SOUND TIGERS 3, ICECAPS 2 (OT)
Taylor Beck won the game with 20 seconds to go in the overtime, giving the Bridgeport Sound Tigers a 3-2 win over the St. John’s IceCaps on Wednesday night at Webster Bank Arena.
J.F. Berube’s first home game as a Sound Tiger was definitely an exciting one as he made 38 saves for Bridgeport. It was his first victory of the season for the Sound Tigers.
The action started at 6:52 when Gabriel Dumont was right in front of the net and Berube made a save and the rest of the IceCaps worked on tapping it in while the puck was still lose but Berube kept the game scoreless.
Bracken Kearns had a great opportunity at 8:19 when he found himself in front of the net but left it for Colin Markison who was right behind him. Markison came extremely close but barely missed.
The close chances kept coming when five seconds later Beck came skating from the faceoff circle and ripped a shot that Zachary Fucale barely saved.
The scoring started when Captain Ben Holmstrom found the puck in the corner and crossed it to Justin Vaive who found himself all alone in front of the net and fired it home for his ninth of the season at 13:36 to give Bridgeport the lead.
Shortly after at 15:12 Dumont had the puck and Berube was ready for the shot but he passed to Max Friberg for a 2-on-1 goal with the net wide open to tie the game 1-1.
Loic Leduc was sent to the box for hooking and shortly after Nikita Scherbak was called for boarding at 4:23 of the second frame. Just eight seconds later Kevin Czuczman found a spot for himself in the box for holding to make it an IceCaps power play. Seconds after the penalty on Leduc for hooking expired Sven Andrighetto netted a wrist shot though traffic to put the visitors up 2-1 at 5:19.
The Sound Tigers tied the game at 13:29 when Ryan Pulock sent a slapshot from the point that went past Fucale. Recent call-up Andrew Rowe tapped it past the goal line before the IceCaps defense could swipe it out. This was Rowe’s first goal in his second game this season with the Sound Tigers. Alan Quine also assisted on the play, making his return after missing 15 games due to injury.
Berube made 16 saves in the third period to keep the game tied at two apiece. The game was sent to overtime with St. John’s leading in shots 36 to 26 despite equal overall play by both teams.
Pulock received a penalty for high-sticking at 1:04 of overtime. Despite multiple close calls, Bridgeport successfully killed the penalty for their seventh kill of the night.
Taylor Beck sealed the deal with just over 20 seconds to go in overtime. Beck found the puck in the corner of the faceoff circle after an IceCap broke his stick. He scored top shelf to seal the first win for the Sound Tigers since January 2.
The Sound Tigers look to start a streak when they take on their rivals the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Verhaeghe – Kearns – Beck
Wright – Quine – Halmo
Vaive – Holmstrom – Florek
Rowe – Gomes – Markison
Czuczman – Burroughs
Cullity – Pulock
Aneloski – Leduc