Saturday's Morning Skate 10/22

Saturday, October 22, 2016
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers worked their way to two points in Allentown Friday night. Photo: Nina Weiss/Highland Park Hockey
 Written by: Tony Androckitis - Twitter/Facebook

There were no shortage of surprises Friday night in the AHL's Atlantic Division. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins were shutout at home, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms made poor decisions with the puck in their loss to Bridgeport and the Providence Bruins are off to a 1-3-0 start.

The Lehigh Valley Phantoms are back at it tonight at 7:05 p.m. ET against the Hartford Wolf Pack. We'll have full coverage of tonight's game, so stay tuned here and on Twitter -> @TonyAndrock.

After the jump, a look around the Atlantic Division as well as a look ahead to Saturday's games.

Atlantic Division Standings (through 10/21's games)

1. Springfield Thunderbirds, 3 games played, 2-1-0-0 = 4 points (0.667 PCT)
2. Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 3 games played, 2-1-0-0 = 4 points (0.667 PCT)
3. W-B/Scranton Penguins, 2 games played, 1-1-0-0 = 2 points (0.500 PCT)
4. Hartford Wolf Pack, 2 game played, 1-0-0-0 = 2 points (0.500 PCT)
5. Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2 games played, 1-1-0-0 = 2 points (0.500 PCT)
6. Providence Bruins, 4 game played, 1-3-0-0 = 2 points (0.250 PCT)
7. Hershey Bears, 2 game played, 0-2-0-0 = 0 points (0.000 PCT)

Around The Atlantic

Bridgeport - 5 at Lehigh Valley - 2

Turnovers proved costly for the Phantoms in a disappointing 5-2 loss to Bridgeport Friday night. Three odd-man rushes ended up in the back of Lehigh Valley's net, and head coach Scott Gordon wasn't pleased with his team's decision making with the puck.

Carter Verhaeghe (one goal, one assist) and Bracken Kearns (two assists) led the way offensively for Bridgeport, while a nice play by Josh Ho-Sang and a great finish from Michael Dal Colle with 1.5 seconds left in the 2nd period proved to be the deciding goal.

Christopher Gibson stopped 18 of the 20 shots he faced to pick up his second win of the season, while Anthony Stolarz was tagged with the loss - surrendering five goals on 31 shots.

The Phantoms remain home to host Hartford on Saturday, while Bridgeport heads to Hershey for a Saturday night matchup with the Bears at Giant Center.

St. John's - 4 at Providence - 1

The St. John's IceCaps got a solid road win in Providence with a team effort, getting goals from four different players in route to the two points Friday night.

Nikita Scherbak, Charles Hudon, Markus Eisenschmid and Sven Andrighetto all tallied goals for the IceCaps in the win, and Charlie Lindgren was busy stopping 50 of the 51 PBruins shots that he faced to earn the win.

Alex Grant gave Providence some life midway through the third period on a power play tally, but that's as close as the home team would get on the scoreboard. Goaltender Malcolm Subban was pulled from action for the second time already this season, surrendering three goals on nine shots in 26:21 of action. Zane McIntyre came on in relief and stopped all 11 shots he faced from that point on.

The IceCaps travel to Springfield Saturday, while Providence enjoys a Saturday night off before hosting the Albany Devils on Sunday.

Springfield - 1 at W-B/Scranton - 0

Ryan Horvat's goal 9:25 into the contest proved to be the difference in Springfield's shutout win in Wilkes-Barre Friday night. Reto Berra pitched a 23-save shutout for the Thunderbirds, who won the goaltender's duel with Tristan Jarry (22 saves - 23 shots).

Quick turnaround for Springfield, who heads home to host St. John's on Saturday. The Penguins remain home and host Syracuse Saturday night.

Other AHL Scores

Binghamton - 2 at Albany - 3 (SO)
Rockford - 2 at Grand Rapids - 1
Utica - 5 at Syracuse - 4
Toronto - 2 at Rochester - 5
Charlotte - 8 at Iowa - 3
Texas - 5 at Ontario - 6 (OT)
Tucson - 2 at Stockton - 1 (OT)

Saturday's AHL Schedule

Utica at Albany - 5:00 p.m. ET
Manitoba at Toronto - 5:00 p.m. ET
Cleveland at Grand Rapids - 7:00 p.m. ET
Bridgeport at Hershey - 7:00 p.m. ET
Rochester at Binghamton - 7:05 p.m. ET
Hartford at Lehigh Valley - 7:05 p.m. ET
St. John's at Springfield - 7:05 p.m. ET
Syracuse at W-B/Scranton - 7:05 p.m. ET
Charlotte at Iowa - 8:00 p.m. ET
Milwaukee at Rockford - 8:00 p.m. ET
Chicago at San Antonio - 8:00 p.m. ET
Tucson at Bakersfield - 9:00 p.m. ET
San Jose at Ontario - 9:00 p.m. ET
Texas at San Diego - 10:00 p.m. ET


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