Shorthanded Sound Tigers Lose 5-1 To WBS Pens
12/31/04 - American Hockey League (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WILKES-BARRE, PA - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, lost 5-1 on the road to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Friday. The game was the first of seven straight away from home for
the Sound Tigers and marked their third New Year's Eve road game in
as many years.
The Sound Tigers matched Wilkes-Barre/Scranton chance-for-chance in
an exciting-but-scoreless first period despite playing two skaters
short with nine regulars out of the lineup due to injuries and
Just one second after a power play they took from the end of the
opening frame into the start of the second period expired, the
Penguins opened the scoring on a Michel Ouellet goal at the 1:00 mark
off assists from Tomas Lupaschuk and Tomas Surovy. The goal was the
22nd of the season for Ouellet who entered the game second in the AHL
in that category just one marker behind Michael Cammalleri of the
The Sound Tigers tied the score at 1-1 when Steve Regier bounced home
a wrist shot off the glove of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goaltender Marc
Andre-Fleury at the 7:57 mark. Brett Nowak notched his first point as
a Sound Tiger with the lone assist on the goal, which was Regier's
third of the year and second against Fleury.
The Penguins regained the lead at 2-1 just 1:04 later when Matt
Murley swept the rebound of a shot by Alain Nasreddine past Sound
Tigers netminder Wade Dubielewicz for his eighth goal of the season.
Kris Beech earned his team-leading 28th assist and 36th point with
the other helper on the play.
Ouellet made it 3-1 with his second goal of the game and 23rd of the
season off assists from Beech and Murley 7:20 into the third period.
Colby Armstrong upped the lead to 4-1 with a power-play goal, his
eighth marker of the year, off assists from Ramzi Abid and Ryan
Whitney with 3:13 left to play. Ouellet then took control of league's
goal-scoring lead with an unassisted tally with 3.9 second left to
play, an unassisted goal, to make it 5-1.
Ouellet was the first star of the game, Armstrong was the second, and
Murley was the third. Fleury made 22 saves for his 14th win while
Dubielewicz had 27 saves in a losing effort. The Sound Tigers were 0
for 4 on the power play while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 1 for 4 and
had a 32-23 shots on goal advantage.
The Sound Tigers will play the second and third of the seven straight
road games when they visit the Norfolk Admirals next Friday and
Saturday, January 7th and 8th.