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SOUND TIGERS BEAT BEARS IN OT

Saturday, 11.18.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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SOUND TIGERS BEAT BEARS IN OT
Bridgeport 4, Hershey 3

Blake Comeau's breakaway goal in overtime lifted the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a thrilling 4-3 win over the Hershey Bears on Saturday night.

Robert Nilsson scored two goals for the second consecutive night and set up Comeau's game-winner, his fifth goal of the year. The Sound Tigers ended a game in the overtime session after going to shootouts in each of their first five OT situations.

The Sound Tigers improved to 8-5-0-3 and pulled to within four points of third place Hershey (10-1-1-2) in the East Division. Bridgeport is 2-0 against the defending Calder Cup champion Bears, including a 3-2 shootout win in Chocolate Town in October.

The Sound Tigers handed the Bears another rare defeat in their own building, but not before the Bears overcame a two-goal deficit to salvage a point for the second time against Bridgeport this year. The Sound Tigers, nonetheless, have earned seven of a possible eight points in their last four games and improved to an impressive 7-3-0-1 on the road.

Jason Pitton set up Nilsson's second goal and seventh of the year, at 4:40 of the third period to give the Sound Tigers a 3-1 lead before the Bears clawed back. Joey Tenute scored on the power play to get the Bears to within 3-2 at the 11:42 mark. Quintin Laing scored at 17:53 to force overtime.

The Sound Tigers built their lead, after Hershey struck first, with a couple of power play tallies. Less than three minutes after Eric Fehr gave the Bears a 1-0 lead on a 5-on-3 power play at 16:04 of the first period, the Sound Tigers capitalized on a two-man advantage of their own. Nilsson jammed home a rebound of Joel Bouchard's blast from the blue line to even the score 1-1 at 18:42.

In the second period, The Sound Tigers took the lead on yet another 5-on-3 goal when Steve Regier scored his fifth of the season for a 2-1 edge. Bouchard earned another assist and Jeff Tambellini, who has points in five straight games, also had an assist.

The Sound Tigers were out-shot 44-28, but improved to 5-2-0-2 when out-shot as goaltender Billy Thompson won the battle with his counterpart, Frederic Cassivi. Thompson won his second game in as many nights after a 5-1 win at Worcester on Friday. The Sound Tigers went 2-for-6 on the power play and have six man advantage goals in their last four games. Hershey was 2-for-9 on the power play but was shut down on an early overtime chance.

The Sound Tigers return to the ice Friday, Nov. 24 to host Binghamton at 7:30 p.m. at the Arena at Harbor Yard. For schedule and ticket information, including group discount opportunities, visit www.soundtigers.com or call 203-334-4625.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 23 16 6 1 61 57 33
2 PIT 20 14 4 2 72 46 30
3 NYI 21 15 6 0 69 57 30
4 TBL 22 14 6 2 77 60 30
5 DET 21 11 5 5 59 52 27
6 BOS 23 13 9 1 59 57 27
7 TOR 21 11 8 2 67 63 24
8 OTT 21 10 7 4 58 56 24
9 NYR 20 9 7 4 57 58 22
10 WSH 20 9 8 3 56 54 21
11 NJD 22 9 10 3 53 63 21
12 FLA 19 7 6 6 41 51 20
13 PHI 20 8 9 3 57 61 19
14 CAR 20 6 11 3 48 62 15
15 CBJ 21 6 13 2 51 76 14
16 BUF 21 6 13 2 36 70 14

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 21 8 12 -4 20
B. Nelson 21 10 9 5 19
K. Okposo 21 5 14 -1 19
R. Strome 21 4 11 9 15
J. Boychuk 20 2 11 7 13
F. Nielsen 21 5 7 5 12
N. Kulemin 21 4 7 0 11
N. Leddy 21 5 4 8 9
M. Grabovski 18 4 5 5 9
J. Bailey 13 3 4 5 7
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 10 4 0 .922 2.23
C. Johnson 5 2 0 .876 3.33

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