Third degree: Springfield postgame

Looks like there’s still a Hartford Wolf Pack mind-meld connection between (onetime defenseman) Brent Thompson and (onetime PR guy) Jason Chaimovitch, because sometime around when Chaimovitch was tweeting this, Thompson was praising his team’s third period, its third in four days.

“Our conditioning level: In the third period, we took over each game,” Thompson said, and including three empty-netters, the Sound Tigers have, indeed, outscored opponents 10-1 in three third periods.

He thought they had more jump than the Falcons, who had played just one game to his team’s two, in the third. The Falcons had a few good early shifts, and the run of penalties disrupted a lot of things in the last 40 tonight, but Bridgeport got the job done in the end.

“Tonight, we were structurally sound.”

Earned them a day off. Well, that and working a week and a half straight. Back at it Thursday, and then three-in-three, beginning Friday in Providence, when they can match some franchise history.


“I was a little rusty off the start,” Ryan Pulock said. “It’s been seven or eight days since I played.” He said he felt comfortable in the second period: “Once I got my feet under me, my hands under me, I got a little more comfortable with the puck. From there, I took steps. I felt better.”

Thompson agreed with him all around. “If you don’t play games, you’re going to be a little rusty,” Thompson said.

Also, said Pulock: “It was a big, gutty win.”

It took a whole lot of power-playing. Technically Jesse Graham’s go-ahead goal wasn’t (Ben Holmstrom’s is the empty-net winner, thanks to Brendan Shinnimin’s goal that got Chris Gibson doubly mad: he wanted a couple of interference calls tonight.). But it more or less was. They got two that were, including Bracken Kearns’ third goal in three games on the rush after a five-on-three went nowhere.

And they got one in the first: Kevin Czuczman’s streak of winding up with the Gordie Howe Hat Trick when he scores a goal ended at one. Other streak involved: Czuczman had played 50 straight AHL games without a goal. That goal a year ago Monday was his only goal in 50 games last season.

Simsbury’s Tommy Cross got the call from the Boston Bruins. He could make his NHL debut tomorrow in Denver.

Buffalo put Matt Donovan on waivers.

Sean McIndoe on the waiver draft.

More Thursday.

Michael Fornabaio