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Bears 5, Sound Tigers 2

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

Friday, 11.30.2012 / 10:09 PM / 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 TBL 50 31 15 4 163 132 66
2 MTL 47 31 13 3 127 108 65
3 NYI 48 32 15 1 157 135 65
4 DET 49 28 12 9 145 128 65
5 PIT 49 28 13 8 145 125 64
6 WSH 48 25 14 9 144 124 59
7 BOS 49 26 16 7 131 123 59
8 NYR 46 27 15 4 135 111 58
9 FLA 46 21 15 10 114 129 52
10 PHI 50 21 22 7 139 151 49
11 TOR 50 22 24 4 144 155 48
12 OTT 47 19 19 9 129 134 47
13 CBJ 47 21 23 3 119 148 45
14 NJD 49 18 22 9 110 137 45
15 CAR 48 17 25 6 104 125 40
16 BUF 50 14 33 3 94 179 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 48 23 25 -1 48
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 48 9 25 16 34
B. Nelson 48 15 15 5 30
F. Nielsen 48 9 17 4 26
J. Boychuk 38 4 21 16 25
J. Bailey 36 8 14 7 22
N. Leddy 48 7 14 14 21
N. Kulemin 48 11 9 0 20
A. Lee 42 13 5 6 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 26 10 0 .912 2.42
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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