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Bears 4, Sound Tigers 3 (OT)

Tomas Kundratek scores with 24.6 seconds left in overtime to earn extra point for Hershey

Tuesday, 01.8.2013 / 11:45 PM ET / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Bears 4, Sound Tigers 3 (OT)
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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Jan. 8, 2013)
– Defenseman Tomas Kundratek netted his second goal of the night with 24.6 seconds left in overtime to give the Hershey Bears a 4-3 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday night. With the win, Hershey improves to 17-16-1-1. The Sound Tigers earn a point with the overtime loss and their record moves to 17-14-2-2.

The Sound Tigers got on the board just 3:39 into regulation. Nino Niederreiter carried the puck down beneath the left circle in the Hershey zone, then sent a centering feed towards the crease. Johan Sundstrom deflected Niederrieter’s pass through Hershey goaltender Dany Sabourin for his 10th goal of the season, and the Sound Tigers had the early 1-0 lead.

However, Hershey responded with two quick goals late in the opening frame. Ryan Stoa jammed a loose puck past Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin at 13:20 to knot the score at 1-1, and Kundratek sent a one-timer off of a faceoff win from Jon DiSalvatore for his first goal of the game just 45 seconds later to put the Bears ahead 2-1.

Bridgeport responded courtesy of its captain with 2:57 remaining in first period. Aaron Ness carried the puck deep along the left half-wall and sent a pass on net which Casey Cizikas redirected through the top of the crease. Colin McDonald grabbed the loose change and sent the puck over the goal line for his sixth goal of the season to tie the score at 2-2.

Neither side was able to score in the middle period, and the score remained deadlocked until Brandon DeFazio gave the home team the lead with 12:11 remaining in the third period. McDonald tipped a pass in the Sound Tigers zone past the Hershey defense, and chased the loose puck down to earn a partial breakaway. McDonald was denied by Sabourin on his first attempt, but got the puck behind the goal line in the right corner and sent a sharp-angle shot back into the crease. After a mad scramble in front, DeFazio was able to force the puck in for his seventh goal of the season and the Sound Tigers led 3-2.

Hershey would answer on the very next shift to tie the score at three just 32 seconds later. Jeff Taffe sent a pass through the Sound Tigers defense to Evan Barlow, and Barlow flipped a backhand shot over Poulin’s glove to bring Hershey even.

Both sides had opportunities to score late in the third period and early in overtime, but Kundratek’s aggressive play paid off in the final moments of the extra session. The Hershey defenseman poke-checked the puck free at the Hershey blue line, then raced to the puck in front of the Sound Tigers bench and avoided a Jon Landry check. Kundratek gained possession in the Sound Tigers zone, deked to his backhand and slid the puck under Poulin’s left pad to win the game for Hershey.

Sabourin made 35 saves to earn the win for the Bears, while Poulin stopped 24 shots in the overtime loss.

The Sound Tigers return to action Friday night when they travel to Providence to face the Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at 7:05 p.m.

Notes: The Sound Tigers were 0-for-5 on the power play, while Hershey did not have a power play opportunity … It was just the second time in Sound Tigers history the Sound Tigers did not give up any power play opportunities; the first time was Dec. 19, 2003 against the Worcester IceCats, a 3-2 win in Worcester … Aaron Ness and Nathan McIver both left the game in the third period, and the Sound Tigers played with four defensemen for the remainder of the game … David Ullstrom had eight shots on goal, the most from any player in one game this season … Nino Niederreiter’s assist gives him 34 points this season in 34 games played.

Three Stars
1. HER: Tomas Kundratek
2. BRI: Colin McDonald
3. HER: Dany Sabourin

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 Gampbell - 16 Sean Backman

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan - 6 Ty Wishart
27 Aaron Ness - 8 Nathan McIver
25 Jordan Hill - 7 Jon Landry

Goaltenders
38 Kevin Poulin (starter)
45 Anders Nilsson

Hershey Bears
Forwards
20 Jeff Taffe - 22 Ryan Potulny - 14 Jon DiSalvatore
21 Ryan Stoa - 19 Zach Hamill - 10 Stanislav Galiev
12 Boyd Kane - 24 Mattias Sjogren - 36 Garrett Mitchell
11 Evan Barlow - 37 Jonathon Kalinski - 15 Matt Clackson

Defensemen
2 Patrick McNeill - 7 Steve Oleksy
29 Julien Brouillette - 34 Tomas Kundratek
4 Kevin Marshall - 25 Brett Flemming

Goaltenders
35 Dany Sabourin (starter)
31 Philipp Grubauer

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 50 20 23 -2 43
K. Okposo 51 15 28 -9 43
F. Nielsen 53 15 19 -1 34
B. Nelson 53 20 11 -1 31
M. Grabovski 53 9 16 3 25
A. Lee 53 9 15 0 24
J. Bailey 52 9 15 4 24
N. Leddy 53 3 21 -7 24
R. Strome 42 6 15 -4 21
C. Cizikas 53 5 12 5 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 13 11 4 .918 2.27
T. Greiss 15 6 2 .929 2.24
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