WEEK IN REVIEW
Friday, March 17th at Providence, 3-2 L EVGENY TUNIK assisted on the team's first goal by JEFF HAMILTON and tallied the game-winner with 2:33 left to play as the Sound Tigers rallied from a 2-0 second-period deficit for their first-ever win in Providence, 3-2. DAVID MASSE also scored while WADE DUBIELEWICZ made 35 saves for the Sound Tigers who won despite playing two skaters short due to injuries and recalls.
Saturday, March 18th at Portland, 5-2 L JEFF HAMILTON and DAVID MASSE had a goal and an assist apiece, RYAN CALDWELL notched two assists and FREDERIC CLOUTIER made 32 saves, but the Sound Tigers lost 5-2 to the top team in the Atlantic Division. Despite the return of ALLAN ROURKE from emergency recall to the Islanders, the Sound Tigers played shorthanded two skaters for the second game in as many nights because MASI MARJAMAKI was a late scratch with a knee injury.
SOUND TIGERS SCORING RECORD... FOR NOW
With a goal and an assist Saturday, JEFF HAMILTON leapfrogged past ROB COLLINS to become the Sound Tigers' all-time leading scorer with 156 points. However, the Sound Tigers have requested a review that would switch credit for a goal scored earlier in the season from BRUNO GERVAIS to JEREMY COLLITON and take an assist away from Hamilton in the process. Regardless of how the review goes, Hamilton is the all-time franchise leader with 89 goals while Collins is tops with 104 assists.
Goals - SEAN BERGENHEIM, 25*; JEFF HAMILTON, 24
Assists - ROB COLLINS, 42*; JEREMY COLLITON, 30*; JEFF HAMILTON, 26
Points - ROB COLLINS, 61; JEFF HAMILTON, 50
Plus-Minus - MATT KOALSKA, +8
Penalty Minutes - SEAN BERGENHEIM, 112*; COLE JARRETT, 82
Wins - WADE DUBIELEWICZ, 16
Shutouts** - WADE DUBIELEWICZ, 3; FREDERIC CLOUTIER, 2; CHRIS MADDEN, 1
Goals Against Average - FREDERIC CLOUTIER, 2.77
Save Percentage - FREDERIC CLOUTIER, .914
*On NHL recall to the New York Islanders.
**Madden & Dubielewicz also combined for a 4-0 shutout in Lowell on 12/2/05.
CALDER CUP PLAYOFF PICTURE
The Sound Tigers began this week sitting in the fourth-and-final playoff spot in the East Division with a 34-28-4-2 record and 74 points, four behind the third-place Norfolk Admirals and eight ahead of the fifth-place Binghamton Senators. The Sound Tigers are also 12 points ahead of the sixth-place Philadelphia Phantoms and ten ahead of the Lowell Lock Monsters who are in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. The fifth-place team in the Atlantic Division will steal the fourth spot in the East Division if that fifth-place Atlantic team has more points than the fourth-place East team.
UPCOMING SOUND TIGERS SCHEDULE
Friday, March 24th at Manchester, 7:35 p.m. The Sound Tigers will begin a three-game-in-three-night weekend with their first and only visit to Manchester this regular season. The Monarchs beat the Sound Tigers 7-5 at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard back on November 4th.
Saturday, March 25th at Hartford, 7 p.m. The Sound Tigers will look for their first win in Hartford this season as they visit the Rangers' top affiliate for the fourth time. The Sound Tigers earned their first victory of the season series with a 5-1 triumph in the last meeting with the Wolf Pack on February 22nd at Harbor Yard.
Sunday, March 26th at Springfield, 4:05 p.m. The Sound Tigers will finish the six-game season series with Springfield, as well as a stretch of seven straight road games when they visit the Falcons Sunday evening.
Wednesday, March 29th vs. Hershey, 7:05 p.m. The Sound Tigers will skate on home ice for the first time in nearly a month when Hershey pays its last visit of the regular season in what could be a playoff preview. The second-place Bears begin this week just one point behind the division-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
* All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at soundtigers.com. Fans can also watch all AHL games live on the Internet via the B2 Networks pay per view.
* LW MASI MARJAMAKI (knee) and LW JUSTIN PAPINEAU (shoulder) is now day-to-day.
* G CHRIS MADDEN (knee) and D JODY ROBINSON (knee) are out indefinitely.
* D MARIO LAROCQUE was released from a professional tryout contract Monday.
* D ALLAN ROURKE returned from the Islanders Friday.
* RW/C ROB COLLINS was recalled by the Islanders Friday.
* D BRUNO GERVAIS and C JEREMY COLLITON were recalled by the Islanders Wednesday.
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.
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