SOUND TIGERS Sound Tigers fall to Bears
Riley Barber scored two goals, taking over the AHL’s goal-scoring lead with 31, in the Hershey Bears’ 5-1 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday night at Giant Center.
The Bears are two points behind the second-place Sound Tigers, who have 13 games remaining against the Bears’ 12. The teams meet once more, March 31 in Bridgeport.
The Sound Tigers completed a five-game road trip with the loss. They begin an eight-game homestand Sunday against Springfield.
Barber’s first goal gave the Bears a 3-0 lead 1:33 into the second period. Steve Bernier’s goal, off a Travis St. Denis assist, got Bridgeport on the board, but Barber scored again on a quick-transition rush 1:31 later to restore the three-goal lead.
Christopher Gibson had a seven-game AHL winning streak end in his first game back after a week-long recall to the New York Islanders. He made 23 saves.
Garrett Pilon opened the scoring midway through the first period for Hershey. Former Sound Tigers captain Aaron Ness, among the AHL’s leaders with 43 assists, scored his fourth goal of the season on a power play with 1:30 remaining in the first period.
Mike Sgarbossa had four points for the Bears, scoring the last goal of the game with 9:38 left in the second period.
The Sound Tigers’ magic number to clinch a playoff spot remained 19 points with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s overtime win over the Providence Bruins. Bridgeport leads the fifth-place Penguins by 10 points and the fourth-place Bruins by five. Bridgeport and idle Springfield were the only two of the eight Atlantic Division teams not to earn at least one point on Saturday.
The Sound Tigers went 0-for-4 on the power play. Three of them were shortened by a Bridgeport penalty, though two of them only by two or three seconds.
BEARS 5, SOUND TIGERS 1
Bridgeport0 1 0—1
Hershey2 3 0—5
First Period — 1, Hershey, Pilon 9 (Gersich, Sproul), 9:31. 2, Hershey, Ness 4 (Ikonen, Sgarbossa), 18:30 (pp). Penalties —Whitney, Her (boarding), 4:59; St. Denis, Bpt (high-sticking), 5:33; Stevens, Bpt (slashing), 17:14; Pilon, Her (high-sticking), 19:04.
Second Period — 3, Hershey, Barber 30 (Ness, Sgarbossa), 1:33 (pp). 4, Bridgeport, Bernier 21 (St. Denis, Stevens), 3:17. 5, Hershey, Barber 31 (Sgarbossa), 4:48. 6, Hershey, Sgarbossa 27 (Barber, O’Brien), 10:22. Penalties — Bridgeport bench, served Ho-Sang (too many men), 1:02; Rathgeb, Bpt, major (fighting), 5:43; Gersich, Her, major (fighting), 5:43.
Third Period — No scoring. Penalties — Pilon, Her (high-sticking), 1:10; Vande Sompel, Bpt (holding), 3:07; Hobbs, Her (tripping), 7:39; C.Bourque, Bpt (slashing), 11:10; Burroughs, Bpt, major (fighting), 11:41; Walker, Her, major (fighting), 11:41; Casto, Bpt (delay of game), 14:31; Ho-Sang, Bpt (cross-checking), 18:11.
Shots on goal — Bridgeport 4-8-7—19. Hershey 9-11-8—28.
Power play opportunities — Bridgeport 0 of 4, Hershey 2 of 7.
Goaltenders — Bridgeport, Gibson 18-10-4 (28 shots-23 saves). Hershey, Samsonov 17-12-2 (19-18).
Attendance — 10,171. Referees — Mayer, Reneau. Linesmen — Carnathan, Pomento.