Recap: Wolf Pack 3, Islanders 2

Recap: Wolf Pack 3, Islanders 2

Dec 30, 2023

The Bridgeport Islanders (9-18-2-0), American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, scored two goals in the first period on Saturday night but suffered a 3-2 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack (16-7-5-0) in their final game of 2023 at the XL Center.


Samuel Asselin redirected Robin Salo’s rising shot for a power-play goal in the opening five minutes of the game, while Ruslan Iskhakov recorded his team-leading 10th goal of the season on a deflection from Seth Helgeson shortly after. Ken Appleby (5-5-0) made 22 saves.




The Islanders dominated most of the first period and led 2-0 at the intermission. Asselin’s goal at the 4:47 mark was his fifth of the season and third on the power-play, assisted by Salo and Kyle MacLean. Iskhakov altered Helgeson’s slap shot taken above the left circle at 13:42, his second goal in as many nights. It also extended his point streak to a team-high five games.


Hartford bounced back with a pair of power-play goals on 13 shots in the second period to pull even. Karl Henriksson converted around Appleby at 4:16 for his fifth goal of the season, and Brett Berard barreled to the crease on another man advantage less than four minutes later. Berard jammed home a second rebound during a scramble in tight for his eighth goal of the year.


Cristiano DiGiacinto deflected home the difference maker at 6:57 of the third period on a textbook tip following Connor Mackey’s blue-line blast. He caught just enough of the point shot while moving through the left circle to beat Appleby’s glove.


The Islanders went 1-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-3 on the penalty kill. Bridgeport outshot Hartford 30-25.


Next Time Out: The Islanders open a five-game homestand at Total Mortgage Arena on Thursday night with a 7 p.m. rematch against the Wolf Pack. The game can be seen live on or heard for free via the Bridgeport Islanders Radio Network, beginning with the Connecticut Lottery Pregame Countdown at 6:45 p.m.

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