The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost to the Springfield Falcons Tuesday by a final score of 3-1. Andrey Pedan scored a late goal for the Sound Tigers, while Kevin Poulin stopped 24 shots in goal. Tuesday’s Spring Fun 102 game was played in front of 8,604 fans, the largest home crowd for the Sound Tigers in franchise history.
The Falcons got on the board at the 5:25 mark after they dumped the puck behind the Sound Tigers net. Poulin came out to play it, but got tangled up with Jake Hansen. Hansen wrestled the puck away from the goaltender and it put it into the open net to give Springfield a 1-0 lead.
Just over two minutes later, the Falcons went on the power play and scored right off the offensive-zone faceoff. After Springfield won the draw, Cody Golubef gave it across to Marko Dano, whose wrist shot beat Poulin and made it a 2-0 game.
The Sound Tigers looked sharper in the second period and spent the majority of the first half of the middle frame in the Falcons end. They fired 11 shots on goal in the second, but Forsberg made saves on every one and kept it a 2-0 game through 40 minutes of play.
Both teams generated offensive chances in the third period, as well, but neither scored until there was less than two minutes remaining in the period. Still trailing 2-0, the Sound Tigers dumped the puck deep into the Falcons zone. The combination of Ben Rosen and Chris Bruton dug it out, and found Pedan in the high slot. The defenseman ripped a one-timer past Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg and cut the lead in half.
The Sound Tigers then opted to pull Kevin Poulin in favor of the extra attacker and looked for an opportunity to tie the score. However, Cody Bass notched an empty-net goal at the 19:30 mark to seal the victory of Springfield.
The Sound Tigers return to action Friday night when they travel to face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins before a trip to Glens Falls to take on the Adirondack Phanomts Saturday. They’ll end the weekend at home with a 3 p.m. game against the Hershey Bears.
3rd star: Andrey Pedan (BST)
2nd star: Anton Forsberg (SPR)
1st star: Marko Dano (SPR)
Debuts: Both Brant Harris and Kyle Burroughs made their professional hockey debuts in Tuesday’s game.
Spring Fun 102: Tuesday’s Spring Fun 102 game was presented by People’s United Bank. Schools from across the Fairfield County Area came out to help set a Sound Tigers record for attendance with 8,604.
Return to Bridgeport: Dallas Jackson played his first game at Webster Bank Arena as a visitor after playing in 78 games with the Sound Tigers over parts of the last three seasons.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
88 Ryan Walters-22 Alan Quine-14 Brant Harris
6 Joel Broda-36 Jesse Root-16 Chris Bruton
44 Brett Gallant-54 Chris Langkow-7 Scooter Vaughan
21 Mathieu Gagnon-25 Ben Rosen-49 Justin Johnson
52 Joe Finley-4 Kyle Burroughs
27 Aaron Ness-10 Scott Mayfield
3 Andrey Pedan-2 Guy Leboeuf
38 Kevin Poulin
1 Philippe Trudeau
SPRINGFIELD FALCONS LINES
17 Sean Collins-11 Carter Camper-22 Paul Thompson
12 Ryan Craig-24 Andrew Joudrey-26 Cody Bass (A)
39 Jean-Francois Jacques-28 Lukas Sedlak-10 Marko Dano
14 Dana Tyrell-13 Trent Vogelhuber-21 Jake Hansen
3 Ilari Melart-25 Dallas Jackson
20 Matt Taormina-8 Patrick McNeill
4 Will Weber-27 Cody Goloubef
35 Anton Forsberg
29 Mike McKenna