The Bridgeport Sound Tigers fell to the Utica Comets Sunday evening by a final score of 2-1. Alan Quine scored in the second period for the Sound Tigers lone goal, but Comets goals in the first and third were the difference in the contest. Kevin Poulin 27 saves on the night in net for the Sound Tigers.
The Comets needed just 17 seconds to get on the board as Niklas Jensen picked up his 15th goal of the season. Matt Donovan took the initial rush for the Sound Tigers, but when it shot was stopped, it created a two-on-one for the Comets the other way. Jensen skated in on the left wing and fired a wrist shot past Poulin for the opening goal of the game.
The Sound Tigers did not tie the score until early in the second period, when Quine cashed in on his sixth of the year. Joey Martin got the puck back to the point for Marc Cantin, who ripped a shot from the right side. Quine went to the net with this stick on the ice and redirected the shot past Joacim Eriksson for the goal.
The teams went into the dressing room with the score tied at one after 40 minutes. Andrew Clark was called for tripping less than two minutes into the third, which gave Utica a power-play opportunity. The Comets set up in the Sound Tigers zone, and Pascal Pelletier had the puck in the right-wing circle. He sent it cross-ice to Benn Ferriero, who somehow found space between the near post and Poulin and gave Utica the lead.
The Sound Tigers trailed with less than two minutes to play and pulled Poulin in favor of the extra attacker. That turned into a 6-on-4 advantage with 20 seconds to play after Utica was called for interference, but the Sound Tigers were unable to convert.
The Sound Tigers travel to St. John’s, Newfoundland next week for games Friday and Saturday against the IceCaps.
3rd star: Alan Quine (BST)
2nd star: Benn Ferriero (UTI)
1st star: Joacim Eriksson (UTI)
Close Games: Of the Sound Tigers past six games, five have been decided by one goal. The Sound Tigers are 3-2-0-0 in those games.
Halmo Returns: Mike Halmo’s emergency loan to the Islanders was terminated before Sunday’s game, and he returned in time to be inserted into the Sound Tigers lineup.
200 PIMs: A roughing penalty to Brett Gallant gave him 200 penalty minutes on the season.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
6 Joel Broda-28 Johan Sundstrom-26 Mike Halmo
22 Alan Quine-11 Andrew Clark-23 John Persson
25 Justin Mercier-14 Joey Martin-39 Joey Diamond
44 Brett Gallant-54 Chris Langkow-7 Scooter Vaughan
27 Aaron Ness-10 Scott Mayfield
52 Joe Finley-46 Matt Donovan
15 Marc Cantin-17 Jake Newton
38 Kevin Poulin
35 Kenny Reiter
UTICA COMETS LINES
17 Niklas Jensen-16 Cal O’Reilly-24 Brandon DeFazio
25 Darren Archibald-23 Pascal Pelletier-78 Benn Ferriero
10 Colin Stuart-15 Jeremy Welsh-27 Alex Mallet
8 Alex Friesen-19 Lain-12 David Marshall
4 Yann Sauve-3 Alex Biega
29 Kent Huskins-26 Frank Corrado
11 John Negrin-14 Mullen
30 Joacim Eriksson
35 Joe Cannata