THREE KEYS FROM THE WEEK THAT WAS: 4/15 - 4/17
The Sound Tigers earned two out of a possible six points this week, beating Portland on Friday to earn a playoff spot before falling on Saturday to Albany and Sunday to Providence.
Today we’ll take a look back at the week that was, seeing what went down and how it all happened.
The biggest thing for the Sound Tigers this week was clinching a playoff spot, something the team accomplished on Friday night. Matt Finn tied the game with exactly six minutes to go, then Bracken Kearns won it with under a minute left to give Bridgeport its first playoff berth in four years.
It’s quite the turnaround for a team that sat at 19-19-2-1 after its sixth straight loss back on January 17. The team put together a strong second half, pushing itself into the playoffs thanks to a couple 5+ game winning streaks.
2. Who Do We Play?
Although the Sound Tigers clinched on Friday, the team didn’t know its opponent until Sunday night. After yesterday’s loss to the Bruins, Bridgeport found out it’d be facing the Toronto Marlies, a team it hasn’t played this season and has never faced in its 15-year history.
The Marlies finished with the best record in the league, going 54-16-5-1 for 114 points. Their .750 point percentage was .066 points better than the next closest team, who was the Ontario Reign at .684. Toronto was better on the road than at home this season, going 27-7-3-1 away from Ricoh Coliseum (they were the only team with single digit regulation losses on the road this year).
3. The Kids Are Alright
The Amateur Tryouts are coming in, with the highest profile prospect making his debut with the Sound Tigers on Friday. Michael Dal Colle had two shots in his Bridgeport debut, slotting in on the first power play unit and fitting right in.
Meanwhile, Parker Wotherspoon picked up his first AHL point with an assist on Sunday against Providence. Eamon McAdam made his professional debut on Sunday, tending net against the Bruins in the team’s final home game.