The Bridgeport Sound Tigers reset the all-time franchise records for longest unbeaten-in-regulation streak (now 15 games at 13-0-1-1) and longest road unbeaten streak (now eight games at 7-0-1) and also tied the all-time franchise record for longest
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers reset the all-time franchise records for longest unbeaten-in-regulation streak (now 15 games at 13-0-1-1) and longest road unbeaten streak (now eight games at 7-0-1) and also tied the all-time franchise record for longest winning streak with their ninth straight win with the last of three victories in as many nights last week.
The Tigers beat the Binghamton Senators (5-4) on the road Thursday, the Hartford Wolf Pack (3-0) at home Friday, and the Lowell Lock Monsters (4-3) in overtime on the road Saturday. The Sound Tigers are tied for second place in the overall AHL standings just one point behind their East Division rivals, the Hershey Bears, with 30 points and a 13-3-3-1 record (including 6-2-1-1 at home and 7-1-2 on the road).
The Sound Tigers were unbeaten in the month of November at 10-0-1.
In the win over Binghamton â
Graham Belak scored his first-ever AHL goal â¦ Jeff Hamilton, Kevin Colley and Rob Collins had a goal and an assist each â¦ Eric Manlow had two assists â¦ Cail MacLean scored the game-winning goal with 2:41 left to play â¦ Dieter Kochan made 30 saves â¦ the Sound Tigers were 1-for-5 on the power play, 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and won despite being outshot 34-18 (including a season-high 16 shots against in the first period).
In the win over Hartford â
Wade Dubielewicz made 19 saves for the first shutout of his professional career â¦ Jeff Hamilton, Mattias Weinhandl and Brandon Smith scored goals â¦ Smith also added two assists â¦ the Sound Tigers were 1-for-7 on the power play, 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and outshot Hartford, 20-19.
In the win over Lowell â
Mattias Weinhandl and Ben Guite scored once â¦ Guite and Brandon Smith had two assists each â¦ Dieter Kochan made a team-season-high 40 saves â¦ Jeff Hamilton scored two power-play goals, including the game-winner with 29 seconds left in overtime â¦ the Sound Tigers were 2-for-5 on the power play, 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and won despite being outshot, 43-25.
Hamilton Named AHL
Player of the Week
Jeff Hamilton padded his AHL-leading stats with goals in all three games last week. He scored a total of four goals and assisted on one in three games. Hamilton leads the Sound Tigers with 23 points and leads the League with 17 goals, 11 power-play goals, six first goals and five game-winning goals. The former Yale Bulldog has 17 goals, six assists and 23 points and is a plus-6 in 20 games this season.
Upcoming: A First-Place
Showdown With Hartford
The Sound Tigers will open the month of December with their second three-game weekend in a row. They will visit the Albany River Rats Friday and host the Hershey Bears Saturday and the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday.
The game with the Wolf Pack will be the fourth of 10 meetings between the two teams. The Sound Tigers are 13-8-2 all-time, 1-1-1 with an overtime loss this season, versus the Wolf Pack, who began the week in first place in the Atlantic Division with 27 points.
Goals â Rob Collins and Derek Bekar, 6; Penalty Minutes â Graham Belak, 55; Assists â Brandon Smith, 12; Wins â Dieter Kochan, 7; Points â Brandon Smith, 15; Goals Against Average â Wade Dubielewicz, 1.50; Plus/Minus â Brandon Smith and Alain Nasreddine, plus-8; Save Percentage â Wade Dubielewicz, .941.
The Sound Tigers have won nine games in a row and are unbeaten-in-regulation in eight straight home games (6-0-1-1), eight straight road games (7-0-1) and 15 games in a row overall (13-0-1-1) â¦ They have scored on the power play in nine straight games going 11-for-48 (22.9%) and are on a five-game penalty-killing streak going 20-for-20 â¦ G Dieter Kochan is on a five-game winning streak and is unbeaten-in-regulation (7-0-2-1) in his last ten games â¦ G Wade Dubielewicz is on a six-game winning streak â¦ RW/C Jeff Hamilton (6-1-7) was on a five-game goal and point streak when recalled the New York Islanders this week â¦ C Eric Manlow is on a four-game assist streak â¦ RW Mattias Weinhandl (2-2-4) was on a two-game goal streak and four-game point streak when recalled by the Islanders this week â¦ C Ben Guite (1-4-5) is on a three-game assist and point streak â¦ D Brandon Smith (1-4-5) is on a two-game point streak including back-to-back two-assist games.
This Saturday will by Polish Pride Night ... the Sound Tigers will host a charity hockey game between the Bridgeport and Hartford Fire Departments this Sunday at 1 pm. Proceeds will benefit Swim Across The Sound ... Fans will have the opportunity to shoot to win a Subaru Outback courtesy of Crabtree Automall and a Thule car rack this Sunday ... this Sunday will also be Police & Firefighter Appreciation Night and New Haven County Appreciation Night. Specially priced tickets will be available for Police officers, firefighters and New Haven County residents by calling 203-334-GOAL. Fans who wear New Haven sports jerseys will also receive specially discounted tickets. And, former New Haven hockey players, including Nighthawk legend Tom Colley, whose son Kevin is a current Sound Tiger, will be recognized ... the first two thousand fans that enter the Wednesday, December 10 game versus the Utah Grizzlies will receive the second of five Sound Tiger player card sets courtesy of The Team Shop. The second card set will feature Dieter Kochan, Martin Kariya, Eric Manlow and Graham Belak ... The second of this seasonâs Family Four Pack Nights will be Friday, December 13 when the Sound Tigers host Manchester. Family Four Packs include four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for $55 and can be ordered by calling 203-334-GOAL ... the Sound Tigers will also host their annual Teddy Bear Toss on December 13 ... Weekly Reader will present âCool Fun 101â when the Sound Tigers host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday, December 17 at 11:05 am in an educationally themed matinee.