Quick start fizzles, Sound Tigers blown out in Toronto

January 7, 2018

After 5:45 had passed Saturday at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, it looked like a perfect game for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The last 54:15 was thoroughly imperfect. The Toronto Marlies scored six unanswered goals to send the Sound Tigers to their worst loss of the season, 6-1. Bridgeport is winless in three after a three-game winning streak.

“There was really a small window, a couple of shifts that gave them any momentum,” Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson said.

Bridgeport led 1-0 on Kyle Burroughs’ goal 5:45 into the game. The Sound Tigers were outshooting Toronto 11-1.

Marlies coach Sheldon Keefe called timeout. Andreas Johnsson scored 25 seconds later. Andrew Nielsen made it 2-1 through traffic four minutes after that.

The Sound Tigers outshot the Marlies 21-4 in the first period but trailed.

“Nothing changed,” Thompson said. “Maybe a couple of puck turnovers gave the other team an opportunity to get into the offensive zone. Managing the puck comes back and bites us.”

Colin Greening made it 3-1 on a short-handed breakaway with 6:17 left in the second period, and Kasperi Kapanen made it 4-1 not three minutes later. Greening and Adam Brooks scored in the third.

“Some people have got to look at themselves in the mirror and ask what they can do to help the team get better,” Thompson said. “We need 20 guys playing the right way, the same way, predictably to each other.”

Burroughs returned to the lineup after he was a late scratch Friday. Newsday reported that his defense partner, Devon Toews, will need shoulder surgery that likely ends his season.

Anthony Beauvillier, who scored both Bridgeport goals Friday in Rochester, was called back up to the New York Islanders before the game after the parent club lost two forwards to injury Friday night.







Bridgeport1 0 0—1

Toronto2 2 2—6

First Period — 1, Bridgeport, Burroughs 2 (Johnston, Wotherspoon), 5:45. 2, Toronto, Johnsson 14 (Aaltonen, Kapanen), 6:10. 3, Toronto, Nielsen 2 (Timashov, Greening), 10:13. Penalties — Valiev, Tor (roughing), 7:31; Ho-Sang, Bpt (slashing), 13:22; Aaltonen, Tor (hooking), 17:34.

Second Period — 4, Toronto, Greening 7 (Smith, Marincin), 13:43 (sh). 5, Toronto, Kapanen 10 (Johnsson), 16:05. Penalties — Helgeson, Bpt (cross-checking), 5:50; Helgeson, Bpt, major (fighting), 11:48; Clune, Tor, major (fighting), 11:48; Bailey, Bpt, major (fighting), 12:42; Nielsen, Tor, minor-major-misconduct (instigating, fighting), 12:42.

Third Period — 6, Toronto, Greening 8 (Holl, Bracco), 2:22. 7, Toronto, Brooks 3 (Greening, Marincin), 8:21. Penalties — Cullity, Bpt (slashing), 3:38; Brooks, Tor (hooking), 6:11; B.Holmstrom, Bpt, minor-major-misconduct (instigating, fighting), 10:56; Nielsen, Tor, major (fighting), 10:56; Johnston, Bpt, minor-misconduct (roughing), 13:50.

Shots on goal — Bridgeport 21-9-7—37. Toronto 4-18-8—30.

Power play opportunities — Bridgeport 0 of 4, Toronto 0 of 5.

Goaltenders — Bridgeport, Gibson 12-7-2 (30 shots-24 saves). Toronto, Pickard 11-5-0 (37-36).

Attendance — 5,821. Referees — Tarnaris, Menniti. Linesmen — T.Baker, McCrank.