SOUND TIGERS UP STREAK TO SIX
Cloutier blanks Philadelphia 1-0 at home
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, defeated the Philadelphia Phantoms 1-0 at home Wednesday
behind Frederic Cloutierís shutout. The Sound Tigers are now unbeaten-
in-regulation in their last six games at 5-0-0-1, including five home
games at 4-0-0-1.
"Cloutier played very well," Sound Tigers head coach Dave Baseggio
said. "He made the saves he had to make, and the guys did a great job
clearing any rebounds, but Cloutier looked great tonight!"
First-period action was physical with the teams combining for 14
penalties that totaled 44 minutes, including a game misconduct on
Philadelphia's Randy Jones. Rob Collins had a chance to give the
Sound Tigers the early lead but hit the post on a five-on-three power
The second period was no less physical with the teams combining again
for 14 penalties that totaled 84 minutes, including a half-dozen ten-
minute misconducts, as well as a game misconduct on Philadelphia's
Wade Skolney, the second Phantom to be ejected. The 84 minutes not
only were the most in any one period involving the Sound Tigers this
season, they were more than any single-game total involving the team
Despite all the penalties, the Sound Tigers were able to get on the
scoreboard first. Bruno Gervais gave them a 1-0 lead at 12:34 when he
scored his team-leading 12th goal of the season off assists from
Collins and Cole Jarrett. Collins extended a point streak to six
games on the play while Gervais padded his goal-scoring lead among
all AHL defenseman.
Philadelphia pulled goaltender Martin Houle in favor of an extra
attacker with just over a minute left in the third period but was
unable to score with Cloutier coming up with a series of big saves
off a goal-crease scramble inside the final minute.
"I had to stop the puck, but I did everything I could not to freeze
it in the end," said Cloutier who was recalled by the Sound Tigers
from the ECHL's Pensacola Ice Pilots Monday to fill in for Wade
Dubielewicz who was called up by the Islanders. Dubieleiwcz, the
reigning AHL Player of the Week, also earned a win Wednesday with a
2:24 relief appearance late in regulation and through the extra
session as the Islanders rallied to beat the Florida Panthers 4-3 in
overtime at home.
Both teams were perfect on the penalty kill with the Sound Tigers
going 6 for 6, and the Phantoms 9 for 9. Cloutier stopped all 30
shots he faced to earn the first shutout of his AHL career while
Houle stopped 25 of 26 shots for Philadelphia who had a 30-26 shots
on goal advantage. The first star was Cloutier, the second was
Gervais, and the third was Houle.
The teams combined for a total of 136 penalty minutes, including 50
to the Sound Tigers, both of which are single-game Sound Tigers highs
for this season.
Veteran defenseman Joel Bouchard was a surprise addition to the Sound
Tigers line-up, playing for the first time since suffering a serious
shoulder injury in the first game of the season on October 5th.
Bouchard had been slated to return to action later this month but was
ready to play Wednesday.
The Sound Tigers will continue a five-game homestand versus the
Hershey Bears this Friday at 7:35 p.m., the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Penguins this Sunday at 1:05 p.m. and the Hartford Wolf Pack next
Wednesday, January 11th at 7:35 p.m.