SOUND TIGERS WIN 6-2 IN UTAH
Open weekend set vs. Grizzlies with largest offensive output of season
WEST VALLEY CITY, UT - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, used their largest offensive output of the season to beat
the Utah Grizzlies 6-2 on the road Saturday. With the win, the Sound
Tigers are now unbeaten in regulation in four straight games, 3-0-0-
1, and are 2-0 on a five-game road trip.
The Sound Tigers opened the scoring quickly as Jeff Hamilton extended
his goal streak to five games just 46 seconds into the first period.
It was Hamilton's team-leading sixth goal of the season with Justin
Mapletoft and Martin Chabada notching the assists. Mapletoft is now
on a seven-game scoring streak while Chabada has assists in two
The Sound Tigers doubled their lead to 2-0 nine seconds past the mid-
point of the first period when Martin Kariya crashed through the slot
to poke a rebound past Utah Goaltender Mike Smith. It was Kariya's
second goal of the season and his second point in as many games. Eric
Manlow had the only assist on the play and now has helpers in each of
the last two games.
Utah pulled to within 2-1 on Steve Gainey's second goal of the season
off an assist from Tim Verbeek with 1:52 left in the first period,
but the Sound Tigers took charge of the game with a pair of blue-
collar, second-period goals.
Moments after negating an icing by beating a Utah defender to the
puck, Derek Bekar scored his second goal of the season, and his
second in as many games, off a great set of passes by Manlow and
Kariya to make it 3-1 Sound Tigers 1:32 into the second period. Then
Cail MacLean kept the puck in the offensive zone and moved it to Ben
Guite who fed Ryan Kraft who in turn rifled a wrist shot past Mike
Smith for his second goal of the season, and also in as many games,
to make it 4-1 at 10:33 of the middle period.
Chabada upped the lead to 5-1 Sound Tigers 6:54 into the third period
with his second goal of the season off assists from Hamilton and Tomi
Pettinen. Hamilton then iced the win with his second goal of the
night, his seventh marker of the season, when he intercepted a Mike
Smith clearing attempt for an unassisted score with 3:13 left to play
making it 6-1.
Utah managed one more goal with 49.7 seconds left in the game as
Jarrod Skalde scored for the second time this season off assists from
Bubba Berenzweig and Rob Valicevic. SkaldeÃ¢â¬â¢s goal was just the
second on the power play for the Grizzlies in 61 chances this season
and came one second after a five-on-three advantage expired.
The Sound Tigers were 0 for 6 on the power play while Utah was 1 for
6 and had a 28-25 shots on goal advantage. Goaltender Dieter Kochan
made 26 saves to earn the win and push his unbeaten-in-regulation
streak to four games at 2-0-1-1 while Mike Smith made 19 stops in a
losing effort. Hamilton was the first star of the game, Kochan the
second, and Sound Tigers Defenseman Brandon Smith was the third.
The Sound Tigers will visit Utah again tonight at 9:05 p.m. The game
will be broadcast live on 600 WICC-AM and at www.soundtigers.com
Grizzlies ghoulish in 6-2 pounding by Bridgeport
By Martin Renzhofer
The Salt Lake Tribune
WEST VALLEY CITY -- To celebrate their Halloween hockey game
with Bridgeport, the Utah Grizzlies wore special, ghoulish-
looking "FrankenGrizzly" jerseys.
After taking a 6-2 pounding from the Sound Tigers on Friday night
in the E Center, Utah should bury them in the nearest graveyard.
Bridgeport scored early and often to cool down what had been a hot
goalie in Mike Smith and drubbed a lackluster Utah team that had
showed signs of shedding its early-season troubles.
Maybe it was the rust of playing after a week off, but the nearly
2,500 spectators who braved the snowy night saw the Grizzlies (2-5-1-
1) forget everything they had done to win two of their past three
games -- tight checking, defense and strong goaltending.
"We made it too easy," said Utah coach Don Hay. "In the second
period, they won all the 1-on-1 battles, they picked up the tempo and
we didn't keep up.
"You get what you deserve."
If there was one consolation, Utah finally scored on the power
play as Jarrod Skalde slapped one past Dieter Kochan in the final
minute. It was the Grizzlies second conversion in 61 chances.
The Sound Tigers (3-3-2-1) won their second-straight road game by
taking advantage of several Utah defensive miscues. Six different
players scored for Bridgeport, which had its biggest offensive
explosion this season. And it didn't take long for the Tigers to do
With Smith on his back after a scrambling save, Hamilton drove a
quick shot into the net just 46 seconds into the period. Less than 10
minutes later, Martin Kariya skated quickly to the puck and slammed a
rebound past Smith.
Utah, after missing a couple of early power-play chances, finally
broke through at the 18:08 mark when Steve Gainey, stationed in front
of the Bridgeport net, redirected a Tim Verbeek blast past Kochan.
But that was as close as Utah would get as a controversial non-
call led to Bridgeport's third goal and control of the game.
A fired-up Grizzly team opened the second period, attacking hard
in the Tiger end of the ice. Bridgeport finally cleared the puck,
referee Harry Dumas failed to call icing.
Seconds later, at 1:32, Derek Bekar took a pass on the door step
and one-timed the puck into the net, giving the Tigers a 3-1 lead. It
was an advantage that Utah, not having scored more than two goals in
any one game all season, could not overcome.
"The referee didn't think we touched the puck and we ended up
standing around and they scored," said Hay. "It was a little bit of a
let down, but we've got to get out of that habit. We have to fight
adversity if we want to be a good hockey team."
In a repeat of the first period, Bridgeport scored in the middle
of the second period. This time Ryan Kraft, about 15 feet in front of
goal in the high slot, took a crisp pass and fired the puck over
Smith's shoulder, putting the Tigers up 4-1 at the 10:33 mark.
The Tigers added two more goals in the third period. Both teams
meet again tonight.
"We have to get back to fundamentals," said Hay. "We have to
check. We made it too easy."
Grizzlies vs. Sound Tigers Preview
Tonight at the E Center, West Valley City
Faceoff: 7:05 p.m.
Radio: KJQS-AM (1230)
Records: Bridgeport (3-3-2-1); Utah (2-5-1-1)
Series: Bridgeport leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Bridgeport, 6-2 (Friday)
About the Grizzlies: Utah, continuing its 10th anniversary
celebration, tonight will unveil former Grizzly goalie Tommy Salo as
the second addition to its Ring of Honor. Salo, No. 35 was a member
of the Grizzlies' back-to-back Turner Cup champions in 1994-95 and
1995-96. Andy Brickley, No. 15, was the first player honored.
About the Sound Tigers: Last week, Jeff Hamilton pushed his point
and power-play-goal streak to four games with a goal on the advantage
in each game and an assist on Oct. 25. Coming into the weekend,
Hamilton was tied for the AHL lead with four power-play goals.
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