Penguins 3, Sound Tigers 2By Corey Witt
The Sound Tigers held the lead after the first and second periods, but couldn't hold off the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins who won 3-2 in overtime. The Sound Tigers now lead the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal two games to one.
Matt Hussey scored 1:12 into the extra session to give the Penguins the win. Stephen Dixon set up the goal by managing to send the puck through a diving Harlen Pratt, who was attempting to block the pass. Kenny Corupe got the second assists on the game-winning play.
"Even when we were up 2-1, I didn't like the way we were playing," said Sound Tigers head coach Dave Baseggio. "It didn't seem like we had anything going today. At times it looked like we weren't even into it. They out worked us. The Penguins got what they deserved."
Added Jeff Tambellini: "For some reason, nothing seemed to work for us today. But I think everyone in this room knows we're going to have to come out a lot harder and stronger. This is the series now and our best game has to be in Game Four."
Down in the series and in the game, the Penguins came out hungry and hard in the third period. Ryan Stone tied the game 2-2 quickly just 28 seconds in and the game remained that way for the rest of the way. Stone's goal came on what appeared to be a harmless wrist shot that somehow found its way into the net. That set the tone for the rest of the period and the Penguins wouldn't relent.
"The playoffs are all about highs and lows, but this is a tough one today," said Baseggio "But we'll get back at it tomorrow and we'll come up with some solution."
For the Sound Tigers, Rob Collins got things going early in the first with a power play goal just 2:48 into the contest. After a few failed attempts to gain the offensive zone, the Tigers pressured down low. Nilsson and Bergenheim played a quick game of catch until Nilsson set Collins up for a one-timer which beat Pens' goalie Dany Sabourin high on this glove side.
The Pens tied the game at 1-1 at 6:24 of the second period on a power play goal by Kolanos. Bridgeport's Cole Jarrett was in the penalty box for interference to set up the man advantage. Kolanos had an open net to bury the puck after Dubielewicz was sprawling trying to fend off three Penguins attackers. Ryan Whitney and Shane Endicott of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton were also fighting for the loose puck for the visitors and got the assists on the play.
The Sound Tigers fought back and at 12:18 of the second they retook the lead, 2-1, when Grebeshkov buried the puck past Sabourin. There was a scramble for the lose puck near the crease and Grebeshkov took advantage of the opportunity for his first tally of the playoffs. Koalska and Jeff Tambellini got the assists on the play.
The series continues on Tuesday at the Arena at Harbor Yard for Game Four. Tickets are still available and for ticket info call 203-334-GOAL.
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
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RW Jeff Hamilton (concussion), C Ryan O'Marra (eye), LW Justin Papineau (flu) and D Allan Rourke (groin) are day-to-day. D Dustin Kohn and C Luch Aquino were healthy scratches... The Penguins had a 31-25 edge in shotsÂ¦ The stars of the game were: 3. Ryan Stone WBS, 2. Wade Dubielewicz BST, 1. Matt Hussey, WBS. LINEUPS
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 43 Peter Tsimijakis Defense
12 Bruno Gervais 8 Cole Jarrett
3 Denis Grebeshkov 41 Harlen Pratt
21 Ryan Caldwell 25 Tomi Pettinen Goal
31 Wade Dubielewicz
29 Fredric Cloutier Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
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 Defense
19 Ryan Whitney 26 Ryan Lannon
5 Noah Welch 4 Chris Kelleher
20 Paul Bissonnette 33 Drew Fata Goal
35 Danny Sabourin
29 Marc-Andre Fleury