FALCONS 2, SOUND TIGERS 1
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.
3rd star: Sean Collins (SPR)
2nd star: Kevin Poulin (BST)
1st star: Anton Forsberg (SPR)
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
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
27 Aaron Ness-20 Jesse Graham
3 Andrey Pedan-4 Kyle Burroughs
17 Jake Newton-2 Guy Leboeuf
38 Kevin Poulin
35 Kenny Reiter
SPRINGFIELD FALCONS LINES
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
32 Frederic St. Denis-6 Tim Erixon
4 Will Weber-8 Patrick McNeill
3 Ilari Melart-25 Dallas Jackson
35 Anton Forsberg
29 Mike McKenna