Skarek Can't Save Sound Tigers in 1-0 Setback
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. - Jakub Skarek made an AHL career-high 36 saves and was perfect through more than 54 minutes on Friday, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (1-4-0-0), American Hockey League affiliate of the New York Islanders, suffered a 1-0 loss to the Providence Bruins (3-1-0-0) at Webster Bank Arena.
Zach Senyshyn scored the only goal on the Bruins' 35th shot more than halfway through the third period, while Dan Vladar turned aside 24 chances that the Sound Tigers placed on net.
Both teams traded chances through the first two periods, but Skarek (1-4-0) and Vladar (1-1-0) remained solid in a goaltending duel that progressed well into the third. Many high-percentage opportunities were established on the power play with Providence going 0-for-4 on the man advantage through two periods and Bridgeport going 0-for-2.
Senyshyn broke the ice and put Providence on top for good at the 54:22 mark (14:22 of the third period) when he scored his second goal of the season and second against Bridgeport. Paul Carey, from his own zone, directed a backhand pass to Senyshyn at center ice and the Bruins forward darted to the right circle and beat Skarek's glove with a wrist shot. It was his third point (1g, 2a) in four games this season.
Bridgeport head coach Brent Thompson brought Skarek to the bench in the closing minute, but the Sound Tigers couldn't get back even and fell to 0-3-0-0 against Providence this season.
Samuel Bolduc led the team with four shots on goal, while Seth Helgeson and Grant Hutton each had three. Fourteen of the Sound Tigers' 24 total shots in the game came from defensemen.
Bridgeport finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill.
Next Time Out: The Sound Tigers return to the road next Thursday for a 1 p.m. rematch against the Providence Bruins at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass. Fans can follow all of the live action via AHLTV or the Sound Tigers Radio Network, beginning with the pre-game show at 12:45 p.m.
• Discuss this story on the American Hockey League message board...
American Hockey League Stories from February 19, 2021
- Tynan's Three-Point Night Propels Eagles to 4-2 Victory - Colorado Eagles
- Moose Edge Toronto, 2-1 - Manitoba Moose
- Marlies and Moose Split Four-Game Series - Toronto Marlies
- Anaheim Ducks Assign Curran to Gulls - San Diego Gulls
- San Diego Gulls and iHeartMedia San Diego to Launch Weekly SoCal Hockey Talk Radio Show - San Diego Gulls
- Vladar Stands Tall, Senyshyn Scores Game-Winner as P-Bruins Beat Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1-0 - Providence Bruins
- Moose Announce Three Roster Moves - Manitoba Moose
- Skarek Can't Save Sound Tigers in 1-0 Setback - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Jalen Smereck Auctions Jersey for Detroit Ice Dreams - Tucson Roadrunners
- Game Day Build-Up: Senators at Rocket February 19th - Belleville Senators
- Game Preview: Condors Host San Diego at 6 p.m. on AHLtv and Fox Sports 970 - Bakersfield Condors
- Monsters Announce Trio of Roster Moves - Cleveland Monsters
- Sound Tigers Complete Homestand Today against Bruins - Bridgeport Sound Tigers
- Marlies Fall Short in 4-2 Final - Toronto Marlies
- Moose Earn First Win of New Season - Manitoba Moose
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.