Bears 5, Sound Tigers 2

Sound Tigers head home for Military Appreciation Day Saturday vs. Sharks

Friday, 11.30.2012 / 10:09 PM ET / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Bears 5, Sound Tigers 2
Sound Tigers head home for Military Appreciation Day Saturday vs. Sharks

BOX SCORE

HERSHEY, Pa. (Nov. 30, 2012)
– Hershey forward Jeff Taffe broke a 2-2 tie with 5:38 left in regulation and Patrick McNeill and Jon DiSalvatore added insurance goals as the Bears defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5-2 at Giant Center on Friday night. With the win, Hershey improves to 9-10-1-0. The Sound Tigers have dropped four straight games and fall to 10-8-0-0.

Neither team found the back of the net in the first period, but the Sound Tigers appeared to at least get the puck into part of the net late in the opening frame. Casey Cizikas found Blair Riley in the slot as the pair entered the Hershey zone on an odd-man rush, and Riley appeared to give the Sound Tigers the lead with a shot beating Holtby. However, the puck was deemed to have caromed off the of post after a long deliberation, and the game remained scoreless.

The Sound Tigers took the lead at the 5:50 mark of the second period courtesy of a great individual effort from Johan Sundstrom. Sundstrom had his initial shot stopped by Holtby, but the rookie forward crashed the net and put his own rebound in for his sixth goal of the season. The Sound Tigers were then successful on two penalty kills in the second half of the period, but the Bears finally beat Nilsson in the final minute of the middle frame. A bad bounce behind the Sound Tigers net sent the puck straight out into the slot to Hershey forward Jon DiSalvatore. The veteran forward found Zach Hamill camped by the left post, and Hamill fired into the open net to tie the score at one with 33.1 seconds remaining in the second stanza.

Tomas Kundratek gave Hershey a 2-1 lead at 6:01 of the third period. Shortly after the Sound Tigers killed a 5-on-3 disadvantage following penalties to Casey Cizikas and Riley on the same play, Kundratek sent a blast from the point past Nilsson to put the Bears in front. The Sound Tigers answered 47 seconds later, as defenseman Jordan Hill fought through a hip check along the right half-wall, skated into the slot and beat Holtby to even the score at 2-2.

Taffe’s tally at 14:22 proved to be the game-winner, as the veteran forward sent a slap shot from the top of the left circle over Anders Nilsson’s glove to put Hershey ahead for good. McNeill scored from nearly the same spot 1:57 later on a Hershey power play, and DiSalvatore closed out the scoring with an empty-netter in the final moments of regulation.

Anders Nilsson made 27 saves in the loss, while Braden Holtby made 22 saves to earn the win for the Bears. The Sound Tigers hit iron three times in the game, and appeared to draw within a goal in the final minute, but referee Terry Koharski blew a play dead in front of Holtby although the puck had never been covered.

The Sound Tigers return home Saturday evening to host the Worcester Sharks at 7:00 p.m on Military Appreciation Night. The Sound Tigers will be wearing commemorative camouflage jerseys that can be purchased during a silent auction on the Webster Bank Arena concourse, and all military personnel receive a free ticket with valid ID.

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

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan – 3 Travis Hamonic
27 Aaron Ness – 7 Jon Landry
25 Jordan Hill – 8 Nathan McIver

Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson (starter)
38 Kevin Poulin

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
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
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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