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SOUND TIGERS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT
Hold on for 3-2 win in Lowell
LOWELL, MA - The American Hockey League's 2001-02 Regular Season
Champion and Eastern Conference Playoff Champion Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, won their fifth game in a row beating the Lowell Lock
Monsters 3-2 on the road Saturday.
Lowell opened the scoring 6:39 into the game on Damian Surma's second
goal of the season. Brent McDonald earned the lone assist on the play
forcing his way along the goal line and pushing the puck out front
where Surma poked it past Sound Tigers Goaltender Steve Valiquette.
The Sound Tigers tied the game 7:20 later when Brandon Smith scored
his third power-play goal in as many games, his fourth goal of the
season, off assists from Alan Letang and Trent Hunter. Smith now has
points in four straight games while Letang and Hunter are both on
three-game scoring streaks.
The score remained tied at 1-1 through the end of both the first and
The Sound Tigers appeared to put the game away with a pair of
third-period goals, but Lowell scored a late power-play goal, and the
game was not decided until the final buzzer.
Martin Chabada made it 2-1 Sound Tigers with his fifth goal of the
season, his second in as many nights, 5:11 into the third period on
assists from Daniel Tkaczuk and Eric Godard. Hunter then upped the
lead to 3-1 with his team-leading 11th goal of the year 5:14 later on
assists from Matt Higgins and Ray Schultz. The assist was Schultz's
first point with the Sound Tigers this season.
Lowell drew to within 3-2 with a power-play goal by Mike Watt, his
fifth goal of the season, with 3:47 left to play on assists from Tomas
Malec and Steve Halko. The Lock Monsters pulled Goaltender Randy
Petruk with just over one minute left to play in favor of an extra
attacker but could not tie the game.
The win was Valiquette's third in a row and improved his record on the
season to 4-3.
The Sound Tigers were 1 for 3 on the power play, 4 for 5 on the
penalty kill and outshot Lowell 31-25. Hunter was named the game's
number one star, Chabada number two and Surma number three.
The Sound Tigers will visit the Hershey Bears tomorrow at 6 p.m. and
will return home for the first of three straight games at the Arena at
Harbor Yard Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. versus the Providence Bruins.
USA Today: Sound Tigers-Lowell Boxscore
Sound Tigers push win streak to five
By MICHAEL FORNABAIO
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers aren't winning easily. They just keep winning.
With goals from Martin Chabada and Trent Hunter in the third period,
the Sound Tigers withstood a Mike Watt power-play goal with 3:47 left
and defeated the Lowell Lock Monsters 3-2 Saturday night in front of
an announced 4,064 at Tsongas Arena for their fourth straight one-goal
"Even if it's just mentally, we're working too hard. It makes me
nervous going into (tonight at Hershey)," Bridgeport coach Steve
Stirling said. "I said to (the players), kiddingly, we're getting good
at winning the one-goal games and playing with the (opposing) goalie out."
The victory was Bridgeport's fifth straight overall, and it improved
the team to 5-0-2 in its last seven. Stephen Valiquette made 23 saves
to earn his third straight win.
Injury-depleted Lowell has lost seven straight games.
With only five defensemen and 15 skaters after Sven Butenschon was
recalled to the New York Islanders in the morning, Bridgeport played a
steady game until it got the lead at 5:11 of the third.
"It was a good road win," Stirling said. "(Lowell) competed hard and
gave us everything we could handle. For me, the first period, we were
lucky to come out 1-1."
They got out 1-1 on a Brandon Smith goal at 13:59, his third
power-play goal in as many games. Like the previous two, it wasn't a
blast, but the left-circle shot was perfectly placed. Alan Letang and
Hunter assisted, giving each three-game scoring streaks.
"I'm getting some breaks," Smith said about his streak. "The last
couple of times, it's just been that the goalie was cheating to the
In the third, Chabada scored for the second straight night on the
rebound of a Daniel Tkaczuk shot after Eric Godard made a nice pass.
Hunter added insurance that proved necessary at 10:25 on a backhander.
Lowell got a four-minute power-play chance in the last five minutes of
the second period on an Alain Nasreddine double minor.
After a quick shot by Ryan Bayda went way over the net, though, the
Sound Tigers denied the Lowell any meaningful entry into their zone
for the remainder of the long power play. Valiquette made the big save
he had to make after Smith fanned on a clearing attempt.
"It's a big part of our game right now, the penalty kill," Smith said.
"We've allowed three (power-play) goals the last couple of games, it's
a little letdown, but it's all part of the game. We've got to keep
pushing and working at it."
Lowell scored first, 6:39 into the game, on a Damian Surma goal on a
SOUND TIGERS GAME DAY
Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Hershey Bears
Giant Center, Hershey, Pa.
ON THE AIR
WAVZ-AM 1300, WNLK-AM 1350, WSTC-AM 1400
RECORDS THROUGH FRIDAY
Bridgeport 12-5-4-1; Hershey 11-5-2-1
First meeting of four. Hershey won both games last year.
The Bears won 3-1 in Hershey March 17.
ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS
Bridgeport played at Lowell Saturday night. ... Hershey (0-2),
Providence (0-3-2) and Norfolk (0-1) are the only teams the Sound
Tigers have played and not defeated. ... Bridgeport was 4-2-3 in the
second game of back-to-back nights going into their Lowell game. The
team is 1-0-1 in the third game in three nights. ... RW Martin Chabada
snapped a nine-game points drought Friday with a goal and an assist.
ABOUT THE BEARS
Hershey retires Frank Keller's No. 3 tonight. ... The Bears hosted
Syracuse Saturday night and boasted a 6-2-2 record at their new arena
in their first 10 games there. ... RW Brian Willsie came back from the
Colorado Avalanche Friday. He was the team's leading scorer going into
Saturday at 8-9-17. ... C Charlie Stephens also had eight goals, and
former Philadelphia Phantom Mark Freer also had nine assists. ... G
Philippe Sauve was 8-4-2 with a 2.23 GAA.
Wednesday vs. Providence, 7:05 p.m.
Lowell Sun: LockMonsters
Woes continue for Monsters
By CHAZ SCOGGINS
LOWELL These days these Monsters are about as scary as Dracula with
false teeth. They can chew a little bit, but they don't have much of a
Martin Chabada and Trent Hunter scored third-period goals for
Bridgeport last night, breaking a 1-1 stalemate and propelling the
Sound Tigers to a 3-2 win over the injury-riddled Lowell Lock Monsters
in front of a turnout of 3,064 at the Tsongas Arena.
The loss was the seventh straight for the Lock Monsters, extending
their franchise record. Lowell went into the game averaging just 2.45
goals per game, 25th among the 28 teams in the AHL.
Bridgeport, the North Division leaders, won their fifth in a row and
extended their unbeaten streak to seven games (5-0-2).
The Lock Monsters try to break out of their slump this afternoon
against the Springfield Falcons at the Tsongas.
"We were missing six forwards tonight," sighed Lowell coach Ron Smith.
"But we played a pretty good game, a game we could have won.
"I've been coaching 30 years, and I've never seen a streak like this
where every night we are missing four or six of our top forwards.The
problem is other teams come in here without fear, pushing you and
gambling a bit because we have nothing to counter with."
The Lock Monsters gamely battled the Sound Tigers to a standoff for 45
minutes last night. But Bridgeport finally netted the go-ahead goal at
5:11 of the third period on Chabada's 25-footer from the slot, and the
Sound Tigers made it 3-1 just over five minutes later at 10:25 when
Hunter skated into the slot and tucked a soft backhander from 20 feet
out between Randy Petruk and the near post.
Lowell fought back valiantly to make it 3-2 when Mike Watt rapped the
rebound of a Tomas Malec shot behind ex-Lowell goalie Steve Valiquette
at 16:13 while the Lock Monsters were on a power play.
Petruk made a clutch save on a clean breakaway by Konstantin Kalmikov
with 2:20 left to keep the Lock Monsters within striking range, then
left the ice in favor of a sixth skater with 68 seconds left. But the
Monsters could not come up with the tying goal.
The Lock Monsters surprised the Sound Tigers by scoring the game's
first goal at 6:39 of the first period. Brent McDonald cut to the net
from the left boards and was met at the near post by Valiquette, who
thought he had the puck tied up. But it squirted in front for Damiam
Surma, who faced a yawning net and did not miss.
The Sound Tigers went on their first power play later in the period
and needed just 29 seconds to capitalize against the AHL's worst
penalty-killing team when Brandon Smith beat Petruk with a high wrist
shot from the left circle at 13:59.
Lowell went into the game allowing goals on 28.7 percent of enemy
power plays this season.
The second period was scoreless despite a pathetic four-minute Lock
Monsters power play late in the session. It took them 2 1/2 minutes
just to get it set up albeit briefly in the Bridgeport zone. Worse,
the Sound Tigers had a 2-on-1 break that Petruk managed to stop with a
spread-eagle save off former University of New Hampshire star Mike
Souza in tight after a give-and-go with Daniek Tkaczuk.
"I hate four-minute power plays to start with," Smith lamented. "But
that's where we really miss those guys, because we're no threat, y'know?"
Lowell's best scoring chance came 3 1/2 minutes into the period when
Tomas Malec set up Steve Halko in front with a pass out of the right
corner. Halko went for the five-hole, but Valiquette pinched the pads
together in the nick of time to keep the puck out of the net.
The Lock Monsters were without the services of goalie Jean-Marc
Pelletier, who was called up to Carolina after Hurricanes goalie Kevin
Weekes suffered a concussion. Rob Zepp, who was leading the East Coast
Hockey League in goaltending, was summoned to Lowell from the Florida
Forward Craig MacDonald was also called up by the Hurricanes.
Former UMass Lowell star Jeff Daw, who has missed 15 games with a
broken finger, said he is hopeful he can get back into the Lowell
lineup next weekend.