Sound Tigers Get Power Play Going in 3-2 Loss
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-2-0-0), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, scored twice on the power play in their rematch against the Charlotte Checkers (3-1-0-0) on Saturday, but suffered a 3-2 loss at Bojangles Coliseum.
Scott Eansor continued to impress with his third goal of the weekend and fourth of the season, while Steve Bernier notched his second tally in two days. Christopher Gibson (0-2-0) made 23 saves in net, but also surrendered a pair of power-play goals to the Checkers as Bridgeport split the weekend doubleheader in North Carolina.
For the second time in as many nights, Eansor put the Sound Tigers up 1-0 with a first-period goal to extend his scoring streak to three games. Following a sequence of penalties at the 8:58 mark that resulted in a Sound Tigers power play, Eansor received a pass from Matt Gaudreau near the slot and fired a wrist shot through Ross Johnston's screen and past goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic at 12:32. Eansor now has four goals in three professional games. In addition, Mitch Vande Sompel collected his second pro point with an assist.
A resilient Checkers group responded in the second period with the beginning of three straight goals, which ultimately proved to be enough in Charlotte's third win of the season. Valentin Zykov evened the score at the 5:54 mark with a power-play tally of his own, setting up in the low slot and finishing a forehand shot past Gibson's glove. It came with Stephen Gionta in the box for delay of game and followed Lucas Wallmark's impressive effort to hold the puck in the zone. Wallmark was credited with the first of three assists on the evening.
Philip Samuelsson put the Checkers ahead 2-1 at 10:36 of the second period when he cleaned up a scramble in the crease created by Wallmark's shot from the parameter. It was Samuelsson's first goal of the season and the only tally of the night that was scored at even strength.
Charlotte extended its lead to 3-1 at 7:37 of the final frame courtesy of Nick Schilkey, who scored his first pro goal in his debut. Following a hooking penalty to Ross Johnston, the Checkers cycled the puck around to Jake Chelios at the point where he unleashed a slap shot that Schilkey redirected from the slot past Gibson.
Less than two minutes later, the Sound Tigers got one back when Bernier redirected in a power-play goal off a Devon Toews wrist shot from the right side. Dennis Robertson was called for holding at 8:49 and Bridgeport made him pay as Sebastian Aho found Toews in the circle, where the second-year defenseman wired a shot off Bernier's body and across the goal line.
The Sound Tigers opted to pull Gibson with less than 90 seconds left, but it wasn't enough, despite relentless pressure in the final seconds including a shot from Bernier that bounced off the side of the net.
Both teams finished the game 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Sound Tigers outshot the Checkers 30-26. Nedeljkovic (2-0-0) made 28 saves in Charlotte's win.
Next Time Out: The Sound Tigers travel to Allentown, Penn. to battle the Lehigh Valley Phantoms next Friday, Oct. 20 at 7:05 p.m. Fans can follow all of the live action from the PPL Center on the Sound Tigers Radio Network and AHL Live, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.
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