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Bridgeport Report: Sound Tigers 5, Thunder Birds 2

Sorry this post is so late but I had to watch the Bridgeport game on VOD after I watched the Islanders win their 5th straight game!!! Anyway on to the Sound Tigers 5-2 win tonight!

First Period:

The resurgence of Michael Dal Colle continues as he scores his 4th of the season on a PP goal to give the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead. Dal Colle was able to bang home a rebound off a Josh Ho-Sang slap shot from the left circle that produced a big rebound. Mitchell Vande Sompel had the other assist. It looked like Dal Colle had scored a few seconds earlier in the same PP on a wicked wrist shot that everyone including the ref (and me) thought had gone post and in, but after review the goal was disallowed. They did not show a good replay for me to tell if it went in or not but the refs reviewed it and waved it off.

The Thunderbirds were able to tie the game with a PP goal of their own late in the first and the period would end tied 1-1.

Second Period:

The Sound Tigers strike again on a Mike Sislo goal off a nice forecheck by Tom Kuhnhackl who was able to steal the puck behind the net a feed a nifty pass out in front to Sislo who wristed it home to put the Sound Tigers back on top 2-1.

The duo of Josh Ho-Sang were at it again to combine for yet another Sound Tigers PP (this time a 5 on 3) goal to put the Sound Tigers up 3-1. This time they reversed roles as Ho-Sang scored the goal off of a rebound from a Dal Colle shot from the right circle. Devon Towes had the secondary assist. With the Tigers already on the PP, it was Josh Ho-Sang was able to draw the penalty that gave Bridgeport the two man advantage PP opportunity.

The Sound Tigers were not done yet as two time Stanley Cup champion Tom Kuhnhackl scored a beauty of a goal. He took a pass as he crossed the blue line, played the puck between his legs, made a nice spin move on the defenseman and was able to cut in on goal on his backhand where he got a shot off that was initially saved but Kuhnhackl got his own rebound and would not be denied as he banged it home.

Third Period:

The Tom Kuhnhackle show continues! Just after The Thunder Birds scored to make it 4-2 on a PP to try to make things interesting, Kuhnhackl strikes right back with his second goal of the game. This time he took a long stretch pass from Mike Sislo and broke in from the blue line for a breakaway. He calmly stick handled his way around the goalie and deposited the puck into the net to restore the Sound Tigers 3 goal lead at the eventual final score of 5-2.

Summary:

More great news for Islanders fans as Michael dal Colle continued his hot start with another goal and an assist, but the best news was probably the play of Ho-Sang. He played without a doubt his best game of the season and maybe of the last two seasons. He was flying and creating scoring chances all night. Then to put a cherry on the ice cream sundae, with the Sound Tigers on the PP and up 5-2 late in the game, there was a bad turnover at the blue line that led to a shorthanded 2 on 1 opportunity for the Thunder Birds but who came flying back down the ice to back check the puck away from the puck carrier from behind??? You guessed it, Josh Ho-Sang!

Also very encouraging was the great play again from standout defensemen Devon Toews and Mitchell Vande Sompel. They both had great games. Vande Somple had a shot off the post and was the second best defensemen on the ice. The best was none other than Devon Toews. He can flat out skate and handle the puck. He plays in every situation and excels at every part of the game. I hate doing this and I try to not do it often, but his game reminds me a lot of Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns. Toews doesn't have the shot of Burns but it's not a bad shot by any means. His skating, passing and puck handling though are very much Brent Burns like. I really think Toews can play forward if he had too. Again, I am not saying he is as good as Burns and I hate even making a comparison, but when I watch Toews play it reminds me of Burns.

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