The Sound Tigers entered the 2010-11 10th Anniversary Season looking to repeat history from their inaugural season when they made their first and only trip to the Calder Cup Finals. However, the Sound Tigers were plagued with injuries and call-ups during the second half of the season and were unable to recover from a slow start to the 2011 calendar year. Despite their mid-season struggles, both the team and individual players posted some impressive numbers over the course of the season. Here’s a “by the numbers” look at the Sound Tigers 10th Anniversary Season.
17 – Players who scored their first goals as members of the Sound Tigers, including 12 who notched their first AHL goals.
20.9% - The Sound Tigers power-play percentage this season, which ranked 4th in the AHL and best in the Atlantic Division. Rhett Rakhshani led the team and all AHL rookies with 12 power-play goals followed by Jeremy Colliton (11), Justin DiBenedetto (9), David Ullstrom (8) and Micheal Haley (7). The Sound Tigers scored 80 of their 218 goals on the power play, second only to Binghamton’s 81 tallies with the man-advantage.
176 – Career points scored by Jeremy Colliton, including 18 goals and 27 assists this season. Colliton passed Rob Collins for the all-time mark on Mar. 25 at Portland, tying a team record with four assists in a 5-1 win. Colliton is also tied with Rob Collins for the Sound Tigers all-time assists lead with 110. The Blackie, Alta. native had an impressive season after a slow first month, totaling 42 points in his final 35 games.
+9 – Tyler McNeely’s team-leading plus/minus mark in 10 games with the Sound Tigers. The Northeastern University product enjoyed a breakout game at Binghamton on Apr. 2 where he had his first two pro goals and an assist, including the game-winner late in the third period. McNeely joined the team in late March on an amateur tryout contract and averaged over a point per game (11 points in 10 games) to finish the season.
24-38-62 – Rhett Rakhshani’s goals, assists and point totals which all led the Sound Tigers this season. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native also recorded two separate seven-game point scoring streaks during his first pro season. Rakhshani also tied Luke Adam for the AHL rookie scoring title and had 19 multi-point games in 66 appearances.
119 - Seconds in which Rakhshani scored three goals during the second period of the Sound Tigers 6-2 win over Springfield on Apr. 5. It was Rakhshani’s second professional hat trick, his second in less than two weeks, the fifth natural hat trick in Sound Tigers history and the fastest hat trick by a Sound Tiger.
17 – Players that played for both the Islanders and Sound Tigers this season.
46 – Season-high saves by Mikko Koskinen in a 4-3 win in the Sound Tigers season finale win on April 10. Koskinen finished the season well with wins in four of his last five appearances, three of them coming against Calder Cup playoff-bound teams.
8 – Times the Sound Tigers scored in the final five minutes of regulation to win or force overtime. The Sound Tigers completed this feat on three consecutive days with goals from Tony Romano, Rob Hisey (SH) and David Ullstrom from Mar. 18-20.
4 – Overtime game-winning goals this season, including Mark Wotton’s tally with 10.3 seconds left in the extra session of a 3-2 win on Nov. 13 and Justin DiBenedetto’s no-look, between-the-legs goal to take down Manchester by a score of 2-1 on Mar. 19.
46 & 48 – Numbers worn by defensemen Matt Donovan and Cameron Wind, the first Sound Tigers in franchise history to wear these numbers in a game.
2 – Wins in front of over 10.000 combined students during the Sound Tigers Cool Fun 101 and 102 games this season. The Sound Tigers defeated the Springfield Falcons 6-5 in a shootout on Nov. 3 and followed it with a 6-2 win over the Falcons on Apr. 5. Both games were special 11 a.m. starts and featured educational activities on the concourse and seminars regarding the industry of professional sports.
62 – Team record amount of players who appeared in a game this season for the Sound Tigers. Five players (Chris Barton, Rob Kwiet, Louis Liotti, Cameron Wind and Rob Schremp) appeared in just one game. 14 appeared in 50 games or more. All made a contribution to the Sound Tigers this season.
.800 – Sound Tigers winning percentage over their last five games. A testament to the team’s character and work ethic despite mathematical elimination from the postseason, the Sound Tigers finished the season strong including wins in seven of their final 10 games and six of their last seven road contests.
7,205 – Fans who attended the Sound Tigers regular season finale against Albany, marking the second largest crowd at Webster Bank Arena this season. The final number is a thank you to all Sound Tigers fans. Whether you attended one game or 40 games, we appreciate your support and look forward to next season!