Sound Tigers bounce back for physical win
Published 4:37 pm, Sunday, November 18, 2012
BRIDGEPORT -- Friday's disappointing loss showed the Bridgeport Sound Tigers what they had to do. Saturday, they did it, over and over.
Bridgeport hit the Manchester Monarchs, wore them down, scored on the power play and won 4-0 at Webster Bank Arena, a strong bounce-back victory after Friday's 3-1 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
"That's the type of game we have to play, for sure, physical, hard," said Matt Watkins, who scored the last two goals and was in front of the net for the first two.
"We stuck with the game plan, the things we need to do to be successful."
Anders Nilsson made 25 saves in Bridgeport's first shutout since Feb. 20.
More Information3 stars 1. ANDERS NILSSON, BRIDGEPORT: Made 25 saves in a shutout. 2. MATT WATKINS, BRIDGEPORT: Two third-period goals to put it away; set screen on another. 3. JON LANDRY, BRIDGEPORT: A goal and an assist. UNSUNG HERO: Max MacKay had two assists in his second pro game. UP NEXT: Sunday at Providence, 3:05 p.m. -- MICHAEL FORNABAIO Manchester 0 0 0--0 Bridgeport 1 1 2--4 First Period -- 1, Bridgeport, Niederreiter 8 (Hill, Ullstrom), 13:45. Penalties -- Deslauriers, Mcr, major (fighting), :09; DeFazio, Bpt, major (fighting), :09; Gallant, Bpt (interference), 2:30; McIver, Bpt (boarding), 9:01; Donovan, Bpt (hooking), 10:59; Bodnarchuk, Mcr (roughing), 16:26. Second Period -- 2, Bridgeport, Landry 2 (MacKay, Ness), 8:41 (pp). Penalties -- Gallant, Bpt (roughing), 2:56; Gallant, Bpt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:30; Hickey, Mcr (interference), 6:42; Clune, Mcr, major (fighting), 9:15; McIver, Bpt, major (fighting), 9:15; Vey, Mcr (tripping), 9:56; Vey, Mcr (high-sticking), 15:46. Third Period -- 3, Bridgeport, Watkins 2 (Landry, Riley), 14:52. 4, Bridgeport, Watkins 3 (Hill, MacKay), 19:23 (pp). Penalties -- Meckler, Mcr (elbowing), 19:06. Shots on goal -- Manchester 6-11-8--25. Bridgeport 11-9-9--29. Power play opportunities -- Manchester 0 of 5, Bridgeport 2 of 5. Goaltenders -- Manchester, Jones 6-5-1 (29 shots-25 saves). Bridgeport, Nilsson 3-0-0 (25-25). Attendance -- 4,570. Referee -- D.Banfield. Linesmen -- Grandt, Galvin. Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Providence Bruins WHEN: Sunday, 3:05 p.m. WHERE: Dunkin' Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. WEBCAST: www.soundtigers.com RECORDS: Bridgeport 9-4-0-0; Providence 6-6-0-1 SEASON SERIES: Bridgeport leads 1-0. LAST MEETING: The Sound Tigers won 4-2 at home Oct. 13. ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS: Bridgeport beat Manchester 4-0 at home Saturday night behind Anders Nilsson's 25 saves. … LW Nino Niederreiter has a seven-game scoring streak (4-5-9). … RW Colin McDonald is eligible to return from a two-game league suspension. ABOUT THE BRUINS: Providence won 2-1 Sunday at Portland as Niklas Svedberg made 36 saves. … Providence is 2-0-0-1 in the past three, including Friday's 3-2 win over Manchester. … C Ryan Spooner leads the team at 3-8-11. Veteran LW Chris Bourque is 2-8-10. UP NEXT: Wednesday at Adirondack, 7 p.m. -- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
Compared to Friday, when he watched from the bench, "it was like night and day," said Nilsson.
"They didn't really have those scoring chances. Most of them came from the boards. I saw most of the shots. I felt really comfortable."
Bridgeport kept the crease clear, and Nilsson limited second chances.
"We talked a lot about the importance of the defensive zone, being better in the defensive zone," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "It helped Anders be able to see a lot of pucks."
Attendance was 4,570.
Bridgeport's physical start caught the eye of referee David Banfield, who called Brett Gallant for interference for his hit on Brandon Kozun, then boarding on Nathan McIver for a hit on David Meckler.
A hooking penalty on Matt Donovan at the end of McIver's penalty meant Bridgeport was down a man for six of the first 13 minutes, but the Sound Tigers got through it unscathed.
"We did have some big kills early on in the game. The guys might've been overphysical," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "The guys kept playing physical."
They were on the board less than a minute after Donovan's penalty ended, when Nino Niederreiter buried the rebound of a point shot by Jordan Hill (two assists against his former team).
Niederreiter has a seven-game scoring streak.
"When you're around the net, good things happen," Watkins said.
New York Islanders and former Bridgeport coach Jack Capuano joined Pellerin and Eric Boguniecki behind the Sound Tigers' bench. His nephew, Max MacKay, had two assists for Bridgeport in his second pro game.
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