RIVER RATS RACE PAST SOUND TIGERS 6-1
Albany scores five goals in third period
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound
Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York
Islanders, lost 6-1 at home Wednesday to the Albany River Rats who
broke a 1-1 deadlock with five third-period goals.
Albany opened the scoring in the first period on the power play when
Tuomas Pihlman squeaked a shot under Sound Tigers goalie Wade
Dubielewicz off assists from Peter Vrana and Bobby Allen at 14:03.
The Sound Tigers evened the score at 1-1 when Matt Koalska fed a pass
from behind the net to David Masse who wristed his 12th goal of the
season past River Rats netminder Frank Doyle with 5:42 left in the
middle frame. Masi Marjamaki also assisted on the play. Referee Jamie
Koharski initially waived off the goal but eventually awarded the
tally after conferring with the goal judge.
Albany's leading scorer Aleksander Suglobov quickly put the game out
of reach with his team-best 24th and 25th goals, both on delayed
penalties and both off assists from Nicklas Bergfors, to make it 3-1
River Rats early in the third period. Suglobov made it 2-1 at the
3:40 mark and doubled the lead to 3-1 just 2:37 later with Ivan
Khomutov also assisting on the insurance goal.
Vrana upped the Albany advantage to 4-1 with his tenth of the season
at the 11:56 mark off an assist from Brad Ference. Barry Tallackson
made it 5-1 with his 13th of the season off a pretty outlet feed from
Ben Carpentier at 13:55, with Matt DeMarchi also collecting a helper.
Khomutov closed out the scoring at 6-1 with his eighth of the year,
unassisted, with 4:32 left to play.
Suglobov was the first star of the game with two goals, Vrana the
second with a goal and an assist and Doyle the third with 36 saves.
Dubielewicz took the loss with 26 saves. The River Rats were 1 for 3
on the power play and 7 for 7 on the penalty kill. The Sound Tigers
had a 37-32 shots on goal advantage.
The Sound Tigers will host the Springfield Falcons this Saturday at
7:05 p.m. and the Norfolk Admirals this Sunday at 1:05 pm