Sound Tigers Update 10/21/2014

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers finished their three game weekend with a 2-1 record and sit atop the Northeast Division and 3rd overall in the Eastern Conference with a 3-2-0 record. Although it is still very early in the season, the boys in Bridgeport are showing that they are vastly improved from last season.

Bridgeport opened their weekend on Friday at the Webster Bank Arena where they hosted the Albany Devils. The game resuleted in a 5-4 shooutout win for the Sound Tigers. Bridgeport started off slowly as the Devils connected just 21 seconds into the game on a goal from Steve Bernier. The two teams exchanged goals and eventually headed into the third period with a 4-3 score in favor of Albany. Playing in his first game with the Sound Tigers, defenseman Griffin Reinhart scored his first professional goal which sent the game into overtime and eventually the shootout. During the skills competition, both John Persson and Kael Mouillierat scored to secure the win for Bridgeport.

The following day, the two teams traveled to the Times Union Center in Albany for a rematch. The fortunes were reversed this time as the Devils were able to secure a 3-2 win in regulation. Scooter Vaughan and John Persson scored for the Sound Tigers who ended up squandering a 2-1 lead on late goals from Cam Janssen and the red hot Paul Thompson. thompson scored his sixth goal in just three games. With this loss, the Sound Tigers are now winless in their last 6 games in Albany.

To conclude their weekend, the Sound Tigers returned to the Webster Bank Arena for a matchup with the Springfield Falcons. Fortunately, the Sound Tigers were able to secure a win on late game heroics from both Harry Zolnierczyk and Anders Lee. While trailing 3-2 late in the game, Zolnierczyk buried the puck with 12.1 seconds remaining to notch his third goal of the season. Shortly after, Lee found the back of the net just 21 seconds into overtime to tally his third goal of the season and second of the game. Bridgeport's power play found a groove as well as they recorded their 3 regulation goals with the man advantage. Jesse Graham was the Sound Tigers' other goal scorer.

After this past weekend, the Sound Tigers now lead the AHL in goals for with 19, 5 more than any other team in the Eastern Conference.

The Sound Tigers will travel to St. John's this weekend for two games with the Ice Caps. The teams met 2 weeks ago in Bridgeport and split the contests.

 

Bryan Curran
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