Sound Tigers 4, CT Whale 3 (OT)
Nino Niederreiter made his season debut with Sound Tigers, Tim Wallace had a hat trick and scored game-winner in overtime
Wednesday, 11.02.2011 / 3:10 PM / News
By Cory Wright
Wallace’s game winner at 3:22 of overtime capped a three goal performance and comeback for the Tigers who were trailing 3-1 near the midway mark of the third period.
“I’m happy that the guys didn’t quit,” Head Coach Brent Thompson said. “A lot of teams would have folded their tent down two goals and we dug down deeper and found a way to come back.”
|Tim Wallace #36 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers watches what would be the game winning goal to defeat the Connecticut Whale 4-3 in overtime at The Arena at Harbor Yard on November 2, 2011 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)|
“[DiBenedetto] and Casey played a great game, a couple of those goals were pretty easy because of them,” said Wallace, who now has six points in his last two games.
The afternoon tilt was also the American League debut of New York Islanders prospect Nino Niederreiter, who was assigned to Bridgeport on Nov. 1 on a conditioning assignment. Neiderreiter wouldn’t make his way onto the score-sheet, but found iron twice and was a physical presence on the ice.
“It’s a part of my game and I wanted to see how my groin felt after if I hit a lot," Niederreiter said. “It felt great, I don’t have any pain, so I’m sure I am on the right track.”
The Whale’s top line of John Mitchell, Mats Zuccarello and Jonathan Audy-Marchessault were highly effective, combining for seven points on the Whale’s three goals.
With the win, the Sound Tigers improve to 5-4-1-0 on the season while the Whale drop to 6-1-1-2. Kevin Poulin turned aside 33 of 36 shots for his second win and DiBenedetto’s two assists extend his team lead to 11 points (8g/3a).
|Nino Niederreiter #25 of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers skates during the third period against the Connecticut Whale at The Arena at Harbor Yard on November 2, 2011 in Bridgeport, Connecticut. (Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)|
The Sound Tigers next game is Saturday night as they host the Norfolk Admirals at 7:00 p.m.