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SOUND TIGERS TIE HERSHEY 3-3
Come back to earn point in first visit to Hershey's Giant Center
HERSHEY, PA - 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, came back from a 3-0 first-period deficit to tie the
Hershey Bears 3-3 on the road Sunday. The tie improved their unbeaten
streak to eight games at 5-0-3.
Hershey dominated the first period scoring goals at even strength,
shorthanded and on the power play.
Cail MacLean poked a rebound past Sound Tigers Goaltender Rick
DiPietro for his eighth goal of the season to open the scoring at
10:34 on an assist from Charlie Stephens. Brian Willsie made it 2-0
with his team-leading tenth goal of the year, with the Sound Tigers on
the power play, on an assists from Mark Freer and Alex Ryazantsev.
Hershey Captain Brent Thompson then upped the Bears' lead to 3-0 with
a power-play goal, his first goal of the season, at 19:13 on assists
from Ryazantsev and Freer.
The Sound Tigers looked as strong in the second period as Hershey did
in the first cutting the Bears' lead to 3-2.
Jeff Hamilton scored his fourth goal in six games back from an ankle
injury, his fifth goal of the season, just :56 into the second period
with the Sound Tigers on the power play. Alan Letang and Mike Souza
assisted on the goal with Letang extending his scoring streak to four
games on the play.
Justin Mapletoft rifled a wrist shot from just inside in the blueline
on the right wing past Hershey Goaltender Philippe Sauve for his third
goal of the season 5:55 into the second period to pull the Sound
Tigers to within 3-2. Tomi Pettinen and Hamilton assisted on the goal.
Mapletoft redirected a bullet of a pass by Konstantin Kalmikov past
Sauve with 7:01 left in the third period to tie the game at 3-3. Trent
Hunter also assisted on the tying goal improving his scoring to four
The teams played a crisp but scoreless overtime and finished the game
deadlocked at 3-3.
The Sound Tigers were 1 for 8 on the power play while Hershey was 1
for 6. The Bears also had a 35-30 shots on goal advantage. Mapletoft
was the number one star of the game. DiPietro, who extended his
personal unbeaten streak to 13 games at 8-0-5, was the number two
star. Willsie was the number three star.
The Sound Tigers 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. They will also host the Manitoba Moose Friday at
7:35 p.m. and the Philadelphia Phantoms Saturday at 7:05 p.m. before
playing six consecutive road games.
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JUSTIN MAPLETOFT, BRIDGEPORT Scored the second and third Bridgeport
goals to tie the game. RICK DIPIETRO, BRIDGEPORT Stopped 32 shots,
including the last 24. BRENT THOMPSON, HERSHEY Scored the third goal
and began the play that led to the second.
By MICHAEL FORNABAIO
Their bus pulled into town at 4:30 Sunday morning, and for one period
Sunday night, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers looked like a team playing
four games in five nights on little sleep.
Over the next 45 minutes, something kicked in
possibly pride, passion or simple skating legs
turning around a three-goal Hershey Bears lead into a 3-3 tie in front
of an announced 5,748 at Giant Center.
Hershey led 3-0 after the first period, but Jeff Hamilton blasted home
a power-play goal 56 seconds into the second period, and Justin
Mapletoft scored twice to tie the game and salvage a point in the
"This was a great test for us," said goalie Rick DiPietro, who ran his
personal unbeaten streak to 8-0-5 while making 32 saves.
"Especially when we had somewhat of a young team, to get put in a
situation where we could kind of pack it up and say, 'We got in at
4:30 in the morning, we shouldn't have a chance to win this game,' the
guys showed a lot of pride in the second and third."
Bridgeport continued its unbeaten streak at 5-0-3 in the last eight.
It has a small road unbeaten streak of 1-0-2. Neither seemed possible
when Brent Thompson's power-play goal made it 3-0 with 46.9 seconds
left in the first period.
"(To come back) means a lot, with four games in five nights, two games
on the road, especially when we pull in today on not very much sleep,"
said Mapletoft, who had only one goal in his previous 14 AHL games and
only two for the season coming in. "Our guys showed a lot of character."
The Sound Tigers got the tying goal with 7:01 remaining from a line of
Konstantin Kalmikov, Mapletoft and Trent Hunter, working only their
second shift together.
Hunter and Tomi Pettinen tag-teamed along the right-wing boards,
preventing Jordan Krestanovich from clearing the zone. Hunter got the
puck to Kalmikov, who centered to Mapletoft for a tap-in.
"Hunter was strong on the wall, and Pettinen pinched in and was real
strong on the wall," Bridgeport coach Steve Stirling said. "It should
have been out."
Hunter has a four-game scoring streak, as does Alan Letang, who picked
up the first assist on Hamilton's goal, a typically brilliant wrister
under the crossbar from about 15 feet out.
Mapletoft made it 3-2 at 5:55 of the second period on a blast through
the legs of Hershey goalie Philippe Sauve after Hamilton's lofted
clearing pass led to a two-on-one.
DiPietro stopped Marek Svatos on a breakaway not long before the tying
goal, kicking out his left skate. He also made a couple of key saves
on a pair of back-to-back five-on-three Bears power plays in the
Hershey scored at even strength, short-handed and on the power play.
Cail MacLean got lost behind Bridgeport's defense on the doorstep for
the first goal. Brian Willsie scored on a short-handed rush after
Thompson made a great takeaway against Matt Higgins in the Hershey
zone. Thompson then scored in the last minute of the period.
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Bridgeport-Hershey Boxscore: USA Today
Isles Need Peca To Make His Presence Felt
By Alan Hahn
December 2, 2002
And now a word from your captain.
Other than an excuse-me hip check on the Senators' Zdeno Chara, a few
testing-the-equipment collisions around the rink and a handful of his
usual snarky one-liners, Islanders center Michael Peca has gone mostly
unnoticed since his return to the lineup almost three weeks ago. He
has just two assists in nine games and is scoreless in his past four,
with a minus-1 rating in that span.
Following a season-high 22:45 of ice time in Saturday's loss at
Ottawa, Peca acknowledged that he has yet to find the chemistry with
his Lucky 7's linemates, Shawn Bates and Mark Parrish, that made them
an effective No. 2 line last season. "I think we're getting more
confident with each other," Peca said. "It's part me being patient
with myself and getting back into the game.
"As much as we'd like to get that chemistry back, I know in the
thought process of the game I'm probably a little bit of a step behind
those two. So it's just a matter of catching up, continuing to play
together, working in practice and it will eventually come."
That is a collective feeling around the team. Peca, who underwent
offseason knee and shoulder surgeries, is a premier two-way forward
who this season has yet to make the sort of impact expected of him.
But one can't overlook the fact that the Islanders' penalty kill has
seen a dramatic improvement with Peca back at full strength. In the
six games since coach Peter Laviolette reinserted Peca onto that unit,
the Islanders have killed 35 of 38 power plays (92.1 percent). He was
on the ice for 9:17 of Ottawa's 16:35 of power-play time.
Of course it was the 10 chances Ottawa was afforded in the game that
stood out more in Peca's mind than the fact that the Islanders killed
nine of them.
"I think there were certainly some we deserved," he said. "But the
referees are the only ones that can explain what they see when they
call it. I can pass judgment, but I know that's not what they like to
The Islanders have bigger concerns now. The red-hot Vancouver Canucks
come to Long Island tomorrow and everyone knows what takes place after
that: Darcy Tucker and the Toronto Maple Leafs will be in town Friday.
"We haven't played great at home at all this year," Peca said of his
team's 4-8-1 record at the Coliseum, which includes a three-game
winless streak (0-2-1). "I think we've got to start winning some
hockey games at home. Our best hockey has come on the road and that's
got to change."
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Osgood as gone? Flyers seen
as takers for Isle goalie
By PETER BOTTE
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
It worked for the Jets with Chad Pennington. Are the Islanders
readying to try a similar move aimed to resuscitate their faint
playoff hopes by changing goalies and entrusting the rest of their
season to unproven Rick DiPietro?
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers are believed to be considering
making a run at Isles starter Chris Osgood, according to multiple
Team sources said "nothing is hot" on the trade front, although moving
Osgood, who'll be a restricted free agent after this season when his
$4million contract expires, clearly would be necessary to pave the way
for DiPietro's promotion.
DiPietro, the No.1 overall selection in the 2000 draft, is riding a
personal 13-game unbeaten streak (8-0-5) for AHL Bridgeport and has a
2.18 overall goals against average.
The Flyers, whom the Isles (8-13-3-0) expected to compete with this
season for the Atlantic Division title, won for only the second time
in 11 games with a 2-1 overtime decision Saturday in Montreal.
Goalie Roman Cechmanek improved to 8-5-4 this season, but there remain
those inside and out of the Flyers' organization who doubt he's
capable of leading them to a Stanley Cup title.
Osgood's play has improved recently, but he still is 7-9-2 overall
this season - with a 3.54 GAA and .869 save percentage. Only Atlanta's
Milan Hnilicka, who was sent to the minors last week when the
Thrashers signed free agent Byron Dafoe, is ranked lower than Osgood
(45th) among all NHL goalies with enough appearances to qualify.
Since opening last season 8-1-1, Osgood also is 31-33-5 in
regular-season play. Still, the 30-year-old owns two Stanley Cup rings
from his days in Detroit, including one as a starter (1998).
Philadelphia reportedly had been shopping defenseman Dan McGillis, who
makes $3 million but would improve the Islanders' blue-line depth, and
struggling former Rangers prospect Pavel Brendl.
But Osgood, whom the Isles obtained in the waiver draft before last
season, might not fetch more than a draft pick because of his salary
Snow job: Isles backup goalie Garth Snow has come under scrutiny
recently of the NHL's equipment police over the length of his goalie
pads. The league already has regulations for width, but is expected to
institute rules next season concerning pad length after Snow and
others began using pads estimated at nearly 40 inches long earlier
"All I'll say," Snow said, "is all of my equipment conforms to NHL
Snow also was the cause of an earlier rules change involving goalie
equipment - this one involving the size of his shoulder pads - in 1997.
Philadelphia papers (Daily News/Inq) had no Osgood rumors.