PROVIDENCE, RI - The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (37-22-2-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, launched 31 shots at goaltender Zane McIntyre on Friday, but the Providence Bruins (34-18-5-4) netminder stopped each one in a 3-0 setback at Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
It was the third time the Sound Tigers have been shut out this season, which dropped the club to fifth place in the Atlantic Division standings.
Providence struck twice in the opening frame, including Jake DeBrusk’s 14th goal of the season at the 10:13 mark, to take a 1-0 lead. Colton Hargrove fed the puck to DeBrusk down the right wing where he skated through the circle and beat Jaroslav Halak with a low wrist shot from a tough angle. Hargrove and Alex Grant notched the assists.
A 5-on-3 power play helped the Bruins double their lead at the 19:00 mark. With Brant Harris and Kellen Jones each in the box for tripping, Grant set up for a slapper in the high slot and hammered a try on target that was tipped by Colby Cave for his 12th goal of the season.
Sean Kuraly capped the scoring at 18:21 of the second period when he capitalized on a 2-on-1 rush. Following a turnover at the Providence blue line, Kuraly gathered the puck and staked down the left wing, beating Halak’s glove from the circle to make it 3-0.
The Sound Tigers finished the game 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill. Halak (16-6-3) made 20 saves in the setback, while McIntyre (16-3-1) notched his second shutout of the season to stop a three-game losing streak.
Bridgeport outshot Providence 31-23.
Pucks and Paws: All pups are welcome at tomorrow’s home 7:30 p.m. game against the Utica Comets, presented by VCA Animal Hospitals, at Webster Bank Arena. Bring your dog to the game and help support local pet charities by purchasing your tickets here . In addition, receive $2 off your game ticket at the Webster Bank Arena box office when you show your AAA Membership Card.
Casey Cizikas Bobblehead Night: New York Islanders forward and former Sound Tiger Casey Cizikas will be in attendance at Sunday’s 3 p.m. game against the Hershey Bears. The first 2,000 fans will receive his bobblehead at the door courtesy of IBEW and Casey will meet fans and sign autographs before the game through the first intermission. In addition, receive $2 off your game ticket at the Webster Bank Arena box office when you show your AAA Membership Card. Doors open at 2 p.m. and good seats are still available by clicking here.
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.