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Sound Tigers 4, Monarchs 0

Anders Nilsson makes 25 saves to earn the shutout

Saturday, 11.17.2012 / 10:23 PM / News
By Jesse D. Eisenberg
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Sound Tigers 4, Monarchs 0

BOX SCORE

Anders Nilsson stopped all 25 shots faced and Matt Watkins added two late goals as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Manchester Monarchs 4-0 Saturday at Webster Bank Arena. Nilsson’s first shutout of the season and third consecutive win lifted the Sound Tigers to 9-4-0-0 this season. With the loss, Manchester fell to 7-6-0-1.

Nino Niederreiter and Jon Landry scored the other Sound Tigers goals, while Max MacKay and Jordan Hill each posted two assists. All four Sound Tigers tallies featured heavy traffic in front of the net, reflecting the club’s renewed focus on executing Head Coach Scott Pellerin’s physical game plan.

“When we play with our style and our identity – we’re physical, we work hard on pucks – we’re going to get chances and we’re going to score goals,” Pellerin said. “It was a great effort by our team tonight.”

The Sound Tigers may have been too physical early in the first period, as the Monarchs were awarded three straight power plays to open the game. The Sound Tigers turned defense into offense, killing all three man-advantages before Niederreiter put his club on the board at 13:45. Bridgeport’s leading scorer parked in front of the goal to set a screen for defenseman Jordan Hill’s shot, before spinning around and firing the rebound past Monarchs goalie Martin Jones. The goal extended Niederreiter’s point streak to seven games (4 goals, 5 assists).

Landry doubled the Sound Tigers lead with a power-play marker midway through the second period. Forward Max MacKay shielded the puck from a Monarchs defenseman on the left faceoff dot and dished to Landry at the top of the circle. Landry wound up and blasted a shot just under the crossbar at 8:41, giving MacKay his first career professional point.

Watkins put the game out of reach late in regulation, netting both of his goals inside the final 5:08. First, he deflected a Jon Landry shot past Jones to give his club a 3-0 lead. The first-year Sound Tiger iced the game on a long rebound off of the end boards.

Nilsson, playing for the third time in the last four Sound Tigers games, improved to 3-0-0.

“He made some big saves for us,” Pellerin said. “We talked about our defensive zone (positioning) and it helped Anders to see a lot of those pucks and handle those chances.”

The Sound Tigers conclude their three-game weekend Sunday on the road, with a 3:05 p.m. matchup against the Providence Bruins.

Notes

Forward David Ullstrom returned to the lineup after missing five games with a lower body injury. The Sound Tigers hosted Pink Rink Night, sponsored by Norwalk Hospital. All fans wearing pink were invited onto the ice during the second intermission for a ribbon-forming ceremony, and all proceeds from a silent auction benefited the Smilow Family Breast Health Center at Norwalk Hospital.

Three Stars

1. (BRI) Anders Nilsson

2. (BRI)Jon Landry

3. (BRI) Matt Watkins

Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Forwards

22 Nino Niederreiter – 29 Brock Nelson – 42 Brandon DeFazio

23 John Persson – 28 Johan Sundstrom – 16 Sean Backman

24 David Ullstrom – 14 Matt Watkins (A) – 17 Max MacKay

44 Brett Gallant – 20 Blair Riley

Defensive Pairings

46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart (A)

27 Aaron Ness – 7 Jon Landry

25 Jordan Hill – 3 Travis Hamonic (A)

8 Nathan McIver

Goaltenders

45 Anders Nilsson (starter)

38 Kevin Poulin

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 65 41 18 6 175 146 88
2 NYI 66 42 21 3 211 185 87
3 TBL 66 40 20 6 217 173 86
4 NYR 63 39 17 7 197 155 85
5 DET 62 36 15 11 182 160 83
6 PIT 63 36 18 9 182 158 81
7 WSH 66 35 21 10 194 164 80
8 BOS 63 31 22 10 168 165 72
9 FLA 65 28 23 14 159 185 70
10 PHI 65 28 25 12 173 187 68
11 OTT 62 28 23 11 176 167 67
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 65 26 34 5 175 199 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 66 31 36 5 67
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 66 14 28 22 42
B. Nelson 66 18 20 8 38
F. Nielsen 66 11 26 13 37
A. Lee 60 22 13 14 35
J. Bailey 54 13 20 13 33
J. Boychuk 56 7 25 15 32
N. Leddy 66 9 19 17 28
T. Hamonic 56 4 21 16 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 34 13 1 .911 2.48
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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