Not a good week for Bridgeport as they dropped all 3 games, letting up a total of 16 goals. They are now on a 5 game losing streak and have just 1 win in their last 9 games. While the defeats over the last 2-3 weeks were one goal affairs, this week it wasn't even close for the Sound Tigers. Anders Nilsson seems to be hitting the same wall that Mikko Koskinen did. After an impressive start to the season, including only 2 sub .900 SV% games, Nilsson is winless in December and has not been above .900 SV% in a game this month.
Sunday December 11th Vs Springfield (Blue Jackets)
Wondering who this years Joel Martin was going to be? That would be Joe Fallon, who was signed from ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers. After Nilsson gave up 4 goals on 23 shots, he was pulled for the 3rd period. Benn Olson (Blair Riley, Tony Romano) scored the lone BP goal. It also doesn't help anyone when you go 0/6 on the PP but your opponent goes 3/4 on their PP chances. Not on topic, but Ty Wishart makes John Tavares seem like Johnny Depp in the charisma department. I mention that because of his narration of this video, but it's for a good cause so go give them a Like.
Wednesday December 16th Vs Connecticut (Smurfs)
BP kept it close for a bit, but 4 second period goals put them away. Also it's sort of becoming apparent that the PP (1/5) and the PK (2/5) are in need of help. This was Nilsson's better game of the week as he faced 39 shots and had 34 saves. BP tied things up twice, first by Matt Donovan's goal (Steve Olesky, Tyler McNeely) and then Micheal Haley (Kael Mouillierat, Rhett Rakhshani). That was answered by 3 straight 2nd period goals to put the game out of reach for Connecticut. Scott Howes (Trevor Frischmon, Donovan) had the last BP goal.
Saturday December 17th Vs Hershey (Capitals)
By this point I think your noticing the trend. BP was shutout 5-0, going 0/5 on the PP while the PK was 3/6. Kevin Poulin had a bad outing, giving up 5 goals on 23 shots. I'm also not sure what Olesky did, but he got a game misconduct at the end of the 3rd period. It might have had something to do with a fight between Riley and Carrol. Oh and Joel Rechlicz was thrown out of the game after a fight with Gallant in the 2nd period.
As crazy as it might seem, it feels like the team might really be missing Dylan Reese.
Also last week someone asked for totals for the prospects. Since it's always a tough decision on whose important in BP, here's the complete team stats.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov added an assist this week and is now at 10 goals, 7 assists for 17 points in 31 games.
Until last night, it had been a quiet week for Kirill Kabanov. Snubbed by the Russian WJC team because of his past troubles (again worth noting that Kabanov was a finalist for the QMJHL Humanitarian of the Year last year). Kirill had a goal and an assist in the first three games this week. Last night he had 2 assists and was named 3rd star of the night. Kabanov has 13 Goals, 11 Assists for 24 points in 20 games. (Highlights from a Shawningan game)
Ryan Strome is at camp, but Mitchell Therot had a goal in 2 games. Therot has 9 goals, 5 assists for 14 points which is within 6 points of his total from last year. Strome meanwhile has 16 goals, 17 assists in 24 games.
John Persson had a goal and assist in 4 games this week. On the year he has 13 goals and 22 assists for 35 points na
Brenden Kichton was at camp with Strome.He has 6 goals, 25 assits for 31 points in 29 games.
Andrey Pedan has 6 goals, 12 asssts for 18 points in 28 games.
Hit the Books*: NCAA
*Confusing Scratches 101 is popular
Anders Lee, Robbie Russo and Notre Dame are on break. Lee has 12 goals, 8 assists for 20 points in 20 games. Russo has 3 goals and 6 assists for 9 points. How topheavy is Notre Dame? with 9 points Russo is 6th on the team in points.
In Exhibition play against the Russian Red Stars, North Dakota won 5-1. Brock Nelson was named 3rd star of the night with a goal and assist. Just as a note, the Russians were outshot 41-21.Nelson has 14 goals, 8 assists for 22 points in 18 games. That already tops his freshman total. UND Special on Brock
For obvious reasons, this is the last time I'll mention Corey Trivino until there is a solid update on his status.
Jason Clark and Wisconsin are on break. Clark has no points through 12 games.
Scott Mayfield had no points this weekend as Denver split games with St Cloud State.
Cody Rosen did not play as Clarkson is on break. Paul Karpowich has played every minute for Clarkson this season.
Finnish Loans & Trust
in 8 games he's got a 1.25 GAA and .949 SV% and is 6-1-1.
Jesse Joensuu did not play this week, he has 9 goals and 9 assists in 20 games.
More than likely no prospect update for next weekend due to the holidays.