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Weinhandl, DiPietro Star For Sound Tigers In Sweep
(November 2) The Bridgeport Sound Tigers completed a
two-game-in-two-night sweep of the Saint John Flames with a 1-0 road
win Saturday. The victory upped the Sound Tigers' record to 5-3-1-1
giving them 12 points and solidifying their hold of sole possession of
first place in the AHL's East Division.
Following two and a half periods of scoreless hockey in which the
Sound Tigers killed seven Saint John power plays, Mattias Weinhandl,
the game's first star, made it 1-0 with his third goal of the season
at 10:49 of the third period on assists from Eric Manlow and Trent
Hunter. Weinhandl is now on a six-game scoring streak, Manlow has
points in nine of ten games this season, and Hunter has points in all
eight games since being assigned by the Islanders.
The Sound Tigers were 0 for 5 on the power play, 7 for 7 on the
penalty kill and won despite being outshot, 31-26. Rick DiPietro made
31 saves to earn number one star of the game and the Sound Tigers'
first shutout of the season while Saint John's Dany Sabourin made 25
saves to take number three honors. Weinhandl was number two star of
The Sound Tigers will visit the Albany River Rats this coming
Wednesday, November 6th at 7 p.m. to end a stretch in which they will
have played six out of seven games on the road. They will host the
Portland Pirates two nights later, Friday, November 8th, at 7:35 p.m.
DiPietro records first shutout, Sound Tigers douse Flames
SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick
Rick DiPietro made 31 saves to record his first shutout of the year,
allowing Mattias Weinhandl's third-period goal to stand as the
game-winner in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 1-0 win over the Saint
John Flames on Saturday night at Harbour Station.
Bridgeport went 7-for-7 on the penalty kill, keeping the Flames
scoreless in more than 11 minutes of power-play time. The Sound Tigers
have killed 36 out of 38 penalties against them over the last seven
games, a span over which they are 5-1-1, including three straight wins.
"Four guys are working together as a group, which is what they need to
do," said Bridgeport coach Steve Stirling, whose team remains atop the
"Once one guy makes a force, the other three guys have got to be ready
and rotate with him in unison, and that's what they're doing. It's fun
to watch, real textbook stuff."
DiPietro made 12 saves in the second period, including a big stop on
veteran forward Dave Lowry late in the period, and 10 more in the
third. He recorded the third shutout in the AHL this season.
"He was very sharp," Stirling said. "It was a playoff-type game. It
wasn't wide open. A second game in second night, both teams played it
close to the vest."
DiPietro also made 31 saves Friday night in a 6-3 win over the Flames.
The shutout was his fifth AHL regular-season shutout and the team's
eighth in its two-season history. DiPietro also had three shutouts in
this spring's playoffs.
Weinhandl scored the only goal of the game with 9:11 remaining. He
took a pass at the front of the net from Eric Manlow out of the left
corner and beat Dany Sabourin, who stopped Bridgeport's other 25
shots. Trent Hunter also assisted.
"They got robbed a couple of times in the second period, but they were
patient and finally got one," Stirling said. "Hunter made a nice pass
to Manlow, Manlow made a nice pass, and Weinhandl didn't waste any time."
Hunter extended his scoring streak to eight games since arriving from
the New York Islanders. He has seven goals and six assists.
Manlow has points in nine out of 10 games, with seven goals and seven
assists. Weinhandl has three goals and seven assists over a six-game
Both teams hit the post a couple of times Saturday. Saint John's
Ladislav Kohn did it twice only seconds apart at the end of a
second-period power play.
Bridgeport, which also swept a pair at Harbour Station last November,
plays at Albany on Wednesday.
Bridgeport 0 0 1 1
Saint John 0 0 0 0
No scoring. Penalties
Tetrault, Bpt (interference), 5:35; Butenschon, Bpt (high-sticking),
8:21; Godard, Bpt (holding), 10:50; Lombardi, SJ (holding stick),
11:37; Down, Bpt (hooking), 13:59.
No scoring. Penalties
Montador, SJ (holding), 1:30; Tetrault, Bpt (interference), 4:04;
Higgins, Bpt (hooking), 6:05; Verot, SJ (cross-checking), 6:30;
Tetrault, Bpt, double minor (roughing), 11:50; Verot, SJ (roughing),
11:50; Manzano, SJ (delay of game), 19:20.
1, Bridgeport, Weinhandl 3 (Manlow, Hunter), 10:49. Penalties
Montador, SJ (slashing), 12:54.
Shots on goal
Bridgeport 11-4-11 26.
Saint John 9-12-10 31.
Power play opportunities
Bridgeport 0 of 5, Saint John 0 of 7.
Bridgeport, DiPietro 4-3-1 (31 shots-31 saves). Saint John, Sabourin
Not available. Referee
USA Today: Game Story and Boxscore:
SAINT JOHN, New Brunswick (Ticker) -- Mattias Weinhandl scored
midway through the third period and Rick DiPietro stopped all 31
shots he faced to help the Bridgeport Sound Tigers blank the
Saint John Flames, 1-0. Weinhandl put a pass from Trent Hunter
behind goaltender Dany Sabourin with 9:11 remaining in
regulation for his first game-winner of the season. Hunter
extended his point streak to eight games (seven goals, six
assists). DiPietro made double-digit saves in both the second
and third periods en route to his fifth career shutout. Eric
Manlow added an assist to bring his team-high point total to 14
(seven goals, seven assists) for Bridgeport, which has won three
straight, improving to 3-0-1 since October 26. Sabourin turned
aside 25 shots in the loss for Saint John, which has dropped
consecutive games after taking its previous four.