Sound Tigers Using The Force This Weekend
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THE STORY COMING IN
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (11-7-1-0), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, are unbeaten in regulation since Nov. 15 and enter a three-game series this weekend on a season-long six-game point streak (5-0-1-0). The Sound Tigers face the Utica Comets (9-9-0-1) on Friday night at the Adirondack Bank Center before returning to Webster Bank Arena to rematch the Comets on Star Wars Night this Saturday. The weekend concludes on Sunday against the Providence Bruins (10-6-2-0) in Bridgeport.
LAST TIME OUT
The Sound Tigers collected five of six possible points in a three-game series last weekend, including a 3-2 shootout win on Sunday against the Hershey Bears at Giant Center. Former Bear Ryan Bourque scored both of Bridgeport's goals in regulation during his return to Chocolate Town, while Penn State product Casey Bailey recorded the winner in a three-round shootout. The Sound Tigers are now looking to earn points for the seventh straight game for the first time since the club won seven in a row from Feb. 7 - Feb. 19 of last season.
STAR WARS NIGHT
If you're a Star Wars fanatic, then Saturday's game at Webster Bank Arena is for you! The first 3,000 fans will take home a Sound Tigers light saber when doors open at 6 p.m. and the team will wear special Star Wars jerseys during the game, which will be up for bid at a silent auction on the concourse. You'll also bump into popular members of the Star Wars trilogy throughout the night. Limited ticket packages are still available that feature access to the game, a pass to see "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" at Bow Tie Theaters and a character bobblehead for just at $25. For more info and to order this special package, call 203.345.2300 Option 7 or CLICK HERE.
TIGERS VS. COMETS
Friday's game marks the first of two matchups between Bridgeport and Utica this season, and the only meeting at the Adirondack Bank Center. In fact, both contests will take place this weekend, as the Comets will chase the Sound Tigers down the highway after Friday's game in preparation for a rematch on Saturday at Webster Bank Arena. The Sound Tigers went 1-3-0-0 against the Comets last season and 0-2-0-0 in those games on the road.
VIEW FROM UTICA
Trent Cull's team has won three straight games for the second time this season following a 2-1 overtime victory against the Rochester Americans at home on Wednesday. Jayson Megna scored the Comets' lone goal in regulation (shorthanded) and Reid Boucher sealed it with his team-leading ninth tally of the year at 1:29 of overtime, while Thatcher Demko made 29 saves en route to his team-best seventh win. Utica goes for its first four-game winning streak since Feb. 24 - Mar. 10 of last season when they host Bridgeport on Friday.
TIGERS VS. BRUINS
Sunday's 3 p.m. contest will be the third of 12 games between the Sound Tigers and Bruins this season, and the first of six matchups at Webster Bank Arena. Bridgeport is 2-0-0-0 in the season series and has outscored Providence 7-0 so far following a pair of shutouts in Rhode Island last month. Sebastian Aho scored the lone goal and Christopher Gibson made 27 saves in a 1-0 win on Nov. 3, before Aho recoded a hat trick and Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 31 shots in a 6-0 victory on Nov. 5. Those two games accounted for both of the Sound Tigers' shutouts this season.
VIEW FROM PROVIDENCE
The Bruins are just 4-4-0-2 over their last 10 games, but sit third in the Atlantic Division entering a three-game series this weekend. Providence is coming off of a 2-1 shootout win against the Charlotte Checkers last Sunday, in which Colton Hargrove netted his team-leading sixth goal of the season and Colby Cave and Ryan Fitzgerald each scored in a five-round shootout. Jordan Binnington also contributed with 18 saves in the crease. Overall, Austin Czarnik leads the team with 13 points (five goals, eight assists) in just 12 appearances and Zane McIntyre has earned a team-best five wins between the pipes. The Bruins host the Binghamton Senators in a Friday-Saturday doubleheader before traveling to Bridgeport on Sunday afternoon.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
The Sound Tigers capped one of their best months in over a year on Sunday, finishing November with a 8-2-1-0 record. Bridgeport outscored its opponents 36-22 during the month and has battled back to a winning record after going 3-5-0-0 in October. The Sound Tigers went 9-3-0-0 in November and February of last season, as well as 8-2-1-1 last January.
KING OF THE CREASE
Fifth-year goaltender Christopher Gibson has won four straight games and seven of his last eight, and has only allowed more than two goals once in those outings. That success has lowered Gibson's goals-against-average to just 2.17, tied for seventh in the AHL. In addition, Gibson has won 32 games during his Sound Tigers career and currently sits seventh on the team's all-time wins list, three behind Anders Nilsson (2011-14). Gibson started this season 0-3-0 with a 3.73 goals-against-average, but is an impressive 7-1-0 with a 1.60 goals-against-average and .938 save percentage since Oct. 27.
SHOTS, SHOTS, SHOTS!
Bridgeport leads the Eastern Conference with 32.63 shots per game and ranks second in the conference with 27.00 shots per game, behind Syracuse. The team has 33 or more shots in three straight contests.
The Sound Tigers are 0-2-0-0 against North Division opponents this season... Sebastian Aho is on a team-best four-game point streak (1g, 3a) and leads all AHL defensemen with seven goals... Bridgeport has scored first and outshot its opponent in 14 of 19 games this season… Devon Toews leads all AHL blue-liners with 59 shots… The Sound Tigers are 1-0 in shootouts this season following Sunday's victory at Hershey… The club went 5-1 in shootouts in 2016-17... Ryan Bourque notched his first two-goal game on Sunday since Nov. 15, 2015.
NHL: New York Islanders (15-7-2): Next vs. Ottawa Senators - Friday, 7 p.m. ET
ECHL: Worcester Railers (8-7-1-1): Next at Adirondack Thunder - Friday, 7 p.m. ET
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