Sound Tigers End Road Trip with Loss to Marlies
Kyle Burroughs scored in the opening six minutes on Saturday, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (16-13-4-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, could not hold onto the early lead and suffered a 6-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies (26-11-0-0) at Ricoh Coliseum.
The setback snapped Bridgeport's undefeated in regulation streak at five games (3-0-2-0).
Colin Greening led the way for the Marlies with four points (two goals, two assists), while Calvin Pickard (11-5-0) made 36 saves in his first start since Dec. 26. It also proved to be one of the more rough games for the Sound Tigers this season as Seth Helgeson, Casey Bailey and Ben Holmstrom all dropped the gloves. Both teams combined for 80 penalty minutes.
Burroughs netted his second goal of the season at 5:45 of the first period when he snapped a shot past Pickard's glove from between the circles. Ross Johnston created the scoring chance from the right circle by filtering a backhand pass to the slot where Burroughs skated onto it and ripped it home. Parker Wotherspoon also earned an assist as Bridgeport outshot Toronto 11-1 at the time of the tally.
Visibly unhappy with how the game started, Marlies' head coach Sheldon Keefe successfully turned the tides by using his timeout shortly after. He gathered his team at the bench and within 25 seconds of Burroughs' goal, Toronto tied it when Andreas Johnsson's recorded his 14th tally of the season. Kasperi Kapanen guided the puck to Miro Aaltonen and the latter skated to the right post, and slowed, before sliding a pass to Johnsson across the crease. Johnsson forced it home at the back door to make it 1-1 at the 6:10 mark.
Toronto took the lead at 10:13 of the first period when Andrew Nielsen floated a shot past Christopher Gibson's glove from the left point. Several skaters gathered in the slot and created a screen against Gibson, who couldn't snag the eventual game-winner from the air.
The Marlies added a pair of goals in the second period and two more in the third to complete their 6-1 win. Greening capitalized on a shorthanded breakaway at 13:43 of the middle frame when he gathered a loose puck at the red line and charged in on Gibson, beating him on the backhand with Nielsen in the box.
Kapanen followed that up less than three minutes later with his 10th goal of the season. Johnsson corralled the puck on the left wing shortly after a faceoff win and filtered a pass to hash marks, where Kapanen gathered it and steered a shot off of the crossbar and in at 16:05.
Greening scored his second of the game to make it 5-1 following a productive individual effort down low. As Greening shielded off Connor Jones in the corner, he curled out to the right circle and fired a low shot under Gibson's pads at 2:22 of the third period.
Adam Brooks ended the scoring at the 8:21 mark when he netted his third goal of the season, assisted by Greening and Martin Marincin.
The Sound Tigers finished the game 0-for-4 on the power play, but 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Gibson (12-7-2) made 24 saves and saw his personal six-game unbeaten streak come to an end (4-0-2).
Bridgeport outshot Toronto 37-30.
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