Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 18-14-0-1, 5th in Atlantic Division, 7th in Eastern Conference
Bracken Kearns led the Sound Tigers with three goals last week, including his 200th professional tally on Wednesday, as Bridgeport grabbed at least one point in each of its two games during Week 13.
Overall, the Sound Tigers improved to 18-14-0-1 (37 points) this season, but continue to rank fifth in the Atlantic Division standings, eight points behind the Hershey Bears for the final playoff spot. The club will look to gain even more ground this week in a three-game series against the Binghamton Senators, Utica Comets and Providence Bruins. Friday's game against Binghamton will conclude a five-game road trip, while Saturday's contests against Utica will mark the Sound Tigers first home game of 2017.
Looking back, Bridgeport responded from a pair of one-goal deficits to force overtime on Wednesday, but suffered their first setback beyond regulation in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Springfield Thunderbirds at the MassMutual Center. Kearns notched his milestone early in the third period, and added another goal in the final minute of regulation, while Andrew Rowe was the only Sound Tiger to score in a six-round shootout. Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak (1-0-1) made 30 saves in 65 minutes and four more in the shootout during his first AHL appearance since Feb. 24, 2008.