Bridgeport falls but finds out its playoff opponent
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - In the regular season finale the Sound Tigers fell 6-1 to the Providence Bruins at Webster Bank Arena. Eamon McAdam made his professional debut with 29 saves while Connor Jones notched the lone goal.
The two teams played a fast-paced first period with eight shots apiece. The scoring started early when Parker Wotherspoon sent a pass from the blue line to Connor Jones who sent a wrister five-hole at 3:26. The assist marked Wotherspoon's first career professional point in his sixth game.
The first penalty of the night was awarded to Long Island native and Yale product Rob O'Gara, who was sent to the box for his first professional penalty for delay of game at 4:29. Things got dicey when McAdam tried to clear the puck but former Sound Tiger Brendan DeFazio took it away in the corner and passed it to Austin Czarnik, who was placed right in front of the net, and he tapped it in for a short-handed goal at 4:43.
The Bruins scoring continued when Danton Heinen sent a pass from the corner to Max Talbot who wristed it five-hole on McAdam at 9:38. Talbot has 10 goals this season and played a majority of the year with the Boston Bruins, whom he had seven points with.
The remainder of the game belonged to the away team. Bridgeport saw its first penalty when Loic Leduc got a little chippy on the boards and was sent to the sin bin for cross-checking at 2:06 of the second period. Providence did not have any big opportunities on the power play thanks to the strong defense and the score stayed 2-1.
Less than three minutes later the Sound Tigers were given another penalty when Matt Carkner was sent to the box for interference. This penalty kill was a lot more eventful with multiple huge saves from McAdam. The Bruins best opportunity on the man advantage was a Czarnik one-timer from the faceoff circle that McAdam answered with a sprawling pad save to keep it a one-goal game.
The strangest goal of the game occurred at 11:13 when Brian Ferlin wristed a shot from the left circle towards McAdam saved but trickled in the net. This marks Ferlin's second point of the night.
The Bruins kept coming when Colby Cave fired one top-shelf from the faceoff circle to further the lead to 4-1 at 13:21. Cave's unassisted goal brought his total up to 13.
Providence found themselves on a 5-on-3 opportunity just 51 seconds into the final frame. Seth Griffith passed to Frank Vatrano from opposite faceoff circles who fed it to Youds who drove a slapper blocker side to put the Bruins up 5-1 at 2:18.
The scoring did not stop as leading Bruins scorer Vatrano found himself an open net and slapped one home for his 36th goal in as many games for the 6-1 lead at 15:02.
The Sound Tigers secured the Toronto Marlies as their first round opponent. Game One of the series will be on Saturday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena.
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