Bridgeport Sound Tigers Notes

Sound Tigers play back-to-back contests against Whale beginning Wednesday

Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 11:24 AM ET / News
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Bridgeport Sound Tigers Notes
Sound Tigers play back-to-back contests against Whale beginning Wednesday
LAST WEEK
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers won one of two games at home last week to remain in second place in the Northeast Division. On Wednesday, Dec. 19, the Sound Tigers beat the Albany Devils 4-3 on a third period goal by Matt Donovan. On Saturday, Dec. 22, the Sound Tigers third period comeback fell short, as they lost to the Adirondack Phantoms 3-2.

12/19 vs. Albany Devils: W 4-3 – RECAP | BOX SCORE
12/22 vs. Adirondack Phantoms: L 2-3 – RECAP | BOX SCORE

UP NEXT
The Sound Tigers play three games this week, starting with back-to-back contests against the in-state rival Connecticut Whale. The teams will meet in Bridgeport on Wednesday, Dec. 26 and in Hartford on Thursday, Dec. 27. Both games will start at 7 p.m. The two teams have split the four previous matchups, with Bridgeport winning the first two and Connecticut taking the last two decisions.

The Sound Tigers return home for a 7 p.m. contest against the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, Dec. 29. Bridgeport is 2-0 against Manchester this season, outscoring them 9-2.

TEAM LEADERS
Goals:
1. Nino Niederreiter – 13
2. Brock Nelson – 11
3. John Persson – 9

Assists:
1. Colin McDonald – 16
2. Nino Niederreiter – 14
3. Aaron Ness – 12

Points:
1. Nino Niederreiter – 27
2. Brock Nelson – 22
3. Colin McDonald - 20

Plus-Minus:
T1. Matt Donovan - +7
T1. Johan Sundstrom - +6
T1. David Ullstrom - +5












Penalty Minutes:
1. Brett Gallant – 138
2. Nathan McIver – 126
3. Blair Riley - 65

Power Play Goals:
T1. Jon Landry – 5
T1. Nino Niederreiter – 5
3. Brock Nelson – 4

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

Shots on Goal:
1. Nino Niederreiter – 91
2. Colin McDonald – 73
3. Brock Nelson – 68













NEWS & NOTES
Center Johan Sundstrom scored a goal on Dec. 22 vs. Adirondack and has points in three consecutive games (one goal, three assists). The Gothenburg, SWE native is tied for 13th among AHL rookies with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) this season.

Defenseman Matt Donovan posted the first multi-goal game of his professional career on Dec. 19 vs. Albany. Donovan’s goal at 12:44 of the third period held up as the game-winner. The Edmond, OK native leads the team with a plus-7 rating and ranks second among defensemen with 13 points (three goals, 10 assists).

With assists on Dec. 19 vs. Albany and Dec. 22 vs. Adirondack, left wing John Persson is riding a four-game point streak (two goals, two assists), and has six points (three goals, three assists) in his last six games. Persson ranks third on the team with nine goals, and tied for fifth with 15 points this season.

Left wing Nino Niederreiter is tied for 11th in the league with 27 points (13 goals, 14 assists). The 20-year-old posted a nine-game point streak from Nov. 3-21 and leads the team in goals and points.

Right wing Colin McDonald earned an assist on Dec. 19 vs. Albany, and leads the team with 16 assists. The Sound Tigers captain has points in nine of his last 11 games (two goals, 11 assists).

Center Brock Nelson is tied for fifth among AHL rookies with 11 goals, and tied for fourth among first-year players with 22 points, despite missing the last three games due to injury. Through 28 games, the Sound Tigers have received 29 goals from rookies, including nine from John Persson, eight from Johan Sundstrom and one from Mike Halmo.

Bridgeport has the top-ranked power play in the Eastern Conference at 21.2% (28-for-132). The Sound Tigers have been especially effective on the man advantage at Webster Bank Arena, succeeding on 23.8% of their opportunities (15-for-63). Bridgeport is tied for second in the AHL with one short-handed goal against.

The Sound Tigers penalty kill has also been successful at Webster Bank Arena, holding its opponents off the board in 51-of-56 shorthanded opportunities (91.1%, T-2nd AHL). Forwards Brandon DeFazio and Casey Cizikas have netted shorthanded markers at home.

The Sound Tigers lead the AHL in penalty minutes with 716. Brett Gallant (138 PIMs, 2nd in AHL) and Nathan McIver (126 PIMs, 3rd in AHL) lead the team.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 74 47 20 7 226 172 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 76 46 23 7 244 198 99
4 PIT 75 41 23 11 207 188 93
5 NYI 76 44 27 5 230 211 93
6 DET 74 40 22 12 216 201 92
7 WSH 75 40 25 10 218 186 90
8 BOS 75 37 25 13 199 195 87
9 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 76 34 40 -3 74
R. Strome 75 15 32 19 47
K. Okposo 54 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 75 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 76 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 70 23 16 12 39
J. Bailey 64 15 23 4 38
J. Boychuk 66 8 25 9 33
T. Hamonic 66 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 72 10 19 15 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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