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Sound Tigers Pack Punch In 3-1 Victory

September 27, 2007 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Bridgeport Sound Tigers News Release

In a game that may have seen more fights then the Bridgeport Sound Tigers were in all last season, the Sound Tigers were able to come away with their first victory of the preseason, defeating the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-1 tonight.

The aggressive play seemed to center around training camp invitee Pascal Morency. Morency, who was under the skin of the Wolf Pack players all game by finishing every opportunity he had to deliver a hit, even partook in some fisticuffs with Hartford defenseman, Milan Maslonka in the second period.

"This is an important part of my play," Morency said. "If I can take the attention away from the other team's main goal of winning the game, and turn it to going after me, then I've done my job which should open up space for our scorers."

In the opening period, the goalies shined keeping the score at 0-0 heading into the second period. Sound Tigers' starting goalie, A.J. Bucchino, finished the opening period with nine saves. Wolf Pack net-minder, Matt Zaba had 10 saves.

About three minutes into the second period, the Sound Tigers ent on the power-play when Morency drew a cross checking penalty. The Sound Tigers capitalized on the man-advantage when defenseman Sean Offers wristed a shot towards Zaba that deflected off of Hartford defenseman Jake Taylor and into the back of the net to give the Sound Tigers the 1-0 lead, 3:32 into the middle frame. Trevor Haskins also picked up an assist on the power-play goal. The score would remain 1-0 Sound Tigers with the teams heading into the third period.

The Wolf Pack did not waste much time evening the score at 1-1. Just 27 seconds into the final period, Tommy Pyatt scored a power-play goal off an assist by Ivan Baranka. The Sound Tigers took the lead for good at the 8:06 mark when Rob Sirianni scored his first of the preseason. Sound Tigers' camp invitee Aaron Slattengren fed a pass to Offers at the point who crept down the boards and sent a pretty back door pass to Sirianni who one-timed the pass by Hartford net-minder Zaba for the 2-1 lead. The Sound Tigers would tack on one more goal, at 12:28, when Trevor Smith picked up a turn-over in the neutral zone, skated in alone and snapped a shot through Zaba's legs to clinch the victory for the Sound Tigers, 3-1.

The Sound Tigers out-shot the Wolf Pack 35 to 25. Bucchino made 14 saves and coming in half-way through the second period for the Sound Tigers was Brett Jaeger who stopped 20 shots. Zaba finished with 22 saves.

The Sound Tigers next preseason game is Friday, Sept. 28 when they skate against the Providence Bruins. Face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Sound Tigers' official practice facility, The Shelton Rinks at Shelton.

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