Penguins 1, Sound Tigers 0
By Corey Witt
Dany Sabourin and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins shutout the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1-0 on Tuesday night at the Arena at Harbor Yard. The best-of-five Eastern Conference Semifinal is now tied at two games apiece. With the Sound Tigers loss tonight, the series will go at least to Game Six, which will take place here at Bridgeport.
Maxime Talbot was credited with the Penguins lone goal. On replay it appeared that Jeff Tambellini accidentally put the puck into his own net on the Wilkes-Barre score. Jonathan Filewich and Ryan Stone got the assists on the play. The score came with 44.7 seconds left in the second period.
You got to tip your hat to the Penguins tonight. They did all the hard things that wins playoff games, said Sound Tigers head coach Dave Baseggio. Its playoff hockey. You never know what tricky bounce is going to make a difference.
The play was up-and-down for most of the game with both teams fore-checking well and getting quality scoring chances on net. The fact the game-winning tally was an own-goal was ironic considering the fast pace of the game and the solid play of both goaltenders. Sabourin finished with 33 saves while Bridgeports Wade Dubielewicz made 24 in the losing effort.
This one hurts, but you never expected this to be easy, said goaltender Wade Dubielewicz. Theyre a first place, championship caliber team. The series is tied now and now we have go out and win Game Five.
The Sound Tigers had trouble getting started and appeared sluggish at times. One possible reason could be that the team was forced to kill off penalties at the beginning of both the first and seconds periods. They were able to kill off both, but were delayed in getting an opportunity to get into a rhythm.
The Sound Tigers best scoring chance came right after they killed off their early first period penalty. Robert Nilsson started the play with a pass from behind the net to Jeremy Colliton, who got stoned with a quick one-timer in front of the net. The shot was tagged for Pens goalie Dany Sabourins five-hole. But he closed his pads just in time to save the goal.
Bridgeport also had a crucial five-on-three power play midway through in the second period with two Penguins in the box. They were able to make dozens of quality passes, but couldnt find good shooting lanes. Wilkes-Barre killed off the five-on-three and the following five-on-four by getting into the passing and shooting lanes and frustrating the Sound Tigers attackers.
At the end of the game, Bridgeport pulled Dubielewicz for an extra attacker, but Wilkes-Barre gave up the body to block passes and shots to preserve the win.
Tickets for Game Six are on sale now. Fans should call 203-334-GOAL for more information.
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.
NOTES: RW Jeff Hamilton (concussion), C Ryan O'Marra (eye) and D Allan Rourke (groin) were scratched are day-to-day. C Luch Aquino, D Dustin Kohn and C Peter Tsimijakis were healthy scratches... The three stars of the game were: 3. Maxime Talbot WBS, 2. Wade Dubieliewcz BST, 1. Dany Sabourin BST... The series continues tomorrow night for Game Five in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
10 Sean Bergenheim 23 Jeremy Colliton 11 Robert Nilsson
9 Jeff Tambellini 19 Rob Collins 14 Blake Comeau
58 David Masse 24 Matt Koalska 15 Masi Marjamaki
36 Chris Thompson 39 Steve Regier 17 Justin Papineau
12 Bruno Gervais 8 Cole Jarrett
3 Denis Grebeshkov 41 Harlen Pratt
21 Ryan Caldwell 25 Tomi Pettinen
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