Bridgeport Report: Sound Tigers 4, Bruins 3 (OT)

Puttin' on the Fritz. - Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers hosted the Providence Bruins in the first game of a home and home series on Friday night. It turned out to be a super game to watch as the Sound Tigers pulled off the exciting over time win 4-3 over the Providence Bruins!

Here was the lineup for Bridgeport including the 3rd line featuring Michael Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang.

1st Period- Oh no- Oh Yes! Oh Yes- Oh No!
An action packed first period with plenty of defensive breakdowns and scoring chances on both sides ended at 1-1 but could have been a much higher scoring period for both teams. The Sound Tigers wasted no time getting on the board first on one of those "Oh No- Oh Yes!" plays. Sebastian Aho had a terrible giveaway in his own end on a bad outlet pass but he was able to recover and block the shot which led to a Sound Tigers rush and an offensive zone chance that they quickly capitalized on. Yannick Rathgeb (making his AHL debut and collecting his first point) fed Devon Towes for a point shot that was deflected in front by Michael Dal Colle for the opening goal at 3:40 into the game. It was Dal Colle's 2nd goal of the season.

Providence tied the game less than 5 minutes later on an "Oh Yes- Oh No!" play. Michael Dal Colle found Josh Ho-Sang sneaking behind the defense with a great pass to send him in on a breakaway but Ho-Sang missed the net on a backhand (the goalie may have gotten a piece but it was hard to tell). Providence quickly got the lose puck and sent a long pass down the other end to spring Colby Cave for a breakaway of his own. He made no mistake (as Butchie would say) and tied the game at 1-1.

The rest of the period featured plenty of scoring chances for both teams, including 2 good PP chances for the Sound Tigers, but no one was able to score and it ended 1-1. The Dal Colle-Jones-Ho-Sang line was the best line by far, especially good play by Michael Dal Colle. SOG were 14-11 in favor of the Sound Tigers.

2nd Period- Bearish period for the Tigers

The second period started with the Sound Tigers shorthanded for 1:55 on a Devon Toews crosschecking penalty that carried over from late in the 1st period. The PK unit did an outstanding job killing off the remaining time and it seemed to give Bridgeport some momentum. They were able to maintain some sustained offensive zone time that created some really good scoring chances that culminated with Kieffer Bellows ringing a wicked wrist shot off the crossbar.

That would pretty much be it for the Tigers as far as offense went for the remainder of the period. The Bruins slowly but surely started to assume control of the game and had a bunch of shots on Christopher Gibson. The Bridgeport goaltender was able to keep the puck out of his net for a while but eventually Providence broke through at the 18:29 mark of the second period on a bomb from the point by Bruins defenseman Jakub Zboril into the upper righthand corner of the net..."he didn't have a chance on that one Howie!". The Bruins outshot the Sound Tigers 16-8 in the period.

3rd Period- The Tigers Claw Back....Twice!

The Sound Tigers strike back in a flash on a BEAUTIFUL goal by Yannick Rathgeb, his first as a Sound Tiger! Rathgeb walks in from the left point right through the middle of the ice and fires a wrister to tie the game at 2-2...What a goal by Rathgeb!

The rest of the period featured a bunch of scoring opportunities for Bridgeport including 3 power plays and evenan abbreviated 5 on 3 but the Sound Tigers were unable to capitalize.

Then it looked like it would be heartbreak again for Bridgeport as Colby Cave scored his 2nd goal of the night with just over 2 minutes remaining in the game to give Providence a 3-2 lead.

Bridgeport wasn't having it though and after they pulled the goalie they were able to gain control in the offensive zone and after moving the puck around and around, it came to the top of the right faceoff circle for a Parker Wotherspoon one-timer that he was able to rocket home to tie the game at 3-3 with only 40 seconds remaining! The Sound Tigers would force overtime for the second straight game.

OT- Sound Tigers Win!

Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson sent out the threesome of Fritz- Sislo- and Toews to start the overtime, I know you may all be asking...Sislo???, but the decision quickly paid off! The Sound Tigers gained control of the puck and slowly retreated all the way back into their own end where Toews found a streaking Fritz with a pass that sent Fritz down the right wing past the defensemen for a hard low shot that produced a big juicy rebound for, you guessed it, Mike Sislo to slide home for the game winner!!

What a great game to watch! Very fun and entertaining, even if sometimes sloppy, and these two teams get to do it all over again tomorrow night in the rematch but this time in Providence. I can't wait to watch it!

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