PROVIDENCE, RI - Jaroslav Halak (9-1-2) turned back all 42 shots he faced and Ryan Pulock scored the only goal as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (28-16-1-1), proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, earned a 1-0 win over the Providence Bruins (27-13-5-3) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday.
Halak has now won eight straight games dating back to Jan. 20, boasting a 1.83 goals-against-average, .936 save percentage and two shutouts during that span. Offensively, Pulock’s tally was his sixth in the last nine games and his fourth game-winner in the last seven contests.
In addition, the Sound Tigers have won 10 of their last 11 games and now sit four points behind Providence for third place in the Atlantic Division standings.
Providence outshot Bridgeport 21-18 through the first two periods, but Halak and Bruins’ goaltender Malcolm Subban were both sharp early on, pushing a scoreless deadlock to the final frame.
Pulock delivered the game’s only strike at the 14:34 mark, helping Bridgeport to a 4-1-0-0 record against Providence this season. Josh Winquist won a faceoff to Michael Dal Colle in the neutral zone before the latter slid a pass to Josh Ho-Sang on the left wing. Ho-Sang traveled to the bottom of the circle and forced a diagonal feed to Pulock at the right point, where the third-year defenseman settled, delayed and fired a slap shot past Subban. It was his 10th goal of the season to lead all Sound Tigers’ blue-liners.
Providence pulled Subban in the final 90 seconds, but couldn’t produce the equalizer. The Bruins have been shutout twice this season, both times against Bridgeport in back-to-back games.
The Sound Tigers went 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Subban (6-10-5) made 24 saves in the Bruins’ loss.
Providence outshot Bridgeport 42-25.
Pink in the Rink: Bridgeport continues a three-game weekend series tomorrow with a 7 p.m. rematch against the Providence Bruins at Webster Bank Arena. The Sound Tigers will honor and pay tribute to those affected by breast cancer with their annual “Pink in the Rink” Breast Cancer Awareness Night. Many breast cancer survivors will be recognized throughout the night and the first 3,000 fans in attendance will receive a free Pink in the Rink rally towel. In addition, a special wine tasting event will take place from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena, benefiting the American Cancer Society and Cancer Couch Foundation. The pre-game event includes access to the tasting party, a ticket to the game and a souvenir Sound Tigers tasting glass. Players and their families will also be putting together baskets to raffle off on the concourse with proceeds going back those charities. Click here for more information. Doors open at 6 p.m.
For additional details or to reserve seats for any of the 2016-17 giveaway and theme nights, please call the Sound Tigers’ front office at (203) 345-2300.
Executive suites and premium seat packages are also available by calling the team’s front office at (203) 345-4841. If you are interested in group outings with your friends, family, co-workers, or clients an unforgettable experience at a discounted rate, call the group sales hotline at (203) 345-2300 Ext. 7.
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