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Bridgeport Sound Tigers Notes

Sound Tigers head to Portland and Norfolk for three-game, five-day road trip

Tuesday, 12.11.2012 / 9:00 AM ET / News
By Travis Betts
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Bridgeport Sound Tigers Notes

LAST WEEK
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers went 1-2-0-0 last week, earning a 7-2 win on Sunday, Dec. 9 against the Syracuse Crunch, but losing 4-2 at the Connecticut Whale on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and 3-1 at the Albany Devils on Saturday, Dec. 8. At 11-11-0-1 (23 points), the Sound Tigers trail the Springfield Falcons by nine points in the Northeast Division.

12/5 at Connecticut Whale – L 2-4 – RECAP | BOX SCORE
12/8 at Albany Devils – L 1-3 – RECAP | BOX SCORE
12/9 vs. Syracuse Crunch – W 7-2 – RECAP | BOX SCORE

UP NEXT
The Sound Tigers have a three-game, five-day road trip this week beginning with their first matchup of the season against the Portland Pirates on Dec. 11 at 7:00 p.m. Bridgeport and Portland split the teams’ six contests last season, with the Sound Tigers scoring 21 goals and allowing 18.

The club will then travel south to Virginia to take on the Norfolk Admirals for games on Friday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 15. The Sound Tigers and Admirals have split two decisions so far this season, and will play eight times total in 2012-13.

TEAM LEADERS
Goals:
1. Nino Niederreiter – 11
2. Brock Nelson – 10
T3. John Persson – 7
T3. Johan Sundstrom – 7

Assists:
1. Nino Niederreiter – 13
2. Colin McDonald – 12
3. Aaron Ness – 11

Points:
1. Nino Niederreiter – 24
2. Brock Nelson – 19
3. Colin McDonald - 16

Plus-Minus:
T1. Matt Donovan - +4
T1. Johan Sundstrom - +4
T1. David Ullstrom - +4











Penalty Minutes:
1. Brett Gallant – 121
2. Nathan McIver – 92
3. Brandon DeFazio - 51

Power Play Goals:
1. Jon Landry – 5
2. Brock Nelson – 4
3. Nino Niederreiter - 3

Shorthanded Goals:
T1. Casey Cizikas – 1
T1. Brandon DeFazio – 1
T1. Brock Nelson – 1

Shots on Goal:
1. Nino Niederreiter – 70
2. Brock Nelson – 64
3. Colin McDonald - 55












NEWS & NOTES
Left wing Nino Niederreiter leads the team in goals (11), assists (13) and points (24). The 20-year-old registered points in all three games last week, including two assists in the Sound Tigers 7-2 win vs. Syracuse on Dec. 9.

Forward Brock Nelson is tied for third among AHL rookies with 10 goals, and tied for fourth with 19 points this season. The Warroad, MN native posted a career-high three points (one goal, two assists) on Dec. 9 vs. Syracuse. Through 23 games, the Sound Tigers have received 25 goals from rookies, including seven each from Johan Sundstrom and John Persson, and one from Mike Halmo.

Forward Colin McDonald registered a season-high four points (two goals, two assists) on Dec. 9 vs. Syracuse and has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last six games. The newly-minted Sound Tigers captain ranks second on the squad with 12 assists and third with 16 points.

After going 3-for-5 on the man advantage Dec. 9 vs. Syracuse, the Sound Tigers have the top-ranked power play in the AHL at 23.4% (25-for-107). The Sound Tigers power play has been especially effective at Webster Bank Arena, succeeding on 28.3% of its opportunities (15-for-53).

The Sound Tigers penalty kill has also been successful at Webster Bank Arena, holding its opponents off the board in 42-of-46 shorthanded opportunities (91.3%, 3rd AHL). Forwards Brandon DeFazio and Casey Cizikas have netted shorthanded markers at home.

Defenseman Jon Landry scored power play markers on Dec. 5 at Connecticut and Dec. 9 vs. Syracuse, and is tied for sixth in the league with five power play goals. The Montreal, QC native leads Sound Tigers blueliners with six goals and 13 points on the season.

The Sound Tigers rank first in the Eastern Conference and second in the AHL with 599 penalty minutes. Brett Gallant (121 PIMs, 1st in AHL) and Nathan McIver (92 PIMs, 6th in AHL) lead the team.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 55 32 17 6 153 127 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
5 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 CAR 55 24 21 10 131 143 58
11 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
12 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
15 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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