The Bridgeport Sound Tigers were defeated Friday night by the Manchester Monarchs by a final score of 7-0. The Monarchs took advantage of eight power plays, scoring three goals with the man advantage. Kenny Reiter faced 43 shots on the night, and made 36 saves.
Manchester opened the scoring with their first power-play goal at the 2:32 mark of the first period. The Sound Tigers blocked a shot of the stick of Colin Fraser, but the puck redirected to the slot, where Zach O’Brien was there to blast it home.
The Monarchs struck on the power play again later in the period to pick up a 2-0 lead. Reiter made a save on the initial attempt, but the puck stayed loose just outside the crease. Brian O’Neill spotted it and got there to pounce on the rebound. Both goal-scorers for the Monarchs were far from done.
O’Neill got his second goal on a cross-ice pass from Jordan Weal. He fired it past Reiter from the left circle, and gave the Monarchs a 3-0 lead at the 15:15 mark of the second. Two minutes later, O’Brien sprung free on a breakaway after a puck was mishandled at the blue line. He made a move to his backhand and slipped it underneath Reiter to make it a 4-0 game.
The Monarchs pick up two power plays early in the third period, and converted on one of them to make it a 5-0 game. The goal was O’Neill’s third of the game and came on a redirection on a shot from Andrew Bodnarchuk. Later in the third period, Tanner Bishop took a shot from the slot that broke his stick, but the puck trickled towards the net front. Nick Shore was there to redirect it past Reiter to make it a 6-0 Monarchs lead. Less than four minutes later, Bishop got a goal of his own after he and O’Brien came into the zone on a 2-on-1, which Bishop finished.
The Sound Tigers return to action for two home games this weekend. They’ll face the Worcester Sharks at 7 p.m. Saturday and the Adirondack Phantoms Sunday at 3 p.m.
3rd star: Jordan Weal (MAN)
2nd star: Zach O’Brien (MAN)
1st star: Brian O’Neill (MAN)
Series Recap: The teams wrapped up their six-game season series Friday. The Sound Tigers went 1-5-0-0 in their games against Manchester. The lone win came on Dec. 1, a 3-2 victory at Webster Bank Arena.
Emergency Backup: Kevin Poulin did not make the trip in order to be with his wife, who is expecting a child. The Sound Tigers signed Kevin Moore, who served as the backup goaltender, to a PTO before the game.
Debuts: Two players made their Sound Tiger debuts Friday night. Jeremy Langlois, who was acquired in a trade with the Springfield Falcons, and Guy Leboeuf, who signed an ATO before the game after finishing his senior season at RPI.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
22 Alan Quine-6 Joel Broda-36 Matthew Pistilli
23 John Persson-11 Andrew Clark-20 Jeremy Langlois
8 Matt Mangene-54 Chris Langkow-7 Scooter Vaughan
44 Brett Gallant-14 Joey Martin-49 Justin Johnson
27 Aaron Ness-10 Scott Mayfield
3 Andrey Pedan-52 Joe Finley
2 Guy Leboeuf-17 Jake Newton
35 Kenny Reiter
33 Kevin Moore
MANCHESTER MONARCHS LINES
23 Brian O’Neill-W19 Jordan Weal-16 Sean Backman
11 Hunter Bishop-37 Nick Shore-10 Zach O’Brien
12 Andy Andreoff-9 Linden Vey-25 Scott Sabourin
22 Ian O’Connor-24 Colin Fraser-28 James Livingston
3 Derek Forbort-2 Andrew Campbell
55 Jeff Schultz-44 Brayden McNabb
7 Andrew Bodnarchuk-5 Vincent LoVerde
35 Jean-Francois Berube
1 Mathias Niederberger