10:33 pm – Rick DiPietro stopped 13 of 14 shots over two periods tonight as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers won in Springfield, 6-2. Although DiPietro and the Sound Tigers are not alarmed, the goalie said that he played it cautious by leaving the game after the second period because he experienced “some tightness.” DiPietro said his discomfort was unrelated to any of his recent knee and hip surgeries.
“I felt really good out there,” said DiPietro, who recorded the win in the second start of his AHL conditioning stint. “I didn’t have the nerves I did with the first game. It just feels good to be back playing and contributing to a win again. I’m looking forward to the next one on Tuesday.”
DiPietro is scheduled to start for the Sound Tigers on Tuesday at home against Portland. It could be his final game before a return to the Islanders.
The Falcons’ lone goal against DiPietro came at 4:29 of the second period when Colton Fretter directed a centering pass from Charles Ringlet. Scott Munroe played the third period for Bridgeport and allowed one goal.
Bridgeport head coach Jack Capuano noticed a marked improvement in DiPietro from his performance last Saturday at home against Springfield. “Rick was in control from beginning to end,” said Capuano. “I thought he was extremely sharp.”
Springfield radio play-by-play announcer Mike Kelly reports that the game was “a tidy effort for DiPietro. Like Saturday, he didn’t get much action in the first period, but he made a few strong saves in the second and looked good playing the puck. For a second conditioning game after being away so long, Rick was very solid.”