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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 / 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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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