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Sound Tigers and Wolf Pack Renew Rivalry Tonight

Courtesy: SoundTigers.com
          Release: 01/07/2017
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Sat, Jan. 7        7:30 p.m.           @ Hartford Wolf Pack           Watch/Listen - Twitter


THE STORY COMING IN

It’s rivalry night as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (17-14-0-1) face the Hartford Wolf Pack (12-18-3-1) for the second time in 12 days with a 7:30 p.m. puck drop at the XL Center. The Sound Tigers not won on the road since Dec. 10 and are looking to bounce back after a 3-2 shootout loss to the Springfield Thunderbirds on Wednesday. Bracken Kearns scored both goals for Bridgeport, including his 200th professional tally, while Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves in his first AHL game since Feb. 24, 2008. The Sound Tigers continue a five-game road swing this evening that concludes next Friday in Binghamton. Bridgeport is fifth in the Atlantic Division standings, seven points ahead of the seventh-place Wolf Pack.

SEASON SERIES

Tonight’s game marks the fourth of eight meetings between the Sound Tigers and Wolf Pack this season, and the third of four matchups in Hartford. Bridgeport leads the series 2-1-0-0 following a pair of wins at the XL Center in November, including a 4-2 victory on Thanksgiving Eve. However, the Wolf Pack took the last meeting on Dec. 26 with three goals in the third period en route to a 5-2 final. Hartford’s Nicklas Jensen notched a hat trick before he was recalled to the New York Rangers on Jan. 2.

VIEW FROM HARTFORD

The Wolf Pack ended a four-game losing streak last night with a 2-1 victory against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at home. Pavel Buchnevitch scored in his AHL debut after logging eight points (four goals, four assists) in 10 games with the New York Rangers this season, and Chris Brown capped a come-from-behind win with his seventh goal of the season at 10:22 of the second period. Sixth-year forward Justin Fontaine leads the Wolf Pack with 14 assists in 30 games, and is the active leading point-scorer (18 points) with Nicklas Jensen in New York. Hartford opens a four-game road trip following tonight’s contest.    

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL STAR

On Thursday, New York Islanders prospect Devon Toews was named to the 2017 AHL All-Star Classic, which will be held Jan. 29-30 at the PPL Center in Allentown, Penn. The first-year defenseman leads Bridgeport with 18 assists and is second on the club with 22 points heading into tonight’s contest. In addition, Toews is tied for fourth among all AHL rookies in assists and tied for seventh among league defensemen in points. The Quinnipiac University product was drafted in the fourth round (#108 overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders.

GONE STREAKING

Ryan Pulock is on a team-best five-game point streak (three goals, two assists), but is likely out of the lineup for the second straight game with an upper-body injury (day-to-day). However, Andrew Rowe is on an AHL career-high four-game point streak (one goal, three assists) and Steve Bernier has points in three straight (two goals, three assists).

KEEPING IT CLOSE

More than half of Bridgeport’s games this season have ended with a one-goal differential (17-of-32). The Sound Tigers are 10-6-0-1 in one-goal contests, but just 7-8-0-0 in all other scenarios. Four of the club’s last six games have been separated by just one tally.   

QUICK HITS

The Sound Tigers have scored a power-play goal in five straight games, dating back to Dec. 26... The Sound Tigers are 12-2-0-0 when scoring first, but just 5-12-0-1 when allowing the first tally...Bridgeport has not won in regulation since Dec. 3... Bracken Kearns scored his 200th professional goal on Wednesday in Springfield... Despite falling in a shootout on Wednesday, the Sound Tigers continue to lead the AHL with an overtime winning percentage of .889.   

AFFILIATE REPORT

NHL: New York Islanders (15-15-7): Next at Arizona - Tonight, 8 p.m. ET

ECHL: Missouri Mavericks (13-15-1-4): Next vs. Wichita - Tonight, 8:05 p.m. ET


Military Appreciation Night: The Sound Tigers will honor the heroes of the United States military, both past and present, on Saturday, January 14 at 7 p.m. with Military Appreciation Night presented by the Better Business Bureau. The first 1,500 fans will receive a camouflage bomber hat and the Sound Tigers will wear special edition uniforms during the game, which will be auctioned off to the public. In addition, all active duty personnel and veterans can receive a free ticket to the contest at the Webster Bank Arena Click It or Ticket Box Office by showing a valid I.D.

For additional details or to reserve seats for any of the 2016-17 giveaway and theme nights, please call the Sound Tigers’ front office at (203) 345-2300. 

Executive suites and premium seat packages are also available by calling the team’s front office at (203) 345-4841. If you are interested in group outings with your friends, family, co-workers, or clients an unforgettable experience at a discounted rate, call the group sales hotline at (203) 345-2300 Ext. 7. 

About the Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Founded in 2001, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Hockey Club is the top minor league affiliate of the New York Islanders. Don't miss your chance to take part in the family fun entertainment happening every home game at Webster Bank Arena. For further information on ticket or sponsorship opportunities, call our office at (203) 345-2300 or e-mail info@soundtigers.com. Keep up with the latest Sound Tigers news on Facebook and on  Twitter. For more team information, log on to soundtigers.com.

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