Sound Tigers Square Off Against T-Birds Tonight
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THE STORY COMING IN
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (20-15-4-2), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, welcome the Springfield Thunderbirds (19-23-1-1) to Webster Bank Arena tonight for a mid-week showdown at 7 p.m. The Sound Tigers have won back-to-back games and are playing terrific hockey at home in particular, collecting points in each of their last eight contests in Bridgeport (6-0-1-1). Last time out, Kristers Gudlevskis (25 saves) and Toronto's Garret Sparks (31 saves) dueled to a double shutout on Sunday evening, but the Sound Tigers came out on top with a 1-0 shootout victory against the Marlies. Toronto-area native Mitch Vande Sompel recorded the game-deciding goal in a three-round shootout, while Gudlevskis collected his second shutout of the season.
DINNER AND A SHOW
Take advantage of popular concession specials during tonight's game and every weekday home game this season, featuring $1 hot dogs courtesy of Hummel Bros. and $5 draft beers for those 21 and older, presented by Budweiser. Each deal is available at all first-level concession stands at Webster Bank Arena. Great seats are still available!
TIGERS VS. T-BIRDS
Tonight's game marks the sixth of 10 meetings between the Sound Tigers and Thunderbirds this season, and the third of five matchups at Webster Bank Arena. Bridgeport is 2-3-0-0 against Springfield this year and the home team has won each of the first five contests, including two victories for the Sound Tigers back in November. However, the T-Birds have won each of the last three meetings and are coming off of a 5-2 victory on Dec. 22, in which Anthony Greco logged a season-high four points (two goals, two assists).
VIEW FROM SPRINGFIELD
The Thunderbirds went 2-11-1-0 in their first 14 games, but are 17-12-0-1 since Nov. 11 and have nearly climbed out of the Atlantic Division's basement. Geordie Kinnear's team won five straight games earlier this month, but Springfield has lost two in a row entering tonight's contest, including a 2-0 setback to the Providence Bruins on Sunday. Despite suffering the loss, Samuel Montembeault was impressive with a career-high 47 saves on 48 shots and climbed to fifth in the AHL in minutes played this season (1,662).
Kristers Gudlevskis stood on his head Sunday and became just the 19th AHL netminder to play through 65 minutes, plus a shootout, with an entirely blank sheet. It was the 12th shutout of Gudlevskis' five-year professional career and the victory also snapped an eight-game winless streak dating back to November (0-4-4). Bridgeport's other goaltender, Christopher Gibson, stopped 25 shots in Saturday's win against Providence and now sits sixth among AHL netminders in wins (16) and is 12th in goals-against-average (2.51). Gibson also ranks ninth among League goalies in minutes played (1,461).
PROSPECT WITH POISE
2015 third-round draft pick Mitch Vande Sompel is having a terrific rookie season and is currently the Sound Tigers' active leading scorer with 20 points (three goals, 17 assists). The Islanders prospect has also shown his poise in key situations, going 2-for-2 in pro shootout attempts with the game-deciding tally each time. Vande Sompel is tied for 21st among AHL defensemen in points and ranks just outside the top 20 in scoring among first-year players as well.
Down-to-the-wire finishes are becoming a theme for the Sound Tigers. Each of their last three games, and six of the last seven, have been decided by just one tally and Bridgeport is now tied for second in the AHL with 23 one-goal outcomes this season (trailing Utica with 24). The Sound Tigers are 11-6-4-2 when games are decided by just one goal.
The Sound Tigers have outshot their opponent 31 times in 41 games this season (75.6%), including three straight contests… Bridgeport is 14-11-4-2 when recording more shots than the opponent… The Sound Tigers' penalty kill is second in the AHL overall (87.6%) and seventh at home (86.0%).
NHL: New York Islanders (24-20-5): Next at Vegas Golden Knights - Tomorrow, 10 p.m. ET
ECHL: Worcester Railers (15-19-3-2): Next vs. Quad City Mallards - Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET
Marvel Night: Meet Spiderman, Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America this Saturday at 7 p.m. when the Sound Tigers host the Hershey Bears at Webster Bank Arena. Special ticket packages are available now through Friday afternoon that include access to the game, a superhero t-shirt and more, starting at just $25. Click here for tickets and more information on Marvel Night, or call the team's front office at 203-345-2300 ext. 7. Doors open at 6 p.m.
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About the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
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