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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, 03.7.2012 / 9:49 AM ET / 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 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 51 21 24 -3 45
K. Okposo 52 15 29 -10 44
F. Nielsen 54 15 20 -2 35
B. Nelson 54 20 11 -2 31
M. Grabovski 54 9 16 2 25
N. Leddy 54 4 21 -11 25
A. Lee 54 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 53 9 15 3 24
R. Strome 43 6 15 -5 21
C. Cizikas 54 5 13 4 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 12 4 .914 2.42
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .930 2.21
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