18 April 2010
Theme to last nights game, turnovers. Or at least that's what it was in the post game with Sound Tigers head coach, Jack Capuano. "You can not turn the puck over. We did it and it cost us. End of story," a frustrated Capuano told reporters after the game. After the first started off tied at one, the Hershey Bears exploded in the second period scoring five goals in seven minutes. Leaving the 2,553 Sound Tiger fans stunned and angered by the time the final horn sounded and score was 7-2 Hershey.
After a first well played first period by Bridgeport, in which they out shot the Bears 10-5, they caught an unlucky break when a clearing attempt by Mark Flood that bounced off an official and back to the bears. Mathieu Perrault was able to find Andrew Gordon in front of the net and make it a 1-0 game. This would be just one of three goals by Gordon last night. Then 22 seconds later Gordon again would get a goal off of some nice passing making it 2-0. Then at 10:34 Alexander Giroux would on a back hand shot to make it 3-0. Gordon would score his third goal of the game at 11:52 for his first hat trick of the Playoffs. Steve Pinozzotto would score along with Giroux, his second of the night, to make it 6- nothing at the end of two. The Sound Tigers did score twice with Goals by Greg Mauldin and Jeremy Reich and Hershey would get one more from Kyle Wilson to make the final score, 7-2.
"We didn't manage the puck very well," said Capuano. "You have to manage the puck and not turn it over. When you do that it's in the back of your net and it can change the surge and the momentum of the hockey game. And that's exactly what it did."
Aside from the "blatant" turn over's through out the second and third periods, the Sound Tigers did have plenty of opportunities. The Sound Tigers had four power plays, including 11 seconds of 5 on 3 time during one, but went 0 for 4 last night. "I thought the power play could of been a little bit better," commented the Tigers head coach. It will need to be much better if they expect to beat the 6th ranked penalty kill in the Calder Cup Playoffs. On the flip side the Sound Tigers who are ranked 5th in penalty kill in the playoffs only stopped one power play by Hershey, the bears were 3 for 4 on the power play.
Losing Nathan Lawson in Hershey Friday night did not help last nights case, but it's defense that needs to step it up. "We really didn't help Money out at all," Mark Flood said after the game. "We hung him out to dry. Mikko, a bit, too, in the third." "Scott Munroe didn't have a chance," admitted head coach, Jack Capuano. "We didn't move the puck quick enough and the turn over's killed us."
"They execute, their a great team that has great transition with great skill," Capuano said speaking about the Hershey Bears. That's nothing new to head coach, just more evident now after last nights game.
Sidenote- Scott Allan, Frans Nielson, Bruno Gervias, and Blake Comeau were all in attendence last nigt
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