The “Swede” line — Johan Sundstrom, David Ullstrom, and John Persson — finally clicked, combining for two goals last night and helping the Sound Tigers to a solid 3-2 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the Penguins’ home opener.
The scoring started in the back half of the first period, with Sundstrom being the lucky recipient of a carom off the endboards from a missed shot by Ty Wishart. The goal was Sundstrom’s first in North America. Nino Niederreiter added to the lead in the last two minutes, pushing the puck past Brad Theissen off a bad bounce.
In the second period, momentum swung in the Penguins’ favor, and they managed to capitalize. Riley Holzapfel cut the lead in half on a rebound by Poulin, after KP had made a couple of great saves. Persson got that goal back with another late-period tally for the Sound Tigers, and his goal stood up as the game-winner after Eric Tangradi pulled WBS to within one. The Swede line finished with a combined four points and +5 (Sundstrom with a goal, Ullstrom with an assist, and Persson with one of each).
Kevin Poulin was once again the goaltending hero, making 34 saves and withstanding a strong offensive push from the Penguins. Theissen finished with 19 saves. WBS ended up out-shooting Bridgeport 36-22, but they remain winless.
The Sound Tigers continue their road trip against the Worcester Sharks on Fri.,Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. and it might be without defenseman Calvin de Haan, who left in the last minute of the game with an as-of-yet undisclosed issue. No word of it on the Sound Tigers’ Web site or Twitter account, so here’s to hoping it was either a minor issue or one related to equipment (though of course, that’s rarely the case). De Haan has spent time on IR in the past for shoulder injuries.