Not even third-period deficits can stop the Bridgeport Sound Tigers from winning. For the second game in a row, the Islanders' AHL affiliate failed to score in the opening two periods, but found its scoring touch in the third to come away with two points, defeating San Antonio 3-1 on Tuesday night.
On Sunday, the Sound Tigers trailed Houston 2-0 before Mike Iggulden knotted the game at 2-2 with five seconds remaining in regulation. Three Sound Tigers scored in the shootout for the 3-2 victory. The Bridgeport Sound Tigers now own a league-best record of 13-3-0-2.
"We have a young team that comes to the rink every day and has fun," said Sound Tigers Head Coach Jack Capuano. "They've developed a good team concept. Overall, we've been systematically playing with a lot of discipline. The system has worked because we work at it and we're trying to do the right things. The execution has been there."
The Sound Tigers have not lost a game in regulation since November 2, going 6-0-1 in their past seven games.
"I think it says a lot about the team we have," said Iggulden, the Sound Tigers leading goal scorer. "Good teams find ways to win, whether they're leading by two goals or down by two goals. Good teams can always find a way to win and take it to the next level."
The goaltending duo of Peter Mannino and Nathan Lawson has been superb for Bridgeport. They have a combined record of 10-1-2 on the season. Since being recalled from the Utah Grizzlies––the Islanders' ECHL affiliate––Lawson has been perfect, going 4-0-0 with a 1.16 goals-against average and .952 save percentage.
"To be a first place team, you have to have good goaltending," said Sound Tigers forward Kurtis McLean. "When you have confidence that he'll make the first save, it really builds momentum for the team."
When the Sound Tigers have needed timely scoring they have been able to rely on different players each night. Nine different Sound Tigers have recorded a game-winning goal in their 13 wins.
But leading the way offensively have been the tandem of Iggulden (11-9-20) and McLean (6-14-20). Each are tied for fourth in the league in points, while Iggulden is tied for fifth in goals.
"The guys have really worked hard to learn the system," said McLean. "We stress the little things like getting the puck deep and going to the net. We have a lot of skill on this team, and we have guys who have been on winning teams and know what it takes to win."
The Sound Tigers continue their schedule on Saturday in Hershey and return home on Sunday to play Philadelphia at 4 pm. The Sound Tigers will be joined by Islanders forward Mike Sillinger on Sunday as he begins his three-game conditioning stint. Click here
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