BRIDGEPORT, CT – Center Frans Nielson scored with seven seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Bridgeport Sound Tigers over the Manchester Monarchs, 2-1, in front of 3,082 fans at the Arena at Harbor Yard on Saturday night.
Manchester (15-10-6-1) is in second place in the Atlantic Division with 37 points. Bridgeport (13-12-1-3) is in fifth place in the East Division with 30 points.
Center Patrick O'Sullivan scored his team leading 11th goal of the season, unassisted at 8:19 of the first period. Sound Tigers goaltender Billy Thompson skated out of his net to poke check Monarchs right wing Konstantin Pushkarev. Thompson succeeded in the poke check but sent the puck over to O'Sullivan who scored into the open net to give Manchester a 1-0 lead.
Bridgeport tied the game at 1-1 at the 8:09 mark of the middle period with center Jeremy Colliton's eighth tally of the season. Right wing Brian Comeau skated down the left wing into the Monarchs zone and fed the puck over to Colliton streaking into right face-off circle. Colliton's slap shot beat Manchester's goaltender Jason LaBarbera on his glove side. Left wing Steve Regier earned the second assist on the goal.
Nielsen scored his ninth goal of the season with seven seconds remaining in overtime to give Bridgeport the win. Former Monarchs left wing Jeff Tambellini carried the puck into the Monarchs zone and handed it off to Comeau. The right winger fired a shot on LaBarbera that was tipped by left wing Steve Regier. The rebound came to Nielsen who finished off the Monarchs for a 2-1 Sound Tigers win.
LaBarbera took the loss stopping 25 shots. Thompson earned the victory with 29 saves.
Manchester went 0-for-4 on the power play. Bridgeport was 1-for-5 with the man advantage.
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