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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

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 46 21 24 -2 45
K. Okposo 46 14 30 -2 44
R. Strome 46 8 25 16 33
B. Nelson 46 15 15 6 30
F. Nielsen 46 9 16 4 25
J. Boychuk 36 4 18 15 22
J. Bailey 34 8 13 8 21
N. Leddy 46 7 14 15 21
N. Kulemin 46 11 9 1 20
A. Lee 40 13 5 7 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 25 9 0 .910 2.41
C. Johnson 6 5 0 .870 3.38

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