season.
Nash’s second goal of the night came just six minutes later on a partial breakaway. The veteran center forced a turnover at his own blue line, moved in transition with a burst of speed, and snapped a low shot past Skarek at 12:16.
Both teams were held scoreless in a fast-paced third period, highlighted by a couple of spectacular, desperation stick saves from Garand. The Islanders outshot Hartford 15-5 in the third period, but came up empty.
Bridgeport finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. It’s five-game point streak on home ice, dating back to April 12th last season, came to an end.
Next Time Out: The Bridgeport Islanders continue a four-game homestand tomorrow night with a 7 p.m. tilt against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Total Mortgage Arena. It’s the return of Hockey & Hops: Oktoberfest! Beer drinkers will love a special package that includes access to a pre-game tasting experience from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., featuring local breweries such as Berlinetta Brewery, Black Hog Brewing, Two Roads Brewing, Reverie Brewing and more. On the ice, the Islanders will wear their popular Fisherman jerseys.