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Sound Tigers Notebook
Practice Almost Makes Perfect

By Jim Morlock


The old saying goes that "practice makes perfect."  Well, in the case of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, that was almost true.

With only one game on tap, it was a light week on the playing schedule for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but head coach Dave Baseggio more than made up for that scheduling quirk with a week's full of practices that included two-a-day practice sessions.

After losing two home games last weekend by a combined score of 12-4, Basaggio was determined to fix things before they got out of control.

"Either the cause was, A, we're not in good condition, so we're going to eliminate that," Baseggio told the Connecticut Post. "B, we're not on the same page, so we're going to eliminate that. Or C, guys don't really care, so we're going to give them a reason to care. We're eliminating the excuses."

So for most of the week, the team practiced like a football team would in August, practicing once in the morning and again in the afternoon. The Sound Tigers spent time working on everything - skating, passing, breakouts, rushes, face offs, special teams and introducing a new system: the trap.

After allowing 34 goals in six games, Bassegio and his staff had to do something.  The system worked well two years ago when the Sound Tigers led the AHL in goals against, so Bassegio decided to go back with what was successful in the past.

The Sound Tigers responded with their best effort of the season against the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday, but the one thing that couldn't practice for - a hot goaltender - kept them from victory.

Rookie goaltender Al Montoya, the Ranger's sixth overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, made a franchise-record 51 saves to lead the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 win over the Sound Tigers at the Hartford Civic Center.

The Sound Tigers had a chance to take the early lead, but Montoya stopped Travis Brigley on a shorthanded breakaway 1:01 into the contest.  Hartford took a 2-0 a few minutes later on first period goals by Daniel Sparre and Petr Prucha.  Sparre scored his second goal of the season at 4:01 and Prucha scored his first in his Hartford debut at 8:37.

Bridgeport dominated the second period, outshooting the Wolf Pack, 20-9, but Montoya was the difference, stopping all 20 shots, including saves on chances by Sean Bergenheim, Masi Marjamaki and Brigley.

After a scoreless second period, Ryan Caldwell broke up Montoya's shutout bid with first goal of the season at 16:50. Caldwell capitalized off turnover and beat Montoya on the Sound Tiger's 51st shout of the game. With 1:30 left in regulation, Bridgeport pulled goaltender Wade Dubielewicz in favor of an extra attacker, but Ryan Hollweg scored what later proved to be the game-winner with 51.5 left.  In the closing seconds of the game, Bruno Gervais scored his second goal of the season at 19:52 to make it a 3-2 game.  Center Wyatt Smith extended his point streak to three games with an assist on the goal.

Montoya, who improved to 3-1 with the win, stopped 12 shots in the first period, 20 in the second and 19 in the third, while earning No. 1 star honors.

The Sound Tigers outshot Hartford, 53-28, for the game. Bridgeport set a new-team record for shots in a game.

"Montoya was just great from beginning to end," Hartford coach Jim Schoenfeld told the Hartford Courant.  The goals were scored were on nice plays, but Montoya allowed us to win a game we probably shouldn't have. Bridgeport played a helluva game.  They were quicker, hungrier and stronger on the puck."

Wade Dubielewicz made 25 saves for the Sound Tigers, who fell to 2-4-1-0 on the year.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Bridgeport will look to snap its three-game losing streak on Wednesday, Nov. 2 when they host the Norfolk Admirals (2-5-0-1, 5 pts; T-4th-Place, East Division). Game time is at 7:05 p.m. at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard on "Haunted Hockey Night". Children 12 and under wearing a costume and accompanied by an adult will receive one free ticket, and there will be a costume contest for a signed, game-used hockey stick.

The Sound Tigers begin the month with four games in five days. Following Wednesday's game against the Admirals, Bridgeport will host Manchester (4-2-0-1, 9pts; T-4th-place, Atlantic Division) on Friday (7:35 p.m. start), then will visit the Albany River Rats (4-4-0-0, 8pts; 6th-Place, Atlantic Division) on Saturday at the Pepsi Arena (7 p.m.), before returning home to host East Division-rival, the Binghamton Senators (1-5-0-1, 3pts; 6th-Place, East Division) on Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

Information regarding Sound Tigers tickets is available by calling 203-334-GOAL or emailing info@soundtigers.com.  All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at www.soundtigers.com.  Fans can also watch all games live on the B2 Networks.

PLAYER NOTES
* Goaltender Wade Dubielewicz was recalled by the Islanders on Monday. This will be the second stint with the Islanders this season for Dubielewicz who is being recalled because of a knee injury to former Sound Tiger Rick DiPietro. Dubielewicz is 1-5 with a 5.03 goals against average and .854 save percentage in six starts for the Sound Tigers this season. He is 1-0-1 with a 1.73 goals against average and .940 save percentage in two appearances with the Islanders, both during the 2003-04 season.

* Team captain Kevin Colley was called up by the Islanders on Thursday and made his NHL debut against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden. Colley was scoreless and even in the Isle's 3-1 loss.  He skated five shifts, totaling 3:25. In his third season with the Sound Tigers, he has recorded five points (2+3) and 30 penalty minutes in seven games. He leads the team in penalty minutes and is ranked tied for fourth in the league in penalty minutes.  Colley is ranked tied for fourth on the team in scoring.

* Center Wyatt Smith has a three-game point streak and assist streak in progress - Smith missed the first four games of the season with an ankle injury.

                  BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS TEAM STATISTICS

   Players                            GP   G   A PTS  +/- PIM PPG SHG   PPG PIMPG
   17 Justin Papineau          7    5   4   9    -2    8    3      1      1.29 1.14
   19 Rob Collins                  7    3   5   8    -2   12    2      0      1.14 1.71
   12 Bruno Gervais              7    2   4   6     0    8     1      0      0.86 1.14
   16 Kevin Colley                  7    3   2   5     0   30    1      0      0.71 4.29
   10 Sean Bergenheim       7    2   3   5    -5   12    0     0       0.71 1.71
   24 Matt Koalska                 7    2   3   5     1   14    0      0      0.71 2.00
   26 Allan Rourke                 3    1   3   4     1    2     0      0      1.33 0.67
*  23 Jeremy Colliton            7    2   1   3     0    8     1      0      0.43 1.14
   58 David Masse                 6    1   2   3    -2    4     0      0      0.50 0.67
   21 Ryan Caldwell              7    1   2   3    -4    8     0      0      0.43 1.14
   27 Wyatt Smith                  3    0   3   3    -1    2     0      0     1.00 0.67
   33 Travis Brigley               3    2   0   2     0    4     0      0     0.67 1.33
    2 Mike Jarmuth                 4    0   1   1     1    0     0      0     0.25 0.00
*  15 Masi Marjamaki           4    0   1   1    -1    0     0      0     0.25 0.00
*  20 Luciano Aquino            5    0   1   1    -1    0     0      0     0.20 0.00
    7 Vince Macri                     5     0   1   1     0    8     0      0     0.20 1.60
    4 Joel Bouchard                1    0   0   0     0    0     0      0     0.00 0.00
   50 Evgeny Tunik                3    0   0   0    -1    2     0      0     0.00 0.67
    5 Paul Flache                    6    0   0   0    -3    4     0      0     0.00 0.67
    8 Cole Jarrett                    6    0   0   0    -1    4     0      0     0.00 0.67
   39 Steve Regier                 7    0   0   0    -1    6     0      0     0.00 0.86
    6 Jody Robinson              7   0   0   0      1   15    0      0     0.00 2.14

  Goalies                         GPI MINS  GA SO   Avg  W  L SOL  SA  SVS SV%
   35 Chris Madden            3   112    9    0    4.82  1  0  0     49   40 0.816
   31 Wade Dubielewicz     6   310    26   0    5.03  1  4  0    178  152 0.854

 

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STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 71 27 42 -9 69
J. Tavares 59 24 42 -6 66
F. Nielsen 80 25 33 -11 58
J. Bailey 77 8 30 -8 38
B. Nelson 72 14 12 -10 26
M. Grabner 64 12 14 -10 26
T. Hickey 82 4 18 5 22
C. Clutterbuck 73 12 7 -9 19
C. McDonald 70 8 10 -22 18
R. Strome 37 7 11 -1 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 15 14 8 .905 2.74
K. Poulin 11 16 1 .891 3.29

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