SOUND TIGERS NOTEBOOK
WEEK IN REVIEW
Wednesday, November 16th vs. Philadelphia Phantoms 1-0 W CHRIS MADDEN continued his stellar play between the pipes by stopping all 29 shots he faced for the team's first shutout of the season. It was Madden's first doughnut as a Sound Tiger and the third of his AHL career. PAUL FLACHE upped an assist streak to three games with a beautiful two-zone pass to set up the game's only goal by KEVIN COLLEY. The win was the Sound Tigers' third straight at home and sixth in a row overall.
Friday, November 18th at Hartford Wolf Pack 6-4 L Returning to the scene of their last road loss, the Sound Tigers saw their three-game road winning streak snapped as Hartford converted both ends of a two-man advantage in a 20-second span just past the mid-point of the third period to turn a 4-4 deadlock into a 6-4 win. ALEXANDRE GIROUX powered the Wolf Pack by scoring shorthanded, at even strength and on the power play for a hat trick. ALLAN ROURKE and JEFF HAMILTON both scored on the power play while MATT KOALSKA lit the lamp twice, off assists from STEVE REGIER and EVGENY TUNIK each time, for the Sound Tigers.
Saturday, November 19th vs. Springfield Falcons 4-3 L The Sound Tigers saw their three-game home winning streak end as they were once again done in by a couple of quick goals in the third period. Top Islanders prospect BRUNO GERVAIS had a big night scoring 44 seconds into the game on the power play and shorthanded 54 seconds into the third period during a five-minute major. However, Springfield's MITCH FRITZ and RYAN VESCE tallied 44 seconds apart just shy of the mid-point of the third period to put the Falcons ahead 4-3. MATT KOALSKA scored the other Sound Tigers goal for his third tally and fourth point of the weekend.
Sunday, November 20th vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5-2 L JEFF HAMILTON and COLE JARRETT scored 1:24 apart late in the third period as the Sound Tigers nearly rallied against the AHL's top team, but Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 16-0-1 overall and 9-0 on the road with two goals, including an empty-netter, in the final minute-and-a-half of play. TOMAS SUROVY had a hat trick for the Penguins who were given 11 power plays as compared to six for the Sound Tigers.
- D PAUL FLACHE (0+3) is on a three-game assist streak.
- The Sound Tigers snapped an 0 for 24 power-play drought with a 3 for 8 effort Friday at Hartford.
- Saturday's shorthanded goal by BRUNO GERVAIS was the Sound Tigers' second on a major penalty kill in as many weeks.
Goals WYATT SMITH & MATT KOALSKA, 7
Assists ROB COLLINS, 15
Points ROB COLLINS, 21
Plus-Minus STEVE REGIER, +8
Penalty Minutes KEVIN COLLEY, 44
Wins CHRIS MADDEN, 6
Shutouts CHRIS MADDEN, 1
Goals Against Average CHRIS MADDEN, 2.86
Save Percentage CHRIS MADDEN, .909
Friday November 25th at Syracuse Crunch, 7:30 p.m. The Sound Tigers will make the holiday weekend trip up the New York State Thruway for their first game against a Western Conference opponent since a 5-0 home win against the Utah Grizzlies on December 14, 2003.
Saturday November 26th at Philadelphia Phantoms 7:35 p.m. It will be an organizational doubleheader as the Sound Tigers face off with the Phantoms at the Wachovia Center just a few hours after the Islanders and Flyers tangle on the same ice.
- All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at soundtigers.com. Fans can also watch all games live on the Internet through the B2 Networks pay-per-view, which is also accessible at soundtigers.com.
- J OEL BOUCHARD (scapula), JUSTIN PAPINEAU (shoulder) and JODY ROBINSON (knee) are out indefinitely.
- PAUL FLACHE (concussion) and RYAN CALDWELL (knee) are day-to-day.
- LUCH AQUINO was reassigned to the ECHL's Trenton Titans Friday.
- JEFF STATE signed a professional tryout contract Friday, had an assist and 12 penalty minutes in three games over the weekend and was released Monday and returned to the ECHL's Reading Royals.
Sound Tigers tickets can be purchased in-person at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard box office, on-line at ticketmaster.com or over the phone by calling 203-368-1000. Information about group discounts, birthday packages, fundraisers and youth-hockey programs is available by calling the team directly at 203-334-GOAL.