The Bridgeport Report: Week 14
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (16-13-4-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, journeyed through Pennsylvania, New York and Ontario last week and collected two points during a three-game road trip. The Sound Tigers continue to sit fifth in the Atlantic Division standings as the club returns to divisional play this week.
On Wednesday, the Sound Tigers scored a power-play goal for the seventh consecutive game and earned one point in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza. Travis St. Denis and Michael Dal Colle each recorded a first-period tally and Christopher Gibson (12-6-2) made 22 saves, but a strong start fizzled out as the Penguins stormed back with three unanswered goals to take a 2-0-1-0 lead in the season series. In addition, Anthony Beauvillier recorded two shots in his AHL debut.
Beauvillier really shined on Friday when the former Islander scored twice in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena. Beauvillier's first tally came just nine seconds into the contest and became the fastest goal ever scored to begin a game for the Sound Tigers. His second tied the game in the final 36 seconds of regulation and helped Bridgeport earn one point for the second time in as many contests. It pushed the club's unbeaten in regulation streak to five games (3-0-2-0).
Despite an outstanding start to Saturday's game in Toronto, that streak came to an end as the Sound Tigers suffered a 6-1 loss to the Marlies in their weekend finale. Kyle Burroughs scored in the opening six minutes and Bridgeport outshot Toronto 21-4 in the first period (11-1 in the first 5:45), but Colin Greening notched four points (two goals, two assists) for the Marlies and Calvin Pickard made 36 saves. It also proved to be one of the roughest games for the Sound Tigers this season as Seth Helgeson, Casey Bailey and Ben Holmstrom all dropped the gloves. Both teams combined for 80 penalty minutes.
Bridgeport returns to action this Wednesday and opens a three-game week against a pair of Atlantic Division opponents. The Sound Tigers welcome the Hartford Wolf Pack (14-17-3-3) to Webster Bank Arena at 7 p.m. on Wednesday before facing the Providence Bruins (22-10-3-0) in a home-and-home series on Friday and Saturday. Each of the next six games will take place within the division. Fans can follow all of the upcoming action via the Sound Tigers Radio Network and AHL Live, beginning with the pre-game show 15 minutes prior to each listed start time.
The week ahead:
Wednesday, Jan. 10 vs. Hartford Wolf Pack (7 p.m.) – Take advantage of great concession specials like $1 hot dogs and $5 draft beers for those 21 and older at all first-floor concession stands, presented by Hummel Bros. and Budweiser. Wednesday's game will feature the seventh of 10 meetings between the in-state rivals and Bridgeport leads the series 5-1-0-0. Purchase tickets here!
Friday, Jan. 12 at Providence Bruins (7:05 p.m.) – Bridgeport travels to Dunkin' Donuts Center for the third time this season after scoring a pair of victories in November. The Sound Tigers are 2-1-0-0 against the Bruins in 2017-18.
Saturday, Jan. 13 vs. Providence Bruins (7 p.m.) – The Sound Tigers will celebrate our nations heroes, both past and present, with Military Appreciation Night presented by the Better Business Bureau Serving Connecticut. All veterans and active military personnel get in for free by visiting the Webster Bank Arena Click It or Ticket Box Office and the first 2,000 fans will receive a limited edition Sound Tigers camouflage hat when doors open at 6 p.m. In addition, the team will wear special camouflage jerseys that will be up for bid during the game at a silent auction on the concourse. Great seats are available here!
News and notes:
Hey Now, You're An All-Star: The American Hockey League announced Thursday the selections for its 2018 All-Star Classic, which included Islanders prospects Tanner Fritz and Sebastian Aho. Both skaters were loaned to the Sound Tigers on Sunday after each played three games with the Islanders since Dec. 31, including their NHL debuts. Fritz recorded a team-leading 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 29 appearances with Bridgeport this season and also ranked fourth in the AHL in both points and assists at the time of his call-up. He made his NHL debut Tuesday, Jan. 2 against the Boston Bruins. Meanwhile, Aho collected 20 points (nine goals, 11 assists) in 29 games with Bridgeport and continues to rank second among all AHL defensemen in goals. He made his NHL debut on Saturday, Dec. 31 against the Colorado Avalanche and scored his first NHL goal this past Sunday against the New Jersey Devils. The 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino will take place Jan. 28-29 in Utica, N.Y.
You're a Saint: Second-year forward Travis St. Denis has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games and has climbed to eighth on the team in scoring with 16 points (eight goals, eight assists). Both of his goals last week came on the man advantage and St. Denis now ranks fourth on the Sound Tigers in power-play goals.
Quick hits: Anthony Beauvillier played his 100th professional game with the Islanders on Sunday before being loaned to Bridgeport… Beauvillier also netted his fifth NHL goal of the season in that game… Bridgeport has scored the first goal in 23 games this season, tied for second in the AHL (12-6-4-1)… The Sound Tigers' penalty kill is tied for second in the League on the road (89.5%)… Bridgeport continues to lead the Eastern Conference in shots per game (32.38) and is second in shots against (26.26)… Ross Johnston leads the AHL with 111 penalty minutes… The Sound Tigers are 14-9-3-0 against divisional opponents this season.
Goals: Scott Eansor (13)
Assists: Tanner Fritz (25)
Points: Tanner Fritz (35)
Plus/minus: Kyle Burroughs (+14)
Penalty minutes: Ross Johnston (111)
Power-play goals: Scott Eansor (5)
Shots: Casey Bailey (109)
The New York Islanders (21-18-4) headed into their bye week with a 5-4 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils at Barclays Center on Sunday. Former Sound Tigers goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 42 saves and Sebastian Aho keyed a thrilling come-from-behind win, scoring his first NHL goal at 7:58 of the third period before setting up Cal Clutterbuck for the game-tying tally. Former Sound Tigers forward Brock Nelson ended it in a five-round shootout as the Islanders snapped a five-game losing streak. Another former Sound Tiger, Anders Lee, opened the scoring with his team-leading 25th goal of the season, while captain John Tavares paces the club with 51 points (22 goals, 29 assists). The Isles return from their five-day hiatus on Saturday to battle the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.
The ECHL's Worcester Railers H.C. (14-14-3-2) played four games in five days last week and collected five points against North Division opponents. Worcester highlighted the week with a 3-2 road win against the Reading Royals on Saturday, in which former Sound Tigers forward Kellen Jones scored his seventh goal of the season and Eamon McAdam made 34 saves on 36 shots. Jones is now up to fourth on the team in scoring with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) in 31 games and Chris Langkow is tied for the team lead with 24 points (nine goals, 15 assists), despite earning a five-game call-up to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Railers continue a six-game road trip this week, beginning Wednesday with a 7 p.m. rematch against the Royals in Reading, Penn.
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