Fritz’s second goal gives Sound Tigers OT win in Toronto
Tanner Fritz’s second goal of the game, 70 seconds into overtime, gave the Bridgeport Sound Tigers a 4-3 win over the Toronto Marlies on Thursday morning at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum.
Bridgeport has won 17 of its past 20 games, moving five points ahead of fifth-place Hershey in the Atlantic Division with 21 games to go. It moved one point ahead of Lehigh Valley, though the Phantoms remain in third place in the AHL’s percentage-based standings.
Fritz’s first goal, off the crossbar and in from the right wing, gave the Sound Tigers a 3-1 lead with 9:01 left, but the Marlies scored 30 seconds later and tied it with 23.2 seconds left on Andrew Nielsen’s goal.
Fritz scored again on a two-on-one after Michael Dal Colle took the puck away from Andreas Johnsson in front of the Bridgeport net.
Since illness cost him three games two weeks ago, Fritz has four points in four games. He’d had nine in the six games before that.
Eamon McAdam made 34 saves, including a save on a first-period penalty shot, to improve to 9-3-0.
The Sound Tigers’ Connor Jones left the game in the first period after a shift on the penalty kill. He was tangled up with Colin Greening in the corner shortly before departing.
The first period mostly belonged to Toronto, thanks in part to three power plays, but Ryan Pulock tied it for Bridgeport with 1.4 seconds left on a shot from the right wing.
Travis St. Denis scored on the rebound of a Kyle Burroughs shot midway through the second period.
Toronto took the lead on Trevor Moore’s power-play goal 5:56 into the game, taking a pass from Dmytro Timashov in the left circle and going against the grain to McAdam’s glove side.
Tony Cameranesi was awarded a penalty shot a little over two minutes later. Cameranesi tried a wrister from the hash marks that McAdam gloved down.
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SOUND TIGERS 4, MARLIES 3 (OT)
Bridgeport1 1 1 1—4
Toronto1 0 2 0—3
First Period — 1, Toronto, Moore 10 (Timashov, Dermott), 5:56 (pp). 2, Bridgeport, Pulock 11 (Rowe, Verhaeghe), 19:58. Penalties — Johnston, Bpt, major (fighting), 2:48; Letourneau-Leblond, Tor, major (fighting), 2:48; Burroughs, Bpt (boarding), 4:29; Lafranchise, Bpt (delay of game), 11:41; Leduc, Bpt (holding), 17:00.
Second Period — 3, Bridgeport, St. Denis 10 (Burroughs, Toews), 10:39. Penalties — Letourneau-Leblond, Tor (interference), 2:46; Rowe, Bpt (tripping), 3:17; Griffith, Tor (slashing), 4:47; Gauthier, Tor (holding), 8:35; Timashov, Tor (slashing), 12:34.
Third Period — 4, Bridgeport, Fritz 16 (Burroughs), 10:59. 5, Toronto, Johnsson 18 (Gauthier, Wrenn), 11:29. 6, Toronto, Nielsen 12 (Kapanen, Griffith), 19:36 (ea). Penalties —Burroughs, Bpt (delay of game), 15:14 .
Overtime — 7, Bridgeport, Fritz 17 (Toews, Dal Colle), 1:10. Penalties — None.
Missed penalty shot — Cameranesi, Tor, 8:14 first.
Shots on goal — Bridgeport 10-18-3-1—32. Toronto 14-9-13-1—37.
Power play opportunities — Bridgeport 0 of 4, Toronto 1 of 5.
Goaltenders — Bridgeport, McAdam 9-3-0 (37 shots-34 saves). Toronto, Bibeau 10-12-4 (32-28).
Attendance — 7,842. Referees — R.Anderson, Chmielewski. Linesmen — Knaggs, McCrank.