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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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
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 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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