Sound Tigers Come Up Short in OT Loss to Amerks
Anthony Beauvillier scored twice on Friday as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (16-12-4-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, came up short in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rochester Americans (21-8-3-3) at Blue Cross Arena.
Beauvillier's first tally came just nine seconds into the contest and became the fastest goal ever scored to begin a game for the Sound Tigers. His second tied the game in the final 36 seconds of regulation and helped Bridgeport earn one point for the second time this week. It pushed the club's unbeaten in regulation streak to five games (3-0-2-0).
Beauvillier made it 1-0 just nine seconds into the game when he and Josh Ho-Sang capitalized on an Amerks' turnover directly following the opening faceoff. Colin Blackwell won the draw back, but there was miscommunication between Rochester's defensemen and Ho-Sang stole the puck away. After gaining possession, the second-year forward quickly dropped it to Beauvillier, who wired a shot past goaltender Linus Ullmark from the top of the left circle. It was his first AHL goal in just his second appearance.
The Amerks bounced back and evened the game at 5:13 of the second period when Garrett Ross tapped home a back-door pass from Hudson Fasching. Blackwell began the play on the right side by guiding a pass to Fasching, who skated to the right post and slowed to draw Kristers Gudlevskis out. Fasching then slipped a pass across the doorstep for Ross for his sixth goal of the season.
Following another long scoreless streak that saw both teams come up empty during the next 24 minutes, Sahir Gill put Rochester on top 2-1 at 9:54 of the third. Kevin Porter fired a shot from the right circle that Brendan Guhle nudged in on Gudlevskis, but Bridgeport's netminder made a nifty right pad save. However, Gudlevskis couldn't cover it and Gill guided home the rebound for his team-best 12th goal of the season.
Head coach Brent Thompson opted to leave his crease empty in the final 90 seconds in hopes of tying the game, and his decision paid off at the 19:24 mark. Mitch Vande Sompel settled the puck at the right half wall and filtered a pass to St. Denis in the slot, where he touched it over to Beauvillier. From the left circle, Beauvillier rapidly turned and sent a wrist shot off the post and in to even the game at 2-2.
In overtime, Guhle grabbed a loose puck and capitalized on a 2-on-0 breakaway, beating Gudlevskis with a backhand shot, low and glove side, just 61 seconds in.
Gudlevskis (4-6-3) finished the game with 22 saves on 25 shots, while Ullmark (16-0-0) turned back 28 chances for his league-leading 16th win. The Sound Tigers outshot the Americans 30-28.
In addition, Bridgeport's power play went 0-for-6 in the contest and saw its streak of consecutive games with a power-play goal come to an end at seven. The Sound Tigers went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill.
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