Bridgeport deals defeat to Pirates in overtime

Alan Quine scored a power-play goal 3 minutes into overtime to give the Bridgeport Sound Tigers a 2-1 victory over the Portland Pirates on Saturday night at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

Portland’s Michael Matheson forced overtime, scoring with 4:46 left in the third period on a nifty setup from Corban Knight.

Mike Halmo scored for Bridgeport in the first period.

The Pirates outshot the Sound Tigers 39-22, and were unable to take advantage of an edge in special teams, going 0 for 7 on the power play.


BNP PARIBAS OPEN: Novak Djokovic continued his mastery of Rafael Nadal on hard courts, winning 7-6 (5), 6-3 on his sixth match point to reach the final at Indian Wells, California, for the second straight year.

The world’s top-ranked player extended his advantage over Nadal on hard courts to 18-7. In the final Djokovic will meet Milos Raonic, who fired 10 aces on his way to overpowering David Goffin 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in the other semifinal.


WORLD CUP: Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States won another slalom by a huge margin, with her closest rivals more than two seconds slower at the season-ending World Cup finals in Switzerland.

The American is unbeaten in slalom since February 2015 but missed five races during an injury layoff and couldn’t capture a fourth straight crystal globe in the discipline.

It was an all-French podium in the men’s giant slalom at the finals as an impressive second run from Thomas Fanara saw him edge teammates Alexis Pinturault by 0.02 seconds and Mathieu Faivre by 0.14 at the finals.


WORLD CUP: Gabriela Soukalova of the Czech Republic won the women’s overall title for the first time as Finland’s Kaisa Makarainen clinched the 10-kilometer pursuit race.

Makarainen won in 30 minutes, 6.7 seconds but Soukalova’s fourth place was enough for her to secure the overall title with one race remaining.

 Simon Schempp of Germany won the men’s 12.5-kilometer pursuit in 33:27.8 – 8.5 seconds ahead of Norwegian Tarjei Thingnes Boe.


MEN’S HOCKEY: Zach Aston-Reese scored the tiebreaking power-play goal midway through the third period, pushing Northeastern to a 3-2 victory over UMass-Lowell in the Hockey East championship game at Boston.

The title is the first for the Huskies since 1988, when they defeated the Maine 4-3.


BUS CRASH: A northwest Indiana high school basketball coach was airlifted to a hospital Saturday after a driver who spilled her drink sideswiped a bus carrying 27 players and staff, causing it to overturn on an interstate.

The Griffith High boys’ team was traveling to a state semifinal game in Lafayette. The bus landed on the side of the roadway with part of its roof smashed in.

Superintendent Peter Morikis said “several” players and coaches were injured and that everyone on the bus was taken to one of three hospitals.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said none of the injuries were life-threatening.


U.S. MEN’S TEAM: Forward Jordan Morris was picked for the under-23 roster for an Olympic qualifying playoff at Colombia on March 25 and will miss the Americans’ World Cup qualifier at Guatemala that night.

– From staff and news services