SOUND TIGERS 1, PHANTOMS 0
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers shut out the Adirondack Phantoms by a score of 1-0 at the Glen Falls Civic Center Wednesday night. Kenny Reiter made 34 saves and Anders Lee had the lone goal of the contest. With the win, the Sound Tigers have won two straight and improve to 7-10-1-3 on the season.
The Sound Tigers picked up the only goal of the game in the second period, on Lee’s team-leading eighth of the season. Ryan Strome took a shot from the right circle that was stopped by Phantoms goaltender Cal Heeter, but Heeter kicked the rebound back out front. Lee was waiting at the bottom of the left circle, and powered home the rebound to give the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead that they would hold the rest of the game. Strome’s assist also gave him points in seven straight games.
Back in the first period, the Sound Tigers played the opening 20 minutes with plenty of jump. They outshot the Phantoms 12-8 and also collected a pair of power-play opportunities. The Sound Tigers had th majority of scoring chances but were not able to beat Heeter in the first.
Reiter had a very strong second period, one in which the Sound Tigers were outshot by a margin of 17-7. The Pittsburgh native was tested from all angles, but was up to the task each time. Lee’s goal came at 12:02 of the second period, and though it came just as the first of four straight Phantoms power plays came to an end, Adirondack was unable to tie the score. The Sound Tigers penalty kill was successful on all six attempts Wednesday.
Adirondack opted for the extra attacker with just less than 1:30 remaining in regulation. After both teams used their timeouts in the final minute, the Phantoms had the puck in the Sound Tigers zone as the final seconds ticked down. As a scramble in front ensued with five seconds left, a shot from in close rang off the post and stayed out. Though the officials looked at the replay, it remained no goal and the Sound Tigers came away with the victory.
The Sound Tigers will play in Utica against the Comets Friday night before returning home for Military Appreciation/Teddy Bear Toss Night Saturday against the Hershey Bears. The opening faceoff at Webster Bank Arena will be at 7 p.m.
3rd star: Anders Lee (BST)
2nd star: Cal Heeter (ADK)
1st star: Kenny Reiter (BST)
Strome’s Scoring Streak: During his seven game scoring streak, Ryan Strome has three goals and seven assists.
More Shutouts: Though this was Kenny Reiter’s first AHL shutout, he had two with the ECHL’s Fort Wayne Komets last season.
Dropping the Gloves: In addition to his goal, Anders Lee had his first professional fight in the game.
ΒRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
9 Anders Lee-18 Ryan Strome-26 Mike Halmo
22 Alan Quine-28 Johan Sundstrom-24 Sean Wiles
17 Nick Larson-54 Chris Langkow-16 Chris Bruton
11 Jon Sim-19 Riley Wetmore-49 Justin Johnson
15 Marc Cantin-46 Matt Donovan
10 Scott Mayfield-5 Mike Keenan
21 Dallas Jackson-6 Mike Banwell
35 Kenny Reiter
30 Parker Milner
ADIRONDACK PHANTOMS LINES
16 Tye McGinn-11 Kris Newbury-38 Jason Akeson,
26 Chris VandeVelde-9 Rob Bordson-23 Ben Holmstrom,
24 Petr Straka-25 Nick Cousins-19 Brandon Alderson
13 Zack FitzGerald-57 Matt Mangene-18 Tyler Brown
28 Brandon Manning-37 Bruno Gervais
6 Matt Konan-2 Mark Alt
7 Oliver Lauridsen-20 Cullen Eddy
35 Cal Heeter
1 Carsen Chubak