SOUND TIGERS LOSE SEE SAW GAME IN HERSHEY
Beaten 4-3 in OT by Bears in road trip finale
HERSHEY, PA - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers,
top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders,
lost 4-3 in overtime on the road to the Hershey Bears Saturday in a
game that saw the lead change hands three times.
Newcomer Tim Sestito, who signed a tryout contract with the Sound
Tigers earlier in the day, opened the scoring on the first shift of
his professional career off assists from Nathan Gillies, his third
point in two games, and Ryan Caldwell to make it 1-0 Sound Tigers
2:55 into the game.
After being outshot 5-0 to start the game, Hershey went on an 11-5
run to end the opening frame and tied the score on the fourth goal of
the year by Jeff Finger off assists from Brett Clark and Marek Svatos
with 5:48 left in the period.
In a reversal of roles, the Bears had momentum and took the lead
early in the second period, but the Sound Tigers rallied to tie the
score by the end of the middle frame.
Martin Hlinka gave Hershey its first edge at 2-1 with a power-play
goal, his fifth marker of the season, off assists from Jamie Rivers
and Mathieu Darche at the 2:10 mark, but the Chris Campoli tied the
score with a goal on the advantage, his second tally in as many games
and 11th of the season, off an assist from Joe Tallari at 12:09. The
latter play marked the second time in as many nights Campoli tied the
score at 2-2 on the advantage. The assist was also the first point of
Tallari's professional career.
The Sound Tigers regained the lead at 3-2 on the first AHL goal of
Vince Macri's career off assists from Rob Collins and Justin Papineau
6:29 into the third period. The helper was the team-leading 34th
assist and 55th point of the season for Collins.
The Bears tied the score at 3-3 on the back end of a two-man
advantage when Jamie Rivers fired a shot through traffic from the
right point for his sixth goal of the season off assists from Clark
and Eric Perrin with 8:22 left to play.
The Sound Tigers finished regulation and started the extra session
shorthanded but were able to kill the opportunity. However, Clark won
the game for Hershey with his sixth goal of the season off assists
from Perrin and Svatos 2:59 into overtime.
Clark was the first star of the game, Rivers the second and Macri the
third. The Bears were 2 for 6 on the power play and had a 35-23 shots
on goal advantage, including 5-0 in overtime. The Sound Tigers were 1
for 3 on the power play. Dieter Kochan made 31 saves in a losing
effort for the Sound Tigers while Hershey's Peter Budaj made 22 for
his 29th win of the season.
Binghamton Senators at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WHEN Today, 4:05 p.m.
WHERE Arena at Harbor Yard
ON THE AIR No radio; Webcast at www.soundtigers.com
RECORDS THROUGH FRIDAY Binghamton 40-20-5-7; Bridgeport 33-34-3-1
SEASON SERIES Bridgeport leads 4-2. LAST MEETING The Sound Tigers
won 4-3 in a shootout March 16 at Binghamton.
ABOUT THE SENATORS Binghamton played Saturday night at home against
Manitoba. ... C Jason Spezza leads the AHL, going into Saturday at 28-
75-103. He's the first 100-point scorer in the AHL in four years.
He also went into Saturday with a 12-game scoring streak (3-19-
22). ... LW Brandon Bochenski led rookie scorers at 28-31-59 going
into Wednesday. Norfolk's Rene Bourque was two points behind.
ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS Bridgeport played Saturday night at Hershey,
completing a three-game road trip. ... The Sound Tigers signed C/LW
Tim Sestito to an amateur tryout and released LW Jeff Szwez from a
pro tryout. ... Fans bringing non-perishable food items for the
Connecticut Food Bank will receive a voucher for a free ticket to
Wednesday's game against Albany. Also, local Girl Scouts will sell
cookies to ship to troops overseas. UP NEXT Wednesday vs. Albany,
Wonderland of Ice face lift needs to begin
BRIDGEPORT Where are the bulldozers? Where are the trucks? Where
are the construction workers? Where's the new rink for the Wonderland
Nearly three months after the city's planning and zoning commission
unanimously approved the $4.6 million dollar project to build a
second regulation hockey rink and curling sheet, not one shovel of
dirt has been turned over, not one tree removed, and no start-up work
has been done. Why?
What's taking so long?
"If anyone's holding up the construction, it's me," Wonderland of Ice
director Lisa Fedick said Friday. "There's still a lot of work still
being done behind the scenes on a couple of design issues. I'm still
not happy that the building is going to be operated efficiently under
the current design, and I don't want to build anything that I can't
The two-phase project will create a curling sheet next to the current
ice rink, and then a new second rink will be installed adjacent to
that, where the lobby and dressing facilities are now. Once the new
rink (which will seat about 1,000) is built, the existing rink and
locker rooms will be renovated. Because of these design problems,
Fedick and several city officials are going to meet with the
architect from Hartford and the contractor from Detroit on Tuesday to
help perfect the plans, so construction can begin as soon as possible.
"The contractor has promised me that we will be skating by my
father's birthday on October 17," Fedick said.
And while nothing visual can be seen yet Fedick says that
numerous permits have been applied for, steel for the project has
been ordered and an electrical contractor has been hired.
"Things are moving," Fedick said.
Here's hoping that the project can be completed quickly. Wonderland
is in dire need of a face lift, and should the rink become the Sound
Tigers practice facility (the Rinks in Shelton is where the team
skates now), the project needs to get going. Now.
The first Bravest vs. Finest hockey game will take place at the
Arena at Harbor Yard on April 10, following the 4:05 p.m. game
between the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Binghamton Senators.
Clark's OT goal pulls Bears closer
By DAN SERNOFFSKY
Daily News Sportswriter
HERSHEY The Flying Wallendas have nothing on the Hershey Bears.
The Bears continued to do their high-wire act last night, somehow
maintaining their balance despite a couple of near slips, and pulled
out a 4-3 overtime victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the
Defenseman Brett Clark, joining the rush and coming into the zone as
the trailer, took a pass from Marek Svatos and snapped off a shot
from the slot to beat goalie Dieter Kochan three minutes into
The victory, combined with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's 4-3 overtime loss
to Worcester last night, enabled the Bears to pull to within three
points of the fourth-place Penguins in the battle for the final
playoff spot in the AHL's East Division. The Penguins still have two
games in hand on the Bears, tonight at Philadelphia and Wednesday
against Binghamton, before they face host the Bears on Friday night.
"It started in our end," Clark said in describing the sequence that
led to the game-winner. "Persie (Eric Perrin) gave me a good pass. I
saw Svats break, and I threw it up to him. It bobbled a bit on him,
but the 'D' was cheating on him. I got it to settle down, made a move
one way, shot by the 'D,' and fortunately it went in.
"It was a nice feeling."
For his part, Svatos was simply focused on keeping the puck in the
Bridgeport zone until he saw Clark.
"I got the pass on the right side, so I thought I could beat the
defenseman wide," he said. "I saw I couldn't, and there was a guy
behind me who was trying to poke it. I lost it for a second but
tapped it to Clarkie, and he shot it and scored."
As it turned out, the hardest part for the Bears was getting to the
point where they could win with a goal. The Sound Tigers,
mathematically still in the playoff hunt but for all practical
purposes out of it, came out with determination. Their lineup
bolstered by the addition of some Islander draft picks who joined the
team following the conclusion of their collegiate or junior seasons,
the Sound Tigers wasted little time in taking the lead.
Just under three minutes into the game, a 3-on-2 rush set up Tim
Sestito for a backhand from just outside the crease on the rebound of
a shot by Ryan Caldwell.
The Bears got that goal back when Jeff Finger fired a shot from the
right point that Kochan never saw. Screened by Martin Hlinka and
Mathieu Darche in front, Kochan was further screened when Bridgeport
defenseman Chris Campoli stepped into the slot in an effort to stop
Hlinka gave the Bears a 2-1 lead with a power-play goal at 2:10 of
the second period, but Campoli, walking in from the right corner,
beat Peter Budaj on the short side on a Bridgeport power play to tie
the game at 12:09.
Just over a minute later, the Hershey penalty kill came up big,
successfully killing off a five-minute high-sticking major on Mathieu
Darche, but six and a half minutes into the third period, Vince Macri
broke the deadlock on a 2-on-1 rush.
The play was set up when Justin Papineau chipped the puck to Rob
Collins while taking out Finger. That left Clark alone against
Collins and Macri, and Collins hit Macri with a perfect pass in the
slot for the goal.
The Bears then tied the game when Jamie Rivers scored just seconds
after a 5-on-3 Hershey power play had ended, walking in from the
right point and unleashing a shot from above the right circle.
Budaj made two big saves on a late 2-on-1 Bridgeport break, denying
Papineau on the original shot and Collins on a wrap-around try with
the rebound, and the game went to overtime for Clark's deciding goal.
Notes: Last night's game drew 7,522 fans. ... The Bears outshot the
Sound Tigers 35-35. ... Hershey was 2-for-6 on the power play,
Bridgeport 1-for-3. ... Chris Bala (concussion), Cody McCormick
(shoulder) and Dean Arsene (ankle) were injury scratches. ... The
Bears returned Yevgeny Lazarev to Wheeling of the ECHL with the
return of Carl Corazzini to the lineup. ... The Bears return to
action Friday when they travel to Wilkes-Barre before closing out
their home season Saturday and Sunday by hosting Philadelphia and