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Sound Tigers Outslug WBS Pens 4-3

December 3, 2004 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers News Release

BRIDGEPORT, CT - The American Hockey League's Bridgeport Sound Tigers, top affiliate of the National Hockey League's New York Islanders, defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 4-3 at Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard on Friday in a penalty-filled contest.

The Sound Tigers took control early, scoring two goals in the first five minutes of the game.

With the Sound Tigers on the power play, Sean Bergenheim chipped in his team-leading ninth goal of the season at 4:21 after a scrum in front of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. Justin Mapletoft and Eric Godard who were also battling in front of the net assisted on the play. The assist was Mapletoft's team-leading 11th helper and 15th point of the season in his 200th career game with the Sound Tigers.

Steve Regier made it 2-0 Sound Tigers just 29 seconds later off a nice centering pass from Ryan Kraft. For Regier, a 2004 Islander draft pick, it was his first professional goal and point. Barrett Heisten earned the other assist on the goal.

The Penguins cut the lead to 2-1 at 15:49 of the first period when Ramzi Abid scored his seventh goal of the season off a rebound from Sound Tiger goalie Wade Dubielewicz. Matt Hussey raced down the right side of the ice on a two-on-one and took a shot hard and low on Dubielewicz who made a stick save. The rebound came right to Abid who slapped it in cutting the lead in half.

After two quick penalties to start the second period, Rob Collins scored a four-on-four goal, his fifth of the season, off a pass from Cole Jarrett to extend the Sound Tiger lead to 3-1. Just 1:26 later, Collins scored his second goal of the game, this time on the power play, to give the Sound Tigers a 4-1 lead. Chris Campoli made a diving stop on a clearing attempt to set up the play. Campoli then fed Justin Papineau who made a centering pass to Collins in front of the goal. Collins scored high on goalie Dany Sabourin who had relieved Fleury at 1:32 of the second period. Fleury was chased from the nets having stopped just seven of ten shots.

Just 25 seconds after Collins scored his second goal, the Penguins Maxime Talbot hit Collins from behind igniting a brawl that saw 11 players drawing penalties totaling 156 minutes. Eight players were ejected leaving both benches depleted, especially the Sound Tigers who began the night skating one man short due to injuries and suspensions.

Ross Lupaschuk cut the Sound Tiger lead in half at 11:39 of the second period with a power-play goal, his third marker of the year, off assists from Abid and Michel Ouellet. Just 3:10 later, the Penguins quickly got back in the game as Abid scored his second goal of the night, this time on the power play, to cut the Sound Tiger lead to 4-3. Kris Beech and Chris Kelleher assisted on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton's third goal.

Dubielewicz stopped 29 of 32 shots, including a couple of key saves on the penalty kill in the third period to earn the win. Bridgeport was 2 for 7 on the power play while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was 2 for 11 on the advantage. The Sound Tigers outshot the Penguins 32-26. Collins was the first star of the game, Abid the second and Regier the third.

With the win, the Sound Tigers improved to 11-10 on the season and 9-2 at home. For Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the loss was just its second in regulation in their last 16 games at 8-2-3-3 over that time.

The Sound Tigers will play the third game of a four-game home-stand when they host the Lowell Lock Monsters tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on 600 WICC-AM and at www.soundtigers.com.

Information regarding Sound Tigers ticket packages and sponsorship opportunities is available by calling 203-334-GOAL or logging on to www.soundtigers.com. Groups, organizations, companies, etc. that are interested in having a member of the Sound Tigers appear at an event are invited to call 203-334-GOAL.


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