In what is sure to be Ryan Strome’s last game in Bridgeport, the Sound Tigers will take on the Providence Bruins, who currently sit in 5th in the Eastern Conference with a record of 29-18-1-6 for 65 points. The Sound Tigers ( 24-24-1-4 53 points) have been on a tear winning 10 of their last 12 games with their recent win coming yesterday at the expense of the Adirondack Phantoms (Flyers) 3-2. Johan Sundstrom, Chris Langkow, and Aaron Ness scored for the Sound Tigers. With the Islanders losing John Tavares for the remainder of the season, it would be great for the fans of Bridgeport if Strome could deliver one more win before his eventual and permanent promotion this year to the big club.
In the first period it looked as if the Sound Tigers were still getting their legs after a game last night against the Phantoms in Philly. The Providence Bruins play a similar style to their parent club in Boston: Physical, relentless with a lot of shooting. Malcolm Subban is in net for the Bruins tonight, so this was already a difficult feat to start. The Bruins came out fast and hard, but after the Bruins scored on their first power play, the Sound Tigers were not to be physically intimidated when Andrey Pedan got into it and looked dominant in his fight with Bruins Anthony Camara. After the period looked like the Bruins would go into the dressing room leading 1-0, Anders Lee made a power forward move and crashed the net and scored five-hole to tie the game at the 17:35 mark. Just roughly 30 seconds later Sound Tigers Joel Brouda scored to make it 2-1 Sound Tigers.
The second period saw very little in terms of shots from either team. Bridgeport had the puck in the Bruins defensive zone for most of the period, but could not get anything else. Lot’s of skating, not a lot of shots taken and a Bridgeport 4 minute power play that reminded me of the Islanders….nothing. From what I’ve gotten to see so far in the game is that Sound Tigers goaltender Kenny Reiter has been very good, and I’ve loved his positioning. In my opinion, John Persson has been the best all round player on the ice today. He skates, knocks people down and sets up his teammates very well. A possible call up this season by the Islanders would not surprise me.
The third period was really nothing special. Lots of passing, not a lot of shooting, yet both teams appeared fast for a third game in three days. It got interesting in the final seconds when Joe Finley went into the sin bin and the Bruins tried their best to hound the Sound Tigers on a 6 on 4. In the end, Reiter stood tall, Mayfield cleared the crease and the Tigers prevailed winning 2-1.
Personally, this has to be the best Sound Tigers team on the ice in a long time. They never lost their focus and stayed patient until they capitalized on their opportunities. It will certainly be a different story once players like Strome, Donovan and possibly Lee get called up to the Islanders. As far as the defense, I saw some great shot blocking and crease clearing from Pedan and Mayfield. Pedan looks like he wants to shoot every time he gets the puck and Mayfield is progressing very nicely. I wouldn’t expect either one to make the Islanders roster next year, but having them come up to fill in for injured players is certainly an option the Islanders would gladly accept.
Also Scott Mayfield will be chatting with Gary & John at 9:30 tonight!!! Give a listen.
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