Sound Tigers leaning toward Cloutier in goal
BRIDGEPORT The AHL bestowed its top weekly honor Tuesday on
Bridgeport Sound Tigers goalie Wade Dubielewicz. He wasn't around to
accept it, called up Saturday to the NHL. So when the Sound Tigers
return to action tonight at home against Philadelphia, riding a five-
game streak without a regulation loss, it's likely Dubielewicz won't
be in goal for the first time in 11 games. With Chris Madden unable
to start because of his knee injury, the Sound Tigers called up
Frederic Cloutier from the ECHL. He's likely to be the man
tonight. "I'll get a chance to play a couple of games, so obviously,
I've got to come in and be ready," Cloutier said after Tuesday's
practice at the Arena at Harbor Yard. "It's what I've been waiting
for for a long time."
Bridgeport signed the fifth-year pro this summer to be the No. 3
goalie, available in just this kind of a pinch. "That's what we got
him for," coach Dave Baseggio said. "We've got a lot of faith in him."
Cloutier was the last goalie other than Dubielewicz to start a game
for Bridgeport, spelling Dubielewicz in the midst of a stretch of
seven games in 10 nights. That night, Dec. 9 at Norfolk, a week after
Madden was hurt, Norfolk had a 3-0 lead in the blink of an eye and
went on to win 5-2. "I think maybe (it was) jitters, but there was a
bad bounce off the end boards (on the second goal)," Baseggio
said. "We didn't come out with our A-game, either. He settled down
and gave us a chance to win."
Cloutier lamented the bounces in that game more than anything, but he
said the coach's reaction to that start meant a lot to him.
"Dave Baseggio kept me in the game, and that gave me confidence,"
Cloutier said. "It got better as it went. He had confidence in me."
Cloutier also mopped up in the Sound Tigers' 6-2 loss Dec. 17 at
Hartford. Dubielewicz had played every minute of the six games since
then. There was an outside chance Rick DiPietro, who's day-to-day
with a knee sprain, would return to the New York Islanders' lineup
tonight; that would force Dubielewicz back down. But no one was
counting on that.
The league named Dubielewicz its player of the week after he allowed
only one goal in three games, all victories.
Dubielewicz is the fifth Sound Tiger to win the award, one in each
season: In order, they were Juraj Kolnik, Trent Hunter, Jeff
Hamilton, Dieter Kochan and now Dubielewicz.
Philadelphia Phantoms at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WHEN Tonight, 7:05
WHERE Arena at Harbor Yard
ON THE AIR Webcast at www.soundtigers.com
RECORDS Philadelphia 14-18-0-3; Bridgeport 15-18-2-1
SEASON SERIES Bridgeport leads 4-1
LAST MEETING The Sound Tigers won 4-1 Friday in Philadelphia.
ABOUT THE PHANTOMS Philadelphia is in sixth and last place in the
East, but that's just three points out of third. ... RW Pat Kavanagh
is 12-11-23 to lead the team. He's 2-1-3 vs. Bridgeport. ... The
Phantoms are 4-8-2 all-time in Bridgeport but won at least one game
here in each of the past four seasons.
ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS Bridgeport has won three in a row and is 4-0-
0-1 in its last five. ... After an 0-4 start, Bridgeport's home
record is 8-9-0-1. ... RW Robert Nilsson has a seven-game scoring
streak (2-9-11). ... LW Sean Bergenheim has four goals in the past
three games. ... G Frederic Cloutier is expected to start with Chris
Madden (knee) hurt and Wade Dubielewicz on recall. UP NEXT Friday
vs. Hershey, 7:35 p.m.