SOUND TIGERS BEAT FIRST PLACE BINGHAMTON 5-2
Special teams key home victory over Senators
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, beat the Binghamton Senators, who started the game in
first place in the East Division, 5-2 at home Sunday scoring a trio
of special-teams goals and shutting down the top-ranked power play
along the way.
The league's leading scorer Jason Spezza started things with a break-
away goal, his 29th goal and AHL-best 105th point, at the 8:46 mark
of the first period. The unassisted goal put Binghamton ahead 1-0.
The Sound Tigers tied the score at 1-1 with a power-play goal by Joe
Tallari, the first goal of his professional career, off an assist
from Jason Guerriero at the 10:02 mark of the opening frame. Only
1:40 later, the Sound Tigers pulled ahead to 2-1 with a four-on-four
goal by Chris Campoli, his 12th goal of the season, off an assist
from Bruno Gervais. With 5:10 left to play in a wild first period,
Campoli made it 3-1 with his second goal of the game and 13th of the
season on a five-on-three power-play with assists going to Gervais
and Rob Collins. Campoli has scored four times in the last three
games, including a power-play goal in each one of those contests.
Five minutes into the middle frame, Steve Regier scored his seventh
goal of the season off assists from Collins and Matt Koalska upping
the Sound Tigers' lead to 4-1.
Gervais made it 5-1 with a shorthanded goal, his eighth marker of the
year, 3:30 into the third period off an assist from Justin Mapletoft.
The Senators closed the gap to 5-2 on Brian McGrattan's seventh goal
of the season off assists from Greg Watson and Christoph Schubert
with 4:31 left to play, but Sound Tigers netminder Dieter Kochan
closed the door after that.
Kochan stopped 40 of 42 shots, including a trio of highligh-reel
saves in the second period, to earn the first star of the game,
Campoli was the second star and Gervais was the third. Binghamton
goaltender Billy Thompson made 15 saves in a losing effort as the
Senators had a 42-20 shots on goal advantage. The Sound Tigers were 2
for 6 on the power-play and 6 for 6 on the penalty-kill.
The Sound Tigers will host the Albany River Rats this Wednesday at
B-Sens unable to find comeback magic against Tigers
From staff reports
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- This time, the Binghamton Senators couldn't come
Having made a habit of recovering from early two-goal deficits in
five of their last six home games, the Senators fell behind in the
opening period and were beaten by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 5-2,
before an announced crowd of 5,302 Sunday in the Arena at Harbor
The Senators, done in by two first-period power-play goals and the
stellar play of Bridgeport goalie Dieter Kochan, lost in regulation
for only the second time in 19 games. They also fell into second
place in the East Division, one point behind the Philadelphia
Phantoms, who beat Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 4-2.
For a change, the Senators opened the scoring 8:46 into the game when
Jason Spezza picked off a pass and converted a breakaway to increase
his AHL-leading point total to 105.
But the lead was fleeting. With Senators tough guy Chris Neil serving
a cross-checking minor, Joe Tallari snapped a wrist shot between
goalie Billy Thompson's pads at 10:02 for his first goal of the
Less than two minutes later, with the teams skating four-on-four,
Bridgeport defenseman Chris Campoli collected a rebound and shot
through a crowd of players and behind Thompson.
The Senators left themselves shorthanded again at 13:34 when rookie
Danny Bois was called for charging and Josh Langfeld took an
unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Bridgeport capitalized on the two-
man advantage as Campoli beat Thompson with another shot through a
screen at 14:50.
Any idea that the Senators could rally again was squelched by Kochan,
who stopped 18 shots in the second period and 40 overall. Kochan, the
former BC Icemen goalie, defeated the Senators for the fourth time in
five starts this season.
Bridgeport built on the lead five minutes into the second when Steve
Regier took a feed from Rob Collins and snapped a shot over
Thompson's blocker and 3:30 into the third on defenseman Bruno
Gervais' shorthanded goal.
Senators enforcer Brian McGrattan, who added 12 penalty minutes to
his AHL-leading total and moved within 18 of breaking the league's
single-season record, scored with 4:31 remaining in regulation to
account for the final margin.
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