Nelson's Hat Trick Leads Tigers Past Admirals

Sound Tigers skate past Norfolk 4-1 at Webster Bank Arena

Sunday, 02.3.2013 / 9:28 AM ET / News
By Jamie Palatini
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Nelson\'s Hat Trick Leads Tigers Past Admirals
Sound Tigers skate past Norfolk 4-1 at Webster Bank Arena

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (Feb. 2, 2013) – Sound Tigers forward Brock Nelson recorded his first professional hat trick and Kevin Poulin made 26 saves as Bridgeport defeated the Norfolk Admirals 4-1 at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers improve to 21-19-2-3 overall. The Admirals fall to 18-23-2-1.

Nelson hadn’t scored since Dec. 14 at Norfolk when he suffered a jaw injury that kept him out of the lineup until Jan. 11. The rookie center had just three assists in eight games since returning from the injury, but scored twice on the power play and added an empty-netter on Saturday night to clinch the win for the Sound Tigers.

The Sound Tigers trailed 1-0 after Peter Holland scored on a 5-on-3 midway through the first period, but Nelson would respond with his own goal on the two-man advantage to even the score. Norfolk’s Brayden Irwin and Matt Smaby took successive penalties late in the opening frame to create a 5-on-3 that carried into the second period. 37 seconds into the middle stanza, Nelson found the rebound from Ty Wishart’s point shot and put it past Norfolk goaltender Igor Bobkov to tie the game at one.

Special teams dictated the game’s outcome, as the Sound Tigers went 2-for-6 on the man-advantage and were 6-for-7 on the penalty kill. That included a crucial two-man disadvantage in the second period, when both defensemen Jon Landry and Nathan McIver took penalties to give the Admirals nearly 3:30 of power play time. However, Poulin and the penalty kill held their ground to keep the game tied at one.

The score remained even until the 6:55 mark of the third period when Nelson netted his second power play goal of the evening. Bobkov ended up without his stick during the penalty kill, and Nelson took advantage by sending a quick shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle through Bobkov’s legs to put the Sound Tigers ahead 2-1.

Nino Niederreiter provided insurance with his 20th goal of the season just 2:19 later. Dallas Jackson fought to keep the puck in the Norfolk zone, and Mike Halmo sent the loose puck towards the Admirals net. Niederreiter battled to earn position in front of Bobkov and deflected the puck over Bobkov’s glove to push the Bridgeport lead to two.

Nelson finished off his first pro hat trick with an empty net goal with 45.5 seconds left in the game. Scott Campbell won a pivotal draw in the Sound Tigers zone, Nelson stole a Norfolk pass and skated the puck into the Admirals’ zone before buring the empty-netter to clinch a 4-1 victory.

Poulin earned his second straight victory in his third start in three nights, making 26 saves including 21 over the final two periods to earn his 14th win of the season.

The Sound Tigers return to action next Saturday night when they continue their homestand against the Portland Pirates. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.

NOTES: Niederreiter’s goal was his first point in five games … Nelson’s hat trick was the first this season for the Sound Tigers and the first since Micheal Haley’s hat trick in an 8-1 win over Springfield on Feb. 11, 2012 … Nathan McIver’s penalty gave him 200 PIMs on the season; the single-season record for penalty minutes is held by Eric Godard (295, 2004-05) … Ty Wishart has five points (2g, 3a) over his last three games … The Sound Tigers have scored a power play goal in 15 of their 20 home games … Kenny Reiter, who was recalled from Fort Wayne (ECHL) earlier in the morning, served as Kevin Poulin’s backup.

THREE STARS
1. BRI: Brock Nelson
2. BRI: Kevin Poulin
3. BRI: Sean Backman

Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Forwards
40 Mike Halmo – 29 Brock Nelson – 22 Nino Niederreiter
23 John Persson – 14 Matt Watkins (A) – 77 Kirill Kabanov
42 Brandon DeFazio – 4 Scott Campbell – 20 Blair Riley
18 Chad Costello – 5 Jack Combs – 16 Sean Backman

Defensemen
46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart
27 Aaron Ness – 8 Nathan McIver (A)
2 Dallas Jackson – 7 Jon Landry (A)

Goaltenders
38 Kevin Poulin (starter)
30 Kenny Reiter

Norfolk Admirals
Forwards
38 Jay Rosehill – 19 Patrick Maroon – 17 Luca Caputi
24 John Mitchell – 22 Peter Holland – 23 Dan Sexton
13 Josh Brittain – 16 Rod Pelley – 18 Chris Wagner
12 John Kurtz – 29 Brayden Irwin – 27 Matt Kennedy

Defensemen
25 Matt Smaby – 5 Nate Guenin
10 Gabe Guentzel – 2 Mat Clark
3 Ryan Parent – 6 Jordan Hendry

Goaltenders
35 Igor Bobkov (starter)
43 Jeff Deslauriers

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 77 34 43 -2 77
R. Strome 76 16 32 20 48
K. Okposo 55 16 31 -11 47
F. Nielsen 76 14 28 8 42
B. Nelson 77 19 22 7 41
A. Lee 71 23 16 10 39
J. Bailey 65 15 23 3 38
J. Boychuk 67 8 25 9 33
N. Leddy 73 10 21 14 31
T. Hamonic 67 5 26 16 31
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 36 16 2 .913 2.42
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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