DECEMBER 28, 2002
SOUND TIGERS SHUTOUT IN MANITOBA
Second 4-0 loss to Moose this month
WINNIPEG, MB - The American Hockey League's 2001-02 Regular Season
Champion and Eastern Conference Playoff Champion Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, were shutout 4-0 on the road by the Manitoba Moose
Saturday. It was the second time the Moose blanked the Sound Tigers by
the score of 4-0 this month, the other was Friday, December 6th.
Manitoba is one of four AHL teams the Sound Tigers have played but
have never beaten during the regular season. The other three are the
Hershey Bears, Norfolk Admirals and the San Antonio Rampage. However,
the Sound Tigers did eliminate the Moose three games to one in last
year's Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
After a scoreless second period, Tyler Bouck opened the scoring 4:27
into the second period with his sixth goal of the season on assists
from Jimmy Roy and Nolan Baumgartner. The 1-0 Manitoba lead held up
through the end of the middle frame.
Fedor Fedorov made it 2-0 Manitoba with his seventh goal of the
season, unassisted, just :10 into the third period igniting a
three-goal outburst by the Moose. Jason King made it 3-0 with his 12th
goal of the year at 4:09 on assists from Fedorov and Darrell Hay.
Bryan Helmer then finished the scoring with a five-on-three,
power-play goal, his third goal of the season, on assists from Jeff
Farkas and Nolan Baumgartner with 8:25 left to play making it 4-0.
Manitoba Goaltender Alex Auld made 23 saves for his second shutout of
the season, with the other being the win over the Sound Tigers on
December 6th and was named the game's number one star. Fedorov was the
second star and Bouck the third.
Sound Tigers Netminder Steve Valiquette had his eight-game, unbeaten
streak, 7-0-1, snapped with the loss. The Sound Tigers also saw their
two-game winning streak and three-game unbeaten streak, 2-0-1, ended.
The Sound Tigers were 0 for 2 on the power play and 3 for 4 on the
penalty kill. The shots on goal were tied at 23-23.
The Sound Tigers will visit Manitoba again Tuesday, New Year's Eve, at
5 p.m. They will return to Bridgeport to host the Hershey Bears on
Friday, January 3rd at 7:35 p.m. and the Hartford Wolf Pack on
Saturday, January 4th at 7:05 p.m. on "Pride in America" weekend.
Moose shut out Sound Tigers
Alex Auld shut out the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for the second time
this month, stopping all 23 Sound Tigers shots to lead the Manitoba
Moose to a 4-0 win Saturday night at Winnipeg Arena.
The teams meet again here Tuesday afternoon.
With the loss, Bridgeport's lead in the East Division shrank to five
points over Binghamton, which tied Albany 2-2 Saturday. The Sound
Tigers have 44 points to the Senators' 39, and Binghamton has played
three fewer games.
A three-goal third period broke open a close game. Fedor Fedorov
scored unassisted 10 seconds into the period, and Jason King, who came
into the day tied for fifth among AHL rookie goal scorers, scored his
12th goal of the year at 4:09. Defenseman Bryan Helmer scored on a
five-on-three power play shortly past the midway point of the period.
The defeat ended Bridgeport goalie Stephen Valiquette's personal
unbeaten streak at eight games. He had been 7-0-1 in his previous
eight games since a loss at Philadelphia Nov. 15. Valiquette made 19
saves in the loss.
Bridgeport is 0-2-2 in its last four road games.
The Sound Tigers mustered only three shots in the second period, in
which Manitoba took a 1-0 lead. Tyler Bouck scored 4:27 into the
second period on assists from Nolan Baumgartner, who also assisted on
Helmer's goal, and Jimmy Roy.
The Moose defeated Bridgeport by an identical score at the Arena at
Harbor Yard in Connecticut on Dec. 6. Auld had 30 saves in that game.
Defenseman Sven Butenschon returned to the Sound Tigers from the
parent New York Islanders. Left winger Raffi Torres was also
reassigned but sat out with a minor injury. Defenseman Ray Schultz sat
out with a shoulder injury, and winger Martin Chabada was scratched,
though he might have been able to go after missing seven games with a
hand injury. Defenseman Alan Letang returned after missing a game due