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SOUND TIGERS TIE HOME UNBEATED STREAK AT 10
Brandon Smith had a goal and an assist to help the Bridgeport Sound
Tigers edge the Springfield Falcons, 4-3. Smith opened the scoring
with a power-play goal 81 seconds into the first period and assisted
on the game-winning goal by Jeff Hamilton just 2:34 into the final
stanza. Martin Chabada assisted on an Alan Letang power-play goal 8:38
into the first and scored early in the second to give a 3-0 lead to
Bridgeport, which has not lost in its last 10 home games (8-0-2-0).
Rick DiPietro stopped 31 shots, including 11 of 12 in the final
period, to remain undefeated in his last 11 starts (7-0-4). Ramzi Abid
and Jason Bonsignore both scored a second-period goal and Alexander
Svitov buried a power-play tally midway through the third for
Springfield, which has dropped three of its last four contests. Evgeny
Konstantinov allowed two goals on 12 shots over the final two periods
to take the loss in relief of Zac Bierk, who started for the Falcons.
USA Today: Tigers-Springfield Boxscore
Right winger snaps scoring drought, sparks Sound Tigers
By MICHAEL FORNABAIO
After going nearly a month without a goal and not much shorter without
a point, but after improving Wednesday night, Martin Chabada was
primed for a big night.
That came true in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers' 4-3 win over the
Springfield Falcons Friday night in front of an announced 4,696 at the
Arena at Harbor Yard.
The Czech-born right winger had a goal and an assist and was the most
consistent Sound Tiger in an intense but sometimes sloppy game. He had
not scored a point in nine games until he assisted on Alan Letang's
first-period goal, his first since opening night; he hadn't had a goal
in 12 until he put Bridgeport up 3-0 in the second period off a forced
turnover by Daniel Tkaczuk.
"I talked to him about it after (Wednesday), and I told him I thought
he played real well, and I said, 'Do you know why?'" Bridgeport coach
Steve Stirling said. "He looked at me, and in perfect English, said,
'Yeah, I played smart.' (Friday), he played smart."
The Sound Tigers are 8-0-2 in their last 10 home games, tying a
franchise record. They are 4-0-2 in their last six games overall.
Rick DiPietro, just back from the New York Islanders after missing two
games backing up Chris Osgood, made 31 saves in the win, improving to
8-0-4 in his last 12 games. He robbed Ramzi Abid, diving to his right,
13 seconds into the third period to preserve what was then a 3-2 lead.
After building that 3-0 lead, the Sound Tigers got outshot
dramatically the rest of the night and were relatively outplayed. One
good thing was often followed by a bad thing or vice versa.
For instance, Jeff Hamilton played an oh-that's-bad, no-that's-good
second half of the game. He committed a horrifying turnover up the
middle that led to Abid's goal, the Falcons' first. But he later
scored on a beautiful shot to give Bridgeport a 4-2 lead.
"We had a really good first period, we did a lot of good things. We
kept it simple and we took advantage of our power plays," Stirling
said. "They needed something to get kick-started, and (the Hamilton
turnover) was a pretty good kick-start."
Springfield had not scored more than one goal in its first five trips
to the Arena, a span over which it was 0-4-1. Jason Bonsignore's
rebound goal late in the third period ended that streak.
After Hamilton's goal, Alexander Svitov scored on a Springfield power
play to cut the lead in half. DiPietro took over the rest of the way.
Bridgeport scored two first-period power-play goals on basic shots
from the point, something that was sometimes lacking during recent
man-advantage droughts for the Sound Tigers.
Brandon Smith got the first on a flip through traffic, and Letang got
the second on a low hard shot through a screen that Zac Bierk got a
small piece of before it went through him into the net.
Before the game, the New York Islanders recalled Eric Manlow after
losing Mattias Weinhandl, who had played well since going from the
Sound Tigers to Long Island, with a shoulder sprain suffered in practice.
Radek Martinek also went back up from his conditioning assignment. The
Islanders sent defensemen Ray Schultz and Sven Butenschon to the Sound
Eric Godard was ejected in the first period after a fight with Martin
Grenier; referee Jay Sharrers said the strap on his sweater wasn't
tied down, but Godard said the strap came undone during the fight.
Sound Tigers 2 stars
MARTIN CHABADA, BRIDGEPORT
Broke a near-month-long scoring drought with a goal and an assist.
RICK DIPIETRO, BRIDGEPORT
Made 31 saves in his return to the Park City.
RAMZI ABID, SPRINGFIELD
Scored Springfield's big first goal and was thoroughly robbed by
DiPietro in the third.
Brandon Smith had a goal and an assist and was generally solid on defense.
"The good news is we won. The bad news is we had to work too hard, too
hard in the third period, for the first of three (games) in three nights."
Bridgeport coach Steve Stirling
Tonight at Lowell, 7 p.m.
Sound Tigers game day
Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Lowell Lock Monsters
Tsongas Arena, Lowell, Mass.
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RECORDS THROUGH THURSDAY
Bridgeport 11-5-4-1; Lowell 6-14-1-0
First meeting of two. The teams split four games last season.
The Sound Tigers won 3-2 in overtime at Lowell Feb. 16.
ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS
Bridgeport hosted Springfield Friday night. ... Before the game, G
Rick DiPietro and Ds Ray Schultz and Sven Butenschon came back to
Bridgeport from the New York Islanders. C Eric Manlow and D Radek
Martinek went up. ... The Sound Tigers snapped a three-game road
winless streak last Friday with a win at Syracuse. They are 4-3-2-1 on
the road overall. ... Going into Friday, Bridgeport remained first in
the league in penalty killing (91.7 percent) but was 23rd on the power
ABOUT THE LOCK MONSTERS
Lowell played at Providence Friday night. The Lock Monsters carried a
five-game losing streak into that game. ... Leading scorers Jeff
Heerema (groin) and Mike Zigomanis (shoulder) have both missed time.
Zigomanis returned Wednesday after missing nine games. ... The Lock
Monsters are 25th in goals per game (2.48) and 27th in goals against
(3.81). ... Lowell went into Friday 25th in the league on the power
play (12.3 percent), allowing six short-handed goals, and was last on
the penalty kill (72.4).
Sunday at Hershey, 6 p.m.
Union News: Springfield
Sound Tigers keep Falcons frustrated
By FRAN SYPEK
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - The positive thing was the Springfield Falcons
scored more goals then they've ever managed in one game at the Arena
at Harbor Yard.
But the bad news was that they still can't win here.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers continued their home ice domination over
the Falcons last night with a 4-3 American Hockey League victory over
Springfield before 4,696 fans.
The Falcons fell to 0-5-1 lifetime on the road against the Sound
Tigers. They have been outscored 21-7 in those games.
Ramzi Abid, Jason Bonsignore and Alexander Svitov scored for the
Falcons, who had never scored more than one goal in any previous game
Brandon Smith, Alan Letang, Martin Chabada and Jeff Hamilton scored
for the Sound Tigers. Falcons goalie Zac Bierk left because of an
apparent hip injury after making 10 first period saves and was
replaced by Evgeny Konstantinov.
The Falcons yielded a pair of first period power-play goals and fell
behind 3-0 in the second period, but they stormed back.
"This is a hard place to dig yourself out of a hole," said Rob Murray.
"It's commendable the way we came back, but our penalty killing let us
down at the beginning of the game and I take a lot of responsibility
After Hamilton gave the Sound Tigers a 4-2 edge 2:34 into the third
period, Svitov, assigned to Springfield Thursday by Tampa Bay, scored
a power-play goal at 8:24 to cut Bridgeport's lead to 4-3.
"We had a bad turnover on their fourth goal and we were coming,"
McSorley said. "All in all, we did a lot of good things, but we just
didn't do enough of the little things we needed to do to win the
The Falcons, who outshot the Sound Tigers, 34-24, pulled Konstantinov
in favor of an extra attacker during the final minute, but could not
get the equalizer.
"I'm not happy because we had an opportunity to win this game and we
didn't," McSorley said. "We played well for 46 minutes, but that just
wasn't good enough."
Bonsignore brought the Falcons to within one goal, at 3-2, when he
scored a power-play goal at 14:59 of the second period. After Rick
DiPietro stopped a bid by Jeff Taffe, Bonsignore converted the rebound
to end an 0-for-18 power-play drought against the Sound Tigers.
The Falcons got on the board at 6:48 of the second period when Abid
scored. Abid, who likes to fool around with a soccer ball before
games, used a play out of indoor soccer to score the goal.
Hamilton turned the puck over and Dmitry Afanasenkov got a quick pass
over to Abid. After banking a shot off the back dasher board, Abid
collected the puck and snapped a shot past a surprised DiPietro to cut
Bridgeport's lead to 3-1.
Chabada, who had gone 12 games without scoring a goal, ended his
drought at 3:07 of the second period. He fired a shot on goal that
looked like a Tim Wakefield knuckleball and dipped past Konstantinov's
glove to provide the Sound Tigers with a 3-0 advantage.
Smith and Letang scored carbon copy power-play goals during the first
period to stake the Sound Tigers to a 2-0 advantage.
"They can be explosive on the power play," McSorley said.