Third Period/Final: Phantoms 5, Sound Tigers 1
The Phantoms tallied two more goals in the third period.
Just before the midway point, Couturier ripped off a shot from the center slot that Tye McGinn tapped in for the line's third power-play goal.
Harper added one more for the Phantoms with 3:23 to play. Rob Bordson won a battle for the puck and sent it over to Harper, who caught Poulin out of position.
Second Period: Phantoms 3, Sound Tigers 1
Zolnierczyk finally made it past Poulin thirteen seconds into the second period. The Phantoms added two more goals in the frame, all assisted by Akeson, who led the Phantoms with 41 assists last year.
Couturier scored just 1:30 after Zolnierczyk with a slapper from the left point on a 5-on-3 power play set up by Aaron Ness's hook and Marc Cantin's cross-check.
John Landry got one back for the Sound Tigers 4:21 into the period, on a power play set up by an interference call on Rinaldo.
The power-play of Couturier, Schenn, Akeson, McGinn and Gustafsson wasn't done yet, though. Schenn tallied one more on a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle.
Couturier appeared to have another goal with 6:17 to play, but the official waved it off.
Shane Harper and Matt Donovan dropped the gloves after Donovan was called for slashing with 9:28 to play.
Overall, the Phantoms did a better job of putting together sustained offensive attacks and just possessing the puck and communicating in the second period.
First period: Phantoms 0, Sound Tigers 0
The first period came and went without a goal, but not for lack of effort on Harry Zolnierczyk's part especially. Zolnierczyk had a number of chances in the first period and thought he got one past Bridgeport goaltender Kevin Poulin.
With 7:53 to play in the frame, Zolnierczyk banked a shot off Poulin's back that somehow didn't cross the line and then got caught in Poulin's pads. Zolnierczyk started to celebrate but the lamp remained dark and play continued.
He had another good chance about seven minutes into the game. Sean Couturier stole the puck from Bridgeport defenseman Ty Wishart and then battled through two Sound Tigers to send a centering pass to Zolnierczyk in front of the net.
Then, with 2:50 to play, Zolnierczyk had another scoring chance that required a diving save from Poulin.
The Phantoms finished the period with 10 shots, compared to the Sound Tigers' seven.
Adirondack is also playing a four-forward power play for the first time this season. Couturier, Brayden Schenn and Tye McGinn have been playing together and the Phantoms have added Jason Akeson, who led the team in power-play goals last year. Erik Gustafsson is the lone defenseman on the first shift.
Phantoms defensive pairings:
Phantoms goaltender: Scott Munroe
Phantoms scratches: FitzGerald, Wellwood, Ford, Dimmen (injury), Mangene (injury)