Thursday, January 26

Penguins fall in overtime.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Arpad Mihaly moves in on net as Bridgeport goaltender Frederic Cloutier looks on. (image credit: KDP Photography)

Sound Tigers- 4, Penguins- 3 (OT)

After being shut out 7-0 on Saturday night by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, the Penguins had a much improved showing, but that was still not enough to take two points in the standings. Goaltending made the difference, as Sound Tigers' netminder Frederic Cloutier made 41 saves on 44 shots to pick up the win. The Bridgeport penalty-killers also made a difference, holding the Penguins to one power play goal on nine chances, which included a few two-man advantages.

Sean Bergenheim opened the scoring for Bridgeport, lighting the lamp with less than two minutes left in the first period. Penguins defenseman Daniel Fernholm left his position to check a Sound Tigers forward, which left Bergenheim an open lane to receive a perfect feed from Robert Nilsson to put his team up 1-0. The Penguins then scored after Paul Bissonette took a feed from Rico Fata and dished it back to him. Fata put the puck in the back of the net to tie the score at one in the second period.

Nilsson did some scoring on his own with a highlight reel goal to put Bridgeport ahead by a 3-1 margin. He took the puck at the side of the net with his stick, and shoveled it in the net past Dany Sabourin. The puck bounced out and Wyatt Smith put the rebound in. Referee David Banfield signaled goal, and gave credit to Nilsson on the original shot.

Rico Fata then scored his second goal of the night to bring the Penguins within one. Then, Andy Schneider's power-play goal late in the third period tied the score at 3-3. With time winding down, Ryan Stone took a tripping penalty to put his team down by a man going into overtime. The Penguins were able to kill off the penalty and even stage an attack of their own, which was snuffed out by Sabourin.

The game came down to a shootout, and the Penguins got off to a good start, with Sabourin making saves on the first two shooters, and Erik Christensen scoring for the home team. From there, it was all Cloutier. He stopped the next four shots he faced, including an excellent move from Penguins forward Kurtis MacLean, and earned the win in the process. Robert Nilsson and Jeremy Colliton scored for the Sound Tigers, helping them pick up two points in the standings, and sending the Penguins fans home shaking their heads.

Three Stars of the Game (awarded by Tom Grace, Penguins radio broadcaster):
  1. F. Cloutier (Bridgeport) [41 Saves/43 Shots, Win]
  2. R. Fata (Wilkes-Barre) [2 goals, +1]
  3. A. Schneider (Wilkes-Barre) [1 goal]

For an Audio replay of the game, visit: http://www.futuremediaworld.com/tigersarchive.htm

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