GAME PREVIEW: BRIDGEPORT AT TORONTO
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers take on the Toronto Marlies in Game 3 of the North Division Semifinals in our relevant preview presented to you by It's Relevant TV.
Last Time Out
Game 2: The Marlies defeated the Sound Tigers 3-0 to go up 2-0 in the best-of-five-series. Stephon Williams stopped 34 of 37 shots in the loss, and Garret Sparks earned the shutout with 31 saves. Connor Brown netted two goals for the Marlies including the empty netter for his second and third goals of the series.
Storylines to Watch
Do or Die: The Sound Tigers have not advanced to the second round of the playoffs since the 2002-2003 season, being eliminated in the first round five times since then. Their parent team the New York Islanders had not accomplished this feat since 1993, but have done so this week for the first time in 23 years. Bridgeport should use this fuel to win tonight and force a Game 4 and Game 5 to advance to round two of the Calder Cup Playoffs.
Not so Special Teams: In the past two games, Bridgeport has combined to go 0-for-7 on the power play, and have allowed Toronto to capitalize on one of their eight power plays, and even net a short-handed goal. If the Sound Tigers want to stay alive in this series, they’re going to have to be solid in their special team efforts.
Players to Watch
Bridgeport: Christopher Gibson returned to the Sound Tigers after a stint with the New York Islanders at the end of the season where he won his first-ever NHL game. Gibson was the number one goalie for the Marlies last season, going 24-17-3 in 45 games.
Toronto: At only 19 years old, William Nylander had six goals and seven assists in 22 NHL games this year. He also scored one of the Marlies four goals in Game 1 Saturday night. The Sound Tigers should keep an eye out for this play maker if they want to avoid elimination.
Bridgeport: Bracken Kearns finished first for the Sound Tigers with 23 goals and 30 assists, totaling for 53 points.
Toronto: T.J. Brennan led the Marlies in points with 68, 43 of which were assists. He also tied Mark Arcobello for goals with 25 each.
The Sound Tigers will attempt to stave off elimination against the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. You can listen to the game at www.ahllive.com.