Checkers Beat Sound Tigers, 4-1
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Arnaud Durandeau scored a goal in his professional debut on Saturday, but it wasn't enough as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-2-1-0), American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, suffered a 4-1 loss to the Charlotte Checkers (2-2-0-0) at Bojangles Coliseum.
Durandeau's third-period tally came on his only shot of the contest and gave the Sound Tigers some late life, while Jared Coreau (0-2-0) made 19 saves on 22 shots in his second appearance with Bridgeport. Morgan Geekie lit the lamp twice for Charlotte and was awarded the game's first star.
The Sound Tigers kept it close after the opening 20 minutes and nearly struck first when Colin McDonald rang a shot off the post during an early breakaway. However, it stayed out and Geekie followed up less than two minutes later with his second goal of the season. The Checkers forward received a stretch pass through center and skated above the right circle where he wound up and wired home a slap shot from distance. The goal at 11:58 gave Charlotte the first goal in four straight games to begin the season.
Geekie added his second tally of the game late in the middle period to make it 2-0. Brian Gibbons drove down the left wing and approached the bottom of the circle before directing a pass just below the left hash marks. Geekie stepped into a pin-point wrist shot and deposited it into the top right corner of the cage, above Coreau's reaching glove at 17:58. Gibbons extended the Checkers' advantage to a trio early in the third period with his first goal of the season, and the only power-play strike all night. With Jeff Kubiak in the box for slashing, Jake Bean hammered a one-time shot from the point that Gibbons deflected in at the 3:35 mark.
Bridgeport got one back at 10:40 of the third period when Durandeau powered a shot past Anton Forsberg to break up his shutout bid. Kubiak created the chance with hard work below the goal line, stealing the puck away and centering it to the doorstep for Durandeau's one-timer. Simon Holmstrom earned the secondary assist for his first point with the Sound Tigers, and first in North America.
The Sound Tigers outshot Charlotte 10-2 in the third period, but only scored once and Eetu Luostarinen sealed the Checkers' win with an empty-net goal at 18:54.
Bridgeport finished the game 0-for-6 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill. Forsberg (2-0-0) stayed undefeated for the Checkers with 28 saves on 29 shots.
Next Time Out: The Sound Tigers return to Webster Bank Arena for their 2019-20 home opener next Saturday at 7 p.m., facing the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It's Breast Cancer Awareness Night and a rally towel giveaway to the first 2,500 fans, courtesy of All Electric Construction and Communication. Fans can also follow all of the live action via the Sound Tigers Radio Network and AHLTV, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are on sale now!
Sound Tigers season tickets and flex plans are on sale now for the 2019-20 campaign, offering the greatest savings and ultimate flexibility of all ticket packages. Pick between a full-season, 20-game, or 10-game plan and you'll also be entitled to exclusive benefits, including the ticket holder exchange policy. Lock in your seats today by contacting Brad Dworin at 203-345-4813 or via firstname.lastname@example.org .deab504148
• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board...
American Hockey League Stories from October 12, 2019
- Heat Push Past San Diego in Home-Opening Win - Stockton Heat
- Farabee Scores in Second Straight Game as Phantoms Earn Point - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
- Stars Top Wild 2-1 in Shootout Thriller - Texas Stars
- Despite a Great Effort, the Rocket Defeated 4-2 by the Admirals in Milwaukee - Laval Rocket
- Chicago Wolves Earn Shootout Triumph - Chicago Wolves
- P-Bruins Defeat Rochester Americans, 3-2, in Home Opener - Providence Bruins
- Penguins Lose Home Opener in Overtime, 4-3 - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
- Amerks Come up Short in 3-2 Loss to Bruins - Rochester Americans
- Wolf Pack Win Third Straight - Hartford Wolf Pack
- Boyd Scores in Overtime to Lift Hershey - Hershey Bears
- Batherson Buries OT Winner for Sens First Win of Season - Belleville Senators
- Monsters Battle with Crunch Ends in 6-3 Loss - Cleveland Monsters
- Devils Earn Three-Point Weekend in 5-4 OT Loss - Binghamton Devils
- Jasek's Overtime Heroics Lead Comets Over Penguins - Utica Comets
- Desrosiers Debuts Strongly, But Wolf Pack Top T-Birds - Springfield Thunderbirds
- Crunch Double up Monsters, 6-3 - Syracuse Crunch
- Checkers Beat Sound Tigers, 4-1 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Moose Suffer Shutout Loss to Toronto - Manitoba Moose
- Third Overall Pick Dach Assigned to Rockford on Conditioning Stint - Rockford IceHogs
- Dansk to Vegas; Ferguson Joins Wolves - Chicago Wolves
- Marlies Set to Close out Doubleheader in Winnipeg - Toronto Marlies
- Heat Host Gulls in Home Opener - Stockton Heat
- Sturtz Reassigned to Brampton - Belleville Senators
- Game Day Build-Up: Senators vs. Devils, October 12 - Belleville Senators
- Game Preview: Bears at Phantoms, 7:05 PM - Hershey Bears
- Rochester Americans Game Preview - October 12 at Providence Bruins - Rochester Americans
- Reign Succumbs to Colorado Rally in OT - Ontario Reign
- Moose Drop Home Opener to Toronto - Manitoba Moose
- Barracuda Return Home, Cruise Past Gulls 5-1 - San Jose Barracuda
- Eagles Roar Back for 4-3 OT Win over Ontario - Colorado Eagles
- Gulls Tripped up at San Jose 5-1 - San Diego Gulls
- Iowa Comes from Behind in Third Straight Game for 5-4 Victory - Iowa Wild
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Bridgeport Sound Tigers Stories
- The Bridgeport Report: Week 10
- Schilkey scores in third straight game, but Bridgeport gives up four-goal third period
- Sound Tigers Host Comets Tonight
- Lorito extends point streak to four games; Schilkey scores for second straight game in setback
- Lorito, Jobst and Aho all record multiple points in a wild win on Friday