Bridgeport closes road season with win
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Stephon Williams made 31 saves and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers won their final road game of the season, defeating the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 on Saturday night at the Onondaga County War Memorial Arena.
Syracuse had a chance to get on the board just four minutes into the game, but Williams came up with one of his best saves this season. Jonathan Marchessault was left alone in front of the net, but Williams kicked out the right pad while on his stomach to keep the game scoreless.
The Crunch earned the opening goal of the game a minute later, as Matthew Peca notched his first professional marker. The former Quinnipiac University standout corralled a loose puck in front of Williams and spun around quickly before lifting a shot into the net to make it 1-0.
The Sound Tigers responded a minute and a half after Peca's goal, as Dustin Jeffrey was the one to tie it. Alan Quine found Jeffrey with a pass at the top of the circles and the forward buried it five hole to tie the game at one. Jeffrey's second goal in as many games was his 25 th of the season.
Bridgeport nearly shot themselves in the foot late in the first period as they were down two men for a full two minutes, but the penalty killers stood tall. Williams made one or two saves on the two-man advantage, but great work by the defense allowed the Sound Tigers to come out of the opportunity unscathed.
After a rather uneventful second period, the Sound Tigers took over in the closing stanza. With the Sound Tigers on the power play, Ryan Pulock blasted a shot from the point. The shot blew its way through a Syracuse stick before being tipped by Kael Mouillierat to put Bridgeport up 2-1.
Williams kept the Sound Tigers lead at 2-1 with a monstrous pad save just after the Mouillierat goal. Williams stretched from post-to-post and kicked out the right leg to keep it a one-goal game.
The Sound Tigers added to their lead with 4:41 left in the third period. Johan Sundstrom fed the puck in front of the net where Colin Markison took several whacks at it. Markison finally snuck one past Adam Wilcox for his first professional goal to make it 3-1.
The Crunch were aggressive, pulling Wilcox a minute after the Markison tally. It eventually paid off, as Dylan Blujus one-timed a power play point shot past Williams to make it 3-2.
Bridgeport finally iced the game with four seconds left on the clock. Scott Mayfield sent a shot on the empty net from 150 feet away and right into the back of the cage.
Williams earned first star honors with his 31 saves. The Sound Tigers power play went 1-for-4 while Syracuse went 1-for-7.
The Sound Tigers return home to Bridgeport for their final game of the 2014-15 season tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. against the Hartford Wolf Pack.
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Notes: Stephon Williams and Kael Mouillierat were the two stars from the Sound Tigers and both went to Minnesota State-Mankato...Ross Johnston made his AHL debut for the Sound Tigers...Markison's first of his career was the eventual game-winner.
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