The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost to the Portland Pirates Saturday night by a final score of 2-0. The Sound Tigers peppered 31 shots on goal, but Louis Domingue stopped every one for his first career AHL shutout. The Sound Tigers also had five power plays on the night and had their chances throughout the contest, but were unable to push it across the goal line. Kenny Reiter made 23 saves on the night for the Sound Tigers.
The Pirates scored their first of the contest at 11:29 of the opening period, on Andy Miele’s 16th goal of the season. Jordan Szwarz took a shot that trickled on net and Reiter sticked it aside to the right circle. Miele was waiting right there, however, and took a wrist shot that beat Reiter for the first goal of the game.
The Sound Tigers got two excellent chances in the first period, as well, both of which came on breakaways for Pierre-Marc Bouchard. The first was a backhand that Domingue stopped; the second forced Chris Summers to take a hooking penalty which did not allow Bouchard to get a shot off. The Pirates also had a late flurry and led in shots on goal after the first, 13-10.
Brett Hextall scored for the Pirates early in the second period to make it a 2-0 game. Corey Trivino rushed into the Sound Tigers zone on the left wing and fired a shot on net. Reiter made the stop, but Hextall beat the Sound Tigers to the rebound and powered it in for his seventh of the season.
The Sound Tigers outshot Portland in both the second and third periods by a combined margin of 21-12, but Domingue made the saves he needed to and kept the Sound Tigers off the scoreboard. Reiter was pulled for the extra attacker with 1:28 to play and the Sound Tigers kept the pressure on in the Pirates end, but the horn sounded before they were able to cash in.
The Sound Tigers return to action Sunday afternoon when the host the Hartford Wolf Pack at 3 p.m. The first 2000 fans will receive a set of Sound Tigers hockey cards courtesy of Connecticut Highway Safety.
3rd star: Brett Hextall (POR)
2nd star: Andy Miele (POR)
1st star: Louis Domingue (POR)
No Goals: Saturday’s shutout was the third of the season against the Sound Tigers and first since back on Oct. 26 in Syracuse against the Crunch.
Domingue Dominant: The shutout for Domingue was his first in the AHL. He had four over the last two seasons with the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL). Domingue was a teammate of Dallas Jackson’s in Gwinnett last season.
Familiar Foe: Corey Trivino played 29 games for the Stockton Thunder this season, where he was teammates with a host of current Sound Tigers. He was also drafted in the second round (36th overall) by the New York Islanders in 2008.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
9 Anders Lee-11Andrew Clark-96 Pierre-MarcBouchard
39 Joey Diamond-22 Alan Quine-26 Mike Halmo
25 Peter Boyd-54 Chris Langkow-7 Scooter Vaughan
44 Brett Gallant-17 Matt Lowry-16 Chris Bruton
27 Aaron Ness-10 Scott Mayfield
15 Marc Cantin-4 Mike Cornell
5 Mike Keenan-21 Dallas Jackson
35 Kenny Reiter
30 Parker Milner
PORTLAND PIRATES LINES
38 Lucas Lessio-21 Andy Miele-10 Jordan Szwarz
15 Brandon McMillan-8 Ethan Werek-11 Chris Brown
9 Tobias Rieder-23 Corey Trivino-24 Brett Hextall
27 Jesse Mychan-18 Jordan Martinook-19 Keven Veilleux
12 Randy Jones-5 Chris Summers
6 Mathieu Brodeur-25 Mathieu Brisebois
36 Brandon Gormley-3 Daine Todd
37 Louis Domingue
29 Mark Visentin