Sound Tigers Earn First Home Win
BRIDGEPORT, CT - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, notched their first home win of the 2005-06 regular season beating the Binghamton Senators 6-1 Sunday. Eleven different Sound Tigers registered at least one point while goaltender Chris Madden made 29 saves for his second win in as many nights.
Rob Collins opened the scoring with his fifth goal of the season, tying him with Justin Papineau for the Sound Tigers team lead, off assists from Jeremy Colliton and Sean Bergenheim on the power play just 2:16 into the first period to make it 1-0. The Sound Tigers doubled the lead to 2-0 on the first goal of Masi Marjamaki's professional career off assists from Evgeny Tunik and Jody Robinson with 3:21 left in the opening frame.
Sound Tigers team captain Kevin Colley upped the lead to 3-0 with his fourth goal of the season on a five-on-three power play just 49 seconds into the second period off assists from Collins and Travis Brigley.
Colliton made it 4-0 just 2:48 later with his second goal in as many games and fourth of the year off an outstanding assist from Cole Jarrett. Jarrett took the puck from Binghamton's Charlie Stephens with a hit along the boards at the Sound Tigers blue line and zipped a perfectly-placed pass to Colliton who skated in alone to score.
Wyatt Smith added another power-play goal off assists from Brigley and Collins with 5:59 left in the middle period to make it 5-0 Sound Tigers. It was the fourth goal of the season for Smith who has points in six of the seven games he has played as a Sound Tiger.
Bruno Gervais notched a four-on-four goal, his fourth overall on the year, off an assist from Tunik 1:49 into the third period to make it 6-0 Sound Tigers, but Brandon Bochenski spoiled Madden's bid for a shutout with a power-play goal off assists from Tomas Malec and Stephens with 8:47 remaining to finish the scoring at 6-1.
Collins was the first star of the game with a goal and two assists and now leads the Sound Tigers with ten helpers and 13 points. Madden was the second star improving his record to 3-1. Tunik was the third star with his second two-assist effort on home ice this weekend.
The Sound Tigers were 3 for 11 on the power play while the Senators were 1 for 7. The teams took 30 shots on goal apiece marking the second time in as many meetings this season that they were tied in that category.
Kelly Guard stopped 17 of the 22 shots he faced in goal for Binghamton before being replaced at the start of the third period by Billy Thompson who made seven saves on eight shots.
The Sound Tigers will embark on another three-game-in-three night weekend when they visit the Philadelphia Phantoms and Springfield Falcons next Friday and Saturday at 7:05 p.m. on each night. The Sound Tigers will also host the Lowell Lock Monsters next Sunday, November 13th at 4:05 p.m.
Information regarding Sound Tigers tickets is available by calling 203-334-GOAL or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. All Sound Tigers games are web-cast live at www.soundtigers.com. Fans can also watch all games live on the B2 Networks.
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