The Bridgeport Sound Tigers allowed 52 shots in Saturday's 3-2 shootout loss to the Norfolk Admirals at Scope in Norfolk, Va. Their goalie was up to the test, though Bridgeport couldn't hang onto a lead.
"(Poulin) was on fire. He made some unbelievable saves," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said.
The Sound Tigers had an apparent Colin McDonald goal disallowed about six minutes into the third; referee Trent Knorr, after talking with the linesmen, ruled that McDonald had deflected Ty Wishart's shot above the crossbar.
"It was kind of a gray area," Pellerin said. "McDonald's stick, where the blade was, it might've been above his shoulders, but where the puck hit, it was almost between his hands, on the shaft of the stick.
"Unfortunately in this league we don't have (video) replay like that. A single referee, he's got to make a tough call."
That would've made it 3-1. Smith-Pelly scored about three minutes later.
It's still a point in four games in a row (2-0-1-1) for Bridgeport, which had gone winless in its previous eight games.
Poulin, starting for the first time since Dec. 1, made 21 saves in the first period as the Admirals raced out to a huge early lead in chances.
But Bridgeport scored the only goal of the period, Nino Niederreiter's power-play goal at 16:09 off Casey Cizikas' setup. Shots were 18-8 for the Admirals.
John Persson made it 2-0 at 1:51 of the second on the rush.
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Bridgeport 1 1 0 0 0--2
Norfolk 0 1 1 0 1--3
First Period -- 1, Bridgeport, Niederreiter 13 (Cizikas, Ness), 16:09 (pp). Penalties -- Riley, Bpt, major (fighting), 13:27; Bodie, Nor, major (fighting), 13:27; Gallant, Bpt (roughing), 13:39; Clark, Nor (roughing), 15:50.
Second Period -- 2, Bridgeport, Persson 9 (Sundstrom, Ullstrom), 1:51. 3, Norfolk, Kurtz 2 (Guentzel), 19:14. Penalties -- Bridgeport bench, served Ullstrom (too many men), 3:21; Kurtz, Nor (goaltender interference), 6:43; McIver, Bpt, major (fighting), 9:39; Kurtz, Nor, major (fighting), 9:39; Pelley, Nor (delay of game-faceoff violation), 19:56.
Third Period -- 4, Norfolk, Smith-Pelly 4 (Maroon), 9:01. Penalties -- Landry, Bpt (holding), 13:28.
Overtime -- No scoring. Penalties -- None.
Shootout -- Bridgeport, Niederreiter NG, Ullstrom NG, McDonald NG, Cizikas NG, Landry G, Persson NG, Sundstrom NG, Watkins NG; Norfolk, Palmieri NG, Holland NG, Etem G, Maroon NG, Elkins NG, Wagner NG, Vatanen NG, Smith-Pelly G.
Shots on goal -- Bridgeport 14-11-13-3-0--41. Norfolk 21-13-15-2-1--52.
Power play opportunities -- Bridgeport 1 of 3, Norfolk 0 of 3.
Goaltenders -- Bridgeport, Poulin 6-5-2 (51 shots-49 saves). Norfolk, Bobkov 4-6-0 (41-39).
Attendance -- 4,154. Referee -- Knorr. Linesmen -- George, Murray.