Garth Snow is technically the GM of Bridgeport, but hey may want to give up the title to current coach Brent Thompson. Thompson, formerly of the ECHL Alaska Aces, has brought in two of his former players and watched them explode onto the scene for BP. Scott Howes has 5 points (4 goals) in 5 games and Chris Langkow has 5 points (4 assists) in 7 games. Rhett Rakhshani is also off to an impressive start after his injury, putting up 3 points in 5 games. This week BP went 1-2 including an OTL and splitting a home and home with Albany.
Sunday November 27th Vs Manchester (Kings)
BP just never seems to catch a break against Manchester, who tend to be one of the best teams in the east. BP lost the lead twice and a Dylan Reese PP goal (Casey Cizikas, Tim Wallace) with 7 minutes left forced OT. Manchester scored the game winner though with 47 seconds left in OT for the win. Rakhshani opened the scoring with his first goal of the year (Aaron Ness, Tyler McNeely) followed by Howes (Tomas Marcinko) just minutes into the 2nd. Manchester reeled off 2 goals in 2 minutes and then Tim Wallace (Justin DiBenedetto, Cizikas) scored to take back the league. Manchester reeled off another 2 goals (by Linden Vey) within 3 minutes of each other in the third to take the 4-3 lead before Reese's goal. Kevin Poulin had 28 saves on 33 shots. Wallace was named 2nd star of the night. Highlights
Friday December 2nd Vs Albany (Devils)
I don't know how BP got out of the first period with a 3-2 lead considering they were outshot 20-9. They chased Keith Kinkaid, whose been outplaying Jeff Frazee (can't resist) all season, with 3 goals on 7 shots. Howes (Trevor Frischmon) Jeremy Colliton (Ty Wishart, Calvin De Haan) and Sean Backman (Matt Donovan) put BP up 3-1 12 minutes into the first. Frazee kept them off of the scoreboard the rest of the way with 13 saves on 13 shots. Anders Nilsson with the loss as he gave up 4 goals on 36 shots. Highlights
Saturday December 3rd Vs Albany (Devils)
Poulin bounced back from his previous performance, and needed to as Bridgeport gave up 19 shots in the 3rd period. Poulin was named 1st star of the night for his 35 save on 36 shots performance. McNeely scored unassisted in the 2nd and Cizikas (Wallace, Donovan) scored the winner in the third for the 2-1 lead. Rakhshani (Colliton) scored the rare empty net PP goal for insurance with 30 seconds left. Cizikas was named 2nd star of the night. Highlights
In case you haven't looked at the highlights, the official Sound Tigers youtube channel is posting videos again. It comes and goes in spurts, but is usually worth it for the publicity outings. In this weeks serving you have Sean Backman, Calvin De Haan and Casey Cizikas working behind the counter at a Rita's Water Ice. Meanwhile Tony Romano, Tim Wallace, Ty Wishart and "SuperStar" Dylan Reese (you wore those glasses) visit the Oronque Country Club and Wishart hit's someone's house with a huge shot. Wishart also looks like he could double for Sean Bradley.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov has cooled off after his hot start and is still at 10 Goals, 6 Assists in 27 games.
Shawinigan split their games this weekend and Kirill Kabanov was held pointless.
Finnish Loans & Trust
Mikko Koskinen has continued on his tear and in 5 games he has a 0.79 GAA and .970 SV% including 2 shutouts and is 4-0-1.
Jesse Joensuu is at 9 goals, 8 assists in 23 games.
The Red Deer Rebels are in a funk, and haven't won in regulation since Nov 12th, including 4 straight losses this week. It's not the fault of John Persson, as the offense has only managed 1 or 2 goals in 6 of the 9 losses. Persson played 3 of the 4 games and had a goal and 3 assists. He was even named 3rd star of the night in Friday's game (1 goal, 1 assist).
Great week for Brenden Kichton, in 4 games he had 3 goals and 4 assists and was named 1st star of the night twice.
More good news as Kichton and Strome were both invited to Canada's WJC camp.
Andrey Pedan finally snapped his PIM streak and was a +1 last Sunday night. Unfortunately that was the beginning of a 3 game losing streak for Guelph. Pedan had 3 assists in the next 2 games, but was also -3 in those games. Linking to this story on Pedan mostly because it mentions he's a fan of Kasparaitis.
Hit the Books*: NCAA
*Groin Rehab 101 is popular
Anders Lee continues to be quiet, and Notre Dame is feeling it as they have dropped 3 straight now including 2 games this weekend at home against Northeastern. Robbie Russo did have a point in each game this weekend.
Wow, is Brock Nelson ever on a roll. He was named Co WCHA offensive player of the week for last weekend and this weekend helped power UND to a sweep of Alaska-Anchorage. He had 2 goals in each game and notched an assist in Saturday nights game.
BU split it's series with BC this weekend and Corey Trivino scored a goal in both games.
Wisconsin is off this weekend.
Shootout loss for Denver in their lone game this week, Scott Mayfield finished the night even.
Cody Rosen did not play this weekend.