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Sound Tigers Clinch Northeast

4-1 win over Providence wraps up division title

Friday, 04.13.2012 / 9:47 PM / News
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Sound Tigers Clinch Northeast
Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin made 46 saves and Rhett Rakhshani added a goal and two assists as the Sound Tigers clinched the 2011-12 Northeast Division title with a 4-1 win over the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers improved to 40-25-3-6 overall and earned their first division crown in 10 years. The Bruins fell to 34-33-3-4.

Providence controlled much of the play in the opening period, but the Sound Tigers came away with a 1-0 lead after the first 20 minutes. Rookie forward John Persson forced a turnover behind the Providence net on an aggressive forecheck and fed the puck to Rhett Rakhshani in the slot. Rakhshani snapped the puck over Michael Hutchinson’s right shoulder for his 19th goal of the season and the Sound Tigers led 1-0 with 4:54 left in the first period. Kevin Poulin was solid to begin his 12th consecutive start in goal, making 14 saves to hold Providence scoreless.

The Sound Tigers increased their lead to two goals late in the second period on the power play. Rakhshani fed the puck to Tony Romano near the left post, and Romano fired the puck off Hutchinson and in for his 12th goal of the season at 16:17 of the middle frame. Poulin was just as strong in the second period, turning aside 14 more shots to preserve the 2-0 lead heading to the third period.

The Bruins cut their deficit in half 5:40 into the third period. The Sound Tigers struggled to clear the zone, and Kyle MacKinnon beat Poulin as he stuffed the puck through his pads from close range to bring Providence within one goal. The Bruins would draw no closer, as Ty Wishart put the game out of reach with just under three minutes left in regulation, sending a wrist shot from the top of the left circle past Hutchinson to put Bridgeport back up by two goals. Aaron Ness added an empty-netter and the Sound Tigers came away with the 4-1 victory.

The Northeast Division title marks the second division title in team history. The Sound Tigers only other division title came during their inaugural 2001-02 season when they reached the Calder Cup Finals before falling to the Chicago Wolves.

The Sound Tigers will travel to Pennsylvania for their final road game of the regular season to open a home-and-home series with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

FORWARD LINES
Persson – Romano – Rakhshani
McNeely – Nelson – Ullstrom
Haley – Mouillierat – Backman
Johnston – Marcinko – Riley

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
de Haan – Wishart
Ness – Katic
Donovan – Oleksy

GOALTENDERS
Poulin
Reiter

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NYI 47 32 14 1 155 130 65
2 DET 48 28 11 9 144 123 65
3 TBL 49 30 15 4 158 131 64
4 MTL 46 30 13 3 126 108 63
5 PIT 47 27 12 8 143 120 62
6 NYR 45 27 14 4 135 110 58
7 WSH 47 24 14 9 140 124 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 45 20 15 10 111 127 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 49 20 22 7 134 149 47
13 CBJ 46 21 22 3 117 145 45
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 47 17 25 5 102 122 39
16 BUF 48 14 31 3 90 171 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 22 24 -1 46
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 47 9 25 17 34
B. Nelson 47 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 47 9 17 5 26
J. Boychuk 37 4 20 17 24
J. Bailey 35 8 14 9 22
N. Leddy 47 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 47 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 41 13 5 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 9 0 .913 2.37
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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