PORTLAND, ME (Jan. 7, 2012) – Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin made 31 saves to record his third straight shutout and Kael Mouillierat scored two goals and added an assist as Bridgeport defeated the Portland Pirates 4-0 at the Cumberland County Civic Center on Saturday night. The Sound Tigers improve to 15-17-1-2 with their third consecutive 4-0 victory. Portland falls to 16-14-2-3.
Poulin entered the night with shutouts in back-to-back games and continued his stellar play early on. Much of the play in the opening period was in the Sound Tigers zone and Poulin made save after save to keep the game scoreless. The penalty kill unit was just as good, working with Poulin to kill all three penalties in the first period as the Sound Tigers netminder steered aside 15 shots to keep the game scoreless after one period.
The Sound Tigers broke through in the second period after a Pirates bench minor for too many men on the ice. Matt Donovan’s slap shot from the top of the left circle was steered aside by Curtis McElhinney, but right onto the stick of Mouillierat. The rookie forward fired the puck into open net for his third goal of the season and the Sound Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead 6:11 into the middle frame. A great individual effort from Rhett Rakhshani pushed the Sound Tigers lead to two. Rakhshani took a feed in the Portland zone from Casey Cizikas, skated from the left circle into the slot and fired past McElhinney as he was knocked down. It gave Rakhshani his sixth goal of the season and the Sound Tigers led 2-0 midway through the game.
Mathieu Aubin’s first goal as a Sound Tiger came just 1:38 later to give the visitors a three-goal advantage. Mouillierat entered the zone and dropped the puck to Matt Donovan and sent the puck towards the net, where Aubin tipped it home to make the score 3-0. McElhinney was then pulled in favor of Justin Pogge after allowing three goals on 15 shots.
Mouillierat netted his second power play goal of the period when he found a rebound in front of Pogge and buried it at the 15:22 mark of the middle period. That closed the scoring as Poulin shut the door the rest of the way and the Sound Tigers came away with their third consecutive 4-0 win. Poulin’s third straight shutout is a Sound Tigers team record, and the Sound Tigers have scored 13 unanswered goals dating back to their Dec. 31 game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The Sound Tigers will look for their fourth straight win tomorrow afternoon when the visit the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and take on the Providence Bruins at 4:05 p.m.
McNeely – Cizikas – Rakhshani
Haley – Romano – Backman
Howes – Mouillierat – Aubin
Haddad – Frischmon – Riley
de Haan – Wishart
Donovan – Oleksy
Ness – Olson