The Playoff Race Begins
WEEK IN REVIEW
Wednesday, February 22nd vs. Hartford, 5-1 W - SEAN BERGENHEIM set a franchise single-game record with four goals and a single-season team mark with his fourth shorthanded tally of the year as the Sound Tigers beat Hartford, for the first time in seven tries this season, 5-1. Bergenheim notched a pair of redirection markers in the first period, completed the hat trick with a second-period shortie and finished the record-setting night late in the third. MATT KOALSKA added a power-play goal; HARLAN PRATT, JEREMY COLLITON and ROBERT NILSSON had two assists apiece and WADE DUBIELEWICZ made 40 saves. The Sound Tigers were 2 for 5 on the power play and 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
Friday, February 24th at Lowell, 3-1 W - The Sound Tigers scored a trio of second-period, special-teams goals to complete a sweep of the eight-game season series versus Lowell with a 3-1 road win. ROB COLLINS scored an unassisted, shorthanded goal and helped set up a pair of power-play tallies by JEFF HAMILTON in the middle frame. CODY RUDKOWSKY made 40 saves. The Sound Tigers dominance of the Lock Monsters was punctuated by the fact that the only time they trailed in the entire season series was from the 5:44 mark of first period until 4:13 into the second on Friday.
Sunday, February 26th vs. Binghamton, 6-5 L - The Sound Tigers fell just short of one of the biggest comebacks in team history in a 6-5 home loss to Binghamton Sunday. The Senators led 4-0 after one period and 6-1 after two, but the Sound Tigers rallied. MASI MARJAMAKI had a goal and an assist, DAVID MASSE scored twice in a 38-second span mid-way through the final frame and had a helper, MATT KOALSKA assisted on both goals by Masse and JEREMY COLLITON and JEFF HAMILTON scored once each for the Sound Tigers who had a 39-28 shots on goal advantage, including 20-4 in the last 20 minutes. BRANDON BOCHENSKI notched a first-period hat trick, FILIP NOVAK had four assists and BILLY THOMPSON made 34 saves for Binghamton.
Goals - SEAN BERGENHEIM, 25
Assists - ROB COLLINS, 36
Points - ROB COLLINS, 53
Plus-Minus - SEVERAL PLAYERS, +7
Penalty Minutes - SEAN BERGENHEIM, 112
Wins - WADE DUBIELEWICZ, 13
Shutouts** - WADE DUBIELEWICZ, 3; FREDERIC CLOUTIER, 2; CHRIS MADDEN, 1
Goals Against Average - FREDERIC CLOUTIER, 2.65
Save Percentage - FREDERIC CLOUTIER, .919
**Madden & Dubielewicz also combined for a 4-0 shutout in Lowell on 12/2/05.
CALDER CUP PLAYOFF RACE
The top four teams in each of the AHL's four divisions will qualify for the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs. However, with just six teams-- including the Sound Tigers --in the East Division as compared to seven in the other three brackets, the fifth place team in the Atlantic Division-- currently the Lowell Lock Monsters--will steal the fourth and final postseason spot in the East if that Atlantic team has more points than the fourth-place East squad. As of Sunday, February 26th, the Sound Tigers were in third place in the East Division 67 points and a 31-25-3-2 record. The Norfolk Admirals were in fourth place in the East with 66 points but holding four games in hand on the Sound Tigers while Lowell sat in fifth place in the Atlantic with 56 points and the same number of games played as the Sound Tigers.
UPCOMING SOUND TIGERS SCHEDULE
Wednesday, March 1st vs. Albany, 7:05 p.m. - Albany will make its first and only visit to Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard Wednesday. The Sound Tigers are 19-9-5 all-time versus the River Rats, including a 3-2 road win this past November 5th.
Saturday, March 4th vs. Springfield, 7:05 p.m. - The Sound Tigers have split the season series with Springfield so far alternating a win, a loss, a win and another loss. This will be the last of three regular-season visits by the Falcons.
Sunday, March 5th vs. Norfolk, 1:05 p.m. - This could be the biggest home game of the 2005-06 regular season for the Sound Tigers, not to mention it will be their last for more than three weeks. Following Sunday's tilt with the Admirals, the Sound Tigers will play seven straight road games, beginning with a pair in Norfolk on Friday and Saturday, March 10th and 11 th. They will not return to Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard until Wednesday, March 29th.
*All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at soundtigers.com. Fans can also watch all AHL games live on the B2 Networks.
- RYAN CALDWELL (shoulder) is now day-to-day.
- CHRIS MADDEN (knee), JUSTIN PAPINEAU (shoulder) and JODY ROBINSON (knee)are out indefinitely.
- G FREDERIC CLOUTIER returned to the Sound Tigers from the Islanders Sunday.
- G CODY RUDKOWSKY was released from his professional tryout contract Sunday.
- D TOMI PETTINEN returned on loan from the Islanders while LW MARK LEE was recalled from the ECHL's Trenton Titans Thursday.
- D JOEL BOUCHARD, C ROBERT NILSSON and C WYATT SMITH were recalled by the Islanders following Wednesday's win over Hartford.
Unused tickets from the Sunday, February 12th blizzard game can be redeemed on a one-for-one basis at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard box office for any Sound Tigers home game through the end of the 2005-06 regular season.
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 all Sound Tigers ticket packages is available by calling the team directly at 203-334-GOAL.