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Sound Tigers Begin Quest For Calder Cup

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

By Tom Liodice

As if beginning their quest for the Calder Cup was not exciting enough, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers will do so on the big stage of Nassau Coliseum.

The Sound Tigers—who finished the season with a franchise-record 106 points in the AHL’s East Division—will take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the East Division Semifinals. Game 1 takes place tonight at 7:30 pm, while Game 2 will be played tomorrow at 7 pm.

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Tickets can also be purchased at the Islanders Team Stores at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville and the Westfield Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, the Nassau Coliseum Box Office, or by calling 1.800.882.ISLES, ext. 1.

If you can not make it to the game, be sure to follow all of the action on, where the game will be blogged live via The Tiger Track.

This will be the third time that the Sound Tigers and Penguins have faced off in the first round of the playoffs. The Baby Pens came out on top both times, with the most recent battle coming in the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs. Both series went the full seven games.

The Sound Tigers finished 2nd overall in the AHL East Division with a 49-23-8 record. The Sound Tigers held the best home record of any AHL the regular season, topping the standings with a 29-7-4 record, and hope to bring that home magic to the Nassau Coliseum. Both Games 1 and 2 will be considered home games for Bridgeport.

Kyle Okposo is scheduled to suit up for the first two games at the Nassau Coliseum. Okposo and Jack Hillen were assigned to Bridgeport on Tuesday.

Okposo played in 65 games for the Islanders this season and scored 18 goals with 21 assists for 39 points. He led all Islanders rookies and finished second on the team overall in scoring and led the team in goals scored.

Okposo suited up in 35 games for the Sound Tigers in the 2007-08 season when he made his professional hockey debut and scored nine goals with 19 assists for 28 points.

The Sound Tigers active roster will look very familiar to Islanders fans. Fourteen players on Bridgeport’s playoff roster saw action with the Islanders during this past season.

Trevor Smith leads the offensive charge for Bridgeport with a team-leading 30 goals in the regular season. Mike Iggulden held the team lead in regular season points, with 65 (25 goals, 40 assists).

Backstopping the Sound Tigers in goal is AHL All-Rookie Team goaltender Nathan Lawson, who posted a 19-9-4 record. Lawson ranked second of all AHL goaltenders with a .927 save percentage and was third in the league with a 2.16 goals against average during the regular season.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins finished just behind the Sound Tigers in third place in the East Division standings, amassing 104 points with a 49-25-6 record.

The Baby Pens front-line is manned by left wing Janne Pesonen. Pesonen led all players with 82 points (32 goals, 50 assists) in 70 games. John Curry held the fort in net for the Penguins, with a 33-15-1 record, a 2.53 GAA and a .910 save percentage.

Ticket prices will range accordingly: $29 for lower VIP center seats, $19 for lower VIP corner and lower VIP end zone seats and $15 for upper bowl 300 level seats.

For additional information on how you can receive group discounted seating for any of the playoff home games in Bridgeport, contact the team’s front office at (203) 334-GOAL or e-mail

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