Another week and Bridgeport continues to keep things interesting. The team went 1-2, chasing two different goalies (and causing a Manny Legace sighting) while the PP went 1 for 13 and David Ullstrom was given a star of the night twice. At 9 goals, Justin DiBenedetto and Ullstrom are tied in 3rd among league leaders in goals. Ullstrom is also on a 5 game goal scoring streak in November, eclipsing his 4 game goal streak from October. Casey Cizikas is tied for 8th in points among rookies. The team itself is still plugging along at just a notch over .500 with a 7-6-1-0 record.
Sunday Nov 6 Vs St John's (Jets)
St John's started the game reeling off the first 3 goals in the first period on 10 shots on Mikko Kosikinen. BP answered back in the final 2 minutes of the first with 2 goals in 13 seconds. The first was scored by Ullstrom (Dylan Reese) followed by Casey Cizikas (Dibo and Tim Wallace). St John's pulled David Aebischer not more then five minutes into the second following a goal by Aaron Ness (Jeremy Colliton). Unfortunately Eric Pasquale held down the fort, making 12 saves on 12 shots while Mikko let in the game winner on a PP to finish out the nights scoring. Ullstrom was named 3rd star.
Friday Nov 11 Vs Worcester (Sharks)
Another BP rally falls just short in the end. Ullstrom (Cizikas, Matt Donovan) opened up scoring for BP tying the game at 1 with 2 minutes left in the first. The Sharks took back the lead in the 2nd and got the insurance goal 5 minutes into the third. Nino Niederreiter (Trevor Frischmon, Anton Klementyev) scored his first AHL goal with under three minutes to play but it was too little too late for BP. Anders Nilsson has 26 saves on 29 shots for the night.
Saturday Nov 12 Vs Springfield (Future Home of James Wizniewski's Cap Hit)
Well you have to give it to Bridgeport, they like to make a game of it. They chased Englishman Dan Taylor after only 8 minutes via 3 goals on 6 shots. Niederreiter (Frischmon),PP Goal by Calvin De Haan (Frischmon) and Dibo (Aaron Ness) were your goal scorers. Ullstrom put up what should have been a garbage time goal at the midway point of the second. Instead it was the game winner, as BP had held Springfield to just 12 shots through the first two periods. In the third period? They allowed another 19 shots and Alex Giroux scored the third goal of the period with 30 seconds left and the goalie pulled to make it a nail biting final half minute. Ullstrom was named first star and Frischmon was named second star. Kevin Poulin got the win with 28 saves on 31 shots.
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Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov only played one game this week and had no points. His total on the year still stands at 10 goals, 6 assists in 22 games.
Kirill Kabanov's Cataractes scored 21 goals in 3 games this week with Kabanov having a hand in 9 goals as he managed 3 goals and 6 assists. Kabanov also got 1st star and 2nd star during the week. Kabanov has 6 goals and 9 assists in 8 games putting him at a better pace then he had in the playoffs last year.
Another solid week for Ryan Strome who scored 2 goals and 3 assists in 2 games this week and was named first star of the night. Strome also took part in the annual subway series between Russia and the OHL, nabbing an assist and two timely goals. Highlights here along with pre-game interview here. Mitchell Theoret had a goal and assist this week.
Andrey Pedan had 3 games this week and notched an assist and -2. His -2 was all in a game the Storm lost 8-4.
John Persson helped the Red Deer Rebels to continue steamrolling their way through the competition with 3 goals and 4 assists in 3 games. Red Deer are on a six game winning streak while Persson was named 2nd star of the night Saturday night.
In 3 games with Spokane this week Brenden Kichton had a goal and 4 assists and finished the week even in +/-. He has 2 goals and 12 assits for 14 points in 16 games.
Notre Dame played Alaska this weekend and both Islander Prospects made the scoring sheet. Anders Lee scored a goal in each game along with an assist last night. Meanwhile Robbie Russo had a strong showing Friday night with a goal and assist. On the year Lee has 17 points in 11 games, while Russo has 2 goals and 3 assists in 11 games. [Anders Lee Interview]
North Dakota was off this weekend. So an update on graduate Jason Gregoire, who has 1 goal and 2 assists in 8 games for St John's in the AHL.
Jason Clark played in both games that Wisconsin split with Minnesota, but was held off the scoring sheet. This is the first time he's played in back to back weekends for Wisconsin.
Denver had one game against Colorado College and snapped their 5 game winless streak with an OT win. Scott Mayfield was held off the scoring sheet.
Corey Trivino did not play on Friday when Boston U took on Merrimack due to an injury. If you have CBSSN, Boston U's game at 4 PM EST will be nationally televised. I am currently not aware if Trivino will or will not be playing.
Cody Rosen did not play this week.
The SEL is on break.
It looks like Mikko might be on his way to Europe.
Sorry this was running late, I lost track of time last night.