GAME PREVIEW: TORONTO AT BRIDGEPORT
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers take on the Toronto Marlies in our relevant preview presented to you by It's Relevant TV.
Game 1: In the opening game of the Calder Cup Playoffs first round matchup the Sound Tigers fell to the Toronto Marlies 4-1. Justin Florek scored the lone Sound Tigers goal after a Marlies turnover in their own zone. Stephon Williams finished the game with 35 saves on 39 Toronto shots.
For Toronto, the goals came from T.J. Brennan, Connor Brown, William Nylander, and Nikita Soshnikov. Goalie Antoine Bibeau made 31 stops in the series opening win.
Storylines to Watch
Special Teams Struggles: The Sound Tigers’ special teams woes reared their ugly head in the first game of the series as the team went 0 for 4 on power play chances. The usually strong penalty kill also faltered, allowing the Marlies to convert on one of their three power play chances of the night.
Starting Hot: Bridgeport came out of the gate flying in the first period and would finish the frame with a 20-12 lead in shots, as well as a 1-0 lead on the scoreboard. After that the Marlies took control of the game, and outshot the Sound Tigers 27 to 12 the rest of the way. If the Sound Tigers can reignite the flame from the first period of the opener, they just might head to Toronto with the series all tied up.
Players to Watch
Bridgeport: Michael Dal Colle had two chances to get on the board in the first game. On the first attempt, Dal Colle was robbed by Bibeau’s blocker when he tried to backhand home a rebound, and the second came even closer but clanged off the post. A couple of inches one way, and Dal Colle could be looking at a very different stat line.
Toronto: Brennan, the Marlies’ alternate captain, was responsible for the turnover that handed Florek his first period goal. After that, the defenseman was on a mission to make up for his mistake with six shots on goal, including his equalizer early in the second period.
Bridgeport: Bracken Kearns finished first for the Sound Tigers in goals (23), assists (30) and points (53)
Toronto: Defenseman T.J. Brennan led the Marlies in assists with 43 and points with 68. He also tied for first in the team with 25 goals, splitting the team lead with Mark Arcobello who had 25 in 20 fewer games than Brennan.
The Sound Tigers continue the season when they take on the Toronto Marlies at Webster Bank Arena on Sunday, April 24th at 5:00 p.m. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive rally towels. You can get tickets to the game here or listen in at www.AHLLive.com.