p>On Saturday night the Bridgeport Sound Tigers played their home opener and raised three banners (Regular Season, Eastern Division, and Eastern Conference Championships) to celebrate a successful inaugural season. After losing to the Senators in Binghamton the night before the Sound Tigers had a hard time with the Norfolk Admirals. “We played worse than last night.” Stated Sound Tigers Head Coach Steve Stirling.
The Admirals scored the only two goals in the opeining period. The first came off of Brett McLean’s stick, when he put a bad angle shot above Sound Tigers goaltender Rick DiPietro’s glove hand. Burke Henry picked up his first goal off the season when he put a band angle shot on the top shelf, this time to DiPietro’s stick side.
“The goaltending has been average at best,” said Stirling “Average at best.”
The Sound Tigers had the only goal of the second period. Konstantin Kalmikov scored the first power play goal of the game for the game. Jeff Hamilton scored early in the third period on a four-on-three power play. This would be the last goal of the night for Bridgeport.
The Admirals answered with two more goals in the third period when Mike Peluso and Igor Radlov each scoring their second goal of the season. Michael Leighton picked up his first win of the season turning away 36 of 38 Sound Tiger shots.
The Sound Tigers struggled on the power play scoring only two goals on eleven attempts, including three different 2 man advantages. “The power play was painful to watch,” said Stirling “I wish we could have declined some of the penalties.”
The Admirals were 0 of 7 on the power play, had 13 penalties for 26 minutes, and Leighton stopped 36 of 38 shots picking up his first win of the season. The Sound Tigers were 2 of 11 on the power play, had 9 penalties for 18 minutes, and DiPietro stopped 23 of 27 shots recording his second loss off the season.