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SOUND TIGERS BEAT BEARS IN OT

Saturday, 11.18.2006 / 12:00 AM ET / 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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 18 19 -6 37
K. Okposo 48 12 25 -9 37
B. Nelson 50 20 11 0 31
F. Nielsen 50 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 50 9 15 1 24
J. Bailey 49 8 15 4 23
A. Lee 50 7 14 0 21
N. Leddy 50 3 17 -12 20
R. Strome 39 5 13 -8 18
N. Kulemin 50 5 9 6 14
 
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