PORTLAND, Maine – Brian Day and David Ullstrom scored 1:23 apart midway through the third period and Mikko Koskinen made 33 saves as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Portland Pirates 2-1 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Wednesday night. The Sound Tigers earn their fourth straight road win and improve to 26-37-4-7. Portland falls to 44-21-6-2.
Portland took a 1-0 lead just 3:32 into the first period. Tony Romano went to skate the puck out of the Sound Tigers zone, but got caught up with Mark Wotton by the blue line, knocking the puck away and giving Paul Byron a clear lane to the net. Byron skated in on Mikko Koskinen and deked a few times before backhanding the puck by the Sound Tigers netminder to put the Pirates up 1-0. Portland doubled up Bridgeport in the shots department by a 12-6 margin and carried their one-goal lead to the second period.
The Sound Tigers controlled much of the play for the second part of the second period, however the posts were unkind to Pat Bingham’s squad. After Joe Pereira forced a turnover at the Sound Tigers blue line the West Haven native skated in on a breakaway, but fired off the right post and the score remained 1-0. Less than a minute later, Tony Romano came in along the left side and beat Leggio, but his shot caromed off the right post and away as Portland still held their 1-0 lead after two periods.
With 10:46 left in the third period the Sound Tigers knotted the score. Romano and Brian Day skated in on a 2-on-1, and Romano fed the puck towards the slot to Day. Day’s one-timer beat Leggio for his second goal in four games with the Sound Tigers, both of them against Portland, and the game was tied 1-1. Just 1:23 later, Robin Figren’s aggressive forecheck put the Sound Tigers in front. Figren forced a turnover behind the Portland net, and got the puck in front to Ullstrom who backhanded the puck over Leggio to give the Sound Tigers a 2-1 lead. Portland pressed late in the third period, but Mikko Koskinen held the Pirates at bay and the Sound Tigers came away with their second win in Portland in five days, this one by a 2-1 score.
The Sound Tigers return to action Friday night at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Springfield to face the Falcons.
Rakhshani – Colliton – Romano
Pereira – Ullstrom – Figren
McNeely – Hisey – Day
Neigum – Svendsen – Barton
Ness - Olson
Wotton – Bidlevskii
Motherwell - Campanale