The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost to the Albany Devils Friday night by a final score of 2-1. Alan Quine score a power-play goal in the first period, but that was the only one of the Sound Tigers’ 28 shots that beat Devils netminder Keith Kincaid. Anders Nilsson returned to the Sound Tigers and stopped 20 shots in the contest.
Albany got on the board first with Reid Boucher’s 11th of the season. Boucher took a pass from Kelly Zajac and took the puck into the left circle. He fired a wrist shot which slipped past Nilsson and gave the Devils a 1-0 lead at 13:37 of the first.
The Sound Tigers earned a power play less than a minute later and converted on their first man advantage opportunity of the game. Quine took a shot from the high slot which was stopped, but the rebound kicked out front. The puck hopped over Persson’s stick, but not Quine’s, who followed his shot and scored his fifth goal of the season to tie the score at one.
Neither team scored in the second period, as both teams clogged up the neutral zone and blocked shots in their own end. The Sound Tigers outshot the Devils 8-4 in the middle period, but it remained a 1-1 game headed into the third.
Tim Sestito broke the tie midway through the third for what was the eventual game-winning goal. Harri Pesonen had the puck on the right wing while Sestito broke into the zone fresh off the bench. As Sestito cut towards the net down the left wing, Pesonen found him with a backdoor pass as Sestito tipped it past Nilsson for the goal.
The Sound Tigers pulled Nilsson in favor of the extra attacker with less than two minutes to play and got their best chance with 30 seconds left on a scramble in front, but no one was able to hammer the puck home.
The Sound Tigers return to action Saturday night against the Springfield Falcons when they host the Northeast Division leaders at 7 p.m.
3rd star: Anders Nilsson (BST)
2nd star: Tim Sestito (ALB)
1st star: Keith Kinkaid (ALB)
Against Albany: The Sound Tigers lost the first four games against Albany before winning the next two going into Friday’s game. They will play the Devils five more times this season.
Nilsson Returns: Friday’s game was the first as a Sound Tiger for Nilsson since being returned by the Islanders.
Looking Ahead: The Sound Tigers beat Springfield on the road last weekend and will play at Webster Bank Arena Saturday. The Falcons lost to Worcester on the road Friday night.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
9 Anders Lee-18 Ryan Strome-26 Mike Halmo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard-22 Alan Quine-23 John Persson
7 Scooter Vaughan-54 Chris Langkow-19 Riley Wetmore
44 Brett Gallant-11 Andrew Clark-49 Justin Johnson
27 Aaron Ness-15 Marc Cantin
5 Mike Keenan-10 Scott Mayfield
21 Dallas Jackson-4 Mike Cornell
45 Anders Nilsson
35 Kenny Reiter