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Sound Tigers take Game 4, stay alive

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BRIDGEPORT 4, HERSHEY 1
Bridgeport rookie goaltender Mikko Koskinen turned aside 26 of 27 shots as Bridgeport stayed alive in the East Division semifinals with a 4-1 win over visiting Hershey on Sunday.

The Sound Tigers, who snapped a nine-game home playoff losing skid, now trail the series by a 3-1 count.

The series will now return to Hershey for Game 5 on Wednesday night.

Bridgeport scored its first three goals on the power play and finished 3-for-9 on the man advantage after going 1-for-16 in the first three contests.

Sean Bentivoglio netted his first of the playoffs 15:07 into the first period, and defenseman Andrew MacDonald extended the Sound Tigers’ lead to 3-0 with a pair of strikes in the second frame. Robin Figren, who assisted on Bentivoglio’s goal, scored to make it a 4-0 Bridgeport lead heading into the third.

Andrew Gordon finally put the Bears on the board at 6:55 of the third period, with Keith Aucoin picking up the lone assist.

Koskinen, a second-round draft pick by the parent New York Islanders in 2009, stopped Hershey’s other 26 shots to earn his first career playoff victory.

Bridgeport earned its first postseason victory at the Arena at Harbor Yard since a 5-4 overtime decision over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Apr. 17, 2004.