The Sound Tigers Sold Out the Weekend
Kevin Schultz , Islanders Point Blank:
As a gesture of goodwill after Hurricane Sandy, the Sound Tigers announced late last week that tickets for both of their home games this past weekend would be free. That’s right, 100% no cost, nothing, on the house. On Saturday night, Webster Bank Arena sold out with a record 8,525 in attendance and they did it again on Sunday afternoon with another 8,525. For comparison, their home opener was attended by over 7,600 fans.
It’s been a tough week on Long Island and all over the tri-state area — 250,000 on LI still without power at this moment — but it’s always good to see an organization that does the right thing and recognizes its place in the landscape. Sports are an escape and spending a night at a hockey game can be one way to do that.
On the ice, the Sound Tigers split their weekend games; they beat Hershey 3-2 on Saturday night and lost to Wilkes-Barre 5-3 on Sunday.
On Saturday against Hershey Kevin Poulin made another 19 saves, which is weird to say, since he always seems to be stopping 31, 39 or some other large number. That’s partly due to the 11 power plays that the Sound Tigers had, moving most of the play to the other end of the ice. It was a scrappy game with 84 penalty minutes in all, and 50 of those going towards the visiting Bears.
There were four differently altercations of varying intensity in the game, so I’ll leave the fight links here for your viewing pleasure:
Naturally all of those were uploaded by someone with the screen name EricBoulton26.
On the scoresheet Saturday night, Casey Cizikas (3), Brock Nelson (3) and Brandon DeFazio (4) had the goals.
On Sunday, the Sound Tigers lost a 3pm matinee 5-3 to the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Kevin Poulin got the start again and gave up four goals on 27 shots in the first two periods, probably partially because that’s a lot of shots to face when it’s the second game in less than 24-hours. Kenny Reiter came in for the third.
In the loss, John Persson (3), Nelson (4) and Nino Niederreiter (5) scored. Niederreiter also had two assists Saturday, giving him a team leading nine points on the year.
Next up for Bridgeport is an 11am home date against Norfolk on Wednesday followed by a trip to Manchester Friday and home for the CT Whale Sunday. If you’re watching on AHL Live, the home games are now broadcast in glorious HD. The Sound Tigers are 5-3 on the year, second place in their division behind Springfield (6-1).