ALBANY, NY - The Bridgeport Sound Tigers (39-23-2-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, scored three unanswered goals on Wednesday and earned a 3-1 win over the Albany Devils (34-27-2-2) in their final meeting at Times Union Center.
Bracken Kearns, Ryan Pulock and Ben Holmstrom each found the back of the net, while Jaroslav Halak (17-7-3) was stellar between the pipes, stopping 26 of the 27 shots he faced.
The Devils struck first with a power-play goal from Vojtech Mozik in the final three minutes of the opening frame. Following a holding minor against Darren Nowick, Max Novak won the ensuing faceoff back to Yohann Auvitu, who brushed a pass across the blue line to Mozik at the left point. Mozik proceeded to hammer a one-time shot past Halak’s glove at the 17:29 mark, just six seconds after the penalty was called.
The Sound Tigers bounced back with three straight goals, including two in the second period, en route to their fourth win against the Devils this season. Kearns made it 1-1 when he buried his team-leading 22nd goal on a feed from Carter Verhaeghe at the doorstep. Verhaeghe created the chance when he traveled down the right wing, set through the circle and found Kearns across the doorstep. The veteran forward knocked it home past goaltender Ken Appleby at 1:02 of the second.
Pulock notched the eventual game-winning tally at 11:42 of the middle frame with his 13th goal of the season. From the left point, Kane Lafranchise sent a cross-ice pass to Pulock on the right wing that Albany’s Brian Gibbons attempted to intercept. Instead, he overcommitted and allowed Pulock to skate to the right circle uncontested and force a shot past Appleby’s blocker.
Holmstrom capped the scoring at 17:25 of the third when he received a cross-ice pass from Ross Johnston and flipped a backhand shot over Appleby’s glove from the left circle. It was his sixth tally of the season.
The game included one scrap as Johnston and Ben Thomson dropped the gloves following the first period horn. Bridgeport went 0-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Appleby (16-12-1) made 19 saves in Albany’s loss, while the Devils outshot the Sound Tigers 27-22.
Next Time Out: The Sound Tigers continue a six-game road trip on Saturday with a 7 p.m. ET matchup against the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center. Fans can follow all of the action via the team's online broadcast at www.ahllive.com, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. ET.
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