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Sharks 5, Sound Tigers 2: Worcester sandwich a bitter taste for Bridgeport

Bridgeport closed a three-in-three road weekend with its second loss in Worcester.

Reiter stopped 41 shots Sunday, with considerably less reward than his 2011 NCAA run.
Reiter stopped 41 shots Sunday, with considerably less reward than his 2011 NCAA run.

If they didn't have each other, Bridgeport would be undefeated and Worcester would be winless.

Instead, the Sound Tigers bookended this weekend with their two ugliest results of the young season: a 5-1 thumping on Friday night and a 5-2 loss Sunday afternoon, which began with a 3-0 first period blitz for the Sharks.

After a modest second-period surge, the Sound Tigers ended up outshot 46-35 by the end, a pretty rude draw for Kenny Reiter's second career AHL start.

Other notes and links:

  • Nino Niederreiter has gone without a goal just twice in his last nine AHL games. Both were at the hands of the Sharks this weekend.
  • Nino continues to irritate when not scoring. Today he drew the ire of Yanni Gourde (roughing minors for both) and also was called for kneeing in the third period.
  • Newcomer Jordan Hill (signed to a PTO Saturday) got his first game for Bridgeport, and his first goal. (Travis Hamonic got a rest day.) Hill was partnered with Marc Cantin.
  • Colin McDonald scored the other goal, which made it 4-2 and set up the final push to make a game of it.
  • New post-de Haan partnership Ty Wishart and Matt Donovan were minus-two, for what it's worth.
  • Things ended with a fight between Brett Gallant and Curt Gogol, who is not a Russian writer.
  • Here's the official site write-up.

So the Sound Tigers emerge from the weekend 4-2 overall, their consolation being Saturday's shootout win over Springfield, the only team above them in the Northeast Division. Barring the apocalypse*, they're back at it Saturday and Sunday with home games to Hershey and Wilkes-Barre.

*Be safe, all you locals. (And in this case, "locals" means about half the Eastern seaboard.) Sandy looks to be a Frankenstorm indeed, so many people will be worried about far more important things over the next night to few days. Michael Fornabaio points out that several of the Sound Tigers are in the evacuation zone.