Sound Tigers Wrap Up Road Trip in Pennsylvania
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THE STORY COMING IN
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (40-24-3-1) face a critical four-point series this weekend as their six-game road trip concludes in Pennsylvania. The Sound Tigers will battle the second-place Lehigh Valley Phantoms (43-20-4-0) tonight before traveling down the road to meet the fourth-place Hershey Bears (38-19-8-3) on Saturday. Bridgeport is three points out of a playoff spot following its 3-2 win against the Springfield Thunderbirds on Wednesday, in which Josh Winquist and Kellen Jones each scored in a span of 90 seconds in the second period to push the Sound Tigers to victory.
TIGERS VS. PHANTOMS
Tonight’s game marks the eighth and final meeting between the Sound Tigers and Phantoms this season, and the fourth matchup at the PPL Center. Bridgeport leads the series 4-2-1-0, but fell in overtime in their last tilt on Sunday. Despite goals from Tim Wallace, Andrew Rowe and Ross Johnston, the Phantoms stormed back with three unanswered tallies, including Andy Miele’s game-tying and game-winning goals. Stephon Williams made 34 saves for Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers are 1-1-1-0 at the PPL Center this season.
VIEW FROM ALLENTOWN
The Phantoms have won four of their last five games, including the club’s 4-3 overtime win against Bridgeport five days ago. Veteran defenseman T.J. Brennan notched two assists in that game on Sunday and now leads the team with 55 points (20 goals, 35 assists), which also ranks second among AHL blue-liners (one point behind Syracuse’s Matt Taormina). Brennan’s 20 goals also pace all league defensemen. Lehigh Valley opens the weekend five points behind the first-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and three points ahead of both Providence and Hershey.
TIGERS VS. BEARS
Saturday's game will mark the eighth and final meeting between the Sound Tigers and Bears this season, and the fourth matchup at GIANT Center. Bridgeport leads the series 4-3-0-0, including three straight Sunday afternoon victories at Webster Bank Arena in February, but fell in their last meeting, 3-1, in Connecticut on Mar. 19. Ross Johnston notched the Sound Tigers’ lone tally in the middle frame, but Paul Carey, Travis Boyd and Garrett Mitchell all answered for Hershey. Bridgeport is 1-2-0-0 at the GIANT Center this season, including a 6-2 setback in their last game there on Dec. 30.
VIEW FROM HERSHEY
Troy Mann’s club enters the weekend in fourth place in the Atlantic Division standings, trailing the Providence Bruins only by win percentage. The Bears have won eight of their last 10 games, including a 2-1 win over the St. John’s IceCaps on the road last Sunday. Riley Barber and Jakub Vrana each found the back of the net, while Pheonix Copley made 35 saves on 36 shots. Copley has played nine of the Bears’ 12 games since being acquired from the St. Louis Blues prior to the NHL trade deadline. He currently ranks seventh among AHL goaltenders with a 2.21 goals-against-average and fourth with a .926 save percentage. Offensively, Travis Boyd has surpassed Chris Bourque as the team’s scoring leader with 58 points (14 goals, 44 assists), which also ranks third in the AHL overall. Hershey travels to Hartford tonight before returning home to face Bridgeport on Saturday.
New York Islanders prospect Ryan Pulock has been extremely consistent since mid-February. The third-year defenseman racked up another assist on Wednesday and has now recorded 18 points (three goals, 15 assists) in his last 18 games and has improved to third on the team in scoring (40 points). In addition, Pulock is tied with Devon Toews for the team lead among defensemen in points and the two of them are also tied for eighth among AHL defensemen in scoring.
NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
The Sound Tigers added four college products to their roster this week, signing forwards Matt Gaudreau (Boston College), John Stevens (Northeastern) and Taylor Cammarata (Minnesota), and defenseman Jake Bischoff (Minnesota), to amateur tryouts. Cammarata is the newest of the group, joining the Sound Tigers on Thursday. Cammarata and Bischoff played together at the University of Minnesota during each of the past four seasons, winning a Big Ten regular-season title every year. In addition, Bischoff was named this year’s Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
NEW HARDWARE FOR BURROUGHS
The Sound Tigers announced Thursday that Kyle Burroughs has been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Bridgeport community during the 2016-17 season. Burroughs is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2016-17 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year. The league award is named after the former Hershey Bears forward and AHL All-Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia. The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League at a later date.
NHL: New York Islanders (35-29-12) – Next vs. New Jersey, Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET
ECHL: Missouri Mavericks (31-28-3-5) – Next at Wichita, Tomorrow at 8:05 p.m. ET
DC Comics Day: Meet your favorite Justice League and DC Comics superheroes at the Sound Tigers’ regular-season home finale on Sunday, Apr. 9 against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Two special ticket packages are available that include access to the game, concession vouchers, a drawstring bag and more! CLICK HERE for tickets and more information. Doors open at 2 p.m. and the puck drops at 3 p.m.
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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