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Whale 4, Sound Tigers 2

Jon Landry and John Persson score in losing effort

Wednesday, 12.5.2012 / 10:05 PM ET / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Whale 4, Sound Tigers 2

BOX SCORE

HARTFORD, Conn. (Dec. 5, 2012)
– Whale forward J.T. Miller scored twice in the third period, including the eventual game-winning goal 1:41 into the final frame as Connecticut defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4-2 at the XL Center in Hartford on Wednesday night. With the win, the Whale improves to 10-9-2-0. The Sound Tigers fall to 10-10-0-1.

The Whale jumped out to an early lead just 3:46 into the opening period. After the Whale had killed off an early Kris Newbury hooking penalty, Ryan Bourque gained control of the puck behind the Sound Tigers net and found Kelsey Tessier on the doorstep. Tessier took the feed and fired over the blocker of Sound Tigers goaltender Anders Nilsson for his first goal of the year to give the Whale a 1-0 lead.

The Sound Tigers evened the score on the power play with 3:26 left in the first period. Nino Niederreiter won a battle along the right half-wall in the Whale zone and slid the puck in the slot to Colin McDonald. McDonald set the puck up for Jon Landry as he skated towards the slot, and the veteran defenseman one-timed a blast over Talbot’s glove for his fifth goal of the season.

However, the Whale responded just 21 seconds later to regain its lead. The Sound Tigers lost possession of the puck deep in their own zone, and Brandon Segal made them pay as he fired from the slot past Nilsson’s blocker to put the Whale ahead 2-1.

The Sound Tigers controlled much of the play in the latter half of the second period, and their hard work resulted in a game-tying goal with 1:43 left in the middle stanza. Matt Watkins kept a clearing attempt in the Whale zone, and John Persson found the loose puck in the slot and fired over Talbot’s glove to knot the score at two.

An unfortunate bounce gave the Whale a 3-2 lead 1:41 into the third period. Jordan Hill’s clearing attempt from behind his own net caromed off of Miller’s stick, and bounced directly on net past Nilsson who wasn’t expecting the redirection. Miller doubled the Whale’s lead 2:58 later, taking advantage as the Sound Tigers were unable to clear their zone. Miller skated in from the left circle on Nilsson, deked and backhanded the puck in for his second goal of the period. The Sound Tigers were unable to mount a comeback late in the game, as penalties to Niederreiter and Sean Backman left Bridgeport shorthanded twice in the final seven minutes.

Cam Talbot made 17 saves to earn the win for the Whale, while Anders Nilsson made 19 saves in the loss for the Sound Tigers.

The Sound Tigers look to snap their seven-game winless skid when they travel to the Times Union Center to face the Albany Devils for the first time this season on Saturday afternoon at 5:00 p.m.

Notes: Landry wore an assistant captain’s “A” on his sweater for the first time this season, alongside McDonald and Casey CizikasBrandon DeFazio was given a game misconduct after coming off of the bench on a line change to fight the Whale’s Brandon Segal after he had boarded Matt Donovan … The Sound Tigers were 1-for-6 on the power play, while the Whale went 0-for-4 … The Sound Tigers had no power play opportunities in the final 34:14 of the game … Nino Niederreiter (10 goals, 11 assists) is averaging a point per game this season.

Three Stars
1. CTW: J.T. Miller
2. CTW: Kelsey Tessier
3. BST: John Persson

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

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart
27 Aaron Ness – 7 Jon Landry (A)
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 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 52 31 15 6 143 115 68
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 52 28 18 6 151 137 62
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 PIT 51 26 18 7 132 130 59
8 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
9 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 53 24 23 6 148 165 54
14 BUF 53 21 26 6 120 139 48
15 TOR 51 19 23 9 117 140 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 47 18 19 -6 37
K. Okposo 48 12 25 -9 37
B. Nelson 50 20 11 0 31
F. Nielsen 50 15 16 -2 31
M. Grabovski 50 9 15 1 24
J. Bailey 49 8 15 4 23
A. Lee 50 7 14 0 21
N. Leddy 50 3 17 -12 20
R. Strome 39 5 13 -8 18
N. Kulemin 50 5 9 6 14
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 12 11 4 .917 2.28
T. Greiss 13 6 2 .927 2.32
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