Whale Take Game 1

Sound Tigers fall 3-0 in first game of first-round series

Thursday, 04.19.2012 / 10:47 PM ET / News
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Whale Take Game 1
Kelsey Tessier broke a scoreless tie 1:03 into the third period and Cam Talbot made 42 saves as the Connecticut Whale shut out the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-0 to take Game 1 of the best-of-five series Thursday night at Webster Bank Arena.

The Sound Tigers dictated much of the play in the opening period and had three power play opportunities in the first 20 minutes. However, Talbot made key saves including a pair of stops on Justin DiBenedetto from close range to keep the Sound Tigers off the scoreboard. Kevin Poulin was just as strong in Bridgeport’s net, turning aside all 10 Whale shots to send the game to the second period scoreless.

John Persson appeared to put the Sound Tigers on the board during a power play midway through the second period when he jammed a loose puck through Talbot into the net. However, referee Mark Lemelin ruled that he intended to blow the whistle as he lost sight of the puck, nullifying a goal that would have given the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead. David Ullstrom had a golden opportunity to put the Sound Tigers in front during the second period as well, but Talbot made a pad save on the second-year Sound Tiger’s breakaway attempt to keep the game scoreless.

Tessier put the Whale on the board 1:03 into the final period. The Whale forward took a pass from Tim Erixon and split the Sound Tigers defense, skated in on Poulin and fired over his glove to give the Whale a 1-0 lead. A turnover in the Sound Tigers  zone led to the Whale’s second goal of the third period at 9:38, when Jordan Owens backhanded a rebound past Poulin’s outstretched body. Ryan Bourque closed out the scoring for the Whale at 13:18. Pavel Valentenko sent a pass up the right side that Kelsey Tessier chased down in the right circle of the Sound Tigers zone. Tessier’s slap shot was stopped by Poulin, but Bourque fired the rebound past Poulin as he dove to his right to push the Whale lead to three.

Talbot held the Sound Tigers off the board despite 42 shots on the night, including 32 in the final two periods. Micheal Haley nearly broke through late in the final period, but had his sharp angle shot deflect off the left post.

Poulin made 33 saves in the loss. Bourque and Tessier each recorded a goal and an assist for the Whale. Prior to tonight’s game, the home team had won the last nine games in the series dating back to Oct. 15, 2011 when the Sound Tigers defeated the Whale 5-4 in a shootout at XL Center.

The Sound Tigers will look to even the best-of-five series at one game apiece on Saturday night when they host the Whale in Game 2 at Webster Bank Arena at 7:00 p.m. 

FORWARD LINES
Persson – Cizikas – Rakhshani
Ullstrom – Nelson – Marcinko
Haley – Mouillierat – Riley
DiBenedetto – Frischmon – Backman

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

GOALTENDERS
Poulin
Reiter

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 74 44 25 5 226 205 93
5 PIT 73 40 22 11 202 181 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 73 36 25 12 193 190 84
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 72 26 36 10 165 199 62
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 73 20 46 7 138 245 47

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 74 34 40 2 74
K. Okposo 52 15 31 -7 46
R. Strome 73 15 30 19 45
B. Nelson 74 18 22 9 40
F. Nielsen 73 12 28 9 40
A. Lee 68 23 16 15 39
J. Bailey 62 15 22 8 37
J. Boychuk 64 7 25 12 32
N. Leddy 70 10 19 18 29
T. Hamonic 64 5 24 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 15 2 .914 2.38
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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