Preview: Sound Tigers Host Bruins Tonight
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THE STORY COMING IN
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (35-19-2-1) return to Webster Bank Arena this evening to host the Providence Bruins (34-15-5-4) at 7 p.m. in another crucial Atlantic Division matchup. The Sound Tigers enter tonight’s game in fourth place, two points behind the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, but also just four points behind second-place Providence. Last time out, Ryan Pulock extended his point streak to seven games with a second-period tally against the Utica Comets on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough in a 2-1 loss at the AUD. The Sound Tigers will look to snap a two-game skid tonight.
HOCKEY HAPPY HOUR
Enjoy “Hockey Happy Hour” at tonight’s game, featuring $1 hot dogs and $5 beers (for those 21 and older) at all first floor concession stands presented by Hummel Bros. Good seats are available by CLICKING HERE.
TIGERS VS. BRUINS
Tonight’s game marks the ninth of 12 meetings between the Sound Tigers and P-Bruins this season, and the fifth of six matchups at Webster Bank Arena. Bridgeport leads the series 5-3-0-0, but Providence has won each of the last two games in regulation, including a 4-3 decision in Connecticut on Feb. 25. Tanner Fritz, Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang all scored for the Sound Tigers that night, while Tommy Cross, Jake DeBrusk and Jordan Szwarz notched a goal and an assist each for the visitors. Fritz leads Bridgeport against the Bruins with eight points (four goals, four assists) in eight games.
VIEW FROM PROVIDENCE
Kevin Dean’s club has won five of its last six games and is 7-2-1-0 over its last 10, improving to second place in the Atlantic Division standings. In fact, Providence has begun to reel in the first-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and currently sits just four points out of the top spot. Last time out, the Bruins’ offense exploded for seven goals against Lehigh Valley en route to a 7-3 win at Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday. Noel Acciari led the way with three points (one goal, two assists), while 12 of the team’s 18 skaters registered at least one point. Jordan Szwarz continues to lead the team with 45 points (15 goals, 30 assists) in 54 appearances this season (tied for 17th in the AHL) and Zane McIntyre leads all league goaltenders in goal-against-average (1.73) and save percentage (.942). Providence opens a three-game road trip tonight.
Veteran goaltender Jaroslav Halak is two games shy of his 500th pro appearance, which he is expected to hit this weekend. The 31-year-old has played 388 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Washington Capitals, Montreal Canadiens and St. Louis Blues, and another 89 AHL contests (as well as time in the ECHL and in Germany). He boasts a 14-3-3 record in 20 games with the Sound Tigers this season along with a 2.02 goals-against-average, .931 save percentage and two shutouts. Halak, a 2015 NHL All-Star and 2016 World Cup of Hockey runner up, won 12 straight games for the Sound Tigers earlier this season (Jan. 20, 2017 – Feb. 19, 2017), setting the club’s all-time record.
New York Islanders prospect Ryan Pulock is on a team-best seven-game point streak dating back to Feb. 19. The third-year defenseman has two goals and seven assists for nine points during that span and leads all Sound Tigers’ blue-liners with 12 goals this season. Pulock is also tied for fourth on the team’s active scoring list with 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 36 appearances this season.
Each of the Sound Tigers last six games have been decided by just one goal. In fact, Bridgeport leads the league with 35 games being decided by a single tally (Utica and Ontario have 33). The club is 23-9-2-1 in one-goal outcomes overall this season and 15-3-0-0 in one-goal games at home.
FRITZ FINDING HIS STRIDE
Following a four-point effort last week (two goals, two assists), second-year forward Tanner Fritz has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his last 11 games, improving to second on the team’s active scoring list with 32 points (17 goals, 17 assists) this season. The Ohio State product is also second on the club in goals behind Bracken Kearns (19).
The Sound Tigers magic number to clinch a playoff spot is “35”… The Hershey Bears are fifth in the Atlantic Division, outside of a playoff spot, but would lead the North Division by five points… Fifteen of Bridgeport’s last 19 games will take place against an Atlantic Division opponent… Bracken Kearns is two points shy of 500 professional points.
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ECHL: Missouri Mavericks (27-23-2-5) – Friday vs. Allen, 8:30 p.m. ET
Power Rangers Night: The Sound Tigers will celebrate Power Rangers Night this Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. Meet the Red Ranger and witness a live action performance during intermission at Webster Bank Arena. A special $25 Power Rangers Night package is available and includes a ticket to the game, a hot dog / chips / soda combo voucher and a classic Power Rangers themed Sound Tigers t-shirt. Call (203) 345-2300 Option 7 to order or ORDER ONLINE NOW. Packages are limited and the package is not available at the box office.
For additional details or to reserve seats for any of the 2016-17 giveaway and theme nights, please call the Sound Tigers’ front office at (203) 345-2300.
Executive suites and premium seat packages are also available by calling the team’s front office at (203) 345-4841. If you are interested in group outings with your friends, family, co-workers, or clients an unforgettable experience at a discounted rate, call the group sales hotline at (203) 345-2300 Ext. 7.
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