Sound Tigers ‘outworked,’ ‘outcompeted’ in OT loss at Rochester
There was nothing too hard to decipher about the shot disparity in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ overtime loss Saturday at Rochester.
“They outworked us, outshot us, outcompeted us,” Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson said after the Americans beat Bridgeport 4-3, outshooting the Sound Tigers 44-16 at the War Memorial in Rochester, N.Y.
“Jaro (Halak) was left high and dry.”
Halak made 40 saves, but Taylor Fedun completed a three-point night when he finished off a three-on-two rush 72 seconds into overtime.
Bridgeport had a lead in the game three times on goals by Josh Winquist (power play, 3:02 into the game), Ross Johnston and Michael Dal Colle. Tanner Fritz and Ryan Pulock had two assists apiece.
The Amerks tied it all three times, the last with 5:57 left in regulation on a five-on-three power play. Jon Landry and top penalty-kill centerman Ben Holmstrom were in the box for the Sound Tigers.
Bridgeport completes a three-game trip Sunday afternoon at Utica. It returns home Tuesday night against Providence.
The Sound Tigers trail Providence and Lehigh Valley by two points and first-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by six points. They’re two points ahead of fifth-place Hershey with two games in hand.
Hershey’s win over the Penguins on Saturday left the top five teams in the Atlantic Division separated by eight points with six weeks left in the regular season. Only the top four will make the playoffs.
Former Hartford Wolf Pack captain Mat Bodie, traded earlier this week from the New York Rangers to Buffalo, scored the first and third goals for Rochester on Saturday.
In between, Kyle Bonis ripped a shot that Halak got a piece of, but it rolled behind him into the net.
“Jaro played well. A handful of guys played well,” Thompson said. “Our team, we need all 20 guys ready to battle.”
Connor Jones sat out with an upper-body injury he sustained in Thursday’s overtime win at Toronto. He’s day-to-day.
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AMERICANS 4, SOUND TIGERS 3 (OT)
Bridgeport2 1 0 0—3
Rochester1 1 1 1—4
First Period — 1, Bridgeport, Winquist 11 (Fritz, Landry), 3:02 (pp). 2, Rochester, Bodie 9 (Fedun), 6:58. 3, Bridgeport, Johnston 6 (Pulock, B.Holmstrom), 13:03. Penalties — Geiger, Roc (high-sticking), 1:27; Pulock, Bpt (hooking), 8:43; Burroughs, Bpt (tripping), 14:20.
Second Period — 4, Rochester, Bonis 7 (Cornel, Vaive), 6:16. 5, Bridgeport, Dal Colle 12 (Fritz, Pulock), 19:39. Penalties — Austin,. Roc (interference), 8:53; Schneider, Roc (cross-checking), 20:00.
Third Period — 6, Rochester, Bodie 10 (O’Reilly, Fedun), 14:03 (pp). Penalties — Toews, Bpt (interference), 4:39; Landry, Bpt (holding), 13:18; B.Holmstrom, Bpt (tripping), 13:39.
Overtime — 7, Rochester, Fedun 5 (Schneider), 1:12. Penalties — None.
Shots on goal — Bridgeport 6-6-3-1—16. Rochester 14-18-11-1—44.
Power play opportunities — Bridgeport 1 of 3, Rochester 1 of 5.
Goaltenders — Bridgeport, Halak 14-2-3 (44 shots-40 saves). Rochester, Ullmark 21-21-3 (16-13).
Attendance — 5,477. Referees — R.Anderson, Wilk. Linesmen — Jablonski, Tobias.