Just like their parent club, Bridgeport is struggling wildly with inconsistency. There are some bright spots early though, as Justin DeBendetto is second in the AHL in goals and the team is 3-4 after 7 games. Jeremy Colliton continues his solid minor league career as he is averaging a point per game, 2 goals and 3 assists in 5 games. The struggles though are coming from surprising sources, as Kevin Poulin has posted back to back sub .800 SV% games. Meanwhile the teams veteran players, Trevor Frischmon (-5), Dylan Reese (-6) and Tim Wallace (-6) are among the worst on the team in +/- (along with Matt Donovan's -6).
Bridgeport Vs Adirondack (Philly) Oct 16 2011
Not much to say here, as Adirondack routed BP 4-1. David Ullstrom scored the lone goal unassisted. Kevin Poulin gave up 5 goals on 23 shots. If the Islanders specialty is making backup goalies look like superstars, then BP's specialty is making washed up NHL goalies look amazing as Micheal Leighton made 25 saves on 26 shots. Ty Wishart finished the game +1, while Calvin De Haan was -3.
Bridgeport Vs St Johns (Winnipeg) Oct 21 2011
Dibo traded goals early on with St Johns as the 1st ended tied 2-2 (including Jason Gregoire's first pro goal). Dibo was assisted by Sean Backman on the first goal and De Haan/Wishart on the second goal. After Anders Nilsson (33 shots, 30 saves) gave up the go ahead goal less then a minute into the 3rd, David Ullstrom (Chris Langkow, Colliton) scored with under 3 minutes to go to force overtime. Colliton (De Haan, Aaron Ness) scored the game winner in OT for the 4-3 win. Colliton was named 1st star, Dibo named 3rd star.
Bridgeport Vs St Johns Oct 22 2011
Tough night for Kevin Poulin as he got the hook after giving up 4 goals on 15 shots. His replacement was Mikko Kosikinen who had a strong outing turning away 19 shots as BP tried to claw their way back into the game. Tyler McNeely scored his first goal of the year in the first with assists from Casey Cizikas and Wallace. Matt Donovan notched his first with 1 second left in the 2nd assisted by Colliton. Ullstrom scored the final goal assisted by Reese as BP fell 4-3
The Natural Born Kirills
Quiet week for Kirill Petrov as he scored 1 goal in 3 games putting him at 7 goals and 3 assists for 10 points in 13 games. He is 1 goal away from matching last years total.
Even quieter week for Kirill Kabanov who still hasn't played in a game yet for his new team, the Shawinigan Cataractes. His number is listed as 999 on the QMJHL website, which would be amusing to see. [How to pronounce Kirill Kabanov]
The Niagra IceDogs had 2 games this week, beating Ottawa 4-1 [Video] and Plymouth 4-0. Mitchell Theoret had a goal in the first game while Ryan Strome had an assist in each game. Theoret has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 11 games while Strome has 4 goals and 3 assists for 7 points in 5 games.
Andrey Pedan played one game for the Guleph Storm this week notching a PPG and a +1. In 8 games he has 3 goals, 1 assist for 4 points and a +1.
John Persson played 3 games for the Red Deer Rebels and had an assist in the first two games. In 10 games he has 3 goals, 7 assists for 10 points.
In 2 games this week for the Spokane Chiefs Brenden Kitchon had 1 assist and a +2. He has 1 goal and 6 assists for 7 points in 10 games and an even +/-
Notre Dame had one game this week against Rensselaer winning 5-2 on the back of an Anders Lee hat trick. Robbie Russo was held off the scoresheet. In 5 games Russo has 2 assists. Anders Lee currently leads the NCAA in goals with 8 and is tied with the lead in points 11 with teammate TJ Tynan and Erik Haulu of Minnesota.[Highlights from 10/14 game vs Ohio State]
North Dakota dropped back to back games to Wisconsin, 5-3 and 5-4. While Brock Nelson was quiet in the first game, only notching a -1, he had a goal (in the final minute) and 2 assists in the 5-4 loss. In 6 games he has 3 goals and 4 assists for 7 points in 6 games. Jason Clark did not play for Wisconsin.
Of note on Jason Clark, for those wondering why he's been healthy scratched. Found this on The Islanders Informer at KuklasKorner "Through email correspondence last week, Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal told me the following: "Spoke with Mike Eaves a few minutes ago. He said that while Jason is 100 percent healthy to practice, he’s roughly two weeks behind everyone else in terms of conditioning. Eaves said once Clark closes that gap he’ll be in the mix."
Denver followed up a 4-2 win over Minnesota State with a 10-2 rout of Minnesota State. Scott Mayfield was pointless in the first game and posted a goal in the second game. In 4 games Mayfield has 1 goal and 1 assist. [Get to know Scott Mayfield]
Boston U dropped their game this weekend to Holy Cross 5-4. Corey Trivino notched 2 assists and now has 3 goals and 2 assists for 5 points in 4 games. [Lots of Corey Trivino/Boston U Vids]
Johan Sundstrom added a goal this week and now has a goal and assist in 14 games for Frolunda.
Just a little bit of news, for those who like the prospect roundup, we will from now on be making every attempt to post this update first thing Sunday morning.