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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

Saturday, 10.27.2012 / 10:23 PM ET / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Sound Tigers 3, Falcons 2 (SO)

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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

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 52 39 9 4 171 117 82
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 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 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
K. Okposo 50 15 27 -9 42
J. Tavares 49 19 22 -3 41
F. Nielsen 52 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 52 20 11 0 31
M. Grabovski 52 9 15 2 24
J. Bailey 51 9 15 5 24
A. Lee 52 8 15 1 23
N. Leddy 52 3 20 -8 23
R. Strome 41 6 14 -5 20
C. Clutterbuck 51 11 4 6 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 14 6 2 .929 2.26
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