WEEK IN REVIEW
Wednesday, March 29th vs. Hershey, 5-4 OTW - Skating on home ice for the first time in nearly a month, the Sound Tigers rallied from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits, built a 4-2 lead and held on for a 5-4 overtime win, which was their fourth straight victory over high-powered Hershey. Playing for the first time in 63 games after surgery for a shoulder injury suffered in November, JUSTIN PAPINEAU, assisted on the Sound Tigers' first goal and scored the game-winner on a rare five-on-three power play turned six-on-three during a delayed call in overtime. JEREMY COLLITON scored twice, MASI MARJAMAKI and ROB COLLINS had two assists apiece, RYAN CALDWELL had a goal and an assist, STEVE REGIER scored once and WADE DUBIELEWICZ made 38 saves to run his personal unbeaten-in-regulation streak to six games at 5-0-0-1.
Friday, March 31st at Philadelphia, 4-2 L - Islanders' 2005 first-rounder RYAN O'MARRA exploded onto the pro scene with a pair of power-play goals, but the Sound Tigers lost in regulation to the defending Calder Cup Champion Phantoms for the first time in eight meetings this season, 4-2. The line of BRENT KELLY (two goals, one assist), BEN EAGER (one goal, two assists) and PAT KAVANAGH (shorthanded game-winner, one assist) led the way for Philadelphia.
Saturday, April 1st vs. Providence, 4-3 OTL - The Sound Tigers held leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 on goals by RYAN O'MARRA, PETER TSIMIKALIS and MASI MARJAMAKI, but the Bruins rallied to tie the score each time. JONATHAN SIGALET then notched the game-winner 46 seconds into the extra session. TOMI PETTINEN had a pair of assists for the Sound Tigers while former Sound Tiger BEN GUITE had three helpers for Providence.
Sunday, April 2nd vs. Binghamton, 4-3 OTL - For the fifth time in a row, the Sound Tigers played into overtime on home ice, but came out on the wrong end of a 4-3 score for the second time in as many nights. MATT KOALSKA had a goal and two assists, PETER TSIMIKALIS and RYAN O'MARRA scored once each and MASI MARJAMAKI notched two helpers for the Sound Tigers. Binghamton's DENIS HAMEL tallied the game-winner, his 51st goal of the season, 1:07 into the extra session to cap his 500th career AHL game.
O'MARRA MAKES BIG DEBUT
After signing with the big club earlier in the week and reporting to the Sound Tigers on Thursday, RYAN O'MARRA-- the Islanders' 2005 first-round pick --scored a pair of power-play goals in his professional debut Friday in Philadelphia, notched the first goal of the game in his inaugural home game Saturday and added another power-play marker Sunday. The 6'2'' 200-pounder, who was born in Tokyo but now calls Mississauga home, was the Sound Tigers nominee for the AHL's CCM Vector Player of the Week.
PETER TSIMIKALIS, who led the OHL's Oshawa Generals with 70 assists and 99 points before signing a tryout contract with the Sound Tigers, notched the first two goals of his professional career over the weekend. The 6'0'' 185-pound 20 year old from Aurora, Ontario scored at even strength Saturday and tallied on the power play Sunday. And, it took his first trip to the NHL to finally keep STEVE REGIER out of the Sound Tigers lineup. Regier, who had dressed in each of the team's first 73 games this season, initially thought it was an April Fool's prank when he was told he was heading to the big club but finally realized the dream of every kid who has ever put on a pair of skates when he made his NHL debut at the Nassau Coliseum Sunday afternoon.
Goals - SEAN BERGENHEIM, 25*; JEFF HAMILTON, 24
Assists - ROB COLLINS, 45*; JEREMY COLLITON, 32
Points - ROB COLLINS, 65*; JEREMY COLLITON, 53
Plus-Minus - STEVE REGIER, +8*; BRUNO GERVAIS, +5*; SEAN BERGENHEIM* & MATT KOALSKA, +4
Penalty Minutes - SEAN BERGENHEIM, 112*; MATT KOALSKA & COLE JARRETT, 82
Wins - WADE DUBIELEWICZ, 19
Shutouts** - WADE DUBIELEWICZ, 3; FREDERIC CLOUTIER, 2; CHRIS MADDEN, 1
Goals Against Average - FREDERIC CLOUTIER, 2.71
Save Percentage - FREDERIC CLOUTIER, .916
*On NHL recall to the New York Islanders.
**Madden & Dubielewicz also combined for a 4-0 shutout in Lowell on
CALDER CUP PLAYOFF PICTURE
It's as simple as can be, and it's all that a coach and his players can want-win and you're in! With a magic number of four points gained by them or lost by the Binghamton Senators, the Sound Tigers can clinch a berth in the 2006 Calder Cup Playoffs with a win in Binghamton this Friday. For the most up-to-date information on the 70th chase for the AHL's top prize, fans can now log on to www.caldercup.com.
Friday, April 7th at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. - The Sound Tigers will head to Binghamton for the second of back-to-back meetings with the Senators with a chance to clinch a playoff berth. A regulation win would mean two points gained by the Sound Tigers, as well as two lost by the Senators, which would punch the Sound Tigers' ticket to the postseason.
Saturday, April 8th vs. Hartford, 7:05 p.m. - The Sound Tigers will play their final home game of the 2005-06 regular season against the top affiliate of the Rangers. Hartford has won six of the eight meetings so far this year, but the Sound Tigers have won the last two tilts are unbeaten-in-regulation in the last four at 2-0-0-2. The Sound Tigers will also see the Wolf Pack in their regulation-season finale on Saturday the 15 th in Hartford.
Sunday, April 9th at Portland, 4:05 p.m. - This could be one of the toughest tests for the Sound Tigers all year. Following Saturday's home contest with Hartford and the post-game festivities for "Fan Appreciation Night", the Sound Tigers will bus over four hours to Portland, Maine for an early Sunday start against a Pirates team that is closing in on the Atlantic Division Championship while racing neck-and-neck with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the Eastern Conference crown.
-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.
-RW/C JEFF HAMILTON (upper body) is day-to-day.
-D PAUL FLACHE (concussion), G CHRIS MADDEN (knee) and D JODY ROBINSON (knee) are out indefinitely.
-D/F SERGEI DURDIN was released from a professional tryout contract Monday.
-RW/C ROB COLLINS and LW STEVE REGIER were recalled by the Islanders Saturday.
-C MARK LEE was recalled from the ECHL's Trenton Titans Saturday.
-D T.J. KEMP signed a PTO Friday.
-C RYAN O'MARRA joined the Sound Tigers Thursday after signing with the Islanders earlier in the week.
-D MARIO LAROCQUE and C MIKE OMICIOLI were released from PTO's after Wednesday's game.
-C JEREMY COLLITON returned from the Islanders Wednesday.
Individual-game Sound Tigers playoff tickets are on sale and can be purchased over the phone by calling 203-368-1000, on-line at www.ticketmaster.com or in-person at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard box office, which is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as from 10 a.m. until one hour after the start of all arena events. Sound Tigers playoff tickets cost as little at $11 for children and $16 for adults. Their first-round playoff opponent is still to be determined, but the Sound Tigers are tentatively slated to host their first postseason game on either Saturday, April 22nd or Sunday, April 23rd.
Sound Tigers season ticket holders who commit for the first two rounds of the 2006 playoffs and all of 2006-07 by this Friday, April 7th will receive free parking. Sound Tigers Playoff Gift Packs-- featuring four tickets, an autographed puck and four SportsCenter of CT activity passes --are also on sale for as little as $69.
Information about all Sound Tigers ticket packages is available by calling the team directly at 203-334-GOAL or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.