Shots on Goal: Bridgeport’s Nilsson Wins First Start of Season
Anders Nilsson’s 32 save effort leads to a Sound Tigers 5-2 victory over the Manchester Monarchs.
Making his first start of the 2012-13 season, the 6-foot-5 Swede had relatively quiet first period that saw his Sound Tigers pepper Martin Jones with 21 shots, one which got past him when Casey Cizikas picked up a deflected puck and deposited it into the back of the net.
Manchester regrouped after the break and knotted the game at 1 a piece when Andrew Bodnarchuk fired a wrister at a screened Nilsson the went top shelf stick side for his first score of the season.
Bridgeport regained the lead a mere 22 seconds later when left wing Brandon DeFazio fired a one-timer from the slot past Jones.
Thirty nine seconds into the third frame Manchester pulled even at 2-2 when Linden Vey took a Tyler Toffoli pass and launched a wrister from between the circles past Nilsson.
The rest of the period belonged to the Sound Tigers as they scored three unanswered goals. Defenseman Travis Hamonic picked up a rebound from a Nino Niederreiter shot that Jones made the initial save on and poked the puck between the pads for the eventual game winner.
Center Brock Nelson had the fourth tally of the night for Bridgeport on a shorthanded breakaway at 13:58 with a backhander past Jones.
A Nino Niederreiter power play goal with three minutes left closed out the scoring for Bridgeport. It was Niederreiter’s seventh goal of the season.
Martin Jones (5-3-1) took the loss making saves on 39-of-44 shots. Nilsson (1-0-0) earned his first win of the season with 32 saves on 34 shots.