The Bridgeport Sound Tigers lost to the Adirondack Phantoms Monday night, falling by a final score of 4-2. The Sound Tigers scored both of their goals in the second period, thanks to Alan Quine and Scooter Vaughan, both of whom notched their eighth goals of 2013-14. Philippe Trudeau got the start in net and stopped 26 shots for the Sound Tigers. Prior to the game, the New York Islanders re-assigned defenseman Ryan Pulock to the Sound Tigers. Pulock was the Islanders first-round (15th overall) pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
It took nearly 30 minutes for the first goal of the contest to be scored, but once it was, the offense came fast and furious. Adirondack struck first after the Sound Tigers turned it over at the Adirondack blue line, which led to a neutral zone pass from Derek Whitmore to Nick Cousins. Cousins walked in on a breakaway and went to the backhand to beat Trudeau and give the Phantoms a 1-0 lead.
The Sound Tigers answered just 30 seconds later as Quine tied the score. The puck made its way behind the Phantoms net with Ryan Walters in possession. Quine was out in front at the base of the left circle, got the pass from Walters and beat Phantoms goaltender Carsen Chubak to make it a 1-1 game.
Later in the second, the Phantoms were on the power play and converted to take the lead. Petr Straka had the puck at the right wing and fed it through the slot to Kyle Flanagan. Flanagan didn’t get a lot on the one-timer, but got enough to beat Trudeau and make it a 2-1 game.
In the final moments of the second, another Sound Tigers penalty led to Adirondack’s second consecutive power play, but Vaughan scored shorthanded to tie the score. He and Aaron Ness came into the Phantoms zone two-on-one with Ness carrying the puck along the right wing. Ness made a pass that looked like it might be slightly behind Vaughan, but he readjusted himself just enough to get his stick behind the puck and blast a one-timer into the top corner. The goal came with less than 12 seconds to play in the middle period and tied the score at two.
With less than five minutes to play in regulation, the game remained deadlocked, but the Phantoms broke the tie on a goal from Brandon Manning. Manning broke to the net and took a backdoor feed from Straka to give the Phantoms a 3-2 lead. The Sound Tigers pulled the goaltender in the final stages, but Brandon Alderson’s empty-netter sealed the win for Adirondack.
The Sound Tigers close out the season with two games on the road. They’ll face the Phantoms once again Friday night before the season finale against the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night.
3rd star: Scooter Vaughan (BST)
2nd star: Nick Cousins (ADK)
1st star: Brandon Manning (ADK)
Make-up Game: Monday’s game was a reschedule of the game that was initially supposed to be played Saturday, but was postponed for player safety reasons.
Shorthanded Hero: Scooter Vaughan’s shorthanded goal was his second of the year with the Sound Tigers down a man. He and Johan Sundstrom are the only two Sound Tigers with more than one shorthanded goal this season.
Final Home Game: Monday’s game was the last of the season at Webster Bank Arena. The Sound Tigers finish 2013-14 with a home record of 17-19-1-1
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
7 Scooter Vaughan-54 Chris Langkow-25 Justin Hickman
88 Ryan Walters-22 Alan Quine-14 Brant Harris
23 John Persson-61 Victor Crus Rydberg-16 Chris Bruton
24 Dimitry Antipin-8 Josh Holmstrom-21 Mathieu Gagnon
52 Joe Finley-4 Kyle Burroughs
27 Aaron Ness-6 Ryan Pulock
3 Andrey Pedan-20 Jesse Graham
1 Philippe Trudeau
38 Kevin Poulin
ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS LINES
24 Petr Straka-27 Kyle Flanagan-23 Ben Holmstrom
18 Tyler Brown-9 Rob Bordson-15 Marcel Noebels
11 Derek Whitmore-25 Nick Cousins-19 Brandon Alderson
21 Tom Serratore-17 Kevin Goumas-20 Cullen Eddy
28 Brandon Manning-44 Maxim Lamarche
4 Robert Hagg-2 Mark Alt
7 Oliver Lauridsen-5 Steven Delisle
1 Carsen Chubak
33 Tony Capobianco