Monarchs defeat Sound Tigers 3-2
Updated 12:20 am, Sunday, February 24, 2013
BRIDGEPORT -- It's the kind of break the Bridgeport Sound Tigers could use to snap out of their power-play drought, to snap a five-game losing streak that dropped them below .500 on Saturday.
Scott Campbell blocked Jordan Weal's first shot during a Manchester Monarchs power play. Weal found the puck back on his stick, fired at the net from the center point and scored the winning goal in a 3-2 Monarchs win at Webster Bank Arena.
"That's kind of the way things are going right now, adversity," Campbell said.
The Monarchs scored two power-play goals; Tyler Toffoli got his 26th goal to tie it at 2 in the second period on a puck that Jordan Hill, sprawled out, almost managed to knock out of harm's way for Bridgeport.
More InformationSaturday's 3 stars
1. MARTIN JONES, MANCHESTER: Made 35 saves, kept the Monarchs in it.
2. KENNY REITER, BRIDGEPORT: Came up with his own big saves.
3. JORDAN WEAL, MANCHESTER: Second effort scored the winning goal.
UNSUNG HERO: Chad Costello had two assists for Bridgeport on a solid line with Mike Halmo and Jack Combs.
UP NEXT: Sunday vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton,
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Sound Tigers
WHEN: Sunday, 3 p.m.
WHERE: Webster Bank Arena
RECORDS: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 28-22-2-1; Bridgeport 22-23-3-3
SEASON SERIES: The Penguins lead 2-1.
LAST MEETING: Penguins won 3-1 at home Nov. 16.
ABOUT THE PENGUINS: The Penguins beat Connecticut 2-1 in overtime on a Joe Morrow goal. … G Jeff Zatkoff went into Saturday second in the AHL with a 2.01 GAA and three shutouts, but he's just 17-15-0 despite that. … Former Hartford C Chad Kolarik is 4-5-9 in 13 games with the Penguins. He's 20-24-44 this year including his time with the Whale. … Former Bridgeport C Trevor Smith is 16-18-34; former Sound Tigers D Dylan Reese is 4-12-16.
ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS: Bridgeport has lost five in a row after Saturday's 3-2 home loss to Manchester. The Sound Tigers are under points-.500 for the first time since they were 10-11-0-1 on Dec. 8. … G Rick DiPietro, assigned by the New York Islanders on Saturday, is not expected in town in time for Sunday's game.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
"We did well on 90 percent of our penalty kill," Sound Tigers coach Scott Pellerin said, "but that one instant gave them a chance. A broken play to the back door to Toffoli, their leading goal scorer. A broken play off a blocked shot."
Bridgeport's power play went 0-for-6 and is on a season-long 20-chance drought, which covers all five consecutive losses. Bridgeport had a power play for the last 1:58, including the last 81 seconds with Kenny Reiter pulled for an extra attacker, but couldn't convert.
"At the beginning of the season, everything seemed to be clicking well," Sound Tigers point man Jon Landry said. "We're struggling to generate chances -- I think we're generating enough chances, but we're not capitalizing. A lot of opportunities are getting missed."
Bridgeport's fourth line scored both of its goals. Matt Donovan scored on the rebound of a Chad Costello shot 7:45 into the game; Costello set up Mike Halmo in the second period. Jack Combs assisted on both.
The Monarchs came back twice in the second period, on Colton Yellow Horn's goal alone in the slot, then on Toffoli's power-play goal.
Attendance was 4,315.
As expected, the New York Islanders called up goalie Kevin Poulin, assigning onetime franchise goalie Rick DiPietro to Bridgeport. DiPietro, 31, isn't expected to report to the Sound Tigers this weekend.
The Sound Tigers remain without goalie Anders Nilsson, out indefinitely with an undisclosed ailment.
That left the net to Reiter, who had a strong night in only his third AHL start and his second this year. He made 32 saves.
"It's been a while since I started a game," said Reiter, who has been up from Fort Wayne (ECHL) since Feb. 1 with just one real relief appearance. "I felt very good. I felt composed, calm in net."
Bridgeport signed its goaltending coach, former Sound Tiger Steve Valiquette, to a pro tryout to back up. Valiquette did the same for a weekend last season.
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Manchester 0 2 1--3
Bridgeport 1 1 0--2
First Period -- 1, Bridgeport, Donovan 9 (Combs, Costello), 7:45. Penalties -- Bodnarchuk, Mcr (hooking), 8:06; Donovan, Bpt (interference), 8:22; Kolomatis, Mcr (hooking), 10:09; Yellow Horn, Mcr (hooking), 13:25; Kabanov, Bpt (hooking), 14:05; Stewart, Mcr (delay of game), 17:57.
Second Period -- 2, Manchester, Yellow Horn 2 (Kozun, LoVerde), 1:52. 3, Bridgeport, Halmo 3 (Costello, Combs), 6:27. 4, Manchester, Toffoli 26 (Pearson, Deslauriers), 11:31 (pp). Penalties -- Andreoff, Mcr, major (fighting), 10:06; McIver, Bpt, major (fighting), 10:06; Halmo, Bpt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:06; Czarnik, Mcr (tripping), 13:08; Combs, Bpt (interference), 17:26.
Third Period -- 5, Manchester, Weal 8 (Kolomatis, Kozun), 2:32 (pp). Penalties -- Watkins, Bpt (high-sticking) ,1:34; Hill, Bpt (interference), 6:30; Weal, Mcr (cross-checking), 18:02.
Shots on goal -- Manchester 11-12-12--35. Bridgeport 18-11-8--37.
Power play opportunities -- Manchester 2 of 6, Bridgeport 0 of 6.
Goaltenders -- Manchester, Jones 14-18-3 (37 shots-35 saves). Bridgeport, Reiter 0-2-0 (35-32).
Attendance -- 4,315. Referees -- Lemelin, Sylvain. Linesmen -- Redding, Simeon.