PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Like he said during the week, David Ullstrom felt he was creating chances in his first eight games; they just weren't going in for him like they did when he scored 24 goals last season.
"I thought I created chances, but I should've had more points at this point. As long as the team was winning, I was happy," Ullstrom said after the team improved its record to 10-4.
"Today I was able to get two."
Ullstrom, who returned to the lineup Saturday after missing two weeks with a lower-body injury, scored on a slap shot from the left circle in the first period. He made it 5-2 in the second on a power play, slashing out of the left corner and backhanding a shot that caromed in.
"He looked a little more determined than in the past, making plays," coach Scott Pellerin said.
"We have guys out of the lineup, guys like Casey (Cizikas, injured). Missing those players, David had to play a lot of different roles."
One of them, at the start, was fourth-line center. That line scored the first goal. When the lines got shuffled after two fights, Ullstrom beat a defenseman to set up Matt Watkins for a 2-0 lead.
"It was a matter of time before he started putting pucks in the net," said Blair Riley, who assisted on Ullstrom's first.
"When he's playing like that, he's one of the best players in the league."
But Providence rebounded. A shift with a couple of odd bounces ended when Christian Hanson deflected in a Dave Warsofsky shot. Warsofsky tied the game just before the first-period buzzer.
Early in the second, Sound Tigers defenseman Ty Wishart, not known as a fighter, stepped up to go with Kevan Miller after the Providence defenseman took Brock Nelson into the boards. Four seconds after the fight, Travis Hamonic scored the game-winner.
"It's huge character," Pellerin said.
Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist in the second period, extending his scoring streak to eight games, as Bridgeport rebuilt its lead.
Nelson took another big hit later in the second period from Lane MacDermid. That power play turned into Ullstrom's goal and led to the last of the game's five fights, Brett Gallant against MacDermid.
"It's the sign of a good team," said Riley, who fought MacDermid in the first period. "They took a few shots at some of our guys, but we stick up for each other."
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1. DAVID ULLSTROM, BRIDGEPORT: A breakout game with two goals and an assist.
2. NINO NIEDERREITER, BRIDGEPORT: A goal and an assist and an eight-game scoring streak.
3. MATT DONOVAN, BRIDGEPORT: Should've had two assists. Got one.
UNSUNG HERO: Along with the more-usual candidates, Ty Wishart stuck up for Brock Nelson and fought Kevan Miller.
UP NEXT: Wednesday at Adirondack, 7 p.m.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
Bridgeport 2 3 1--6
Providence 2 0 0--2
First Period -- 1, Bridgeport, Ullstrom 1 (Riley), 5:11. 2, Bridgeport, Watkins 4 (Ullstrom, DeFazio), 10:45. 3, Providence, Hanson 1 (Warsofsky, Trotman), 12:07. 4, Providence, Warsofsky 1, 19:59. Penalties -- Niederreiter, Bpt (interference), :33; Riley, Bpt, major (fighting), 7:16; MacDermid, Pro, major (fighting), 7:16; Gallant, Bpt, major (fighting), 7:18; Robins, Pro, major (fighting), 7:18; McIver, Bpt (roughing), 18:36; DeFazio, Bpt, misconduct, 18:36; Bourque, Pro (roughing), 18:36; Krug, Pro, misconduct, 18:36.
Second Period -- 5, Bridgeport, Hamonic 3 (McDonald, Nelson), 2:36. 6, Bridgeport, Niederreiter 9 (Donovan, Ness), 13:27 (pp). 7, Bridgeport, Ullstrom 2 (Niederreiter), 19:42 (pp). Penalties -- McIver, Bpt, major (fighting), 2:25; Robins, Pro, major (fighting), 2:25; Wishart, Bpt, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 2:32; Miller, Pro, minor-major (boarding, fighting), 2:32; Bourque, Pro (goaltender interference), 8:35; Watkins, Bpt (tripping), 9:55; McIver, Bpt (boarding), 11:19; Warsofsky, Pro (tripping), 13:27; MacDermid, Pro (charging), 17:54; Gallant, Bpt, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 19:45; MacDermid, Pro, major (fighting), 19:45.
Third Period -- 8, Bridgeport, Persson 4 (Wishart, Sundstrom), 2:56. Penalties -- Watkins, Bpt (slashing), 6:32; Donovan, Bpt (tripping), 11:16; Robins, Pro (interference), 13:31.
Shots on goal -- Bridgeport 13-14-10--37. Providence 12-10-8--30.
Power play opportunities -- Bridgeport 2 of 4, Providence 0 of 6.
Goaltenders -- Bridgeport, Nilsson 4-0-0 (30 shots-28 saves). Providence, Svedberg 6-2-0 (27-22), Hutchinson (start third, 10-9).