Sound Tigers lose first in reg­u­la­tion in 3 weeks

Connecticut Post (Sunday) - - Sports - By Michael Forn­abaio mforn­[email protected] ct­post. com; http:// twit­ter. com/ forn­abaioctp; http:// blog. ct­news. com/ forn­abaio

HARTFORD — Not that Michael Dal Colle was with the Bridge­port Sound Tigers on Fri­day night to know that the script was the same Satur­day night at the XL Cen­ter. But he knew the lines well.

“Undis­ci­plined, self­ish, some self­ish penal­ties that hurt us,” Dal Colle said af­ter Hartford’s 3- 1 win. “My­self in­cluded. You can’t give a team like that that many power plays. They’ve got a lot of skill.”

On Fri­day at Web­ster Bank Arena, four Bridge­port penal­ties let Hartford back into the game, turn­ing a two- goal Sound Tigers lead into a 3- 2 shootout loss.

Satur­day, five Sound Tigers penal­ties in the sec­ond pe­riod let the Wolf Pack score to take the lead mid­way through the sec­ond, then get an­other goal on a five- on- three that car­ried over to start the third.

“Easy goals given up did us in,” said Devon Toews, off whose in­ter­fer­ence mi­nor be­hind the play the Wolf Pack took the lead. “We took a cou­ple of bad penal­ties, my­self in­cluded, and that hurts.”

The loss ended a 7- 0- 1- 1 streak for Bridge­port, which hadn’t lost in reg­u­la­tion since Nov. 2 at Spring­field, which vis­its Web­ster Bank Arena on Sun­day.

Jeremy Smith kept Bridge­port in it, mak­ing sev­eral big saves, one get­ting left- to- right on a Cole Sch­nei­der at­tempt on a two- on- one early in the first pe­riod. He stopped Shawn O’Don­nell’s penalty shot in the sec­ond pe­riod.

“Smith was great. Ex­cel­lent night, great goal­tend­ing, gave us ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to get a point,” Bridge­port coach Brent Thomp­son said. “Both goalies have been out­stand­ing.”

John Gil­mour opened the scor­ing through traf­fic mdi­way through the sec­ond. Again, like Fri­day in Bridge­port, it was Teddy Bear Toss night, and fans threw stuffed an­i­mals onto the ice for char­ity.

Peter Holland scored on a re­bound 58 sec­onds into the third pe­riod. The teams traded goals in the next four min­utes, but that was the mar­gin of vic­tory.

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Sound Tigers Re­port

Three Stars

1. DUSTIN TOKARSKI, HARTFORD: Shut the door on Bridge­port in the third pe­riod.

2. VINNI LET­TIERI, HARTFORD: Two more as­sists in a fine week­end against Bridge­port.

3. MICHAEL DAL COLLE, BRIDGE­PORT: Forced some turnovers and scored in his re­turn from the NHL. UN­SUNG HERO: Jeremy Smith made some huge saves to keep it close.

UP NEXT: Sun­day vs. Spring­field, 3 p. m.

— MICHAEL FORN­ABAIO Dustin Tokarski kept it there for the Wolf Pack, mak­ing 42 saves in all, 22 in the third.

“I don’t think we were play­ing our best” through two pe­ri­ods, Toews said. “The third pe­riod, we had ( 23) shots. We got it to­gether, we just didn’t get the bounces to tie it up, and we were beat­ing our­selves.”

The par­ent New York Is­lan­ders called up Tan­ner Fritz on Satur­day af­ter­noon. He had 10 points in 17 games for Bridge­port. They sent the Sound Tigers Dal Colle, who had 14 points in 14 games be­fore be­ing called up on Nov. 15.

Dal Colle scored Bridge­port’s goal on a re­bound and forced a few other turnovers.

Bridge­port called Ryan Hitch­cock back up from Worces­ter ( ECHL), where he played three games over the past cou­ple of weeks ( miss­ing a cou­ple of games, ill). He didn’t play Satur­day.

WOLF PACK 3, SOUND TIGERS 1

Bridge­port ............................................ 0 0 1— 1 Hartford................................................ 0 1 2— 3 First Pe­riod — No scor­ing. Penal­ties —

R. Bourque, Bpt ( trip­ping), 8: 21; Ha­jek, Hfd ( cross- check­ing), 15: 44.

Sec­ond Pe­riod — 1, Hartford, Gil­mour 6 ( Let­tieri, Nieves), 9: 05 ( pp). Penal­ties —

Ho- Sang, Bpt ( slash­ing), 4: 17; Ean­sor, Bpt ( board­ing), 6: 20; Toews, Bpt ( in­ter­fer­ence), 8: 51; St. Amant, Hfd ( in­ter­fer­ence), 12: 48; Be­leskey, Hfd ( trip­ping), 18: 41; Dal Colle, Bpt ( hook­ing), 19: 04; C. Bourque, Bpt ( slash­ing), 19: 25.

Third Pe­riod — 2, Hartford, Holland 3 ( Be­leskey, Let­tieri), : 58 ( pp). 3, Bridge­port, Dal Colle 8 ( Helge­son, Ho- Sang), 3: 08. 4, Hartford, St. Amant 1 ( Sch­nei­der, O’Don­nell), 4: 55. Penal­ties — Bernier, Bpt ( rough­ing), 4: 55; St. Amant, Hfd ( un­sports­man­like con­duct), 4: 55; Leedahl, Hfd ( trip­ping), 6: 34; Helge­son, Bpt, mi­nor- ma­jor- mis­con­duct ( in­sti­gat­ing, fight­ing), 10: 25; Craw­ley, Hfd, mi­nor- ma­jor ( check to head, fight­ing), 10: 25; Dal Colle, Bpt ( in­ter­fer­ence), 19: 10.

Missed penalty shot — O’Don­nell, Hfd, 13: 50 sec­ond.

Shots on goal — Bridge­port 10- 10- 23— 43. Hartford 8- 12- 10— 30.

Power play op­por­tu­ni­ties — Bridge­port 0 of 4, Hartford 2 of 7.

Goal­tenders — Bridge­port, Smith 5- 3- 1 ( 30 shots- 27 saves). Hartford, Tokarski 4- 3- 1

( 43- 42).

At­ten­dance — 3,446. Ref­er­ees — Markovic, O’Quinn. Li­nes­men — K. Bri­g­anti, Galvin.

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