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Penguins Defeat Sound Tigers 3-2

Mike Halmo nets first pro goal in Sound Tigers loss

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 1:10 AM ET / News
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Penguins Defeat Sound Tigers 3-2
Penguins forward Jason Williams scored the eventual game-winning goal 1:06 into the third period as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton survived a late push from the Sound Tigers and defeated Bridgeport 3-2 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Saturday night. With the win, the Penguins improve to 44-24-2-5, while the Sound Tigers fell to 40-26-3-6.

Islanders free-agent aquisition Mike Halmo put the Sound Tigers on the board with his first professional goal just 22 seconds into the game. After Sean Backman put a shot on net, Halmo dove to reach the rebound in the slot and sent it past Penguins goaltender Brad Thiessen to give the Sound Tigers the early 1-0 lead.

Kenny Reiter got the call between the pipes for the Sound Tigers, making his professional debut after signing an amateur tryout contract following the conclusion of his collegiate career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Steve MacIntyre beat Reiter to even the score at one at 2:53 of the period, hacking at the puck in the crease before putting it in for his first goal of the season. The Penguins had the only power play of the period and made the most of their advantage. Paul Thompson held the puck behind the Sound Tigers net and sent the puck into the slot where Colin McDonald one-timed it past Reiter, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton led 2-1 with 3:08 left in the opening frame.

Reiter was strong in the second period to keep the Sound Tigers deficit at one. The Penguins had their best opportunities to extend their lead late in the second period when Blair Riley and Steve Oleksy were called for penalties, resulting in a 5-on-3 advantage for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. However, Reiter came up with big saves during the penalty kill, and the Sound Tigers trailed by one goal despite being outshot 23-12 after 40 minutes.

The Penguins increased their lead to two 1:06 into the third period when Jason Williams fired from the left circle below Reiter’s blocker for his 13th goal of the season. However, the Sound Tigers came back within a goal at 6:03 of the period. Matt Donovan carried the puck into the Penguins zone and passed to Tony Romano by the left circle. Romano fired through the slot to Tyler McNeely, who snapped a shot past Thiessen for his eighth goal of the season to make the score 3-2. However, Thiessen made big saves late in the game with the Sound Tigers on the power play, and the Penguins held on for the 3-2 win. Reiter made 26 saves in a losing effort in his professional debut.

The Sound Tigers close out their 2011-12 regular season schedule tomorrow afternoon when they host the Penguins to concluded their home-and-home series at 3:00 p.m.

FORWARD LINES
Johnston – Romano – Riley
Persson – Nelson – DiBenedetto
Halmo – Mouillierat – Backman
Gallant – Marcinko – McNeely

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Katic – Sinkewich
Donovan – Oleksy
de Haan – Cantin

GOALTENDERS
Reiter
Poulin

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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