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The week that was in Bridgeport

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Tuesday, 01.18.2011 / 12:30 PM / News
By Jamie Palatini
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The week that was in Bridgeport
THE WEEK THAT WAS… The Sound Tigers made their only trip down the Delmarva Peninsula to Norfolk, Va. this past weekend to face the Norfolk Admirals in a two-game series. Physical play was the predominant theme in both games, but the Sound Tigers were unable to come away with a win as Norfolk took both games by scores of 5-2 and 3-2.

NORFOLK 5, SOUND TIGERS 2… The Sound Tigers opened up a two-game series at Scope Arena against the Norfolk Admirals looking to snap a five-game winless streak to start the 2011 calendar year. Blair Jones opened the scoring for the Admirals at 3:03 of the first period, but Brett Motherwell would even the score with his second goal of the year with 4:15 remaining in the opening frame. Norfolk would retake the lead on a power play goal from Paul Szczechura 6:41 into the second, however that was short-lived as Micheal Haley notched his team-leading 11th goal of the year on the power play to tie the score 2-2 midway through the period. But Mike Angelidis would notch a power play goal for Norfolk with just under three minutes left in the second period, Paul Szczechura notched his second power play goal of the night at 14:05 of the third and Tim Marks added an insurance goal late as Norfolk came away with a 5-2 win.

NORFOLK 3, SOUND TIGERS 2… Joel Martin had his first start in net as a Sound Tiger on Saturday night against Norfolk as the Fort Worth, Texas native looked snap the Sound Tigers losing streak. Martin made 15 saves in the opening period, and Robin Figren’s power play goal 6:32 into the first period gave the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes. The Admirals continued to pepper Martin with shots and broke through 1:21 into the second as Mike Angelidis’ tally knotted the score at one. Brett Motherwell’s second goal of the weekend came on the power play with just seven minutes left in the middle frame, but Chris Durno’s deflection at 15:20 tied the game once more heading to the final period. Martin continued to make big saves through the third period, but Durno would spoil Martin’s fantastic effort. The Admirals captain capitalized on a Sound Tigers neutral ice turnover, skated in on a partial breakaway and slid the puck past Martin with 1:09 left in regulation as Norfolk went on to win 3-2. Joel Martin earned the tough-luck loss for the Sound Tigers, making a season-high 48 saves in his first start with the team.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK… BRETT MOTHERWELL – Sound Tigers defenseman Brett Motherwell earns player of the week honors for his two-goal effort this weekend in Norfolk. Motherwell scored the first goal of Friday night’s 5-2 loss to Norfolk while falling to the ice, and netted his second goal of the weekend and third of the season after batting home the rebound off of Mark Katic’s shot on the power play in the Sound Tigers 3-2 loss to the Admirals on Saturday.


RHETT RAKHSHANI NAMED TO ALL-STAR TEAM..
. The American Hockey League has announced that rookie forward Rhett Rakhshani has been selected to represent the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the 2011 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross on Jan. 30-31 in Hershey, Pa. Rakhshani, 22, earns All-Star honors following an impressive first-half to the 2010-11 season in which the first-year pro amassed 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists), a total which currently leads all AHL rookies. The Huntington Beach, Calif. native currently leads all Sound Tigers in both assists and total points. Rakhshani will join Sound Tigers captain Mark Wotton as Sound Tigers representatives on the Eastern Conference All-Star Roster. Wotton was named playing captain of the Eastern Conference on Dec. 10, marking his second All-Star appearance. This is the first time the Sound Tigers will have multiple All-Stars since the 2008-09 season when Andrew MacDonald and Mike Iggulden represented the Sound Tigers for the Canadian AHL All-Stars.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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