Sound Tigers 3, Falcons 2 (SO)

Niederreiter and DeFazio score in regulation and Ullstrom nets the shootout winner as Bridgeport continues its hot start

Saturday, 10.27.2012 / 10:23 PM ET / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Sound Tigers 3, Falcons 2 (SO)
Niederreiter and DeFazio score in regulation and Ullstrom nets the shootout winner as Bridgeport continues its hot start

BOX SCORE

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (Oct. 27, 2012) – Kevin Poulin turned aside 32 shots in regulation and overtime, and David Ullstrom scored the game-winning tally in the seventh round of the shootout as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Springfield Falcons 3-2 at the MassMutual Center on Saturday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers improve to 4-1-0-0. The Falcons record now stands at 4-1-0-1.

Neither team scored in the opening 20 minutes of the game, but both sides had ample opportunities to get on the scoreboard. Poulin and Falcons goaltender Paul Dainton made spectacular saves in the first period, and each goaltender made 10 saves to keep the game scoreless after one period.

Springfield’s Cam Atkinson gave the Falcons the lead 3:49 into the second period when he fired a snap shot from the slot past Poulin for his third goal of the season. However, the Sound Tigers answered quickly with two goals to take the lead. Following a Cody Goloubef elbowing penalty. Brandon DeFazio deflected a Jon Landry point shot past Dainton for his third goal of the year to tie the game 1-1 at 6:12 of the middle frame. Just 2:20 later, the Sound Tigers grabbed the lead when Nino Niederreiter put a rebound home for his fourth goal of the season to put Bridgeport ahead 2-1.

The Falcons drew even with 4:56 left in the second stanza when Tomas Kubalik deflected Goloubef’s point shot off a broken play to make the score 2-2. The score stayed even through the third period, despite the two teams combining for 25 shots and Springfield earning two power play opportunities. The Sound Tigers had the best chance to end the game in overtime, but Matt Donovan’s attempt from point blank range was stopped by Dainton with just over one minute left in the extra session, and the game went to a shootout.

Atkinson beat Poulin to open the bonus round, but Colin McDonald fired over Dainton’s glove in the bottom half of the second round to even the shootout at one. Ryan Johansen answered with a goal in third round, and John Persson backhanded a shot past Dainton to even the bonus round once again headed to the fifth round. Nick Drazenovic beat Poulin to begin the sixth round, but Casey Cizikas answered to extended the shootout, slipping a backhand shot through Dainton’s legs. Poulin made a sprawling save to deny Kubalik, followed by Ullstrom’s backhander over Dainton to win the game for the Sound Tigers.

Dainton made 36 saves in the loss, but earned first star honors in front of the home crowd. Aaron Ness recorded assists on both Sound Tigers goals.

The Sound Tigers close out their road trip Sunday afternoon when they travel back to DCU Center and try to avenge Friday’s loss to the Worcester Sharks. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.

Three Stars
1. SPR: Paul Dainton
2. BRI: Kevin Poulin
3. BRI: David Ullstrom

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Forwards
22 Nino Niederreiter – 11 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
42 Brandon DeFazio – 29 Brock Nelson – 23 John Persson
24 David Ullstrom – 28 Johan Sundstrom – 16 Sean Backman
72 Jason Clark – 14 Matt Watkins – 20 Blair Riley

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart
27 Aaron Ness – 7 Jon Landry
15 Marc Cantin – 3 Travis Hamonic

Goaltenders
38 Kevin Poulin (starter)
30 Ken Reiter

Springfield Falcons
Forwards
18 Tomas Kubalik – 9 Ryan Johansen – 22 Jonathan Audy-Marchessault
11 Matt Calvert – 10 Nick Drazenovic – 13 Cam Atkinson
12 Ryan Craig – 24 Andrew Joudrey – 26 Cody Bass
20 Ryan Russell – 16 Michael Chaput – 14 Jake Hansen

Defensemen
5 Nick Holden – 6 David Savard
7 John Moore – 27 Cody Goloubef
19 Greg Amadio – 3 Tim Erixon

Goaltenders
31 Paul Dainton (starter)
30 Curtis McElhinney

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 76 48 21 7 231 179 103
2 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
3 x - TBL 78 47 24 7 250 204 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 WSH 77 42 25 10 227 190 94
7 DET 76 40 23 13 221 208 93
8 BOS 77 39 25 13 204 198 91
9 OTT 76 38 26 12 220 204 88
10 FLA 77 35 27 15 192 210 85
11 CBJ 76 37 35 4 210 234 78
12 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
13 NJD 77 31 33 13 170 197 75
14 CAR 76 28 37 11 176 208 67
15 TOR 77 29 42 6 201 245 64
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
M. Neuvirth 1 3 1 .881 2.94

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