By Kerry Gwydir
The Sound Tigers rallied from a 2-0 deficit to take Game 5 in sudden-death overtime with a 3-2 win. Masi Marjamaki's goal 1:11 into the extra frame was the difference as the Sound Tigers can close the series on Friday in Birdgeport.
The Baby Pens took a big step in the first period establishing the tone of their game as they scored just 34 seconds into the matchup. Jonathan Filewich fired home a one-timer from the low slot off a behind the net feed from Maxime Talbot as the Sound Tigers failed on a clearing pass.
The goal set the tempo for much of the first, with the Penguins generating the majority of the quality scoring chances. Goaltender Wade Dubielewicz, who has been nearly flawless for much of the series, was besieged for most of the opening 20 minutes as he faced 18 shots. Midway through the period, Wilkes-Barre held a 12-2 shots advantage and came up with several in-tight denials to keep it a one-goal game going into period 2.
After extinguishing a Sound Tigers' powerplay early in the second, the hosts doubled their lead four minutes in. Krys Kolanos danced around Harlan Pratt and scored on a breakaway to make it a 2-0 Baby Pens' lead.
Instead of fading, the Sound Tigers came alive after that. And it was the Sound Tigers' powerplay, which has been a sore spot as they had gone just 2 for 20 coming into tonight's battle, that came to the rescue. Ryan Caldwell got Bridgeport on the board as he ripped a slapper through Dany Sabourin's pads with Erik Christensen in the penalty box three minutes after the Kolanos tally.
With the teams skating 4-aside in the third, Matt Koalska made his first goal of the series count in a big way when he tallied at the seven-minute mark to tie the game. A pretty feed by Rob Collins found the center alone in the Penguins' slot, where Koalska roofed a shot over Sabourin's glove. On the play, Denis Grebeshkov pinched low, drawing two Penguins to him, allowing Koalska a free lane to the net.
Despite the tie score, the Sound Tigers had to fend off a Wilkes-Barre powerplay immediately thereafter when Collins was shipped off. Two key saves by Dubielewicz on Filewich thwarted that threat.
After the Robert Nilsson line threaten in the Penguins' end in the final two minutes, Wilkes-Barre's Ryan Stone drew a holding penalty on Pratt with 49 seconds left in regulation. The Sound Tigers killed that off and sent it into the extra frame, where Masse set up Marjamaki's game-winner.
Head coach Dave Baseggio mixed up his regular and powerplay forward lines in this game, with Ryan O'Marra inserted into the lineup and Justin Papineau sitting out. Matt Koalska was elevated to the second line with Jeff Tambellini and Rob Collins while Blake Comeau played on a line with O'Marra and Chris Thompson¦
RW Jeff Hamilton (concussion), D Allan Rourke (groin) are day to day...
Game Six will be held at the Arena at Harbor Yard in Bridgeport on Friday. Great seats are still available for the game and Sound Tigers playoff tickets cost as little as $11 for children and $16 for adults. Tickets can be purchased at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard box office, by calling 203-368-1000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com. Sound Tigers Playoff Gift Packs-- which include four tickets, an autographed puck and four SportsCenter of CT activity passes --are also on sale for as little as $69...
Long Island fans can purchase a special $16 round-trip fare on the Port Jefferson Ferry during the playoffs. Advance purchase is required through New England Tours by calling 631-473-5138 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday. The last ferry will also wait until 15 minutes after the end of the game or 10:30 pm, whichever comes first, to depart following weekend playoff games at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard. Log on to www.bpjferry.com to find out more.
GAME 5 LINEUPS
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
10 Sean Bergenheim - 23 Jeremy Colliton - 11 Robert Nilsson
9 Jeff Tambellini - 24 Matt Koalska - 19 Rob Collins
58 David Masse - 39 Steve Regier - 15 Masi Marjamaki
14 Blake Comeau - 20 Ryan O'Marra - 36 Chris Thompson
3 Denis Grebeshkov - 41 Harlan Pratt
8 Cole Jarrett - 12 Bruno Gervais
25 Tomi Pettinen - 21 Ryan Caldwell
31 Wade Dubielewicz
29 Fredric Cloutier
23 Ryan Stone - 21 Maxime Talbot - 18 Jonathan Filewich
26 Ryan Lannon - 16 Erik Christensen - 15 Kenny Corupe
10 Stephen Dixon - 14 Shane Endicott - 11 Krystofer Kolanos
13 Daniel Carcillo - 38 Kurtis McLean - 27 Dennis Bonvie
19 Ryan Whitney - 26 Ryan Lannon
5 Noah Welch - 4 Chris Kelleher
20 Paul Bissonnette - 33 Drew Fata
35 - Danny Sabourin
29 - Marc-Andre Fleury
Game One: Wade Dubielewicz took first star honors with a 24-save performance. Jeremy Colliton and Sean Bergenheim set up Robert Nilsson for the first goal of the game while Rob Collins tallied the eventual game-winner as the Sound Tigers stole home ice with a 2-1 win. Jonathan Filewich scored while Dany Sabourin made 23 saves for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Game Two: Jeff Tambellini had a goal and an assist, Rob Collins scored on the power play, Masi Marjamaki tallied the game-winner and Wade Dubielewicz made a Sound Tigers single-game, playoff-record 41 saves. Jonathan Filewich and Shane Endicott scored and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for the Penguins who had a 43-25 shots on goal advantage, including 21-5 in the final 20 minutes.
Game Three: Rob Collins opened the scoring with a power-play goal and Denis Grebeshkov tallied at four-on-four strength for the Sound Tigers, but the Penguins kept fighting back. Krys Kolanos tied the score at 1-1 on the power play in the second period, Ryan Stone evened things at 2-2 just 28 seconds into the third period. Matt Hussey scored 1:12 into the extra session to give Wilkes-Barre/Scranton a 3-2 overtime win. Wade Dubielewicz made 28 saves for the Sound Tigers who were 1 for 4 on the power play while Dany Sabourin made 23 for the Penguins.
Game Four: Maxime Talbot was credited with the lone goal of the game as the Penguins defeated the Sound Tigers 1-0 in Bridgeport. Pens' goalie Dany Sabourin got the shutout making all 33 saves. Sound Tigers goalie Wade Dubielewicz was just as stellar, but let in one fluky goal on 24 saves shots.