Magazine
Subscribe
Editorial
Media Kit
Talk to us

News : Sports : Hockey Apr 13, 2012 - 11:37 PM


Sound Tigers clinch division with win over Providence

By Sound Tigers





Font size: Small Big
Email this article
 Printer friendly page
Share this article:
facebook del.icio.us Yahoo! MyWeb Digg reddit Furl Blinklist Spurl
Buy the "As seen on" mug
PROVIDENCE, RI - Sound Tigers goaltender Kevin Poulin made 46 saves and Rhett Rakhshani added a goal and two assists as the Sound Tigers clinched the 2011-12 Northeast Division title with a 4-1 win over the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Friday night. With the win, the Sound Tigers improve to 40-25-3-6 overall and earn their first division crown in 10 years. The Bruins fall to 34-33-3-4.

Providence controlled much of the play in the opening period, but the Sound Tigers would be the only team to find the back of the net in the first 20 minutes. Rookie forward John Persson forced a turnover behind the Providence on an aggressive forecheck and fed the puck to Rhett Rakhshani in the slot. Rakhshani snapped the puck over Michael Hutchinson’s right shoulder for his 19th goal of the season and the Sound Tigers led 1-0 with 4:54 left in the first period. Kevin Poulin was solid to begin his 12th consecutive start in goal, making 14 saves to hold Providence scoreless.

The Sound Tigers increased their lead to two goals late in the second period on the power play. Rakhshani fed the puck to Tony Romano near the left post, and Romano fired the puck off Hutchinson and in for his 12th goal of the season at 16:17 of the middle frame. Poulin was just as strong in the second period, turning aside 14 more shots to preserve the 2-0 lead heading to the third period.

The Bruins cut their deficit in half 5:40 into the third period. The Sound Tigers struggled to clear the zone, and Kyle MacKinnon beat Poulin as he stuffed the puck through his pads from close range to bring Providence within one goal. The Bruins would draw no closer, as Ty Wishart put the game out of reach with just under three minutes left in regulation, sending a wrist shot from the top of the left circle past Hutchinson to put Bridgeport back up by two goals. Aaron Ness added an empty-netter and the Sound Tigers came away with the 4-1 victory.

The Northeast Division title marks the second division title in team history. The Sound Tigers only other division title came during their inaugural 2001-02 season when they reached the Calder Cup Finals before falling to the Chicago Wolves.

The Sound Tigers will travel to Pennsylvania for their final road game of the regular season to open a home-and-home series with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.

FORWARD LINES
Persson – Romano – Rakhshani
McNeely – Nelson – Ullstrom
Haley – Mouillierat – Backman
Johnston – Marcinko – Riley

DEFENSIVE PAIRINGS
de Haan – Wishart
Ness – Katic
Donovan – Oleksy

GOALTENDERS
Poulin
Reiter




© Copyright by StamfordPlus.com. Some articles and pictures posted on our website, as indicated by their bylines, were submitted as press releases and do not necessarily reflect the position and opinion of StamfordPlus.com, Stamford Plus magazine, Canaiden LLC or any of its associated entities. Articles may have been edited for brevity and grammar.




Possibly related or similar articles:
Wolf Pack make two roster moves - Oct 22, 2014 - 11:08:31 PM
Malloy: Legacy of the Hartford Whalers deserves a continued presence at the XL Center - Oct 10, 2014 - 11:40:30 AM
Islanders/Bruins sell out Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport - Oct 7, 2014 - 1:03:28 AM
Wolf Pack Sign Defenseman Steve Spinell to AHL Contract - Sep 8, 2014 - 6:10:19 AM
Chelsea Piers Connecticut celebrates another successful year - Jul 16, 2014 - 5:22:48 AM





Note: We reserve the right to delete posts at any time if we decide that they are offensive or distasteful.
CURRENT HEADLINES:
Olympic Gold Medalist To Be Honored At 36th Annual MS Dinner of Champions
SHU's Welch College of Business among Princeton Review's best
War Of The Sexes Leaves Connecticut Gov Race Tied, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds
Mystic Aquarium Animal Rescue Team Leaps into Action After Uncovering New Data on Loggerhead Sea Turtles
AmeriCares and American Medical Association Launch Effort Aimed at Preventing Diabetes in Underserved Areas


Top of Page










StamfordPlus.com is part of the Canaiden Online Media Network.
Stamford Plus Online | Norwalk Plus Online | Canaiden.com | Best of Norwalk | Best of Stamford | Hauterfly Magazine | SummerCampPlus.com

Copyright ©2005-2010 Canaiden,LLC All Rights Reserved.