The Sound Tigers weren't happy with the officiating Friday in Providence in a 7-3 loss. They were downright steamed Saturday, with assistant coach Eric Boguniecki picking up a game misconduct after the buzzer.
"It's very frustrating," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "I thought our compete level was there. We dealt with adversity early on with the referees again."
Bridgeport killed off a long five-on-three in the second period, but the Bruins took a 3-1 lead on the third of three consecutive penalties. Goals by Nino Niederreiter and Sean Backman tied it going to the third.
The Bruins went ahead 4-3 early in the third period on a scramble in front of Bridgeport's Kevin Poulin. Backman put the puck past Bruins goalie Niklas Svedberg on a power play with 4:31 to go, but referee Trevor Hanson waved it off because the right post came off its mooring as Svedberg pushed off.
Pellerin recalled that Bridgeport's Anders Nilsson received a penalty Nov. 9 on what the coach thought was a similar play. The referee, coincidentally, was Hanson.
"Two games, we got the short end of the stick," Pellerin said. "It's very frustrating. I have to communicate that to the referees."
The Bruins had five power plays Saturday against two for Bridgeport. They received the first five Friday.
"I've got to stand up for (the players)," Pellerin said. "They're not only playing in a great league, they're battling through that."
Attendance was 3,825.
Graham Mink and Justin Florek scored for Providence less than two minutes apart in the first period. Brandon DeFazio got one back early in the second before the three consecutive minors led to Jamie Tardif's 26th goal of the season.
Bridgeport's final official objection came after Providence iced the puck with 22.9 seconds remaining.
The Sound Tigers had used their timeout early in the second period. Without that option, Pellerin wanted to get a faceoff play across to his players. He put Poulin back in, then called him back to the bench and put backup Kenny Reiter in, then had Reiter coming to the bench for John Persson to replace.
As Bridgeport centerman Matt Watkins looked to the bench as the exchange went on, linesman Brent Colby blew the whistle and dropped the puck at the faceoff dot for Bruins captain Trent Whitfield. Whitfield dropped it back to Torey Krug, who banked the puck off the glass and into the empty net with 16.8 seconds left.
"We can't feel we didn't get the bounces. It's not doing us any good," Watkins said. "We've got to create our bounces and work hard. There's no excuse. We didn't win the game tonight. They beat us."
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