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Sound Tigers bang out a win over AHL-leading Senators

Updated 11:47 pm, Saturday, January 19, 2013
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Game day Falcons at Sound Tigers WHEN: Sunday, 3 p.m. WHERE: Webster Bank Arena WEBCAST: www.soundtigers.com RECORDS: Springfield 23-9-3-3; Bridgeport 19-16-2-2 SEASON SERIES: Tied at 1. LAST MEETING: The Falcons won 5-4 at home Jan. 4. SACRED HEART: The Pioneers face Air Force again Sunday at noon. One ticket covers both games. ABOUT THE FALCONS: Springfield beat Albany 2-1 in a shootout at home Saturday. The Falcons are 5-0-1-0 in the past six. … LW Jonathan Audy-Marchessault went into Saturday third in AHL scoring; he's 16-26-42 after an assist Saturday. Greenwich's Cam Atkinson was 17-21-38 before being called up to Columbus. … The Falcons went into Saturday fifth on both the power play and the penalty kill. ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS: Bridgeport earned its second win in a row Saturday, beating Binghamton 4-2. … Bridgeport's power play went into Saturday ranked fourth; it went 1-for-4 against the Senators. … C Johan Sundstrom left Saturday's game with an upper-body injury. F Matt Watkins returned from a one-game injury absence, while D Marc Cantin and RW Max MacKay practiced during the week. UP NEXT: Friday at Norfolk, 7:30 p.m. -- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
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BRIDGEPORT -- The game plan was to hit Saturday, hit hard, pressure the Binghamton Senators. Bridgeport Sound Tigers coach Scott Pellerin didn't have to think hard about which line to start.

Scott Campbell, Brandon DeFazio and Blair Riley came out pounding the Senators, and Campbell's first AHL goal proved to be the winner in Bridgeport's 4-2 win at Webster Bank Arena.

"I've watched the way they play, the way they hit. I wanted them to set the tone," Pellerin said. "They play to their strengths. They work really hard. They had good offensive-zone time, but they also played well in the defensive zone."

Bridgeport cut down on turnovers, scored an early power-play goal and never trailed against a Binghamton team that leads the AHL with 54 points.

"We took care of the puck," Bridgeport defenseman Ty Wishart said.

"We were able to get in on the forecheck and not be back in the defensive zone. That helps the (defensemen) out."

Attendance was 4,131.

Campbell arrived on a pro tryout in mid-December and had shown his ability defensively, on faceoffs, and on the penalty kill when he got chances. He picked up his first two AHL points last Saturday, had another assist last Sunday and scored a goal in a scrimmage Wednesday against the New York Islanders.

His first AHL goal was a slapper from just inside the blue line, hitting goalie Marc Cheverie up high and trickling over the goal line to make it 3-1 at 3:29 of the third.

"It was a relief," Campbell said. "It wasn't for lack of chances. I had enough of those."

The Senators cut the lead in half on the rush at 6:04 when Mika Zibanejad, the sixth pick in the 2011 NHL draft, scored off Danny New's pass.

Wishart scored with 4:23 left to ice it.

The Sound Tigers grabbed the early lead on John Persson's power-play goal. Binghamton had a chance to answer with a 36-second five-on-three late in the first, but Wishart made a couple of good plays to kill that off.

"The guys were swarming," Wishart said. "We blocked shots, took passing lanes away. ... (Sean Backman) was blocking a lot of shots."

Backman scored in the second after Campbell kept a puck in the zone and found him alone at the left post; a nifty Backman move beat Cheverie.

Former UConn standout Cole Schneider scored on a breakaway as Binghamton controlled the second half of the second period.

"They're in first place for a reason. They had good push-back in the second period," Pellerin said. "I thought our guys responded."

Bridgeport lost centerman Johan Sundstrom late in the first period when he got hit up high. Pellerin said medical staff was evaluating the injury.

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Binghamton 0 1 1--2

Bridgeport 1 1 2--4

First Period -- 1, Bridgeport, Persson 14 (Combs, Costello), 7:52 (pp). Penalties -- Cannone, Bin (delay of game-closing hand on puck), 3:23; Gryba, Bin (holding), 6:11; Blood, Bin, major (fighting), 15:15; DeFazio, Bpt, major (fighting), 15:15; Donovan, Bpt (holding), 17:27; McIver, Bpt (hooking), 18:51.

Second Period -- 2, Bridgeport, Backman 4 (Campbell), 6:05. 3, Binghamton, Schneider 5 (Cannone), 15:35. Penalties -- Landry, Bpt (interference), 8:15.

Third Period -- 4, Bridgeport, Campbell 1 (Watkins, Ness), 3:26. 5, Binghamton, Zibanejad 3 (New, Da Costa), 6:04. 6, Bridgeport, Wishart 2, 15:37. Penalties -- Hamilton, Bin (goaltender interference), 6:34; Blood, Bin (roughing), 6:34; Donovan, Bpt (roughing), 6:34; Downing, Bin (hooking), 9:38.

Shots on goal -- Binghamton 2-17-7--26. Bridgeport 13-6-9--28.

Power play opportunities -- Binghamton 0 of 3, Bridgeport 1 of 4.

Goaltenders -- Binghamton, Cheverie 0-1-0 (29 shots-25 saves). Bridgeport, Poulin 12-8-2 (26-24).

Attendance -- 4,131. Referee -- J. Hebert. Linesmen -- Redding, Colby.

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