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AHL Preview: Bridgeport Sound Tigers Vs. Hershey Bears

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Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) take on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) tonight in their final game of their two-game weekend set. Tonight is the first of four meetings on the season between these two AHL clubs, with the next game scheduled for November 30th at Giant Center. Tonight’s game is free to the public in Bridgeport, following the tragedy left by Hurricane Sandy.

Tonight is the 61st meeting in history between the two teams, with Hershey holding a 30-22-8 all time record against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Bridgeport defeated the Bears in their most recent meeting last year, topping Hershey 2-1 in a shootout.

Most recently, Hershey defeated the Springfield Falcons last night, defeating one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference in a shootout. Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby earned the win in net for the Bears, holding strong in the shootout following the overtime period. Capitals forward, prospect Stanislav Gailev recorded the winning goal in shootout, while Boyd Kane and Matt Pope netted regulation goals for Hershey.

Bridgeport hasn’t played since last weekend, most recently falling to the Worcester Sharks 5-2 last Sunday. The Sound Tigers played three games last weekend, going 1-2 in their three-games-in-three-nights stretch.

Bridgeport has been led in goal by Kevin Poulin, who has four wins on the season to go with a 2.96 goals against average. The Sound Tigers have been paced offensively by Nino Niederreiter, who leads the team with four goals on the season along with a team high six points.

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