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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: BEARS at SOUND TIGERS


11/03/2012 -

TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
HERSHEY BEARS at BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS
Saturday, November 3, 2012 - 7:00 PM  - Webster Bank Arena

REFEREES: Keith Kaval (#40) & Graham Skiliiter (#48)
LINESMEN: Martin Demers (#79) & Luke Galvin (#2)

BEARS vs. SOUND TIGERS: Following a shootout win at Springfield last night, the HERSHEY BEARS traveled the short distance to Connecticut and will take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers tonight at Webster Bank Arena. The BEARS and Sound Tigers meet tonight for the first of four contests in the regular season. Bridgeport is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the New York Islanders.

ALL-TIME: The two teams tonight meet for the 61st time in history. The BEARS have an all-time record of 30-22-8 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against the Sound Tigers. HERSHEY posted a record of 2-1-0-1 against Springfield last season.

THE LAST TIME: The BEARS and Sound Tigers last met on Sunday, February 19 at Webster Bank Arena, with Bridgeport pulling out a 2-1 shootout victory. Chris Bourque and David Ullstrom netted the goals in regulation, while both goaltenders Braden Holtby and Anders Nilsson were excellent in front of their nets. The only goal in the shootout came off of the stick of defenseman Jon Landry, who beat Holtby on the last shot of the fifth and deciding round. Both goals scored in regulation came on the power play, with the teams combining for 15 opportunities on the man advantage.

 2012-13 SEASON SERIES:

 

Sat. November 3, 2012

@Bridgeport

Webster Bank Arena

Fri. November 30, 2012

BRIDGEPORT

GIANT Center

Tue. January 8, 2013

@Bridgeport

Webster Bank Arena

Sat. March 16, 2013

BRIDGEPORT

GIANT Center

 

RECENT RECAPS: HERSHEY hit the road for a brief two-city trip that began in Springfield last night against the Eastern Conference-leading Falcons. Springfield took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 but the BEARS battled back each time to tie the game. After Michael Chaput scored his first AHL goal to start off the scoring, Boyd Kane netted his first of the campaign after taking a pass from Garrett Mitchell and beating Curtis McElhinney from in close. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault deflected a shot by Ryan Johansen up and over the glove of Braden Holtby to give the Falcons the lead again, but in just over three minutes’ time, Matt Pope buried the rebound of a sharp-angle shot from Barry Almeida to again knot the score. Pope’s goal was also his first of the young season, and came moments after he was denied on a superb pad stop by McElhinney. The Falcons took enough penalties to allow the BEARS a 45-second two-man advantage late in the second period, and another four-minute 5-on-4 that carried over into the third. But the hosts held the BEARS off the score sheet with all of that extended power play time. The two teams then battled through an exciting third period and overtime to get to the shootout. Electing to allow the BEARS to shoot first, the Falcons found themselves down on Jeff Taffe’s first-round tally. Matt Calvert evened the score with his shot, and the shootout remained tied at one goal each after Holtby and McElhinney denied their next five opponents. Stanislav Galiev then sent a snap shot over McElhinney’s glove in the top of the seventh round, and Holtby preserved the lead and earned the win when he stopped former teammate and BEARS former captain Andrew Joudrey.

 

After winning the first three games of the season, Bridgeport has gone 1-2-0-0 in their last three – a stretch of three games in three nights last weekend that featured a game at Springfield bookended by two at Worcester. The Sound Tigers dropped the first game against the Sharks by a score of 5-1, defeated the Falcons on Saturday in a 3-2 shootout final, and then fell again at Worcester 5-2. In the three games combined, the Sound Tigers allowed a total of 112 shots on goal.

 

Due to the effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Sound Tigers players and staff have been using this week to recover. The organization is offering free tickets to all fans for tonight’s contest in an effort to put the effects of the storm in the rearview mirror.

 

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of November 3):

 

POS

TEAM

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

PTS

WIN%

GF

GA

1.

Syracuse

8

5

1

1

1

12

.750

29

26

2.

Norfolk

7

5

2

0

0

10

.714

26

19

3.

Binghamton

8

4

3

1

0

9

.562

20

23

4.

HERSHEY

8

4

3

1

0

9

.562

24

23

5.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

8

3

5

0

0

6

.375

20

20

 

STORYLINES: Defenseman Steve Oleksy returns to the building he called home for most of last season. After starting the year with the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads, Oleksy earned a recall to Bridgeport and made it count. He finished third on the Sound Tigers in plus/minus (+16) despite appearing in just 50 games. Oleksy also contributed one goal and 14 assists from the Sound Tigers blue line.

 

NOT SHORT-STAFFED: D Garrett Stafford added another assist last night and is now tied for fifth among AHL defensemen in scoring (1-8-9). His eight assists are tied for third among blueliners and his point total leads his BEARS teammates.

 

BRADEN’S BACK: G Braden Holtby has turned aside 66 of his last 68 shots faced for a save percentage of .971. His overall save percentage of .940 ranks tied for eighth in the AHL.

 

SCHILLING’S A PLUS: D Cameron Schilling accumulated a plus-8 rating over his last six games, and now stands at plus-6 – a mark which leads the BEARS and is tied for second among AHL rookies.

 

THREE-FOR-FOUR: The BEARS have scored three goals in each of their four victories.

 

HEAVY DOSE OF ROAD: Unlike the Springfield Falcons who had played six of their previous seven games at home prior to last night’s contest against the BEARS, Bridgeport has been at home just once and have played their other five on the road.

 

 

BEARS vs. SOUND TIGERS – TEAM LEADERS:

 

HERSHEY Bridgeport

Games Played SEVERAL TIED (8) SEVERAL TIED (6)

Goals Ryan Stoa, Jeff Taffe (3) Nino Niederreiter (4)

Assists Garrett Stafford (8) Aaron Ness (4)

Points Garrett Stafford (9) Nino Niederreiter (6)

PIMs Garrett Mitchell (26) Travis Hamonic, Blair Riley (16)

Plus/Minus Cameron Schilling (+6) Brandon DeFazio, Aaron Ness (+3)

Power-Play Goals Jon DiSalvatore (2) FIVE TIED (1)

Shorthanded Goals Zach Hamill, Garrett Mitchell (1) Brandon DeFazio (1)

Game-Winning Goals THREE TIED (1) John Persson (2)

 

Wins Braden Holtby, Dany Sabourin (2) Kevin Poulin (4)

Goals-Against Average Braden Holtby (1.95) Kevin Poulin (2.96)

Save Percentage Braden Holtby (.940) Kevin Poulin (.909)

 

BEARS vs. SOUND TIGERS – SPECIAL TEAMS:

 

 

HERSHEY

Bridgeport

Power Play

7-for-40 (17.5%) –18th in AHL

5-for-30 (16.7%) – 19th in AHL

Penalty Kill

26-for-33 (78.8%) – 22nd in AHL

29-for-36 (80.6%) – 16th in AHL

 

BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

 

10/28/12

DEL

G

Philipp Grubauer

Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)

10/27/12

ADD

G

Philipp Grubauer

Reassigned by Washington (NHL) from Reading (ECHL)

10/27/12

DEL

G

Philipp Grubauer

Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)

10/27/12

ADD

F

T.J. Syner

Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)

 

SOUND TIGERS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:

 

10/27/12

ADD

D

Jordan Hill

Signed to PTO

 

BEARS AMONG THE AHL:

G Braden Holtby: T,4th – shutouts (1); 12th – GAA (1.95).

RW Garrett Mitchell: T,3rd – SH goals (1).

C Zach Hamill: T,3rd – SH goals (1).

D Garrett Stafford: T,5th (D) – scoring (1-8-9), T,3rd (D) – assists (8).

D Cameron Schilling: T,2nd (R) – plus-minus (+6).

 

SOUND TIGERS AMONG THE AHL:

LW Brandon DeFazio: 4th– shooting percentage (3/7=42.9%).

LW John Persson: 1st (R) – game-winning goals (2).

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