Nothing really new for Bridgeport; same lineup for the deciding game as in Game 4. Something very new for Hershey: Aaron Ness returns, eight days after being taken off this ice on a stretcher. Awesome.
The Sound Tigers are 4-8 all-time when they can eliminate an opponent, including 2-4 at home. They’re 3-8 all-time when facing elimination, including 2-2 at home (wins: Game 7 against Hamilton in 2002, Game 4 to avoid the Hershey sweep in 2010; losses: Game 6 vs. Binghamton in 2003, and Game 7 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in 2004).
Whoever wins tonight gets Charlotte next after the Checkers finished the Bruins in four. That next series begins Friday/Saturday down in Carolina. Just 60 minutes (well, maybe more) until we know who makes that trip.
F: Ho-Sang – Lorito – Bernier (A)
D: Helgeson (A)-Burroughs (C)
F: O’Brien-Sgarbossa (A)-Barber
D: Ness-Lewington (A)
R: Markovic, C.Syvret. L: N.Briganti, Tobias.
Bridgeport scratches (believed healthy unless noted): Gillam, Casto, Cornell, Quenneville, apparently Carpenter, Eansor, Hitchcock, B.Holmstrom (veteran), Jobst, Kubiak, Sislo (veteran/lower), Turcotte.