Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 10:00 pm – The Sound Tigers had several good chances in the final 5 minutes but could not complete the comeback and lost tonight to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 3-2 at the Coliseum.
Rob Hennigar scored off a perfect passing play from Mike Iggulden and Trevor Smith with 2:48 left in the second period to pull Bridgeport within 3-2. Smith put the Sound Tigers on the board with a goal with 5:15 left in the second period off a feed from behind the goal by Iggulden.
A goal by Luca Caputi mid-way through the second period gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead. W-B/S scored a controversial goal just 1:22 into the game on a power play. In a goalmouth scramble in which Chris Minard scored, Bridgeport goalie Nathan Lawson was high-sticked in the head but the referee missed it – even as Lawson’s helmet flew off his head. With 1:09 left in the period and Jesse Joensuu in the penalty box, the Penguins made it 2-0 on a power play goal by Dustin Jeffrey.
Shots on goal: Sound Tigers 32, Penguins 25
Official attendance: 4,927.
Tonight was Game 1 of the opening round, best-of-7 series in the American Hockey League playoffs. Game 2 is Saturday night at 7:05 pm at the Coliseum and Game 3 is Sunday in Pennsylvania at 5:05 pm.
Bill Thomas – Jeff Taffe – Chris Minard
Janne Pesonen – Mark Letestu – Nick Johnson
Luca Caputi – Dustin Jeffrey – Tim Wallace
Paul Bissonnette – Joe Vitale – Jean-Michel Daoust
Joey Mormina – Ben Lovejoy
Alex Goligoski – Deryk Engelland
Andy Wozniewski – Jon D’Aversa
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Jesse Joensuu – Ben Walter – Kyle Okposo
Trevor Smith – Rob Hennigar – Mike Iggulden
Sean Bentivoglio – Tyler Haskins – Jon Sim
Michael Haley – Tomas Marcinko – Pascal Morency
Mark Wotton – Chris Lee
Joe Callahan – Jack Hillen
Andrew MacDonald – Dustin Kohn
Injured: Jeremy Colliton, Junior Lessard, Kurtis McLean, Blake Comeau
Extras: The Bridgeport “Black Aces” worked out at the Coliseum at noon today after the morning skates of the Sound Tigers and Penguins. The group includes several Islanders prospects. The Black Aces for today were…
Forwards: Justin DiBenedetto, Ryan Duncan, Robin Figren, Dennis Packard, Mitch Fritz, Joel Rechlicz, Max Gratchev
Defensemen: Mark Katic, Jamie Fraser, Jon Gleed
Goaltender: Kevin Poulin
Notes: Former Islanders defenseman Eric Cairns is behind the bench with head coach Jack Capuano and assistant Pat Bingham. Assistant Matt Bertani is serving as the eye-in-the-sky coach.
The game-opening video, as it usually is at home Sound Tigers game, was “Born in Bridgeport.” Current Islanders featured were Rick DiPietro, Trent Hunter, Sean Bergenheim, Kyle Okposo, Bruno Gervais, Jeff Tambellini, Frans Nielsen, Tim Jackman, Joey MacDonald and Blake Comeau.
Game 1 – Friday, Apr. 17 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3, Bridgeport 2 (NVMC)
Game 2 – Saturday, Apr. 18 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at SOUND TIGERS 7 p.m. (NVMC)
Game 3 – Sunday, Apr. 19 – SOUND TIGERS at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5:05 p.m.
Game 4 – Wednesday, Apr. 22 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at SOUND TIGERS 7 p.m.
Game 5 – Friday, Apr. 24 – SOUND TIGERS at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 7:05 p.m.
Game 6 – Saturday, Apr. 25 – SOUND TIGERS at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 7:05 p.m.
Game 7 – Sunday, Apr. 26 – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at SOUND TIGERS 4 p.m.