Sound Tigers Face Phantoms This Morning
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THE STORY COMING IN
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6-5-0-0), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, go for their fourth straight victory this morning as they welcome the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (8-3-0-2) to Webster Bank Arena for their annual Cool Fun 101 presented by IBEW Local 488 and Click It or Ticket school-day matchup at 10:30 a.m. Last weekend, Bridgeport outscored its opponents 10-2 in a three-game sweep of the Providence Bruins and Springfield Thunderbirds. Rookie blue-liner Sebastian Aho scored four times, including his first career hat trick on Sunday in a 6-0 win at Providence, and inserted his name into the Sound Tigers' record books as the team's first defenseman to ever record a hat trick. Goaltenders Christopher Gibson and Kristers Gudlevskis also played a key role in the weekend sweep, combining to stop 82 of 84 shots (.976). Gibson shut out Providence with 27 saves on Friday and Gudlevskis blanked the Bruins with a 31-save performance Sunday.
TIGERS VS. PHANTOMS
Today's game marks the second of eight meetings between the Sound Tigers and Phantoms in 2017-18, and the first of four matchups at Webster Bank Arena. Lehigh Valley leads the season series 1-0-0-0 following a 5-2 win in Allentown, Penn. on Oct. 20. Danick Martel scored twice for the Phantoms that night, while Steve Bernier and Ben Holmstrom each found the back of the net for Bridgeport. The Sound Tigers went 5-2-0-1 against Lehigh Valley last season and 3-1-0-0 in those games at home.
VIEW FROM LEHIGH VALLEY
Scott Gordon's club has earned points in eight of its last 10 games, but has also dropped three of its last four including a 5-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Sunday. Forward Danick Martel, the AHL's leading scorer through the first month, continued his early-season dominance with the Phantoms' only goal - his 13th in as many games. Martel has also scored in five straight games and is tied for the league lead with 17 points. Teammate Chris Connor is tied for fourth with 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and Mike Vecchione is tied for the league lead among rookies with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists). The Phantoms open a season-long six-game road trip this morning.
RISE AND SHINE
Today's contest is the first of three games for the Sound Tigers this season that will start before noon. After today's Cool Fun 101 presented by IBEW Local 488 and Click It or Ticket school-day game, Bridgeport will play the Hartford Wolf Pack at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb 7 (at the XL Center) as well as the Providence Bruins at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 3 (Webster Bank Arena). The Sound Tigers went 3-0-0-0 in morning games last season.
BEGINNERS LUCK? NOT SO MUCH.
Sebastian Aho scored his first career hat trick on Sunday and now has five goals in 10 games this year. Four of his five tallies came in Providence last weekend and two of those were on the power play. The Swedish blue-liner is now tied for the team lead in power-play goals and is also tied for the league lead with three game-winners. His hat trick was the first for Bridgeport since Apr. 2, 2016 (Alan Quine).
KILLING IT ON THE KILL
The Sound Tigers penalty kill has been sensational over the last two weeks, and it was especially strong in three games last weekend. Bridgeport's penalty kill went 18-for-18 during that span and is now 24 for its last 25, dating back to Oct. 27. The Sound Tigers penalty kill has climbed to 10th in the AHL.
Fifth-year goaltender Chris Gibson turned back 51 of 53 shots he faced last weekend and improved to 12th in the AHL with a 2.36 GAA. Even more impressive, Gibson recorded the second longest shutout streak in Sound Tigers history. He went 158 minutes and 40 seconds without allowing a goal from the first period on Oct. 27 against Hartford to the third frame against Springfield on Saturday. Kevin Poulin holds the team record at 221:54 from 2011-12.
Five of the Sound Tigers last 10 goals have been scored by defensemen... Bridgeport has outshot its opponents in nine of 11 games this season... The Sound Tigers have scored first in six straight games... Today's contest is the last game Alan Quine is eligible to play during his conditioning stint... John Stevens is on a three-game point streak after scoring his first pro goal last Sunday in Providence.
NHL: New York Islanders (8-5-2): Next at Dallas Stars - Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET
ECHL: Worcester Railers (5-3-1-0): Next vs. Manchester - Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET
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