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Admirals 3, Sound Tigers 2 (SO)

Poulin makes 56 total saves in shootout loss

Saturday, 12.15.2012 / 11:32 PM / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Admirals 3, Sound Tigers 2 (SO)
Poulin makes 56 total saves in shootout loss
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NORFOLK, VA. (Dec. 15, 2012)
–  Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin made 50 saves through regulation and overtime and stopped six of the Admirals first seven shootout participants, but Devante Smith-Pelly fired past Poulin’s blocker in the bottom half of the eighth round to give Norfolk a 3-2 win over Bridgeport on Saturday night. With the win, Norfolk improves to 11-12-1-0. The Sound Tigers earn a point with the shootout loss as their record moves to 12-11-1-2.

Saturday night’s game in Norfolk marked Poulin’s first start in two weeks, but he showed no signs of rust early in the game. The third-year Sound Tiger was the best player on the ice in the opening 20 minutes, turning aside 21 shots to hold Norfolk scoreless. The Sound Tigers took the lead on a Nino Niederreiter power play goal with 3:51 remaining in the period, and the visitors carried a 1-0 lead into the first intermission.

The Sound Tigers kept control of play in the second period and added to their lead just 1:51 into the middle frame. Johan Sundstrom fed John Persson on an odd-man rush entering the Norfolk zone, and Persson one-timed the puck past Norfolk goaltender Igor Bobkov for his ninth tally of the season.

Norfolk finally broke through with just 41.8 seconds left in the second period. Defenseman Gabe Guentzel sent a long pass through neutral ice to John Kurtz as he attempted to split the Sound Tigers defense. Kurtz chased the puck down by the left faceoff dot and shot beneath Poulin’s blocker to cut the Sound Tigers lead to 2-1.

Poulin continued to make acrobatic saves, but the Admirals finally evened the score midway through the final frame. The Sound Tigers were unable to clear the zone, and Norfolk’s Pat Maroon found Smith-Pelly in the slot for a one-timer to knot the score at two with 10:59 left in regulation.

The game eventually went to overtime, marking the third straight contest to go past regulation, and then to a shootout after neither side could score in the extra session.

The Sound Tigers shot first in the bonus round, and both David Ullstrom and Colin McDonald fired off the crossbar to open the second and third rounds. Norfolk’s Emerson Etem beat Poulin in the bottom half of the third round to break the deadlock, until Jon Landry fired through Bobkov’s five hole in the first half of the fifth round to extend the shootout. Neither side scored in the sixth or seventh rounds and Matt Watkins was stopped to lead off the eighth round, setting the stage for Smith-Pelly’s game-winner.

The Sound Tigers return to action on Wednesday, Dec. 19 when they open a three-game home stand against the Albany Devils at 7:00 p.m.

Notes: Poulin’s 50-save effort fell one short of his career-high 51-save outing in a 6-2 win in Adirondack on Jan. 27 last season … Wade Dubielewicz holds the team record for saves in one game with 52 … The Sound Tigers now have points in four straight games, and have played in three straight overtime games …  Nathan McIver’s fight with John Kurtz in the second period gives him 121 penalty minutes this season, third in the AHL … Brett Gallant leads the AHL with 128 PIMs … Max MacKay left the game in the first period, and as a result the Sound Tigers rolled three lines for the majority of the game with seven defensemen dressed.

Three Stars

1. NOR: Devante Smith-Pelly
2. NOR: Igor Bobkov
3. BRI: Kevin Poulin

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Forwards
22 Nino Niederreiter – 11 Casey Cizikas – 13 Colin McDonald
23 John Persson – 28 Johan Sundstrom – 20 Blair Riley
24 David Ullstrom – 14 Matt Watkins – 16 Sean Backman
44 Brett Gallant – 17 Max MacKay

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart
15 Marc Cantin – 7 Jon Landry
27 Aaron Ness – 8 Nathan McIver
25 Jordan Hill

Goaltenders
38 Kevin Poulin (starter)
45 Anders Nilsson

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
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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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