BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Feb. 23, 2013) – Forward Jordan Weal netted Manchester’s second power play goal of the night 2:32 into the third period, while Bridgeport went 0-for-6 on the man-advantage as the Monarchs defeated the Sound Tigers 3-2 at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night. With the win, the Monarchs improve to 24-24-2-3 overall. The Sound Tigers are now winless in five games as they fall to 22-23-3-3.
Special teams told the story in tonight’s game, as Manchester evened
the game on the power play and went ahead for good, while the Sound
Tigers couldn’t find the equalizer with a power play for the final 1:58
Kenny Reiter made his first start at Webster Bank Arena and was solid between the pipes, earning second-star honors with 32 saves.
The Sound Tigers had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 before Manchester’s two power play tallies. Matt Donovan got the Sound Tigers on the board 7:45 into the game, crashing the net on Jack Combs’ soft wrist shot and sending a backhander past Monarchs goaltender Martin Jones for his ninth goal of the season.
The Monarchs tied the score just 1:52 into the second period, when Colton Yellow Horn sent a rebound from Brandon Kozun’s deflection past Reiter for his second goal of the season.
Mike Halmo gave the Sound Tigers their second lead of the night with his second goal in three games. Chad Costello’s quick pass through the slot found Halmo at the right faceoff dot, and the rookie forward one-timed a blast past Jones for his third goal of the year.
However, Halmo was called for unsportsmanlike conduct after a big open-ice hit on Manchester’s David Meckler, and the Monarchs would convert. Similarly to Yellow Horn’s goal earlier in the period, Tyler Toffoli found a rebound to the right of Reiter and sent the puck in for his team-leading 26th goal of the year to tie the game at two with 8:29 left in the middle frame.
Manchester took its first lead of the game at the 2:32 mark of the final period with its second power play goal of the game. Scott Campbell blocked Jordan Weal’s shot from the high slot, but the puck deflected right back onto Weal’s stick. Weal sent a quick snap shot past Reiter and the Monarchs led 3-2.
The Sound Tigers had their best chance to tie the game in the final two minutes, when Weal was sent off for cross-checking. However, the Sound Tigers were unable to net the game-tying goal despite having a 6-on-4 advantage with Reiter pulled in favor of the extra attacker, and the Monarchs skated away with the 3-2 win.
The Sound Tigers return to action tomorrow when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 3:00 p.m. on Mark Wotton Bobblehead Day. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Mark Wotton Bobblehead, courtesy of Newtown Savings Bank.
1. MCH – Martin Jones
2. BRI – Kenny Reiter
3. MCH – Jordan Weal
NOTES – Ty Wishart and Brett Gallant were both scratches, feeling after-effects of Friday night’s line brawls in Springfield … The Sound Tigers have not scored on their last 20 power play opportunities … Jack Combs and Chad Costello each had two assists … Rick DiPietro was assigned to the Sound Tigers earlier in the day after clearing waiver, but did not arrive in Bridgeport in time for tonight’s game … Former Sound Tiger and current Sound Tigers Goaltending Consultant Steve Valiquette signed a PTO and served as Kenny Reiter’s backup following Kevin Poulin’s recall.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
16 Sean Backman – 29 Brock Nelson – 22 Nino Niederreiter
23 John Persson – 14 Matt Watkins (C) – 77 Kirill Kabanov
42 Brandon DeFazio – 4 Scott Campbell – 20 Blair Riley
40 Mike Halmo – 5 Jack Combs – 18 Chad Costello
27 Aaron Ness – 7 Jon Landry (A)
46 Matt Donovan – 2 Dallas Jackson
25 Jordan Hill – 8 Nathan McIver (A)
30 Kenny Reiter (starter)
35 Steve Valiquette