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BEARS 4, SOUND TIGERS 1

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Dylan Reese scored the only shorthanded goal of the Sound Tigers’ and Hershey Bears’ East Division Semi-Final Series but it was Kyle Wilson tallying a goal and an assist for the Bears in their 4-1 series clinching victory.  Mikko Koskinen allowed three goals in the first period but was steady the rest of the way, making 30 saves on 34 Hershey shots. 


Karl Alzner put the Bears up 1-0 with a quick goal, 3:25 into the first period.  Kyle Wilson fed Sean Collins at the right point where the Hershey defenseman spun a cross-ice pass to Alzner at the left point.  Alzner, a teammate of Sound Tigers’ defenseman Dustin Kohn in the Western Hockey League, blasted a shot through Sound Tigers’ starting goalie Mikko Koskinen for his first tally of the post-season. 

Another Bear defenseman doubled the Hershey lead to 2-0.  Zach Miskovic, playing in his first game of the series, wristed a shot from the center point that once again Koskinen could not see and the puck ricocheted off the left post and past the 6’5 Sound Tiger net-minder.  Boyd Kane and Andrew Joudrey assisted on the play. 

Reese answered for the Sound Tigers three minutes later with Jon Gleed in the penalty box.  Jeremy Reich intercepted a pass by Chris Bourque at the right point and led a rush up the ice.  The Sound Tiger assistant captain tried to set up Greg Mauldin in the left circle for a one-time shot, but the Sound Tiger forward fanned on the play.  Mauldin however was able to draw three Hershey players towards him while he was regaining the puck and snapped a no look feed to the slot.  Reese, who was trailing the play, grabbed the centering feed and wristed a shot through Hershey starting goalie, Michal Neuvirth’s legs to cut the Bears’ lead to 2-1. 

The Bears regained their two-goal cushion with five minutes left in the opening frame.  Kyle Wilson jumped on a loose puck, high in the Sound Tigers’ zone and snapped a shot through the legs of Koskinen for his second marker of the post-season, putting the Bears up 3-1. 

A minute into the second period, Giroux tallied his sixth goal of the playoffs, blasting a slap-shot over the shoulder of Koskinen for the 4-1 Hershey lead.  Chris Bourque and Keith Aucoin had the assists on the power-play tally, the Bears only of the game. 

The Sound Tigers would only muster two shots in the third period, all of which Neuvirth turned aside to lead the Bears to a 4-1 victory.  Hershey will move onto the second round with the win and face the Albany River Rats. 

Koskinen finished the game with 30 saves on 34 shots while Neuvirth made six saves to earn his third win of the post-season.  The Sound Tigers were 0-for-2 on the man-advantage and 5-for-6 on the penalty-kill

With the loss, the Bears officially end the Sound Tigers’ 2009-10 season.  Stay tuned to soundtigers.com for upcoming community events over the summer.  For tickets or information on season packages for the 2010-11 season, contact the team’s front office at (203) 334-4625 or e-mail info@soundtigers.com. 

3 Stars:

1. Kyle Wilson – Scores a goal and an assist
2. Karl Alzner – Scores his first goal of the playoffs
3. Zach Miskovic – Plays his first playoff game and scores a goal
Honorable Mention: Mikko Koskinen – Shakes off a tough first period and makes 30 saves

15 Years to the Day:  Islanders’ General Manager Garth Snow was playing in what was at the time the most penalized playoff game in Calder Cup Playoff history.  Snow was playing goal for the Cornwall Aces who registered 149 penalty minutes in the game against the Hershey Bears who had 186 penalty minutes.  The Bears went on to win the game by the score of 6-3.  Snow actually got into a fight in the game, going toe-to-toe with defenseman Jason Bowen. 

Change it Up:  The Bears decided to start Michal Neuvirth in goal tonight after giving last year’s Calder Cup Playoffs MVP the night off in Game 4.  Neuvirth’s career playoff record is 19-6.  The Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic native had a .932 save percentage and a 1.95 goals against average. 

Rats in the Wings:  The Albany River Rats completed their four game sweep over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday night with a 5-3 win at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.  One interesting stat from the series was that in all four victories, the River Rats did not score one power-play goal, going 0-for-20. 

Lineups

SOUND TIGERS

Forwards
17 Jeremy Reich – 20 Greg Mauldin – 19 Rhett Rakhshani
23 Trevor Smith – 25 Mike Radja – 3 Michael Davies
14 Sean Bentivoglio – 10 Tyler Haskins – 6 Jesse Joensuu
27 Matt Martin – 16 Tomas Marcinko – 7 Robin Figren

Defensemen
2 Andrew MacDonald – 15 Dylan Reese
5 Dustin Kohn – 12 Mark Flood
4 Mark Wotton – 26 Jon Gleed

Goalies
1 Mikko Koskinen (starter)
33 Scott Munroe

BEARS

Forwards
12 Alexandre Giroux – 11 Keith Aucoin – 10 Andrew Gordon
17 Chris Bourque – 24 Mathieu Perreault – 21 Jay Beagle
22 Francois Bouchard – 18 Kyle Wilson – 26 Ashton Rome
28 Boyd Kane – 23 Andrew Joudrey – 13 Steve Pinizzotto

Defensemen
7 Karl Alzner – 6 Sean Collins
33 Patrick Wellar – 20 Bryan Helmer
32 Greg Amadio – 25 Zach Miskovic

Goalies

30 Michal Neuvirth (starter)
1 Braden Holtby
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