BOX SCORE - WHALE 7, SOUND TIGERS 3
HARTFORD, Conn. (Mar. 1, 2013) –
The Connecticut Whale scored two power play goals in the game’s first
four minutes and never looked back as they skated away with a 7-3
victory at the XL Center in Hartford on Friday night. With the win, the
Whale improves to 26-23-5-2 overall. The Sound Tigers’ winless streak
extends to seven games as they fall to 22-24-3-4.
Tigers took two bad penalties to put themselves down two goals early on
in the first period. Matt Watkins’ holding penalty in the offensive
zone led to the Whale’s first goal, as Chris Kreider was unmarked in
front of the Sound Tigers net and deflected Logan Pyett’s pass over
Rick DiPietro’s left shoulder to give the Whale a 1-0 lead 2:59 into
Matt Donovan’s cross-checking penalty led to the
Whale’s second goal, when Kris Newbury skated into the zone on a 2-on-1
and fed Brandon Segal through the slot for a one-time blast 56 seconds
later to give the Whale a 2-0 lead.
Mike Vernace’s wrist shot
from the left point made its way through a screen beneath DiPietro’s
blocker to give the Whale a 3-0 lead midway through the period.
Christian Thomas pushed the Whale lead to four at 16:29 of the opening
frame, converting on an odd-man rush as he fired Brandon Mashinter’s
pass through the slot into an open net.
An unlucky bounce led
to the Whale’s fifth goal, when the puck pinballed in the slot off of
Kris Newbury’s stick, then changed direction off of Kirill Kabanov’s
skate past DiPietro at 17:49 of the first period.
relieved DiPietro to start the second period, and stopped all 10 shots
he faced in the middle frame while the Sound Tigers got on the board
late in the period. Nathan McIver took a pass from Jack Combs and sent
a shot off of a Whale defenseman past goaltender Cam Talbot for his
first goal as a Sound Tiger with 2:11 left in the second period.
Sound Tigers scored 1:56 into the second to draw within three goals
when Blair Riley sent a loose puck from the slot over Talbot’s right
shoulder for his sixth goal of the season, and Chad Costello buried a
feed from Aaron Ness beneath the left circle for his third tally of the
year at 7:54 to make the score 5-3.
However, the Whale ended the
Sound Tigers comeback attempt with two goals late in the game. Kenny
Reiter made an initial stop on Christian Thomas’ attempt from the right
post, but the Sound Tigers were unable to find the puck in traffic in
front of Reiter and Brandon Mashinter jammed the loose puck in at 12:25
to give the Whale a 6-3 lead. Thomas netted his second goal of the game
to round out the scoring on the power play with 55 seconds left,
sending a shot off of Ty Wishart’s leg that changed direction and
Reiter stopped 16 of 18 shots in relief of DiPietro, while Talbot stopped 35 shots to earn his 20th win of the season.
The Sound Tigers return to action tomorrow night when they host the Adirondack Phantoms at Webster Bank Arena at 7:00 p.m.
Tonight marked DiPietro’s 100th game as a Sound Tiger (2001-04, 09-10),
his record now stands at 47-37-15 … It was his first appearance as a
Sound Tiger since a four-game conditioning stint during the 2009-10
season … The Sound Tigers allowed three power play goals in a game for
the fifth time this season … The Sound Tigers are 0-for-29 on the power
play in their past seven games … Nathan McIver recorded his second
career multi-point game with a goal and an assist, and it was his first
goal as a Sound Tiger in 42 games … The five goals allowed in the first
period are the most the Sound Tigers have allowed in one period this
season … The Sound Tigers outshot the Whale 38-30.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
23 John Persson – 29 Brock Nelson – 77 Kirill Kabanov
22 Nino Niederreiter – 14 Matt Watkins (C) – 16 Sean Backman
42 Brandon DeFazio – 4 Scott Campbell – 20 Blair Riley (A)
40 Mike Halmo – 5 Jack Combs – 18 Chad Costello
46 Matt Donovan – 6 Ty Wishart (A)
27 Aaron Ness – 7 Jon Landry
2 Dallas Jackson – 8 Nathan McIver
39 Rick DiPietro (starter)
30 Kenny Reiter