Sound Tigers Look To Continue Winning Ways
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THE STORY COMING IN
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (9-7-0-0), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, look to extend their winning ways this weekend as they battle the Hartford Wolf Pack (7-8-2-1), Lehigh Valley Phantoms (10-6-0-2) and Hershey Bears (8-9-0-2) in a three-game series. Bridgeport has won three in a row as they gear up for Friday's 7 p.m. matchup against Hartford at Webster Bank Arena. After starting the season 1-4-0-0, the Sound Tigers have turned a corner and are 8-3-0-0 since Oct. 22, including three wins against the Wolf Pack during that span. Bridgeport last won four straight games Mar. 29 - Apr. 4 of last season.
LAST TIME OUT
Devon Toews scored his fourth goal in three games and Ross Johnston also found the back of the net in a 2-1 victory against the Springfield Thunderbirds at Webster Bank Arena last Sunday. Between the pipes, Kristers Gudlevskis stopped each of the first 31 shots he faced and nearly recorded his second shutout of the year, but the T-Birds knocked one home in the final four seconds of regulation.
GET YOUR FILL
Take advantage of $1 hot dogs and $5 draft beers at Friday's game against Hartford, presented by Hummel Bros. and Budweiser. These great concession specials will be available during all weeknight games at Webster Bank Arena this season!
TIGERS VS. WOLF PACK
Friday's contest marks the fifth of 10 meetings between the Sound Tigers and Wolf Pack this season, and the third of five matchups at Webster Bank Arena. Bridgeport is 3-1-0-0 against Hartford this year, including an overtime victory in their last game on Nov. 15. Devon Toews scored both goals for the Sound Tigers that night and Christopher Gibson made a season-high 35 saves at the XL Center. Bridgeport went 6-2-0-0 against Hartford in 2016-17.
VIEW FROM HARTFORD
Led by head coach Keith McCambridge, the Wolf Pack snapped a three-game slide last Saturday with a 4-1 win against the Utica Comets in New York. Rookie forwards stole the show that night as Filip Chytil scored twice, Gabriel Fontaine notched his first pro goal, and Vinni Lettieri collected the game-winner with his team-leading eighth tally of the season. Lettieri now ranks seventh among AHL rookies in points (13) and is tied for second in goals. Four of his eight goals this season have come on the power play, helping Hartford to the second-best power play in the League. The Wolf Pack conclude a three-game road trip tonight in Bridgeport.
TIGERS VS. PHANTOMS
Saturday's game will mark the third of eight matchups between the Sound Tigers and Phantoms this season, and the second of four meetings at the PPL Center. Bridgeport is still looking for its first win against Lehigh Valley this year after suffering a pair of losses, including a 5-2 setback in Allentown on Oct. 20. Ben Holmstrom and Steve Bernier each scored that night.
VIEW FROM ALLENTOWN
The Phantoms are third in the Atlantic Division standings with 22 points in their first 18 games of the season. Last time out, Corban Knight and Greg Carey each scored in a 4-2 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday as Lehigh Valley continued on a season-long six-game road trip. Alex Lyon made 34 saves on 37 shots and now ranks fifth among AHL netminders in saves (338), and fourth in minutes played (706). Third-year forward Danick Martel leads the Phantoms, and the League, with 14 goals, but the Philadelphia Flyers recalled him for the first time in his career on Wednesday afternoon. That transaction will slow Lehigh Valley a bit as the team returns home to host Bridgeport on Saturday night. The Phantoms have lost three straight games at home and have not won in regulation at the PPL Center since topping the Sound Tigers on Oct. 20.
TIGERS VS. BEARS
Sunday's 5 p.m. game will mark the first of eight matchups between the Sound Tigers and Bears this season, and the first of four contests at the GIANT Center. Bridgeport went 5-3-0-0 against Hershey in 2016-17 and 2-2-0-0 in those games on the road.
VIEW FROM HERSHEY
Troy Mann's club enters the weekend on a two-game slide after falling to the Providence Bruins last Sunday and the Springfield Thunderbirds on Wednesday, in which forward Dustin Gazley scored Hershey's only goal in a 2-1 loss. The Bears are led in scoring by veteran forward Chris Bourque, who paces the team in goals (seven), assists (18) and points (25). Bourque also leads all AHL players in points and assists, and is second in the League in shots (68). Between the pipes, Pheonix Copley is 11th with a 2.34 goals-against-average. Hershey is off Friday before a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader against Hartford and Bridgeport, respectively.
TOEWS TAKING OVER
Devon Toews has scored in three consecutive games, which is a career-high for the second-year defenseman and also matches a season-long streak for the Sound Tigers. The 23-year-old now has four goals in 16 games this season and currently ranks second on the team with 11 points. He had five goals all of last year. In addition, Toews leads all AHL defensemen in shots (52), is tied for second among defensemen in game-winning goals (two) and is tied for seventh among league blue-liners in points.
KING OF THE CREASE
Fifth-year goaltender Christopher Gibson has won two straight games and five of his last six, and hasn't allowed more than two goals in any of those outings. That success has lowered Gibson's goals-against-average to just 2.12 (seventh in the AHL). In addition, Gibson has won 30 games during his Sound Tigers career and currently sits seventh on the team's all-time wins list, five behind Anders Nilsson (2011-14).
Devon Toews has six points (four goals, two assists) in four games dating back to Nov. 11… Travis St. Denis (two goals, two assists) and Tanner Fritz (four assists) are each on three-game point streaks… The Sound Tigers have scored the first goal and outshot their opponents in 12 of 16 games this year… The Sound Tigers have won four straight games away from Webster Bank Arena as they return to the road on Saturday… Sebastian Aho is tied for first among AHL defensemen with six goals… Bridgeport is nearing the end of its streak of 14 straight games against division opponents... Kane Lafranchise played his 400th pro game last Sunday against Springfield... Connor Jones also played his 200th pro game on Sunday.
NHL: New York Islanders (12-7-2): Next at Philadelphia Flyers - Friday, 4 p.m. ET
ECHL: Worcester Railers (7-6-1-1): Next at Toledo Walleye - Friday, 7:15 p.m. ET
Star Wars Night: If you're a Star Wars fanatic, then Saturday, Dec. 2 against the Utica Comets is for you! The first 3,000 fans will take home a limited edition Sound Tigers light saber when doors open at 6 p.m. and the team will wear Star Wars jerseys during the game, which will be up for bid at a silent auction on the Webster Bank Arena concourse. Plus, you just might bump into popular members of the Star Wars trilogy. Limited ticket packages are available now that feature access to the game, a character bobblehead and more starting at $25. The package also includes a pass to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" in theaters, courtesy of Bow Tie Cinemas. For more info and to order this special package, call 203.345.2300 Option 7 or CLICK HERE.
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