Sound Tigers Fall to Springfield on Friday
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (44-27-3-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, saw their playoff hopes come to an end on Friday in a 7-0 setback to the Springfield Thunderbirds (31-33-9-2) at the MassMutual Center.
The Sound Tigers fired 28 shots at Springfield’s Adam Wilcox, but the second-year netminder stopped each of them for his fourth shutout of the season. On the flip side, the Thunderbirds notched five goals in the second period alone, helping them to their first regulation win against Bridgeport at home.
With the loss, the Sound Tigers have been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention. The Hershey Bears clinched a post-season berth with a 2-1 win in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. this evening.
Springfield registered a pair of goals in the opening frame to take an early 2-0 lead. Jared McCann notched his first of three goals on the night at 4:24 when he received Mackenzie Weegar’s diagonal pass at the bottom of the left circle and fired a wrist shot past starting goaltender Eamon McAdam while the T-Birds worked their first power play.
Chase Balisy followed with his 17th tally of the season at the 18:03 mark when he settled Jayce Hawryluk’s feed at the right hash marks and filtered a shot inside the left post, past McAdam’s blocker.
The Thunderbirds broke the game wide open in the second period with five more goals to cap the scoring. McCann delivered back-to-back tallies at 1:29 and 5:35 to complete his first hat trick of the season and chase McAdam from the game. The first occurred on the power play with Kellen Jones in the box for holding, and the second came on a delayed penalty in which McCann funneled a shot through traffic from above the left circle.
Anthony Greco made it 5-0 just 37 seconds later with his 15th goal of the season on backup netminder Stephon Williams. From the blue line, Greco curled a floated a shot towards the net that clipped Kyle Burroughs in front and bounced under Williams at 6:02.
Dryden Hunt added his 13th tally of the year at the 8:57 mark when he capitalized on a partial breakaway, beating Williams’ blocker from between the circles for the unassisted goal. Matt Buckles capped the scoring at 10:08 of the middle frame with his third professional goal and sixth point in eight games.
The Sound Tigers finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play and 4-for-6 on the penalty kill. McAdam (15-7-0) made 12 saves on 16 shots in 25:35, while Williams turned back 15 shots in a no decision.
Springfield outshot Bridgeport 34-28.
Next Time Out: The Sound Tigers visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tomorrow night for their season finale, a 7:05 p.m. puck drop at Mohegan Sun Arena. Fans can follow all of the action via the team’s online broadcast at www.ahllive.com, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.
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