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Sound Tigers 5, Whale 2

Ullstrom's four-point night and Niederreiter's two goals power Sound Tigers

Wednesday, 12.26.2012 / 11:55 PM / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Sound Tigers 5, Whale 2
Ullstrom\'s four-point night and Niederreiter\'s two goals power Sound Tigers
BOX SCORE

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Dec. 26, 2012)
– Nino Niederreiter scored twice in the first 7:04 of the first period, and David Ullstrom added a goal and three assists as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers defeated the Connecticut Whale 5-2 at Webster Bank Arena on Wednesday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers improve to 14-12-1-2. The Whale falls to 12-15-2-0.

“Our gameplan was to come out strong and be physical,” Sound Tigers Head Coach Scott Pellerin said. “It was a big effort for us to solidify that win.”

It took just 63 seconds for Niederreiter to put the Sound Tigers on the board. After Ullstrom was denied on a backhand attempt from the left faceoff circle in the Whale zone, Niederreiter lifted the rebound over Whale goaltender Cam Talbot to give the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead.

Niederreiter’s second goal of the period doubled the Sound Tigers advantage. Similar to his first goal of the evening, the second-year pro found a rebound in traffic and beat Talbot at 7:04 of the opening frame.

Sound Tigers captain Colin McDonald added to the lead midway through the first period as a power play came to an end. Casey Cizikas fired a pass from the bottom of the right circle through the low slot, and McDonald one-timed it home for his fifth goal of the season.

The Sound Tigers increased their lead to four goals late in the second period. Johan Sundstrom’s wraparound attempt popped up into the air at the top of Talbot’s crease and bounced off of Matt Watkins before it deflected off of a Whale defenseman and trickled over the goal line. It was one of Sundstrom’s three assists on the night, and Watkins fifth tally of the season gave the Sound Tigers a 4-0 lead after two periods.

The Whale answered with two quick goals in the first portion of the final frame. Marek Hrivik spun and wrapped a rebound past Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin at 3:43 to get the Whale on the board, and Blake Parlett deflected Chad Kolarik’s shot from the slot to cut the Sound Tigers lead to two with 12:53 left in regulation. The Whale would draw no closer, as Poulin made key saves down the stretch, and Ullstrom added an empty-netter as the buzzer sounded.

“He’s certainly solidified his game,” Pellerin said of Poulin, who finished the game with 25 saves. “He’s worked hard in practice and elevated his game. I’m really proud of the way he’s competed not only in practice, but also in games and he’s getting big wins for us.”

The Sound Tigers close out the home-and-home series with the Whale tomorrow night at the XL Center. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.

Notes: Ullstrom’s four points (1g/3a) tied Colin McDonald’s four-point output against Syracuse on Dec. 9 for most points in a game this season …  Niederreiter now has 15 goals on the season, fourth most in the AHL ... Ullstrom and Sundstrom’s three assists matched Hamonic’s three-assist game against the Whale on opening night … The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 29-27 … Ullstrom’s empty-netter was the first for the Sound Tigers since Matt Watkins’ empty-netter in a 4-2 win over Providence on Oct. 13 … Ullstrom led the Sound Tigers with a plus-4 rating in the game.

Three Stars
1. BRI: Nino Niederreiter
2. BRI: David Ullstrom
3. BRI: Johan Sundstrom

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Forwards
23 John Persson - 11 Casey Cizikas - 13 Colin McDonald
24 David Ullstrom - 28 Johan Sundstrom - 22 Nino Niederreiter
40 Mike Halmo - 14 Matt Watkins - 42 Brandon DeFazio
44 Brett Gallant -  - 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

Connecticut Whale
Forwards
20 Chris Kreider – 7 Kyle Jean – 26 Brandon Segal
18 Micheal Haley – 11 Kris Newbury – 42 Chad Kolarik
15 Marek Hrivik – 90 Kelsey Tessier – 92 Christian Thomas
16 Tommy Grant – 24 Shayne Wiebe – 9 Ryan Bourque

Defensemen
97 Matt Gilroy – 4 Steven Delisle
48 Mike Vernace – 25 Sean Collins
3 Sam Klassen – 5 Blake Parlett

Goaltenders
33 Cameron Talbot (starter)
31 Jason Missiaen


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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 NYI 63 41 20 2 202 174 84
3 NYR 60 38 16 6 190 148 82
4 TBL 63 38 19 6 207 167 82
5 DET 60 34 15 11 176 156 79
6 PIT 61 35 17 9 176 152 79
7 WSH 63 33 20 10 184 159 76
8 BOS 61 30 22 9 161 160 69
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 62 25 27 10 139 164 60
13 CBJ 60 26 30 4 157 189 56
14 TOR 61 25 31 5 170 185 55
15 CAR 60 23 30 7 137 159 53
16 BUF 62 19 38 5 120 207 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 63 29 35 4 64
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 63 14 26 21 40
B. Nelson 63 17 19 6 36
F. Nielsen 63 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 57 20 12 12 32
J. Bailey 51 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 53 7 22 15 29
N. Leddy 63 8 17 14 25
T. Hamonic 53 4 20 16 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 7 1 .890 2.95

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