The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost to the Springfield Falcons Sunday evening, falling by a final score of 2-1. The game was tied for nearly the entire third period, but a Sean Collins goal with 5.4 seconds to play in regulation gave Springfield the victory. The lone Sound Tigers goal was scored by Justin Hickman in what was his first career professional goal. Kevin Poulin was a standout in goal for the Sound Tigers and made 37 saves, some of them dazzling stops.

Hickman scored his goal less than five minutes into the game. Ryan Walters dropped a pass  in the slot to the former Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) captain. Hickman snapped a wrist shot past Falcons goaltender Anton Forsberg and gave the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead at the 4:43 mark of the first period.

The Sound Tigers held the 1-0 lead until late in the second period, when the Falcons cashed in on their first power play of the contest. Carter Camper had the puck along the left-wing boards and threw a centering pass out in front. Ryan Craig was waiting at the top of the crease and redirected the puck past Poulin to tie the score at one.

It remained a tie game through the second period and much of the third, until the Falcons went back to the power play late. After a great Sound Tigers shift, Hickman caught Craig with a high stick at, which drew blood and a double-minor penalty on Hickman at 16:18 of the third. The Sound Tigers nearly killed it off, but with less than 10 seconds to play in regulation, Patrick McNeil took a shot from center point that Collins deflected past Poulin to give the Falcons the victory.

The Sound Tigers play their final home contest of the season Monday at 7 p.m. against the Adirondack Phantoms, a make-up of Saturday’s postponed game. Fans with tickets from Saturday’s game can use that exact ticket for entry to Monday’s game.

THREE STARS
3rd star: Sean Collins (SPR)
2nd star: Kevin Poulin (BST)
1st star: Anton Forsberg (SPR)

NOTES
Season Series: This was the final game of eight between the Sound Tigers and Falcons. The Sound Tigers finished with a record of 3-5-0-0.

Alternate Captains: With Brett Gallant to the Islanders and Joe Finley out of the lineup, Scooter Vaughan and Chris Langkow served as alternate captains for the first time this season.

Déjà vu: In the Sound Tigers last game, played in Albany Friday night, the Sound Tigers were also defeated 2-1 with one goal scored in each period.

BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES

Forwards
7 Scooter Vaughan-54 Chris Langkow-14 Brant Harris
88 Ryan Walters-22 Alan Quine-25 Justin Hickman
16 Chris Bruton-8 Josh Holmstrom-61 Victor Crus Rydberg
24 Dimitry Antipin-36 Jesse Root-21 Mathieu Gagnon

Defensemen
27 Aaron Ness-20 Jesse Graham
3 Andrey Pedan-4 Kyle Burroughs
17 Jake Newton-2 Guy Leboeuf

Goaltenders
38 Kevin Poulin
35 Kenny Reiter

SPRINGFIELD FALCONS LINES

Forwards
17 Sean Collins-11 Carter Camper-22 Paul Thompson
39 Jean-Francois Jacques-16 Michael Chaput-10 Marko Dano
12 Ryan Craig (C)-28 Lukas Sedlak-14 Dana Tyrell
13 Trent Vogelhuber-18 T.J. Tynan-21 Jake Hansen

Defensemen
32 Frederic St. Denis-6 Tim Erixon
4 Will Weber-8 Patrick McNeill
3 Ilari Melart-25 Dallas Jackson

Goaltenders
35 Anton Forsberg
29 Mike McKenna