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Bridgeport Sound Tigers Notes

by Travis Betts / New York Islanders

After defeating the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3-2 on Oct. 20, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers are in a tie with the Springfield Falcons for first place in the Northeast Division. At 3-0-0-0, the Sound Tigers are one of four undefeated teams remaining in the American Hockey League (Syracuse Crunch, Norfolk Admirals, Abbotsford Heat). Below are the results from last week’s games:

10/20 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: W 3-2


The Sound Tigers have their first “three-in-three” of the 2012-13 campaign this weekend, starting with a road tilt at the Worcester Sharks on Friday, Oct. 26. The Sound Tigers play at Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 27 and at Worcester again on Sunday, Oct. 28. Last season against Worcester, Bridgeport posted a 3-2-1-0 record. In 2011-12 against Springfield, the Sound Tigers earned points in six-of-eight games (4-2-0-2). Below are the results from the Sound Tigers 2011-12 season series against Springfield and Worcester, as well as the dates they will meet in 2012-13:

Worcester Sharks
2011-12 2012-13
10/28 at BRI: OTL 2-3 10/26 at WOR
11/11 at WOR: L 2-3 10/28 at WOR
1/2 at BRI: W 4-0 12/1 at BRI
3/6 at WOR: W 3-2 2/10 at BRI
3/18 at WOR: L 2-5 4/2 at WOR
3/27 at BRI: W 5-4 4/4 at BRI
Springfield Falcons
2011-12 2012-13
11/12 at SPR: W 4-3 10/27 at SPR
11/19 at BRI: L 1-4 1/4 at SPR
12/11 at SPR: L 1-5 1/20 at BRI
2/11 at BRI: W 8-1 2/12 at BRI
2/24 at SPR: SOL 1-2 2/22 at SPR
3/23 at SPR: SOL 2-3 3/12 at BRI
3/30 at BRI: W 6-2 3/23 at BRI
4/4 at BRI: W 3-2 3/28 at SPR


Forward Nino Niederreiter scored his team-leading third goal of the season on Oct. 20 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and now has goals in his last six games with Bridgeport, dating back to last season. Niederreiter’s three goals are tied for eighth in the AHL.

Rookie forward John Persson scored the game-winning goal on Oct. 20 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He is tied with Binghamton’s Hugh Jessiman for the league-lead with two game-winners, with his other one coming Oct. 12 at Connecticut.

Through three games, forwards Brandon DeFazio and Colin McDonald and defenseman Travis Hamonic are tied for eighth in the league with plus-4 ratings. All seven players ahead of them have more games played.

Kevin Poulin is tied for the league lead with three wins, and is the only goaltender in the AHL to have started and won every game for his team so far. Poulin is 3-0-0 with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage.

On Oct. 20 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Sound Tigers killed off all six Penguins power plays. Bridgeport has fended off the last 14 man advantages, dating back to Oct. 12 at Connecticut.

Sharks defenseman Matt Pelech is the older brother of Islanders 2012 third-round draft pick Adam Pelech. The older Pelech ranked third in the AHL with 16 fighting majors in 2011-12.

Falcons forward Ryan Johansen was a junior teammate of Nino Niederreiter with the Portland Winterhawks (Western Hockey League). Johansen was selected fourth overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets at the 2010 NHL Draft, while Niederreiter was selected fifth.

1. Nino Niederreiter - 3
T2. Casey Cizikas - 2
T2. Brandon DeFazio - 2
T2. John Persson - 2

1. Travis Hamonic – 3
T2. Six players tied - 2

1. Nino Niederreiter – 5
T2. Casey Cizikas - 3
T2. Brandon DeFazio – 3
T2. Travis Hamonic – 3
T2. Brock Nelson – 3

T1. Brandon DeFazio - +4
T1. Travis Hamonic - +4
T1. Colin McDonald - +4
Penalty Minutes:
1. Travis Hamonic – 14
2. Blair Riley – 7
3. Colin McDonald - 6

Power Play Goals:
T1. Casey Cizikas – 1
T1. Nino Niederreiter – 1
T1. John Persson – 1

Shorthanded Goals:
1. Brandon DeFazio – 1

Shots On Goal:
1. Nino Niederreiter – 12
T2. Colin McDonald - 8
T2. John Persson - 8
T2. Ty Wishart - 8

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