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Penguins 3, Sound Tigers 1

Tangradi powers Pens past Sound Tigers

Friday, 11.16.2012 / 10:00 PM ET / News
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Penguins forward Eric Tangradi scored three power play goals and Jeff Zatkoff made 19 saves as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-1 at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza on Friday night. With the win, the Penguins improve to 8-6-0-0. The Sound Tigers fall to 8-4-0-0.

Special teams told the story of the opening period, as the two sides combined for three power play goals in the first 20 minutes of action. Travis Hamonic was sent off for cross-checking in the opening minute of play, and Tangradi deflected Trevor Smith’s centering feed past Kevin Poulin to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead 1:32 into the game.

The Sound Tigers responded with a power play goal of their own midway through the period. Nino Niederreiter received the puck to the right of Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff and quickly fired a pass through the top of the crease to Johan Sundstrom. The rookie center one-timed the puck into the open net for his third goal of the season, and the game was tied 1-1 at the 7:50 mark of the first period.

Tangradi netted his second power play goal with 4:53 left in the opening frame, knocking a rebound past Poulin to put the Penguins back in front by a 2-1 score.

Stellar play from Poulin held the Sound Tigers within a goal until Tangradi struck once more on the power play. Tangradi camped in front of Poulin and deflected a point shot past the Sound Tigers net-minder for his third power play goal of the game, increasing the Penguins lead to 3-1 midway through the second period.

The Sound Tigers dictated play in the final frame, possessing the puck for extended stretches in the Penguins zone. However, Zatkoff stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton came away with the two-goal victory.

The Sound Tigers continue their weekend tomorrow evening when they play host to the Manchester Monarchs at 7:00 p.m. Tomorrow is Pink Rink Night, sponsored by Norwalk Hospital at Webster Bank Arena. All fans wearing pink will be invited onto the ice during intermission for a ribbon-forming ceremony, and all proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Smilow Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital.

Three Stars

1. WBS: Eric Tangradi

2. WBS: Benn Ferriero

3. WBS: Trevor Smith

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Forwards

22 Nino Niederreiter – 29 Brock Nelson – 42 Brandon DeFazio

23 John Persson – 28 Johan Sundstrom – 16 Sean Backman

40 Mike Halmo – 14 Matt Watkins – 20 Blair Riley

44 Brett Gallant – 72 Jason Clark – 17 Max MacKay

Defensive Pairings

8 Nathan McIver – 3 Travis Hamonic

27 Aaron Ness – 7 Jon Landry

46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart

Goaltenders

38 Kevin Poulin (starter)

45 Anders Nilsson

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