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Whale 4, Sound Tigers 2

Jon Landry and John Persson score in losing effort

Wednesday, 12.05.2012 / 10:05 PM / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Whale 4, Sound Tigers 2
Jon Landry and John Persson score in losing effort

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 MTL 61 40 16 5 167 135 85
2 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
3 NYI 62 40 20 2 200 173 82
4 TBL 62 37 19 6 203 167 80
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 62 33 19 10 184 156 76
8 BOS 60 29 22 9 158 158 67
9 FLA 61 26 22 13 145 172 65
10 PHI 62 26 25 11 164 181 63
11 OTT 59 26 23 10 167 161 62
12 NJD 61 25 27 9 137 161 59
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 59 22 30 7 134 159 51
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 62 29 34 4 63
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 62 13 26 21 39
B. Nelson 62 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 62 11 25 11 36
A. Lee 56 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 50 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 52 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 62 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 52 4 19 16 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 32 13 0 .910 2.49
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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