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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 / News
By Travis Betts
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Bridgeport Sound Tigers Notes
Sound Tigers head to Portland and Norfolk for three-game, five-day road trip

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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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