Sound Tigers drop third in a row for first time

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

It took un­til the mid­point of their sea­son for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to go win­less in three games, but that’s where they sit af­ter Satur­day’s 3- 2 loss to the Bing­ham­ton Devils at Floyd L. Maines Vet­er­ans Memo­rial Arena in Bing­ham­ton, N. Y.

A three- goal sec­ond pe­riod for the Devils, capped by John Ra­m­age’s goal with 1.5 sec­onds left, erased Bridgeport’s 1- 0 lead and sent the Sound Tigers to backto- back reg­u­la­tion- time losses for only the sec­ond time in the first 38 games of the year.

With goalie Jeremy Smith pulled for an ex­tra at­tacker, Bridgeport rookie Otto Koivula scored with 1: 57 left, giv­ing him a goal in five con­sec­u­tive games, but the Sound Tigers couldn’t gen­er­ate a ty­ing goal.

They still hit the mid­point at 21- 11- 4- 2 for 48 points, their best 38- game record in a decade; the 2008- 09 team was 24- 10- 2- 2 af­ter 38, though the AHL played an 80- game sched­ule back then in­stead of the cur­rent 76.

Travis St. De­nis gave the Sound Tigers a lead on a power- play de­flec­tion, knock­ing down a shot by Mitch Vande Som­pel ( two as­sists) and send­ing it bound­ing past Devils goalie Evan Cormier late in the first.

Colby Sis­sons’ first pro goal tied it on a shot that changed direc­tions on Smith. Mike Kapla gave the Devils a lead on a power play. And Ra­m­age scored at the front of the net to fin­ish off the pe­riod, though Smith and the Sound Tigers thought Mar­ian Stu­denic had in­ter­fered with the goalie.

Cormier, who be­gan the sea­son play­ing col­lege hockey in Canada, earned his first pro­fes­sional win with 26 saves.


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