BRIDGEPORT -- They were roommates two years ago in college, and Sunday they were accidentally together for Riley Wetmore's first professional goal.
"He'll remember that the rest of his life," Campbell said. "He's a special player. He's a character guy. He works hard. He's got great skill."
Campbell was a senior captain at UMass Lowell in 2010-11 when Wetmore was a sophomore; they roomed together.
Wetmore helped the school to the NCAA tournament last year and the Frozen Four this year; he signed an AHL contract with Bridgeport for next season and joined the team Friday on an amateur tryout.
Wetmore's line was on the ice late in the first period of a 1-1 tie, after Portland's Darian Dziurzynski and Bridgeport's Kirill Kabanov traded goals.
Wetmore's centerman, Johan Sundstrom, went for a change, bringing Campbell on.
Campbell took the puck away from a defenseman and centered to Wetmore in the slot. Wetmore beat Mike Lee, off the left post and in.
"It was nice to come from Scott Campbell," Wetmore said. "I learned so much from him."
Campbell stayed on for his regular shift with Brandon DeFazio and Blair Riley. They kept the puck deep for over a minute, and DeFazio centered him the puck to make it 3-1.
A mid-season tryout from the ECHL, Campbell established himself as a centerman (that line has been together since mid-January) and on the penalty kill for Bridgeport.
"I'm just trying to climb the ladder," Campbell said. "I was fortunate to get an opportunity here in Bridgeport. It was a nice fit."
The Sound Tigers were eliminated from playoff contention Friday and tweaked the lineup a bit.
Campbell's line, which had been separated Friday for the first time in a while, was back together Saturday.
"(Campbell) really plays a solid game, a consistent game," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "You know what you're going to get, game in, game out. There's not a lot of games I can honestly say he didn't reach his max."
Attendance was 5,129 for a season average of 5,300, second-highest in the team's 12 seasons.
The highest was 5,403 in 2004-05, though that included two crowds well over 10,000 on Long Island; the average for games in Bridgeport that season was 4,973.
Brock Nelson's third-period goal was his 25th, a Bridgeport rookie record; he led the team with 52 points.
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1. SCOTT CAMPBELL, BRIDGEPORT: A key goal and an assist in the final minutes of the first.
2. ANDERS NILSSON, BRIDGEPORT: Finished a difficult season with a win, stopping 47 of 50 shots the past two days.
3. RILEY WETMORE, BRIDGEPORT: Scored the go-ahead goal, his first pro point.
UNSUNG HERO: Defenseman Mike Keenan played a tough game with a fight and some big hits.
UP NEXT: Five and a half months of summer.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
Portland 1 0 0 -- 1
Bridgeport 3 0 1-- 4
First Period -- 1, Portland, Dziurzynski 9 (Rundblad, Valabik), 3:50 (ea). 2, Bridgeport, Kabanov 2 (Ness, Donovan), 5:47 (pp), 3, Bridgeport, Wetmore 1 (Campbell), 17:35. 4, Bridgeport, Campbell 7 (DeFazio, Ness), 18:50. Penalties -- Clackson, Por, major (fighting), 3:09; Keenan, Bpt, major (fighting), 3:09; Brown, Por (check to head), 4:31; Persson, Bpt (slashing), 8:22; Miele, Por (hooking), 8:28.
Second Period -- No scoring. Penalties -- Mayfield, Bpt (delay of game), 7:30; McMillan, Por (interference), 8:19; Strome, Bpt (hooking), 9:49; Hextall, Por, major (fighting), 11:52; Pedan, Bpt, major (fighting), 11:52; Clackson, Por, major (fighting), 12:51; Clark, Bpt, major (fighting), 12:51; Dziurzynski, Por, minor-major (slashing, fighting), 13:25; Riley, Bpt, major (fighting), 13:25; Keenan, Bpt (holding), 16:00; Ness, Bpt (holding), 17:09; Goncharov, Por (high-sticking), 19:54; Keenan, Bpt (roughing), 19:54.
Third Period -- 5, Bridgeport, Nelson 25 (Strome, Donovan), 16:13 (pp). Penalties -- Sundstrom, Bpt (interference), 13:34; Miele, Por (holding), 15:02.
Shots on goal -- Portland 4-7-10--21. Bridgeport 14-8-12--34.
Power play opportunities -- Portland 0 of 6, Bridgeport 2 of 5.
Goaltenders -- Portland, Lee 9-6-0 (14 shots-11 saves), Rawlings (start second, 20-19). Bridgeport, Nilsson 8-11-0 (21-20).
Attendance -- 5,129. Referee -- McIsaac. Linesmen -- Briggs, Galvin.