Sound Tigers hand Pirates rare home loss, 2-1

Jeff Tambellini tallied his league-leading 25th goal of the season and Steve Regier netted the eventual game-winner as Bridgeport posted a 2-1 win over host Portland on Monday afternoon at the Cumberland County Civic Center.

The loss snapped the Pirates’ four-game home winning streak and their seven-game points streak overall (6-0-0-1).

It was just Portland’s fifth regulation loss in 23 games at the Cumberland County Civic Center this season (16-5-1-1). The Pirates’ 16 home wins are tied for the league lead.

The game remained scoreless through the first period and much of the second until Tambellini broke the deadlock with 53 seconds to go in the middle stanza.

With the Sound Tigers on the power play, Regier notched his 11th of the season to make it 2-0 at 3:59 of the third period. Frans Nielsen picked up an assist on both Bridgeport goals.

Pirates defenseman Jason King brought the home team within a goal with 2:01 to play, lighting the lamp for a second straight game.

But Bridgeport goaltender Joey MacDonald secured the 2-1 victory for the Sound Tigers, stopping 26 of 27 shots in the contest.

The Sound Tigers finished 3-1-0-0 in a stretch of four road games in four different cities over a six-day span.

Worcester rookie Derek Joslin scored with 48 seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime, and Tom Cavanagh lit the lamp at 1:13 of the extra session to give the Sharks a 3-2 win over host Springfield on Monday evening at the MassMutual Center.

The Falcons jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead after scoring a pair of goals just 12 seconds apart.

Ryan O’Marra, selected 15th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2005 draft, notched his first AHL goal of the season at 9:34, and Ben Simon followed at 9:46.

Worcester’s Riley Armstrong tallied an unassisted goal midway through the second period, and it remained a 2-1 game until the Sharks’ late heroics.

The victory snapped Worcester’s four-game winless skid (0-3-0-1).

Iowa scored three times in the third period to secure a 4-2 win over visiting Rochester at the Wells Fargo Arena on Monday.

Richard Clune, Marius Holtet, and Bryce Lampman notched third-period goals for the Stars, and Toby Petersen lit the lamp in the second period.

Holtet, who scored the game-winner, now has a goal in three straight games (3-0-3). Janos Vas chipped in with two assists in the winning effort.

Stars goaltender Tobias Stephan picked up the victory with 14 saves on 16 shots.

The Americans totaled just two shots on goal in the third period but scored on both of them. Rob Globke and Drew Larman each netted a goal for Rochester.