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 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 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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