After a huge win last night over the hated Penguins the Bridgeport Sound Tigers come to Giant Center today. The Sound Tigers are currently in first place in the East division but only by one point. Whoever wins will lead the division after today's game.
Hershey is coming off a playoff like game last night and needs to be ready for another one tonight. Bridgeport lost in Hartford last night and probably didn't face the same intensity in their game. They are also missing multiple players to NHL call up including 2 of their top 3 point producers Mike Iggulden and Kurtis McLean.
What the Bears need to do is get over last nights game and we get set for tonight. Playing back to back games with this much intensity is tough but it is what you have to do in the playoffs. The Giant Center will probably be a near sell out again tonight and will be loud after the impressive performance the Bears put in last night.
Bridgeport and Hershey have played 3 times this season with Hershey winning the last 2. There are 3 more games this season including tonight's game. Win tonight and the worse that Hershey can get is a split of the season series.
record ~ 41-18-1-6 89 points
standings ~ 2nd in East Division
playoff positioning - 1 pt behind 1st; 3 pts ahead of 3rd
most recent game ~ 3-2 Win vs Wilkes Barre, 3/14
last 5 games ~ 3-1-0-1
home record ~ 23-8-0-3
goals for ~ 252
goals against ~203
power play ~ 18.7% (8th)
penalty kill ~ 79.2% (28th)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
record ~ 41-19-3-5 90 points
standings ~ 1st in East Division
playoff positioning ~ 1 pt ahead of 2nd
most recent game ~ 6-3 Loss @ Hartford, 3/14
last 5 games ~ 4-1-0-0
road record ~ 19-13-2-2
goals for ~ 200
goals against ~ 173
power play ~ 16.7% (16th)
penalty kill ~ 84.5% (8th)
last time teams met - Hershey won 5-3 in Bridgeport on January 16.
Players to watch:
LW Chris Bourque (17)- He has had a successful season with 59 points but the goals haven't come as easily this year. In his last 6 games he has 2 goals and 6 assists and is on a 6 game point streak.
C Andrew Joudrey (23) - Easily one of my favorite players he is always hustling and working hard in the corner. And in his own end he is one of the best on the team. Not a point producer although he does have 21 this season he is the kind of player that makes things happen.
RW Andrew Gordon (10) - I would say he is one of the more talented players on this team but he isn't producing with any consistency. Once he gets going he will be hard to stop and he was skating hard again last night. Hopefully he can start putting some pucks in the net soon.
LW Jon Sim (16) - He has only played 6 games for the team this season (all in March) but he has made them count. He has 6 goals and an assist in those games.
RW Junior Lessard (17) - After spending most of the season in Chicago he has played 10 games for Bridgeport nad has 7 points. In his last 4 games he has 3 goals and an assist.
LW Trevor Smith (23) - He leads the team in goals with 27 and is second on the team in points. In his last 8 games he has 3 goals and 5 assists.
LET'S GO BEARS!!!