The Bridgeport Sound Tigers capped a perfect weekend (3-0, though the first via shootout) with a remarkable one Sunday at home to Syracuse.
Bridgeport lost the lead three times on the way to a 6-5 win, but two things stand out, explained in Michael Fornabaio's post-game reports:
- One: "Syracuse tied it three times. Each time, Bridgeport had a quick answer, within three minutes. And actually, each time, it was Persson..." (How unlike the parent team, that.)
- Two: Ryan Strome got jumped by Cedric Paquette after grabbing the puck for John Persson's first pro hat trick.
The fight followed earlier chaos, as Mike Halmo laid a big hit on Paquette shortly after Syracuse tied it 5-5. The reaction to that hit got Anders Lee into a fight as well. (It was the ensuing power play that allowed Bridgeport to retake the lead, and for good.)
Evidently Syracuse was in a foul mood, dropping three games over the weekend to fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
Scott Pellerin called it "bush league." Play-by-play man Phil Giubileo's play-by-play called it "a gong show on ice."
Salient run-of-show from Fornabaio:
So Ryan Strome picked up the puck from Persson’s hat trick. They celebrated. They started toward the bench. And then… "I really don’t know," Strome said. "Bouch (Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who may’ve taken a whack to start it off) said something to the guy, and everyone just started pushing."
Isles Enforcers, as always, has videos of all the brawling, including Strome's:
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