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Pirates 2, Sound Tigers 1

Nilsson stops 36 shots in losing effort

Sunday, 01.06.2013 / 12:14 AM / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Pirates 2, Sound Tigers 1
Nilsson stops 36 shots in losing effort
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PORTLAND, Me. (Jan. 5, 2013) – Sound Tigers forward Blair Riley scored his first goal of the season late in the first period, but Pirates goaltender Mark Visentin stopped the remaining 39 shots he faced as Portland defeated Bridgeport 2-1 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday night. With the win, the Pirates improve to 20-12-1-1 overall. The Sound Tigers fall to 17-14-1-2 with their second straight loss.

Saturday night’s game was a battle of the goaltenders, as Visentin and Sound Tigers goaltender Anders Nilsson combined to stop 75 of 78 shots in the game. Portland scored the game’s first goal 7:37 into the first period when Alexandre Bolduc fired a slap shot from the top of the left circle over Nilsson’s right shoulder to give the Pirates a 1-0 lead.

Portland doubled its lead to two with a power play goal at the 15:29 mark of the opening frame. Nilsson made the initial save on Michael Stone’s point shot, but Andy Miele found the rebound in traffic and sent the puck over Nilsson to put the Pirates ahead by two.

Riley was denied on a breakaway as he came on for a shift late in the final period, but scored on the rush on the same shift to put the Sound Tigers on the board. Brandon DeFazio carried the puck into the slot and dropped the puck off for Riley. The second-year Sound Tiger fired a shot through DeFazio’s screen over Visentin’s right shoulder for his first goal of the season with 51 seconds remaining in the first period to bring Bridgeport within a goal.

Portland outshot the Sound Tigers by a 14-7 margin in the second period, but Nilsson settled down after allowing two goals in the first period and stopped all 14 shots he faced. The Sound Tigers ramped up the pressure in the third period, sending 17 shots on net and creating many more scoring opportunities in the final 20 minutes. However, Visentin was stellar in net for the Pirates, and held his ground to preserve the one-goal victory for Portland.

The Sound Tigers return to action on Tuesday night when they host the Hershey Bears at Webster Bank Arena at 7:00 p.m.

Notes: Nilsson made 36 saves in the loss … The Sound Tigers went 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Pirates were 1-for-3 … Colin McDonald, David Ullstrom and John Persson each had five shots on goal … Brett Gallant dropped the gloves with Joel Rechlicz early in the first period, and now ranks 2nd in the AHL with 148 penalty minutes.

Three Stars
1. POR: Mark Visentin
2. POR: Andy Miele
3. BRI: Anders Nilsson

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

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan - 6 Ty Wishart
27 Aaron Ness - 8 Nathan McIver
2 Dallas Jackson - 7 Jon Landry

Goaltenders
45 Anders Nilsson (starter)
38 Kevin Poulin

Portland Pirates
Forwards
12 Rob Klinkhammer - 21 Andy Miele - 10 Jordan Szwarz
14 Chris Conner - 49 Alexandre Bolduc - 11 Chris Brown
8 Ethan Werek - 16 Brendan Shinnimin - 24 Brett Hextall
26 Darian Dziurzynski - 20 Evan Brophey - 19 Joel Reichlicz

Defensemen
5 Chris Summers - 2 David Rundblad
6 Mathieu Brodeur - 33 Mark Louis
36 Brandon Gormley - 28 Michael Stone

Goaltenders
29 Mark Visentin (starter)
30 Chad Johnson

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 62 41 16 5 171 135 87
2 NYI 64 41 21 2 205 179 84
3 NYR 61 38 17 6 192 152 82
4 TBL 64 38 20 6 210 171 82
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 64 34 20 10 188 159 78
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 63 28 22 13 154 178 69
10 PHI 63 27 25 11 168 183 65
11 OTT 60 27 23 10 171 163 64
12 NJD 63 26 27 10 141 164 62
13 CBJ 62 26 32 4 160 196 56
14 CAR 61 24 30 7 142 162 55
15 TOR 63 25 33 5 170 193 55
16 BUF 63 19 39 5 123 212 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 64 30 35 4 65
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 64 14 27 22 41
B. Nelson 64 17 19 7 36
F. Nielsen 64 11 25 12 36
A. Lee 58 20 13 13 33
J. Bailey 52 12 19 10 31
J. Boychuk 54 7 23 16 30
N. Leddy 64 8 18 15 26
T. Hamonic 54 4 21 15 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 33 13 0 .911 2.46
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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