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Sound Tigers five-goal second period leads to 6-4 win over Whale

Six players register multi-point games as Sound Tigers kick off 2012-13 season with win over in-state rival

Friday, 10.12.2012 / 10:13 PM / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Sound Tigers five-goal second period leads to 6-4 win over Whale
Six players register multi-point games as Sound Tigers kick off 2012-13 season with win over in-state rival

HARTFORD, Conn. (Oct. 12, 2012) – The Sound Tigers scored six straight goals including a five-goal outburst in the second period, as Bridgeport traveled to XL Center and defeated the in-state rival Connecticut Whale 6-4 to open the 2012-13 season on Friday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers improve to 1-0-0-0. The Whale falls to 0-1-0-0.

The Sound Tigers peppered Whale netminder Jason Missiaen with 19 shots in the opening frame, but the Whale would be the only team to score in the first 20 minutes of action in the 2012-13 season. Sound Tigers forward Johan Sundstrom was called for holding just 45 seconds into the game, and Whale forward Kris Newbury made the Sound Tigers pay as he scored at 2:31 to give the Whale an early lead.

The Sound Tigers looked to even the score while on the power play later in the period, but Whale forward Kyle Jean was taken down on a shorthanded breakaway and earned a penalty shot. Jean skated in on Sound Tigers goalie Kevin Poulin, deked to his backhand and sent a forehand shot past Poulin to give the Whale a 2-0 lead at 14:52 of the first period.

Head coach Scott Pellerin’s crew came alive in the second period with five unanswered goals, including four tallies in a span of 5:06. Cizikas kicked off the scoring on the power play, deflecting a Travis Hamonic shot past Missiaen at 3:03 to get the Sound Tigers on the board. Just 1:50 later, Kirill Kabanov found Nino Niederreiter on a 2-on-1 and Niederreiter fired into an open net to even the score at two. 73 seconds later, Colin McDonald fed Cizikas in the slot for a snap shot past Missiaen to put the Sound Tigers ahead 3-2.

Brock Nelson continued the Sound Tigers onslaught with his first pro goal at 8:39 of the middle frame. Kabanov was stopped from point blank range, but Nelson found the rebound and beat Missiaen for his first AHL goal to put the Sound Tigers ahead by two. John Persson rounded out the scoring in the second period as the Sound Tigers netted five goals in the middle frame. Persson came streaking into the Whale zone, took a feed from Travis Hamonic and scored to give the Sound Tigers a 5-2 lead after two periods.

A minute into the third period, Brandon DeFazio increased the Sound Tigers lead to four goals, putting a rebound past Whale goaltender Scott Stajcer, who replaced Missiaen in net after he allowed the first five goals on 38 shots in two periods of work. The Sound Tigers’ 6-2 lead was threatened by the Whale as they scored twice on the power play early in the third period. Defenseman Mike Vernace snuck a shot under the crossbar past Poulin on a two-man advantage at 4:27, and Newbury scored his second power play goal of the night when he sent a sharp angle shot off Donovan past Poulin at 6:16. However, that was as close as the Whale would come, as Poulin and the Sound Tigers held the Whale back in the final moments and came away with a 6-4 victory.

Six different Sound Tigers registered multi-point nights, including Travis Hamonic, who recorded three assists and Nino Niederreiter who recorded a goal and two assists. Poulin made 27 saves to earn the win.

The Sound Tigers return to Webster Bank Arena tomorrow night to open their 2012-13 home schedule when they face the Providence Bruins at 7:00 p.m.

FORWARDS
Niederreiter – Cizikas – McDonald
Ullstrom – Sundstrom – Persson
DeFazio – Nelson – Kabanov
Gallant – Watkins – Riley

DEFENSEMEN
Donovan – Hamonic
de Haan – Wishart
Ness – Landry

GOALTENDERS
Poulin
Nilsson

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 62 27 22 13 150 175 67
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 61 26 31 4 157 191 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 62 25 32 5 170 189 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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