Sound Tigers Open Four-Game Trip in Rochester
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THE STORY COMING IN
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (25-22-5-3), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, open a four-game road trip this evening with a 7:05 p.m. matchup against the Rochester Americans (27-15-8-6) at Blue Cross Arena. The Sound Tigers are looking to snap a season-long six-game slide away from Webster Bank Arena (0-4-1-1) that began January 16 with a 3-0 loss in Charlotte, N.C. However, Bridgeport is coming off of a 1-0 win against the Charlotte Checkers at home on Sunday, in which Kellen Jones scored the game's only tally and Kristers Gudlevskis stopped a season-high 39 shots for his third shutout of the season. It was Bridgeport's sixth shutout as a team this year.
TIGERS VS. AMERKS
Tonight's game marks the third of four meetings between the Sound Tigers and Amerks this season, and the second of two contests at Blue Cross Arena. Rochester has won each of the first two matchups this year, including a 3-2 overtime victory in Upstate New York on Jan. 5. Anthony Beauvillier, now back with the New York Islanders, scored twice that night and Kristers Gudlevskis made 25 saves, but Amerks rookie Brendan Guhle notched the game-winner just 61 seconds into the extra frame. Zach Redmond leads all scorers in the series with three points (two goals, one assist), all coming in Rochester's 4-1 win at Webster Bank Arena on Dec. 10.
VIEW FROM ROCHESTER
The Amerks snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-4 win against the AHL's top team, the Toronto Marlies, in their last outing at Ricoh Coliseum on Saturday. Justin Bailey scored twice and captain Kevin Porter registered three points (one goal, two assists) that evening, while Adam Wilcox made 24 saves for Rochester. However, the Amerks return home tonight where they have dropped three in a row and are just 12-11-0-3 this season. Rochester is led by All-Star forward C.J. Smith with 39 points (14 goals, 25 assists) in 50 games, which also ranks fourth among AHL rookies. In addition, Smith is fifth among League rookies in helpers, but hasn't recorded a point in four straight games.
The New York Islanders loaned Tanner Fritz, Sebastian Aho and Christopher Gibson to Bridgeport just before 3 p.m. on Monday in a paper transaction to maintain their AHL eligibility for the remainder of the season. Each player was then recalled by the Islanders shortly after. The most notable name not on the list was forward Ross Johnston, who recorded 11 points (three goals, eight assists) and 113 penalty minutes in 38 games with the Sound Tigers this season. Johnston was recalled by the Islanders on Jan. 19 and has five points (three goals, two assists) in 12 NHL games this season. He is no longer eligible to play with the Sound Tigers in 2017-18.
THE LONELIEST NUMBER
Bridgeport's narrow victory over Charlotte on Sunday was the team's fifth 1-0 game this season (3-2) and its fourth since Jan. 21. The Sound Tigers played three 1-0 games last season and only 10 over the last 10 seasons combined. Bridgeport now ranks fifth in the AHL in goals against per game (2.65) and continues to pace the League in shots against per game (26.13). The Sound Tigers are 15-1-0-1 when allowing one or fewer goals this season and 12-9-5-3 in one-goal decisions.
Kristers Gudlevskis is two games shy of his 200th pro appearance… Casey Bailey is three games away from his 200th pro contest… Steve Bernier is three games shy of his 800th pro appearance… Bridgeport's power play is 0-for-21 over the last six games, but its penalty kill is 17-for-19 during that span… The Sound Tigers' penalty kill is third in the AHL at 85.8%... Bridgeport's four-game road trip is tied for its longest of the season... Thirteen of the club's final 21 games will take place on the road.
NHL: New York Islanders (29-27-7): Next at Montreal Canadiens - Tonight, 7 p.m. ET
ECHL: Worcester Railers (24-23-4-3): Next vs. Wheeling Nailers - Friday, 7:05 p.m. ET
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