Sound Tigers Can't Solve Talbot

Whale Goaltender shuts out Bridgeport in Game 2

Saturday, 04.21.2012 / 10:37 PM ET / News
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Sound Tigers Can\'t Solve Talbot
Cam Talbot made 41 saves to record his second straight shutout and Marek Hrivik scored twice as the Connecticut Whale blanked the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-0 at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night. The Sound Tigers trail the Whale 2-0 in the best-of-five, first-round series. Game 3 is Sunday at the XL Center in Hartford at 5:00 p.m.

The Sound Tigers had a golden opportunity to take an early lead as J.T. Miller and Kris Newbury took penalties 14 seconds apart, giving Bridgeport a 5-on-3 power play for 1:44. However, the Sound Tigers were unable to capitalize as the Whale killed the two penalties.

The Whale capitalized on a turnover in front of the Sound Tigers net to take the lead at 5:32 of the opening frame. Jonathan Audy-Marchessault intercepted a clearing attempt in the slot and had his initial shot stopped by Kevin Poulin, but buried the rebound to give the Whale a 1-0 lead.

The Whale increased its lead to two when Hrivik scored the first of his two goals on the evening. Casey Wellman won the puck behind the Sound Tigers net and fed Hrivik, who was all alone in the slot. Hrivik fired over Poulin’s glove for his first tally of the postseason to put the Whale up by two at 6:44 of the middle period. The Sound Tigers dictated much of the action in the middle period and had two more power play opportunities, but could not solve Talbot despite outshooting the Whale 15-8.

Hrivik netted his second goal of the night on the power play with 5:45 left in the game. He skated the puck down the left side into the circle and snapped a shot into the top corner over Poulin’s right shoulder.


FORWARD LINES
John PerssonCasey CizikasRhett Rakhshani
David UllstromBrock NelsonMicheal Haley
Blair Riley – Tomas MarcinkoTony Romano
Justin DiBenedettoTrevor FrischmonSean Backman

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
Matt Donovan – Steve Oleksy
Aaron Ness – Jon Landry
Calvin de HaanTy Wishart

GOALTENDERS
Kevin Poulin
Kenny Reiter

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 7 2 4 2 6
J. Bailey 7 2 3 1 5
N. Leddy 7 0 5 0 5
R. Strome 7 2 2 1 4
K. Okposo 7 2 1 1 3
C. Clutterbuck 7 2 1 1 3
B. Nelson 6 2 0 1 2
F. Nielsen 7 1 1 -1 2
N. Kulemin 7 1 1 0 2
L. Visnovsky 4 0 2 5 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 3 4 1 .926 2.30
M. Neuvirth 0 0 0 1.000 0.00

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