BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS WEEKLY
Weekly News Release of the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders
For the week of April 4th, 2005
Sound Tigers Go 2-1-1 In Tough Week
The Sound Tigers earned points in three of four games last week
rebounding from a 4-0 loss in Norfolk to the Admirals Wednesday by
beating them 7-3 Friday, taking a point in a 4-3 overtime road loss
to the Hershey Bears Saturday and beating the Binghamton Senators 5-2
at home Sunday. The Sound Tigers finished last week in sixth place in
the East Division with 73 points and a 34-34-4-1 record, including 25-
10 at home and 9-24-4-1 on the road.
WED MAR 30th at NOR, 4-0: MATT ELLISON had two goals and an assist,
SHAWN THORNTON and MARTY WILFORD scored once each and ADAM MUNRO made
29 saves for his fourth shutout of the season for Norfolk. WADE
DUBIELEWICZ made 25 saves in a losing effort for the Sound Tigers.
The shots on goal were tied 29-29. The Admirals were 1 for 6 on the
power play and 8 for 8 on the penalty kill.
FRI APR 1st at NOR, 7-3 W: JUSTIN PAPINEAU had a hat trick, CHRIS
CAMPOLI and NATHAN GILLIES had a goal and an assist each, JOHN
MORLANG and MATT KOALSKA scored once each, BARRETT HEISTEN had two
assists and DIETER KOCHAN made 30 saves for the Sound Tigers who were
1 for 8 on the power play and won despite being outshot 33-27.
Norfolk was 1 for 6 on the advantage.
SAT APR 2nd at HER, 4-3 OTL: The lead changed hands three times with
TIM SESTITO (in his professional debut), CHRIS CAMPOLI and VINCE
MACRI scoring for the Sound Tigers, and JEFF FINGER, MARTIN HLINKA
and JAMIE RIVERS scoring in regulation and BRETT CLARK notching the
winner in overtime along with two assists for Hershey. DIETER KOCHAN
made 31 saves for the Sound Tigers while PETER BUDAJ made 22 for the
Bears. The Sound Tigers were 1 for 3 on the power play. Hershey was 2
for 6 on the advantage and outshot the Sound Tigers 35-25.
SUN APR 3rd vs. BIN, 5-2 W: JOE TALLARI notched the first goal of his
professional career while on the power play, CHRIS CAMPOLI scored a
four-on-four goal and the game-winner on the power play, STEVE REGIER
tallied at even strength, BRUNO GERVAIS had a shorthanded goal and
two assists, ROB COLLINS recorded two assists and DIETER KOCHAN made
40 saves. The Sound Tigers were 2 for 6 on the power play and 6 for 6
on the penalty kill against Binghamton's top-ranked power play. The
Senators had a 42-20 shots on goal advantage.
SOUND TIGERS PLAYER OF THE WEEK D CHRIS CAMPOLI
Campoli finished the week on a three-game goal and point streak with
four goals, including power-play tallies in each contest, and one
assist. The North York, Ontario native was also a +4 last week.
Campoli finished the week leading all Sound Tigers defensemen and
ranked second overall on the team with 32 assists and 45 points. He
also ended last week with 13 goals and at a team-best +15 having
played in a team-leading 72 games.
THIS WEEK Another Four In Five Week
The Sound Tigers will play four games in five days again this week
hosting the Albany River Rats Wednesday, visiting the Philadelphia
Phantoms Friday and hosting the Lowell Lock Monsters Saturday and
WED APR 6th vs. ALB, 7:05: This will be the seventh of eight meetings
of the teams this season, the fourth in final in Bridgeport. The
Sound Tigers are 18-7-5 all-time versus Albany, including 4-2 with
three home wins this season. The River Rats finished last week in
seventh place in the East Division with 62 points and a 25-35-6-6
record, including 11-16-3-4 on the road but on a four-game win
FRI APR 8th at PHI, 7:05 p.m.: This will be the eighth and final
meeting of the teams this regular season. The Sound Tigers are 10-11-
2 all-time versus Philadelphia, including 3-4 this season with three
home wins and an overtime loss on the road. The Phantoms, who will
visit Norfolk this Wednesday, finished last week in first place in
the East Division with 95 points and a 44-22-3-4 record, including 24-
8-2-2 at home, 8-1-1 in their last ten games and on a three-game win
SAT APR 9th vs. LOW, 7:05 p.m.: This will be fourth and final meeting
of the teams this regular season. The Sound Tigers are 7-5-1 all-time
versus Lowell, including 1-2 this season winning the only game in
Bridgeport. The Lock Monsters finished last week in third place in
the Atlantic Division with 88 points and a 41-25-1-5 record,
including 18-15-1-2 on the road. Lowell will host the Springfield
Falcons this Wednesday and visit the Providence Bruins this Friday.
SUN APR 10th vs. BIN, 4:05 p.m.: This will be the eighth and final
meeting of the teams this regular season. The Sound Tigers are 11-9-1
all-time versus Binghamton, including 5-2 this season winning all
three games in Bridgeport and the last four overall. The Senators
finished last week in second place in the East Division with 94
points and a 41-21-5-7 record, including 17-15-2-3 on the road and 6-
1-0-3 in their last ten games. Binghamton, who had a ten-game
unbeaten-in-regulation streak snapped at 7-0-0-3 by the Sound Tigers
this past Sunday, will visit the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins this
Wednesday and will host the Rochester Americans this Friday and
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this Saturday.
SOUND TIGERS TEAM LEADERS
Goals ROB COLLINS, 21
Assists ROB COLLINS, 36
Points ROB COLLINS, 57
Plus / Minus CHRIS CAMPOLI, +15
Penalty Minutes ERIC GODARD, 284
Wins DIETER KOCHAN, 19
Goals Against Average DIETER KOCHAN, 2.57
Save Percentage DIETER KOCHAN, .917
SOUND TIGERS SPECIAL TEAMS; AHL RANK
Power Play 53 for 360, 14.7%; t-19th
Penalty Kill 350 for 425, 82.4%; 21st
Shorthanded Goals Against 8; t-14th
Shorthanded Goal For 14; t-4th
SOUND TIGERS STREAKS
The Sound Tigers have won two home games in a row and are unbeaten-in-
regulation three straight games at 2-0-1. The Sound Tigers have
scored on the power play in three straight games going 4 for 17
(23.5%). D CHRIS CAMPOLI is on a three-game goal and point streak
(4g,1a) with a power-play goal in each of those contests. G DIETER
KOCHAN is unbeaten-in-regulation three straight games at 2-0-1. RW
ROB COLLINS is on a two-game assist streak (3a). RW JOE TALLARI is
on a two-game point streak (1g,1a).
MAPLETOFT SETS CAREER ASSIST RECORD
JUSTIN MAPLETOFT set a new, team, career assist record by notching
his 77th helper as a Sound Tiger in last Friday's 7-3 win at Norfolk.
Mapletoft added number 78 in Sunday's 5-2 home win over Binghamton.
SOUND TIGERS TRANSACTIONS
C/LW TIM SESTITO signed an amateur tryout contract Saturday. RW
JEFF SZWEZ was released from a professional tryout contract
Saturday. RW JOE TALLARI signed a PTO Wednesday. C JASON
GUERRIERO signed an ATO Wednesday. RW NATHAN GILLIES signed a PTO
while RW JASON SESSA was released from one Tuesday. D ED CAMPBELL
was named the fourth captain in team history on March 15th. D VINCE
MACRI was recalled from the ECHL's Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies on
March 15th. D RICHARD SEELEY was reassigned to Norfolk on March
15th. F/D DOUG CHRISTIANSEN signed a PTO on March 13th and was
released on March 15th. LW JEFF HUTCHINS signed a PTO on March
9th. RW JOHN MORLANG was re-signed to a PTO on March 4th.