PROVIDENCE, RI - The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (33-17-1-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, saw their seven-game win streak come to an end on Friday in a 2-1 loss to the Providence Bruins (31-14-5-4) at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Andrew Rowe scored a power-play tally early in the second period, but the Sound Tigers couldn’t solve goaltender Zane McIntyre (14-0-1) again, falling to 5-2-0-0 against the Bruins this season.
The loss also snapped Bridgeport’s eight-game point streak on the road and Jaroslav Halak’s (13-2-2) personal 12-game win streak. The Sound Tigers’ netminder made 37 saves.
Sean Kuraly put Providence on top at 3:39 of the first period when he capitalized on a breakaway at even strength. From the Bruins’ blue line, Tommy Cross sent a long stretch pass ahead for Kuraly, who found himself behind the Sound Tigers’ defense. Kuraly skated straight to the net and beat Halak blocker side with a forehand shot. It was his 11th goal this season.
Bridgeport answered just 53 seconds into the middle frame courtesy of Rowe’s eighth tally this season. With Cross in the box for tripping, Ryan Pulock and Tanner Fritz teamed up to find Rowe out front, where the seventh-year forward gave McIntyre his only blemish on the night.
Providence took the lead for good at 10:30 of the second period when Rob O’Gara snapped a shot past Halak’s blocker. Jake DeBrusk fed a pass to Jordan Szwarz in the slot before Szwarz immediately steered the puck to O’Gara on the right side. From the circle, O’Grara found the back of the net for his third tally this season.
The contest included one scrap when Josh Winquist and Colby Cave dropped the gloves at 15:35 of the second period. It was Winquist’s third professional fight, and second in the AHL.
Bridgeport finished the game 1-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill. McIntyre turned back 29 shots in Providence’s win.
The Bruins outshot the Sound Tigers 39-30.
Frozen Night: The Sound Tigers return home tomorrow night with a 7 p.m. rematch against Providence at Webster Bank Arena. It’s Frozen Night and many of the popular Frozen characters will be in attendance. Enjoy a meet-and-greet on the concourse and all fans are encouraged to come to the game dressed as his or her favorite character. In addition, a $25 Frozen package is available which includes one (1) game ticket, one (1) hot dog/soft drink combo voucher and your choice of a Tiara with a wand or crown. Call 203.345.2300 Option 7 to order or ORDER ONLINE NOW (use promo code LETITGO). Limited packages are available for this special offer. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Broadcast Info: Fans can follow all of the live action online via AHLlive.com , beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. ET.
Ben Holmstrom Bobblehead Day: The first 2,000 fans in attendance this Sunday will receive a free bobblehead of Sound Tigers’ captain Ben Holmstrom, courtesy of Newtown Savings Bank. Doors open at 2 p.m. as the Sound Tigers welcome the Hershey Bears for a 3 p.m. puck drop at Webster Bank Arena.
For additional details or to reserve seats for any of the 2016-17 giveaway and theme nights, please call the Sound Tigers’ front office at (203) 345-2300.
Executive suites and premium seat packages are also available by calling the team’s front office at (203) 345-4841. If you are interested in group outings with your friends, family, co-workers, or clients an unforgettable experience at a discounted rate, call the group sales hotline at (203) 345-2300 Ext. 7.