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Sharks 5, Sound Tigers 1

Sharks' three-goal outburst in second period leads to Sound Tigers first loss of the season

Friday, 10.26.2012 / 10:10 PM ET / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Sharks 5, Sound Tigers 1


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The Worcester Sharks scored three times in the second period and never looked back as they defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5-1 at DCU Center in Worcester on Friday night. With the win, the Sharks improve to 1-3-0-1. The Sound Tigers drop their first game of the season as their record moves to 3-1-0-0.

Physical play dictated the opening 20 minutes of play, highlighted by a fight between Sound Tigers forward Brett Gallant and Worcester’s Jimmy Bonneau. The Sound Tigers best scoring chance came midway through the period when Casey Cizikas forced a turnover in the Worcester zone and found David Ullstrom in the slot. However, Ullstrom fired high over the net, as the two sides remained scoreless after the first period.

The Sharks came alive in the second period with three goals and scored the first of their three tallies just 29 seconds into the middle frame. Worcester entered the Sound Tigers zone on an odd-man rush, and Sharks forward Tim Kennedy beat Kevin Poulin from the slot to give the home team a 1-0 lead. The Sharks increased their lead to two at 9:20 of the period when Curt Gogol took a feed in the slot from Kennedy and one-timed a blast past Poulin. Sena Acolatse gave the Sharks a 3-0 advantage when Sena Acolatse’s shot from the left point deflected off a Sound Tiger through Kevin Poulin with 4:12 remaining in the second period.

Brock Nelson brought the Sound Tigers within two goals midway through the third period. Just as a Sound Tigers power play expired, Jon Landry sent a pass from the left point down to Nelson in the right circle. Nelson fired into the open net past Stalock for his second tally of the season and the Sound Tigers trailed 3-1 with 11:04 left in regulation. However, Worcester put the game away with two late power play goals. During a 5-on-3 Worcester power play, Jon Matsumoto put a one-timer from the right post past Poulin at 18:32 of the third period. Bracken Kearns rounded out the scoring 30 seconds later, scoring in nearly identical fashion to Stalberg, one-timing a shot from the right post through Poulin.

Alex Stalock made 17 saves to earn Worcester’s first win of the 2012-13 season. Kevin Poulin made 25 saves in the loss.

The Sound Tigers continue their three-in-three Massachusetts road trip Saturday, Oct. 27, when they travel to the MassMutual Center to face the Springfield Falcons at 7:00 p.m.

Three Stars
1. WOR: Tim Kennedy
2. WOR: Sena Acolatse
3: WOR: Curt Gogol

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Forwards
22 Nino Niederreiter – 11 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
24 David Ullstrom - 28 Johan Sundstrom – 23 John Persson
42 Brandon DeFazio – 29 Brock Nelson – 77 Kirill Kabanov
44 Brett Gallant – 14 Matt Watkins – 20 Blair Riley

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart
27 Aaron Ness – 7 Jon Landry
8 Nathan McIver – 3 Travis Hamonic

Goaltenders
38 Kevin Poulin (starter)
30 Ken Reiter

Worcester Sharks
Forwards
15 James Sheppard – 11 Jon Matsumoto – 8 Sebastian Stalberg
7 John McCarthy – 22 Tim Kennedy – 16 Bracken Kearns
18 Yanni Gourde – 21 Travis Oleksuk – 12 Freddie Hamilton
13 Curt Gogol – 10 Frazer McLaren – 43 Jimmy Bonneau

Defensemen
20 Matt Irwin – 14 Sena Acolatse
29 Nick Petrecki – 5 Matt Tennyson
2 Danny Groulx – 24 Mike Banwell

Goaltenders
32 Alex Stalock (starter)
35 Harri Sateri

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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