PENS COMING HOME FOLLOWING 3-2 DEFEAT
BRIDGEPORT, CT – A pair of power play goals 25 seconds apart gave the Bridgeport Sound Tigers a lead they would not relinquish, as they posted a 3-2 win against the Penguins on Wednesday afternoon at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Penguins, and saw the team finish its seven-game road swing with a record of 4-3-0-0.
“We had a chance to go 5-2, which would have been a good road trip, considering the duration, the travel and the competition,” said Bylsma. “Four-three is above .500, but you’re going home with a bit of a sour taste in our mouths.”
As is often the case, special teams proved to be the difference in the game, as Tim Jackman scored on a two-man advantage 10:53 into the first period, and Jeff Fraser followed less than half a minute later with a second power play tally to give Bridgeport a 2-1 lead.
“They’re plus-2 on the special teams battle, and that’s a key to every game you play,” Bylsma said. “Without question, that was a big part of their victory tonight.”
Conversely, the Penguins went 0-for-5 with the extra attacker, and finished the road trip with just two power play goals in 34 tries.
The hottest line in the AHL accounted for all of the scoring for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Jeff Taffe shoveled a shot past goaltender Peter Mannino midway through the first frame to put the Penguins ahead early, while Chris Minard added to his league lead with his 11th goal of the season early in the third period.
Those goals were sandwiched around the two Sound Tigers power play tallies, and a Blake Comeau score late in the second period which proved to be the game-winner.
John Curry stopped 25 shots in the loss, while Mannino turned aside 22 pucks for his fifth victory in seven games.