ahl: sound tigers at marlies Tigers defeat Marlies in SO
Jeremy Smith made 40 saves, 20 of them in the third period and overtime, and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers beat the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in a shootout Sunday at Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto.
Jeff Kubiak and Josh Ho-Sang scored for the Sound Tigers, who have at least a point in 11 of their past 12 games and cut their magic number for clinching a playoff spot to 19 points with 14 games remaining.
The Marlies’ Dmytro Timashov tallied to open the shootout, but Smith stopped two other shooters, and Chris Bourque and Otto Koivula scored in the bonus round for the Sound Tigers, who lead the AHL with 15 wins in their 22 games that have been tied after regulation.
The Sound Tigers are 3-1 on a five-game road trip that ends Saturday at Hershey before they return home March 17 against Springfield.
They were shut out Friday night in Rochester, a 5-0 loss, and didn’t score in the first period Sunday. But after the Marlies took a 1-0 lead, Bridgeport’s Kieffer Bellows intercepted a pass, and Kubiak backhanded home a loose puck in the crease to tie it 10:26 into the second.
Ho-Sang gave Bridgeport a lead 87 seconds later on a four-on-four. He intercepted a pass and beat goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo on a breakaway.
Timashov tied it again on a power play late in the second period. Bridgeport killed another penalty at the end of overtime.
Toronto’s Michael Carcone missed the net on a penalty shot in the first period, but he opened the scoring in the second period.
The Sound Tigers were without two injured regular defensemen, Chris Casto and, for the second game in a row, Parker Wotherspoon. Mike Cornell played his second AHL game of the season in Casto’s place after Bridgeport called up him and Ryan MacKinnon from Worcester (ECHL) on Saturday.
MacKinnon was scratched, as was former Quinnipiac forward Travis St. Denis for the first time this season, ending a streak of 111 consecutive Sound Tigers games for him.
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SOUND TIGERS 3, MARLIES 2 (SO)
Bridgeport0 2 0 0 1—3
Toronto0 2 0 0 0—2
First Period — No scoring. Penalties — Bracco, Tor (slashing), 13:23; Fritz, Bpt (delay of game-faceoff violation), 19:51.
Second Period — 1, Toronto, Carcone 16 (Jooris, LoVerde), 9:15. 2, Bridgeport, Kubiak 6 (Bellows), 10:26. 3, Bridgeport, Ho-Sang 7, 11:53. 4, Toronto, Timashov 11 (Bracco, Sandin), 18:58 (pp). Penalties — R.Bourque, Bpt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:26; Bracco, Tor (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:26; C.Bourque, Bpt, double minor (goaltender interference, unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:28.
Third Period — No scoring. Penalties — Rathgeb, Bpt (roughing), 3:42; Brooks, Tor (roughing), 3:42; Carcone, Tor (roughing), 8:06.
Overtime — No scoring. Penalties — Aho, Bpt (holding), 3:26.
Shootout — Toronto, Timashov G, Subban NG, Bracco NG; Bridgeport, Lorito NG, C.Bourque G, Koivula G.
Missed penalty shot — Carcone, Tor, 13:14 first.
Shots on goal — Bridgeport 12-9-8-5-1—35. Toronto 10-12-18-2-0—42.
Power play opportunities — Bridgeport 0 of 2, Toronto 1 of 4.
Goaltenders — Bridgeport, Smith 18-10-3 (42 shots-40 saves). Toronto, Kaskisuo 9-7-3 (34-32).
Attendance — 7,290. Referees — Sandlak, Burchell. Linesmen — T.Baker, Flemington.