The Bridgeport Sound Tigers shut out the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night with a 3-0 win at XL Center. Anders Nilsson stopped all 33 Hartford shots while Mike Halmo, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Anders Lee all scored goals. Lee and Halmo remain tied for the team lead in goals, each with 11. With the win, the Sound Tigers improve to 11-13-1-3.
The Sound Tigers killed off three penalties in the first period, including 1:23 of a Hartford two-man advantage late in the first period. Nilsson was stellar in the first, stopping all 16 shots he faced. The Sound Tigers tested Wolf Pack goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris in the first, as well, but Grumet-Morris made all 11 saves as the team’s went back to the dressing room without a goal.
It remained scoreless through the first half of the second period, but at 12:29, the Sound Tigers made a breakthrough on the power play. Dallas Jackson sent the puck down low to Lee, who found Halmo with a backdoor pass at the left post. Halmo had a wide-open net to shoot at and buried it to give the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead.
The Sound Tigers extended their lead in the third period thanks to Bouchard’s goal at 4:46. Scooter Vaughan had the puck in the Sound Tigers zone and launched a stretch pass up the middle for Bouchard. He was clearly ahead of the defense and walked in on a breakaway to beat Grumet-Morris and make it 2-0 Sound Tigers.
Lee’s goal was also on the power play and made it a three-goal Sound Tigers lead. It came on a two-man advantage opportunity as Bouchard sent the puck in front to Lee, who tipped it past Grumet-Morris for the goal. The Sound Tigers finished the game 2-for-7 on the power play and 6-for-6 on the penalty kill.
The Sound Tigers return to action Saturday night at Webster Bank Arena for a 7 p.m. contest against the Manchester Monarchs.
3rd star: Dallas Jackson (BST)
2nd star: Anders Nilsson (BST)
1st star: Pierre-Marc Bouchard (BST)
Bouch’s Breakaway: The goal for Pierre-Marc Bouchard was his first in the American Hockey League since the 2004-2005 season, when he played 67 games with the Houston Aeros.
Shutout: The shutout for Anders Nilsson is his first since Nov. 17, 2012 against Manchester.
Debut: Andrew Clark, who signed a PTO with the Sound Tigers Thursday, made his AHL debut against the Wolf Pack.
BRIDGEPORT SOUND TIGERS LINES
9 Anders Lee-19 Riley Wetmore-26 Mike Halmo
96 Pierre-Marc Bouchard-22 Alan Quine-77 Kirill Kabanov
11 Andrew Clark-54 Chris Langkow-16 Chris Bruton
44 Brett Gallant-17 Matt Lowry- 49 Justin Johnson
46 Matt Donovan-21 Dallas Jackson
5 Mike Keenan-7 Scooter Vaughan
15 Marc Cantin-10 Scott Mayfield
45 Anders Nilsson
35 Kenny Reiter
HARTFORD WOLF PACK LINES
14 Kyle Beach-16 Oscar Lindberg-27 Jesper Fast
9 Ryan Bourque-15 Marek Hrivik-29 Danny Kristo
17 Darroll Powe-7 Kyle Jean-11 Michael Kantor
45 Arron Asham-91 Brodie Dupont-78 Akim Aliu
25 Danny Syvret-5 Tommy Hughes
4 Conor Allen-41 Stu Bickel
44 Aaron Johnson-8 Dylan McIlrath
1 Dov Grumet-Morris
35 Jeff Malcom