WEEK IN REVIEW
Monday, January 16th vs. Norfolk, 4-3 L - The Sound Tigers rallied from down 1-0 on a shorthanded goal by JEREMY COLLITON and 2-1 on an unassisted tally by MASI MARJAMAKI but couldn't come back from 4-2 despite a wraparound goal by DAVID MASSE. The loss was the Sound Tigers' first in regulation at home since a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Norfolk on December 18th.
Friday, January 20th at Lowell, 2-1 W - SEAN BERGENHEIM helped draw a pair of penalties that negated two Lowell power plays and also scored mid-way through the first period, ROB COLLINS tallied the eventual game-winner on the advantage 24 seconds into the final frame and CODY RUDKOWSKY made 29 saves, including a highlight-reel stop of a shorthanded breakaway by all-star KEITH AUCOIN inside the final minute of play. The Sound Tigers were 1 for 7 on the power play, 5 for 5 on the penalty kill and had a 46-30 shots on goal advantage en route to improving to a perfect 6-0 versus the Lock Monsters this season.
Saturday, January 21st at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7-0 W - The Sound Tigers tied or set a number of single-game, franchise records in one of the best outings in team history. MASI MARJAMAKI scored a pair of third-period, power-play goals and had two assists to tie the single-game mark for points with four, WYATT SMITH equaled the single-game assist mark with three helpers and the team tied the franchise mark for most goals in a game while setting a new Sound Tigers record for largest margin of victory in a 7-0 shutout of the AHL's top team. It was the third straight win over league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the Sound Tigers who have handed the Penguins three of their six regulation losses on the season. ROB COLLINS tallied the eventual game-winner just 24 seconds into the contest and added an assist, MATT KOALSKA and SEAN BERGENHEIM also had a goal and an assist each, DAVID MASSE had a goal and two assists, JOEL BOUCHARD added a power-play marker and FREDERIC CLOUTIER made 27 saves for his second shootout of the season. The Sound Tigers dominated the game from start to finish going 3 for 11 on the power play, 5 for 5 on the penalty kill and holding a 34-27 shots on goal advantage.
Goals - BRUNO GERVAIS & SEAN BERGENHEIM, 13
Assists - ROB COLLINS, 28
Points - ROB COLLINS, 40
Plus-Minus - JEREMY COLLITON, +10
Penalty Minutes - SEAN BERGENHEIM, 90
Wins - WADE DUBIELEWICZ*, 8; CHRIS MADDEN, 7
Shutouts** - WADE DUBIELEWICZ*, 3; FREDERIC CLOUTIER, 2
Goals Against Average - FREDERIC CLOUTIER, 2.07
Save Percentage - FREDERIC CLOUTIER, .934
*Currently with the NHL's New York Islanders.
**Madden & Dubielewicz also combined for a 4-0 shutout in Lowell on 12/2/05.
Wednesday, January 25th at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. - The Sound Tigers will return to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton just four days after routing the Penguins 7-0. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton still sits in first place in the overall AHL standings with 68 points and a 32-6-3-1 record, but three of the Penguins' six regulation losses have come at the hands of the Sound Tigers.
Friday, January 27th at Providence, 7:05 p.m. - The Sound Tigers and P-Bruins will face-off for the first time this season. It will also be the first of two meetings in just over a week, with the second slated for next Saturday, February 4th at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard.
Saturday, January 28th vs. Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. - The Sound Tigers will play their first home game in nearly two weeks by hosting Philadelphia for the last time during the 2005-06 regular season. The Sound Tigers are 5-0-1 in the season series with the Phantoms winning all three home games via shutouts. In fact, three different Sound Tigers goaltenders-- CHRIS MADDEN on November 16th, WADE DUBIELEWICZ on December 3rd and FREDERIC CLOUTIER on January 4th --have blanked Philadelphia this season.
Sunday, January 29th vs. Syracuse, 4:05 p.m. - The Sound Tigers will host a Western Conference opponent for the first time in more than two years when Syracuse makes its first visit to Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard in over three years. The Crunch beat the Sound Tigers 4-1 in Syracuse back on November 25th.
- All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at soundtigers.com Fans can also watch all games live on the B2 Networks.
- CHRIS THOMPSON (rib) and CODY RUDKOWSKY (knee) are day-to-day.
- CHRIS MADDEN had knee surgery last Wednesday and will be out three to six weeks.
- JUSTIN PAPINEAU (shoulder) and JODY ROBINSON (knee) are out indefinitely.
- D BRUNO GERVAIS returned from the Islanders on Saturday in a quiet week on the transactions front.
Sound Tigers tickets can be purchased in-person at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard box office, on-line at ticketmaster.com or over the phone by calling 203-368-1000. Information about group discounts, birthday packages, fundraisers and youth-hockey programs is available by calling the team directly at 203-334-GOAL.