BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bridgeport's Travis St. Denis scored the game-winning goal 1:22 into overtime as the Sound Tigers defeated the Providence Bruins, 5-4, on Saturday night.
The P-Bruins got goals from Jan Kovar, Anton Blidh, Jakub Zboril and Ryan Donato while Zane McIntyre made 20 saves.
Bridgeport took a 1-0 lead 2:54 into the game on a Devon Toews power-play goal that beat McIntyre five-hole. Chris Bourque picked up his 700th career AHL point with the assist. Providence tied it midway through the period on the power play. Colby Cave fired a shot from the left dot into traffic. Ryan Fitzgerald deflected the puck off Bridgeport goalie Jeremy Smith and the rebound went to Kovar on the right doorstep for his fourth goal of the season.
The Sound Tigers responded 1:25 later on a nice backhanded shot from Kieffer Bellows for a 2-1 lead.
Bourque made it 3-1 just 4:28 into the second period off a good centering feed from St. Denis. Blidh cut the deficit to 3-2 with an unassisted goal 1:11 later as he stole the puck behind the Bridgeport net, skated out to the right dot and sniped home a shot.
The Sound Tigers regained a two-goal edge at 15:25 when Kyle Burroughs blasted a one-timer from the point that beat McIntyre for his first goal of the season and a 4-2 lead.
Providence dominated the third period and came back to tie it. The first goal came from Zboril 3:49 into the period, blasting a one-timer from the point. At 10:26, Donato wristed home his first AHL goal on a 5-on-3 power play to send the game to overtime.