Sound Tigers 4, Devils 3

Matt Donovan and Casey Cizikas each score twice in win

Wednesday, 12.19.2012 / 11:38 PM ET / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Sound Tigers 4, Devils 3
Matt Donovan and Casey Cizikas each score twice in win
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BRIDGEPORT, CONN. (Dec. 19, 2012)
– Matt Donovan and Casey Cizikas each scored a pair of goals, and Johan Sundstrom added two assists as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Albany Devils 4-3 at Webster Bank Arena on Wednesday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers have recorded at least one point in five straight games as their record improves to 13-11-1-2. The Devils fall to 9-9-0-6.

Both teams relinquished leads in the game before Donovan’s second goal of the night with 7:16 left in regulation broke a 3-3 tie and proved to be the game-winner. Back and forth play told the story, as neither side was able build momentum for an extended period of time. Head Coach Scott Pellerin was happy with the win, but gave credit where credit was due on the game-winning goal.

“Bogy (Assistant Coach Eric Boguniecki) was making a change with the defense, but I didn’t know initially,” Pellerin said. “It ended up being a great change, because Donovan was able to take that faceoff win and work it down the weak side.”

Johan Sundstrom won the draw back to Donovan, who skated the puck down the half-wall towards the bottom of the right faceoff circle. Donovan sent a shot through Albany goaltender Keith Kinkaid’s pads, and Sound Tigers goalie Kevin Poulin made the biggest of his 31 saves in the final seconds of regulation to make the goal stand as the game-winner.

Cizikas put the Sound Tigers ahead 7:10 into the game with his first goal of the night. The Toronto, ON native took a feed from Colin McDonald at the blue line of the Albany zone, skated into the slot and sent a shot through a screen over Kinkaid’s right shoulder.

The Devils responded with a pair of goals just 1:09 apart in the second part of the opening period. Mike Sislo netted his first tally of the season with a shot from the low slot at 14:45, and Mattias Tedenby followed it with a rebound off of his own shot at 15:54 to give the Devils a 2-1 lead.

Donovan’s first goal of the night evened the score 1:45 into the second stanza. Sean Backman found Donovan above the left circle from behind the Albany net, and Donovan skated the puck into the slot before firing over Kinkaid’s left shoulder.

The Sound Tigers grabbed the lead just as a power play expired midway through the second period. Sundstrom held the puck in the left corner below the Albany goal line, then fired a quick pass through the Albany defense towards the front of the net. Cizikas one-timed Sundstrom’s pass for his second goal of the night, giving the Sound Tigers a 3-2 lead with 7:46 left in the middle frame.

Albany’s Matt Anderson scored on the power play with 4:21 left in the second period to knot the score at three. Poulin made a pair of big saves towards the end of the second period, and turned aside all of Albany’s 12 shots in the third period to preserve the win for the Sound Tigers.

The Sound Tigers return to action Saturday night when they host the Adirondack Phantoms at 7:00 p.m.

Notes: The Sound Tigers have recorded a point in five straight games (3-0-1-1) after an eight-game winless streak … The Sound Tigers are now 6-0-0-0 in games where Casey Cizikas scores at least one goal … John Persson and Donovan each posted a plus-3 rating in the game … Albany outshot the Sound Tigers 34-30 … The Sound Tigers are 7-3-0-1 at Webster Bank Arena this season.

Three stars
1. BRI: Matt Donovan
2. BRI: Casey Cizikas
3. BRI: Johan Sundstrom

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Forwards
22 Nino Niederreiter - 11 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
23 John Persson - 28 Johan Sundstrom - 24 David Ullstrom
40 Mike Halmo - 14 Matt Watkins - 16 Sean Backman
44 Brett Gallant - 4 Scott Campbell - 20 Blair Riley

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan - 6 Ty Wishart
27 Aaron Ness - 8 Nathan McIver
15 Marc Cantin - 7 Jon Landry

Goaltenders
38 Kevin Poulin (starter)
45 Anders Nilsson

Albany Devils
Forwards
18 Harri Pesonen - 10 Jacob Josefson - Matt Anderson
9 Joe Whitney - 15 Steve Zalewski - 11 Bobby Butler
12 Tim Sestito - 22 Stephen Gionta - 21 Mattias Tedenby
37 Chris McKelvie - 23 Darcy Zajac - 19 Mike sislo

Defensemen
2 Jay Leach - 5 Adam Larsson
7 Brandon Burlon - 33 Corbin McPherson
6 Alexander Urbom - 24 Eric Gelinas

Goaltenders
35 Keith Kinkaid (starter)
31 Jeff Frazee

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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