Sound Tigers fall at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
WILKES-BARRE TWP., Pa. — The first goal of a hockey game matters about as much as any other goal a team may score, when you hash it all out. But when it comes for the other team after you’ve controlled the first 20 minutes, it’s tougher.
Tack on another one 63 seconds later, like the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins did Friday night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers? The weight doubles.
Oskar Sundqvist and Carter Rowney scored midway through the second period, giving the Penguins a lead they never relinquished in a 4-3 win at Mohegan Sun Arena.
“We made it a game,” Bridgeport’s Andrew Rowe said, “but we were trying to play catchup the whole time.”
The Sound Tigers outshot the Penguins 13-6 in the first period; shot attempts and possession time were even more lopsided, and that despite the Penguins enjoying the only power play.
The home team came out hard in the second and took charge, helped, again, by the only two power plays of the period, which included a 41-second five-on-three.
“We played hard. We deserved a better outcome,” Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson said. “You’re going to have that during the year, where you outplay a team, or at least compete hard, have a chance to get the lead and come out on the wrong end.”
Adding to the Sound Tigers’ frustration was they didn’t receive a power play at all, and they weren’t happy with the play that made it 4-2 with 15:26 to go.
Bridgeport goalie Stephon Williams played the puck at the right side of his net. As defenseman Patrick Cullity tried to hold off Garrett Wilson, the Sound Tigers contended that Wilson held Cullity’s stick and pushed him into Williams.
With the goalie out of commission, Rowney handed Tom Kostopoulos a tap-in.
“I’m happy with the effort, not happy with the result,” Thompson said. “We will, if we play that hard, more often than not — obviously we’re fighting a reputation.”
The Penguins beat the Sound Tigers 7-1 in Bridgeport earlier this month. The Sound Tigers got one power play in that game.
Bracken Kearns and Rowe (his first of the year) scored in the second period for the Sound Tigers, and Josh Winquist scored with 5:05 left.
“I thought we worked hard for 60 minutes,” Winquist said. “We outshot them five-on-five. We played well.”
Shots wound up even at 28 overall. Williams, playing his fourth game in a row with Christopher Gibson injured, made 24 saves.
The Sound Tigers pulled Williams for an extra attacker with 81 seconds left but couldn’t get much to the net.
It was the only chance they’d get with a man advantage all night.
“We worked hard all night,” Winquist said. “We didn’t get bounces our way.”
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PENGUINS 4, SOUND TIGERS 3
Bridgeport0 2 1—3
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton0 3 1—4
First Period — No scoring. Penalties — Rowe, Bpt (high-sticking), 11:55; Dal Colle, Bpt (roughing), 11:55; Gill, WBS (roughing), 11:55.
Second Period — 1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Sundqvist 6 (Prow, Archibald), 9:20. 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Rowney 4 (Wilson, Bengtsson), 10:23. 3, Bridgeport, Kearns 6 (Bernier, Landry), 13:02. 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Dea 7 (Guentzel), 15:12. 5, Bridgeport, Rowe 1 (Landry, Graham), 19:33. Penalties — Fritz, Bpt (hooking), 1:58; Cullity, Bpt (hooking), 3:17; Fritz, Bpt (roughing), 17:16; B.Holmstrom, Bpt, major (fighting), 17:16; Prow, WBS (roughing), 17:16; Gaunce, WBS, major (fighting), 17:16.
Third Period — 6, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Kostopoulos 5 (Rowney, Wilson), 4:34. 7, Bridgeport, Winquist 1 (B.Holmstrom, J.Holmstrom), 14:55. Penalties — None.
Shots on goal — Bridgeport 13-8-7—28. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 6-12-10—28.
Power play opportunities — Bridgeport none, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 of 3.
Goaltenders — Bridgeport, Williams 2-5-0 (28 shots-24 saves). Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, DeSmith 5-0-0 (28-25).
Attendance — 4,427. Referee — Labonte. Linesmen — Mandroc, Waleski.