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Special teams propel Sound Tigers to 3-2 win over Sharks

Rakhshani record two of team's three power play goals as Sound Tigers move into sole possession of first place in Northeast Division

Wednesday, 03.07.2012 / 9:49 AM / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Special teams propel Sound Tigers to 3-2 win over Sharks
Forward Rhett Rakhshani recorded two of  the Sound Tigers three power play goals and the penalty kill went a perfect 6-for-6 as Bridgeport defeated the Worcester Sharks 3-2 at DCU Center on Tuesday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers move into sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division and improve to 32-19-3-3. Worcester falls to 25-21-4-7.

Rhett Rakhshani scored two power play goals on his birthday to power the the Sound Tigers over the Sharks. 
Special teams were the difference in the opening period as the Sound Tigers were able to cash in on their power play chance while Worcester was held at bay by the Sound Tigers penalty kill. After two Sharks penalties gave the Sound Tigers a two-man advantage, Rakhshani ripped a shot from the top of the left circle through traffic and past Worcester netminder Harri Sateri. It was Rakhshani’s 11th goal of the season, and the Sound Tigers led 1-0 at the 7:06 mark of the opening period. The Sharks had six minutes of power play time in the first period, but an aggressive penalty kill held Worcester to just eight shots on net in the first 20 minutes of play, preserving the Sound Tigers lead.

The Sharks drew even midway through the second period when Brandon Mashinter deflected a Matt Irwin shot past Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin at 9:28. The Sound Tigers responded late in the period, once again creating offense with their power play.

The Sound Tigers retook the lead with just 1:33 left in the second period. Aaron Ness kept a clearing attempt in the Worcester zone along the right side, then sent a pass quickly through the slot to Tomas Marcinko at the left post. Marcinko sent a pass through the top of the crease intended for Kael Mouillierat, but it caromed off Worcester defenseman Matt Pelech’s skate and past Sateri to give Marcinko his seventh goal of the season and the Sound Tigers a 2-1 lead after two periods.

Rakhshani extended the Sound Tigers lead to two goals with his second power play goal of the night and the team’s third with the man advantage. After Calvin de Haan’s point shot was initially stopped and Micheal Haley’s rebound attempt was denied, Rakhshani found the loose puck and put it past Sateri to give Bridgeport a 3-1 lead at 3:53 of the third. Mashinter netted his second goal of the night with a tip past Poulin at 5:48 to cut the lead to one, but Poulin was solid down the stretch and the Sound Tigers held on for the 3-2 win.

The Sound Tigers open a three-in-three weekend Friday night in Hartford against the Whale before returning home for games at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at 7:00 p.m. and Norfolk on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon is Andrew MacDonald Bobblehead Day, and the first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive an Andrew MacDonald Bobblehead Doll.

FORWARD LINES
McNeely – Colliton – Rakhshani
Haley – Mouillierat – Romano
DiBenedetto – Frischmon – Backman
Gillies – Marcinko – Riley

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Donovan – Oleksy
de Haan – Sinkewich
Landry - Ness

GOALTENDERS
Poulin
Gill

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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