BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Jan. 19, 2013) – Sound Tigers forward Scott Campbell’s first career AHL goal came 3:29 into the third period and turned out to the game-winner, as Bridgeport defeated the Binghamton Senators 4-2 at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers improve to 19-16-2-2 overall. The Senators fall to 25-9-1-3.
Binghamton had to travel in from upstate New York following their game last night vs. Toronto, while the Sound Tigers had a night off. They certainly capitalized by jumping out hard in the first period, as they out shot the Senators 13-2 in the first 20 minutes of play. Given the number of quality chances, it easily could have been a larger lead than the slim one-goal advantage that the Sound Tigers had. Despite the losses of three key defensemen (Benoit, Borowiecki, Wiercioch) and the two goaltenders that started the season with the B-Sens (Lehner, Bishop), they are still quite strong defensively with quality players like Eric Gryba and veteran Tyler Eckford.
Campbell (with his first AHL goal, the game-winner) was the most impressive Sound Tiger on the ice, but he had help from Blair Riley and Brandon De Fazio, who also had strong games despite being off of the score sheet. They provide a solid hard nosed approach to balance the skill presented by guys like Nino Niederreiter (who was stoned by Senators goaltender Marc Cheverie on a breakaway) and Brock Nelson. Kevin Poulin was also very impressive in goal, recording his second straight win.
The Sound Tigers return home on Sunday afternoon as they host Springfield at 3pm. Tickets are available at the Webster Bank Arena box office, and will be broadcast at AHL Live if you’re not able to make it out in person.