Sound Tigers Beat Pens 3-2 in Regular Season Finale

Rakhshani nets game-winner, Sound Tigers host Whale in Game 1 of best-of-five series Thursday night

Sunday, 04.15.2012 / 8:41 PM ET / News
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Sound Tigers Beat Pens 3-2 in Regular Season Finale
Rhett Rakhshani scored the game-winning power play goal with 5:35 left in the third period as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-2 at Webster Bank Arena on Sunday afternoon. With the win, the Sound Tigers closed the 2011-12 regular season with a record of 41-26-3-6, including an impressive 25-9-2-2 mark at home. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton finished the regular season at 44-25-2-5 with the loss.

The Sound Tigers and Penguins faced each other for the second time in less than 24 hours, after the Penguins took the first game of the home-and-home series by a 3-2 score in Wilkes-Barre on Saturday night.

The two sides were both playing their third game in three days and neither team mustered much offense in the opening frame. Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton combined for 15 shots, but Kevin Poulin and Scott Munroe were rarely tested between the pipes and the teams finished the first period scoreless.

The Penguins took advantage of a Sound Tigers miscue in their own zone for the game’s first goal. Defenseman Mark Katic had the puck hop over his stick and Penguins forward Brandon DeFazio grabbed the loose puck in the slot. DeFazio sent the puck over Poulin’s right shoulder for his 11th goal of the season and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton led 1-0, 2:35 into the second period.

The Sound Tigers tied the score less than four minutes later. Steve Oleksy sent a low drive from the top of the slot that Tyler McNeely deflected past Munroe for his second goal in two games and ninth tally of the season to even the score at one. The Sound Tigers took the lead with 6:05 left in the middle frame. Aaron Ness sent a shot towards the net from the top of the left circle that was knocked down in traffic, but Tomas Marcinko spun around and put the rebound in for his eighth goal of the season to put the Sound Tigers ahead 2-1.

Bryan Lerg brought the Penguins even 4:45 into the final period. Poulin made an initial save from point blank range on Paul Thompson, but Lerg buried the rebound for his 27th goal of the season to tie the game at two. Rakhshani’s power play tally at 14:25 put the Sound Tigers ahead for good. The second-year Sound Tiger one-timed Matt Donovan’s pass from the bottom of the left circle through Munroe for his 20th goal of the season.

Poulin made 31 saves to earn his 26th win of the season. Munroe made 25 saves in the loss.

The Sound Tigers open up their best-of-five Calder Cup Playoff series against the Connecticut Whale on Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Webster Bank Arena. Game 2 will also take place at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the Webster Bank Arena Click It or Ticket Box Office or at ticketmaster.com.

FORWARD LINES
McNeely – Cizikas - Rakhshani
Ullstrom – Nelson - Howes
Halmo – Mouillierat – Haley
Gallant – Marcinko – Johnston

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

GOALTENDERS
Poulin
Reiter

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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