Conditioning stints are supposed to help players ease back into the adjustment of high-intensity hockey, but Mike Sillinger looked as though he had not missed a single day of action. Sillinger had three assists to help lead the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phantoms on Sunday.
This was the first game Sillinger has skated in this season after rehabbing from hip surgery. He is scheduled to play for the Sound Tigers in their next two games as well.
Sillinger was paired on a line with Blake Comeau and Jesse Joensuu
, who each had a goal in the first period—both of which Sillinger assisting on.
After the Phantoms tied the game 2-2, Bridgeport's Dustin Kohn responded to give the Sound Tigers a 3-2 lead, which they would not relinquish. Ben Walter sealed the win with a goal in the third period.
Yann Danis started in goal for the Sound Tigers and made 22 saves on 24 shots to earn the victory. The win improves the Sound Tigers' record to 14-4-0-2, giving them 30 points and claim to the top spot in the entire American Hockey League.
For the second-straight game, Joensuu opened the scoring for Sound Tigers when he pounced on a loose puck in the slot for his eighth goal of the season. Sillinger started the play by working the puck down low in the Philadelphia zone. The 18-year NHL veteran threw the puck on net and the rebound came to Joensuu just off the far post, when he snapped the puck past Munroe for the 1-0 lead only 2:06 into the first period.
Comeau would double the Sound Tigers' lead with his third goal of the season when he teed up a slap-shot from the high slot and fired the puck over Munroe's glove to make it 2-0 in favor of the Sound Tigers. Jamie Fraser and Sillinger had the helpers on the tally.
In the third period, Sillinger passed the puck from behind the net to Walter, who was cruising in from the point. Walter took the pass and dragged it around a Phantom defenseman, freezing Munroe and leaving him out of position for the easy back-hand tap in at the far post. Comeau had the second assist on Walter's third goal of the season.
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