PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Jan. 11, 2013) – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers stormed back with four straight goals in the third period after trailing Providence 5-0 through 40 minutes of play, but could not find the final goal in the waning moments of regulation as the Bruins held on for a 5-4 win at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night. With the win, the Bruins improve to 18-13-0-2. The Sound Tigers are winless in their last four games as they fall to 17-15-2-2.
The Bruins took the lead 11:43 into the game. Ty Wishart was unable to keep the puck in the Providence zone, creating a 2-on-1 for the Bruins. Christian Hanson entered the left part of the Sound Tigers zone, skated towards the slot and fired over Anders Nilsson’s glove for his fifth goal of the season to make the score 1-0.
Providence increased its lead 2:34 later following a turnover in the Sound Tigers zone. The puck came free into the high slot, where Torey Krug blasted a one-timer off the right post and in for his second goal of the season. The Bruins took a 3-0 lead just 55 seconds later, when Craig Cunningham cut towards the Sound Tigers net and deflected Maxime Savue’s centering feed over Nilsson’s glove.
The Sound Tigers dictated much of the play to open the second period, but could not convert on their scoring chances. Providence withstood Bridgeport’s push, then made its lead 4-0 at 12:08 when Cunningham took Carter Camper’s pass above the crease and beat Nilsson as he slid to his left. The Bruins earned back-to-back power plays later in the period, and scored on the latter when Tommy Cross sent a wrist shot through a screen over Nilsson’s glove to give Providence a 5-0 advantage.
The Sound Tigers began their charge back with 14:08 left in regulation. Just as their power play expired, Travis Hamonic sent a wrist shot through a screen past Providence goaltender Niklas Svedberg to get Bridgeport on the board. Aaron Ness’ first goal of the season made the score 5-2, as he sent a wrist shot from the left circle past Svedberg at 9:33 of the third period.
Less than two minutes later, the Sound Tigers drew within two goals. Wishart’s right-point shot was stopped by Svedberg, but David Ullstrom put the rebound home for his fifth goal of the season to cut the Sound Tigers deficit to 5-3. The Sound Tigers continued to dominate the action, and Johan Sundstrom brought the visitors within one goal, putting a rebound past Svedberg with 2:21 left in regulation to make the score 5-4.
The Sound Tigers pulled Nilsson in favor of the extra attacker with just over 1:30 left in regulation, but saw their comeback chances cut short. Hamonic was forced to hook a Bruin who had a clear shot to the net with just over one minute left in regulation, and the Sound Tigers were unable to apply much pressure during the penalty kill in the waning moments.
Nilsson made 22 saves in the loss, while Svedberg stopped 26 of 30 Sound Tigers shots to hang on for the victory.
The Sound Tigers return to Webster Bank Arena tomorrow night when they host the Portland Pirates at 7:00 p.m.
Notes: Former Sound Tiger Tyler McNeely appeared in his first game with Providence after signing a professional tryout contract and assisted on the Bruins’ first goal … The Sound Tigers scored four times in the third period, their second highest single-period total this season; they scored five times in a 6-2 win in Hartford against the Whale on opening night … The Sound Tigers were 0-for-2 on the power play, while Providence went 1-for-4.
Three Stars 1. PRO: Craig Cunningham 2. PRO: Carter Camper 3. BRI: David Ullstrom
Bridgeport Sound Tigers Forwards 22 Nino Niederreiter – 28 Johan Sundstrom – 24 David Ullstrom 23 John Persson – 29 Brock Nelson – 13 Colin McDonald (C) 42 Brandon DeFazio – 14 Matt Watkins (A) – 20 Blair Riley 44 Brett Gallant – 11 Casey Cizikas (A) – 18 Chad Costello
Defensemen 7 Jon Landry – 3 Travis Hamonic 46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart 27 Aaron Ness – 8 Nathan McIver
Goaltenders 45 Anders Nilsson (starter) 38 Kevin Poulin