Kenny Reiter made 40 saves to help lead the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a 2-1 victory over the Providence Bruins Sunday afternoon. The lone goal Reiter allowed came just 2:34 into the game, but Reiter was perfect from then on. The Sound Tigers goals also came in the first period, from Anders Lee and Joel Broda. With the win, the Sound Tigers extended their season-high winning streak to six games.
The Bruins opened the scoring on the first power play of the game, less than three minutes into the game. Tommy Cross skated into the Sound Tigers zone on the left wing and threw the puck on net. Reiter got his stick on it, but deflected it right back into the slot. Justin Florek was crashing the net, and was able to power it home to give Providence the 1-0 lead.
In the closing minutes of the first period, Lee scored his team-leading 22nd goal of the season. After getting the chip from Mike Halmo, Lee drove to the net on his backhand, then deked to his forehand to slip it through the five hole of Malcom Subban. That tied the score at one, but Broda’s goal 26 seconds later gave the Sound Tigers the lead.
Broda had the puck in the faceoff circle before looking to shoot. He fanned on the puck somewhat, and it trickled towards the slot. However, it redirected off of a Bruins defenseman and past Subban for the goal. The goal is Broda’s second in three games as a Sound Tigers and third overall in the AHL this season.
Reiter in particular was spectacular in the first period, and stopped 20 of 21 Bruins shots. He went relatively untested in the second, however, only facing four shots from Providence. The Sound Tigers put eight on net against Malcom Subban, but he turned aside all he faced, as well.
The third period was another frantic one for the Sound Tigers, who were outshot in the final 10 minutes by a 16-3 margin. Reiter once again stood on his head when asked to, and shut the door each time. The final flurry came with 30 seconds to play, when Joe Finley was called for a boarding penalty. The Bruins pulled Subban to make it a 6-on-4 advantage, but Reiter withstood the barrage and helped his team hang on to a 2-1 victory.
The Sound Tigers will face the Bruins once again Friday at Dunkin’ Donuts Center before returning home to take on the Worcester Sharks Saturday night and the Utica Comets Sunday afternoon.
3rd star: Justin Florek (PRO)
2nd star: Anders Lee (BST)
1st star: Kenny Reiter (BST)
Staying Hot: In addition to their six-game winning streak, the Sound Tigers have now won 11 out of their last 13 games, and are over .500 for the first time this season.
Broda Making an Impact: Joel Broda has recorded a point in each of his first three Sound Tigers games (two goals, one assist).
Three-in-three: This is the second straight time the Sound Tigers have won all three games in a weekend in which they’ve played three games. (Jan. 24-26). They have another one coming up next weekend.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
9 Lee-18 Strome-26 Halmo
6 Joel Broda-28 Johan Sundstrom-36 Matthew Pistilli
11 Andrew Clark-22 Alan Quine-23 John Persson
44 Brett Gallant- 54 Chris Langkow-7 Scooter Vaughan
27 Aaron Ness-10 Scott Mayfield
46 Matt Donovan-52 Joe Finley
3 Andrey Pedan-21 Dallas Jackson
35 Kenny Reiter
45 Anders Nilsson
PROVIDENCE BRUINS LINES
9 Matt Lindblad-14 Craig Cunningham-22 Jared Knight
18 Justin Florek-13 Alexander Khokhlachev-17 Seth Griffith
15 Anthony Camara-24 Ryan Spooner-21 Bobby Robins
10 Rob Flick-26 Scott Campbell-11 Tyler Randell
5 David Warsofsky-23 Blake Parlett
8 Mike Moore-6 Chris Casto
3 Tommy Cross-2 Ben Youds
47 Malcom Subban
1 Niklas Svedberg