Sound Tigers Hitting the Skids

Brandon DeFazio (center, #24) was the lone Bridgeport scorer in the Sound Tigers’ latest loss to Binghamton. (Photo: M Richter/flickr)

It looks as though Bridgeport might be losing their way after coming through with two wins against Manchester and Providence last weekend.

The Sound Tigers are now on a three-game losing streak, which began on Wednesday at the Adirondack Phantoms and stretched through Saturday’s game at Binghamton, with a loss to Connecticut in between.

Each of these games had its issues. Against Adirondack, the penalty kill was burned for three Phantoms goals; at home against the Whale, they gave up a two-goal lead and ended up losing by just that many in a wild turnaround; and against the B-Sens? Well, just take a look at the box score.

Brandon DeFazio was the lone goal scorer in a 6-1 roasting that saw Kevin Poulin bow out in favor of Anders Nilsson, as well as two Senators — Cole Schneider and Eric Gryba — each score their first goals of the year. It also marked the second straight game in which the Sound Tigers found themselves down 2-0 early, and the third straight in which they allowed five goals or more.

The Sound Tigers were outshot in two of the three games played through Saturday, saw a power-play goal streak get snapped, and watched both of their goaltenders pretty much either implode or get hung out to dry.

Overall, not an inspired performance.

The best game of this weekend was the Whale game, in which the Swede line of Johan Sundstrom-David Ullstrom-John Persson in particular had some good chances. It was also the closest game, and the one game in which the Sound Tigers scored more than a goal. Of course, full credit to the rival Whale for coming back and making it a thrilling victory for them.

I can’t say much more about these three games, as I couldn’t watch them and was stuck with a slight Internet problem at my house. But what I do know is that the Tigers need to get back on track. They can’t allow over 30 shots on their net, allow the opponent to sustain an offensive attack, and expect to come out with a win. More aggression and more jump, boys.

They’re back at it at 7 p.m. Friday against Hershey at the Giant Center.


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