Sound Tigers Pocket One Point in 3-2 Overtime Loss
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (16-12-3-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, scored a power-play goal for the seventh consecutive game and earned one point against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (19-10-2-1) on Wednesday, but suffered a 3-2 overtime loss at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.
Travis St. Denis and Michael Dal Colle each recorded a first-period tally and Christopher Gibson (12-6-2) made 22 saves as the Sound Tigers collected a point for the fourth straight game (3-0-1). However, the Penguins stormed back with three unanswered goals to extend their win streak to three in a row.
The Sound Tigers controlled play through the majority of the first two periods and scored twice in the opening eight minutes to build a 2-0 lead. St. Denis capitalized on Bridgeport's first power-play opportunity at the 3:41 mark when he perfectly placed a one-time slap shot off the cross bar and in for his second goal in as many games. Kane Lafranchise and Ryan Bourque (on his 27th birthday) set it up at the blue line and St. Denis finished his eighth tally of the season overall with the blast from the right circle.
Dal Colle followed that up less than four minutes later with his fifth goal of the season on a rebound. Kyle Burroughs fired a shot from the right point that goaltender Anthony Peters turned aside, but the second chance bounced to the left circle where Dal Colle placed it blocker side at 7:26. Parker Wotherspoon also earned an assist.
Following a scoreless middle frame, reigning NCAA scoring champion with Northeastern University, Zach Aston-Reese, made it 2-1 at 8:18 of the third period. Jean-Sebastian Dea cleanly won a faceoff in the right circle back to Aston-Reese, and the rookie forward fired a low shot past Gibson for his third tally in as many games.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton continued its comeback effort in the final half-minute and evened the game courtesy of Greg McKegg's power-play goal at 19:36. With Ben Holmstrom in the box for roughing and Peters on the bench, the Penguins converted on their 6-on-4 opportunity when McKegg buried a one-time shot from the doorstep for his third AHL goal this season. Colin Smith fed it to Garrett Wilson below the goal line, where the seventh-year forward quickly slipped it to the low slot for McKegg. The tally snapped Bridgeport's streak of successful penalty kills at 33-for-33 – the second longest streak in franchise history dating back to Dec. 15.
Just 26 seconds into overtime, Teddy Blueger propelled Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to victory with a backhand shot that beat Gibson low during a 1-on-1 rush in transition. Blueger corralled the puck in the neutral zone and skated in against Josh Ho-Sang before scoring from the right hash marks. It was Blueger's 10th goal of the season.
The Sound Tigers finished the game 1-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. Gibson earned Bridgeport at least one point for the fourth straight game, while Peters (3-2-1) made 28 saves in the Penguins' win. Bridgeport outshot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 30-25.
The contest also included one fight when Connor Jones and Jarrett Burton dropped the gloves at 3:48 of the first period.
Next Time Out: The Sound Tigers continue a three-game road trip on Friday with a 7:05 p.m. puck drop against the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena. It will mark the first of two meetings in Rochester, N.Y. this season. Fans can follow all of the live action on the Sound Tigers Radio Network and AHL Live, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.
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