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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost to the Worcester Sharks in a shootout Saturday night, falling by a score of 2-1. Dallas Jackson scored the lone Sound Tigers goal in the first period, but Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick made key stops late to keep the game tied. Kenny Reiter made 37 saves but came away unlucky to be charged with a shootout loss.
The game opened with plenty of fisticuffs as there were three fights in the first 3:37 of play. First, Justin Johnson and Jimmy Bonneau dropped the gloves right off a faceoff in the Sound Tigers zone. The two went to the box, but on the ensuing faceoff, Brett Gallant and Matt Pelech did the same. About a minute later, Kirill Kabanov broke into the Sharks zone, but the play was whistled dead as Scott Mayfield and Eriah Hayes were tangled up behind the play.
Later in the period, the Sound Tigers opened the scoring on Jackson’s second goal of the season. Jackson, who had two assists in Friday’s game against Providence, snuck down from the right point, took a pass from Mike Cornell and redirected it past Grosenick to give the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead.
Neither team scored in the second period, as Reiter withstood nine Sharks shots on goal. Worcester went into the second intermission with a 22-11 advantage in shots. There were also some cooler heads in the second period, as it appeared the three fights earlier in the game were enough for both teams.
The Sharks evened the score early in the third on a blast from Taylor Doherty. The big defensemen took a pass at the right point, walked it to the middle and wound up for a huge drive that rang off the crossbar and down to tie the game at one with 15:13 left in the third period.
That was the last goal that either team would score, as both goaltenders stood on their heads throughout the third period and overtime. Reiter has made a combined 79 stops in the last two games.
The Sharks scored twice in the shootout, while the Sound Tigers were not able to beat Grosenick, who made three tremendous stops in overtime to keep the game alive.
The Sound Tigers return to action Sunday with a 3 p.m. contest against the St. John’s IceCaps. The Bridgeport Rescue Mission and the Sound Tigers will be accepting new and gently-used coats for the Mission’s Great ThanksGiving Project.
3rd star: Brodie Reid (WOR)
2nd star: Kenny Reiter (BST)
1st star: Taylor Doherty (WOR)
Unlikely Scorer: The goal from Taylor Doherty was his second in 121 AHL games.
Good Weekend: Dallas Jackson has three points (one goal, two assists) in two games so far this weekend.
No Man Advantage: Saturday’s game was just the sixth time in Sound Tigers history that they went the whole game without a power play.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
9 Anders Lee-18 Ryan Strome-26 Mike Halmo
11 Jon Sim-28 Johan Sundstrom-77 Kirill Kabanov
39 Joey Diamond-54 Chris Langkow-16 Chris Bruton
44 Brett Gallant-19 Riley Wetmore-49 Justin Johnson
12 Calvin de Haan-15 Marc Cantin
5 Mike Keenan-10 Scott Mayfield
21 Dallas Jackson-4 Mike Cornell
35 Kenny Reiter
30 Parker Milner
WORCESTER SHARKS LINES
27 Rylan Schwartz-16 Bracken Kearns-22 Dan DaSilva
15 Brodie Reid-12 Freddie Hamilton-18 Eriah Hayes
13 Curt Gogol-21 Travis Oleksuk-26 James Livingston
43 Jimmy Bonneau-28 Riley Brace-23 Matt Pelech
3 Rob Davison-5 Matt Tennyson
44 Adan Comrie-4 Taylor Doherty
29 Nick Petrecki-2 Dylan DeMelo
1 Troy Grosenick
35 Harri Sateri