Sound Tigers Host Devils in 2017 Finale
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THE STORY COMING IN
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (15-12-2-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, play their final game of 2017 tonight when they welcome the Binghamton Devils (10-15-4-1) to Webster Bank Arena at 7 p.m. The Sound Tigers are looking to roll into the New Year with three straight wins after defeating the Hartford Wolf Pack and Hershey Bears within the past week. Last time out, Bridgeport scored three times on the power play and its penalty kill was perfect in a 3-1 win against Hershey on Wednesday. Tanner Fritz and Scott Eansor each collected one goal and added an assist, while Casey Bailey also earned a multi-point performance with two helpers. In the crease, Chris Gibson (11-6-1) made 21 saves on his 25th birthday and wrapped up sole possession of sixth place on the Sound Tigers' all-time wins list with his 36th career victory.
TIGERS VS. DEVILS
Tonight's game features the second and final meeting between the Sound Tigers and Devils this season, and the only matchup at Webster Bank Arena. Binghamton took the first installment on Oct. 7 (season opener) with a 2-1 decision at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in New York. Scott Eansor scored Bridgeport's lone goal in the third period of his pro debut, but Nathan Bastian's first pro tally for Binghamton (on a penalty shot) stood as the game-winner and Blake Pietila also found the back of the net. Both teams went 0-for-4 on the power play and Chris Gibson made 22 saves for the Sound Tigers.
VIEW FROM BINGHAMTON
Rick Kowalsky's club has won just two of its last eight games and has fallen into the basement of the North Division and Eastern Conference. Despite their recent struggles, the Devils are coming off of a 6-2 win against the Charlotte Checkers at home on Wednesday, in which John Quenneville and Colton White each scored twice and leading scorer Jacob MacDonald also logged multiple points (one goal, one assist). In addition, Brandon Baddock (one goal, one assist), Michael Latta (two assists) and Ken Appleby (20 saves) all contributed heavily to Binghamton's 10th win of the year. Former Sound Tigers alternate captain Bracken Kearns did not record a point, but he currently ranks second on the team with 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 30 games and was named a captain for this year's AHL All-Star Classic on Dec. 19. He trails MacDonald on the Devils' scoring chart, who leads all AHL defensemen in goals (11), power play goals (six), and is second in points (26).
BAILEY BOUNCES UP SCORING CHART
Fourth-year forward Casey Bailey has been cool and consistent over the last seven games, collecting four goals and five assists over that span and climbing to fourth on the Sound Tigers in scoring (18 points in 30 games). The Penn State University product also enters tonight's contest on a four-game point streak at home (two goals, four assists) and Bridgeport is 3-0-1 when he registers multiple points in a game.
SPECIALIZING ON SPECIAL TEAMS
The Sound Tigers were brillant on special teams last Wednesday, going 3-for-7 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill against Hershey. That performance boosted Bridgeport's power play to seventh in the AHL (19.4%) and its penalty kill climbed to (86.8%). In addition, the Sound Tigers have scored at least one power-play goal in five straight games (and seven of its last eight), while the penalty kill is a perfect 25-for-25 over the last six contests.
Tanner Fritz is tied for sixth in the AHL's scoring race with 32 points (nine goals, 23 assists) and also ranks fifth in the League in helpers… Devon Toews played 106 consecutive games with Bridgeport since the first contest of last season, but is expected to miss his first pro game tonight with an upper-body injury... Toews is fourth among AHL defensemen with 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) in 30 games... The Sound Tigers lead the Eastern Conference with 32.40 shots per game and rank second in the AHL in shots against (26.37).
NHL: New York Islanders (20-14-4): Next at Colorado Avalanche - Tomorrow, 8 p.m. ET
ECHL: Worcester Railers (12-11-2-2): Next vs. Manchester Monarchs - Tonight, 7:05 p.m.
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