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


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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

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 76 47 21 8 200 169 102
2 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 74 37 25 12 216 199 86
10 FLA 75 34 26 15 186 205 83
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 75 31 32 12 167 192 74
14 CAR 74 28 36 10 173 202 66
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 75 20 47 8 144 254 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 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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