BRIDGEPORT, CT - Josh Winquist scored a highlight-reel, game-winning goal in the third period on Sunday, helping the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (34-18-1-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, defeat the Hershey Bears (28-17-8-3) at Webster Bank Arena, 2-1.
Bracken Kearns also tallied his team-leading 19th goal of the season in his return to the lineup following a two-game stint with the Islanders. Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak (14-2-2) made 19 saves in the win.
The Bears opened the scoring less than five minutes into the game with a power-play goal courtesy of Christian Djoos. With Andrew Rowe in the box for elbowing, Paul Carey slid a pass to Djoos in the slot, where the defenseman waited before hammering a wrist shot over Halak’s glove at the 4:38 mark.
The Sound Tigers bounced back and tied the game with their own power-play goal from Kearns. With Tyler Lewington in the box for cross-checking, Kearns fed the puck to Ryan Pulock in the neutral zone and skated straight to the doorstep. Pulock returned the favor with a centering feed to the left post where Kearns backhanded it past Vitek Vanecek’s blocker at 18:46.
After a scoreless middle frame, Bridgeport took the lead for good with Winquist’s 10th goal of the season following a spectacular move in the offensive zone. Kyle Burroughs began the play when he forced a pass across to Winquist in the right circle, where the latter danced to the slot. The third-year forward did so by spinning and playing the puck between his legs before wristing an off-balance shot, which beat Vanecek’s glove at 7:01 of the third.
The Bears elected to pull Vanecek for the extra attacker with 65 seconds remaining, but Halak was solid, backstopping the Sound Tigers to a win in the club’s third-straight one-goal decision.
Both teams went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Bears outshot the Sound Tigers 20-17. Vanecek (14-10-7) made 15 saves in the loss.
Next Time Out: The Sound Tigers open a three-game road trip on Thursday with an 11 a.m. puck drop against the Toronto Marlies in Toronto, Ontario. Fans can follow all of the live action via www.ahllive.com , beginning with the pre-game show at 10:45 a.m.
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.