Rhett Rakhshani got his first career hat trick this week
Since the 7-0 pounding that Manchester laid on Bridgeport on March 12th the SoundTigers have gotten points in 7 straight games. That includes 4 straight games that went to the extra frame. This week BP put up 13 goals in 3 games, while only giving up 6 including back to back games in which they held the opposition to 1 goal. Also in the news for Bridgeport is that Brian Day was signed to an ATO to finish out the season.
On Sunday BP dropped an OT game to Binghamton 4-3. They never had the lead, but continually fought back from being one goal down. Your goal scorers were Justin DiBenedetto [David Ullstrom, Robin Figren], Jeremy Colliton [Rhett Rakhshani, Ty Wishart] and Ullstrom [Mark Katic, Rakhshani]. Ullstrom was named 3rd star of the night. Joel Martin took the loss with 31 saves on 35 shots.On Friday they beat Portland 5-1 including 4 PP goals and a hat trick by Rakhshani. Rakhshani's assists were [Colliton, Tony Romano], [Rob Hisey, Dylan Reese] and [Colliton, Brett Motherwell]. Also scoring for BP were Rob Hisey [Colliton, Katic] and Brian Day [Colliton Ullstrom]. Mikko Koskinen had a strong return, giving up 1 goal on 18 shots.
On Saturday BP beat Connecticut 5-1, including 3 PP goals. Aaron Ness got his first career goal and Brian Day got his second point along with a fight. Goalscorers were Ullstrom [Katic, Rakhshani], Colliton [Ullstrom, Katic] Rob Hisey [Joe Pereira] Ness [Colliton, Hisey] and Hisey [Day, Olsen]. Nathan Lawson held the door closed, giving up only 1 goal on 22 shots.Rhett Rakhshani has also broke Jeremy Colliton's rookie point record (53) for Bridgeport this week. Also recent acquire Art Bidlevskii got into two fights, winning both fights via KO. [Fight 1][Fight 2]
Half a Kirill update
It's been an interesting week for Kirill Kabanov to say the least. Not only is he playing his former team, the Montcon Wildcats, in the first round of the playoffs, but he was nominated for the QMJHL Humanitarian of the Year award. Kabanov had an assist in Lewiston's last game putting his season total at 11 goals and 17 assists for 28 points in 37 games. Kabanov has no points and is a -1 in 2 playoff games.
Kirill Petrov is enjoying his vacation.
Oshawa finished off their season with a 3-1 win in which Tony DeHart had an assist. Calvin De Haan had the night off. De Haan had 6 goals and 42 assists for 48 points in 56 games this season, while DeHart had 4 goals and 26 assists for 30 points in 58 games. Oshawa is facing Kingston in the first round of the playoffs and in 2 games has dominated them by a score of 17-4. DeHart had 3 assists in the two games, while De Haan only played the opening game and had 1 assist.
Casey Cizikas hasn't returned to the Lineup for Mississauga, but they are easily handling Belleville as they have a 2-0 series advantage.
Portland dropped their final game of the season 6-3 and Nino Niederreiter was held pointless. On the season Nino had 41 goals and 29 assists for 70 points in 55 games.Portland dominated 4-0 over Everett and Nino had 2 assists
The Wheat Kings split games with Medicine Hat this weekend, winning game 1 7-2 and losing game 2 5-2. David Toews had 1 goal and an assist in game 1, but was held pointless and a -2 in game 2.
College and Europe
North Dakota routed Rensselaer 6-0, with Jason Gregoire notching a goal. Brock Nelson was injured after being caught with his head down, no word on how serious it is but he did not return to the game.
Anders Lee came to life after a tough playoff run. He had a second period goal, a primary assist on the game tieing goal in the third and the game winning goal unassisted in the OT period to give Notre Dame the 4-3 win over Merrimack. [Postgame press-conference including Anders Lee] Notre Dame is playing Blake Kessel's New Hampshire tonight at 8 PM EST and it should be available online at ESPN 3.
Matt Donovan tied the game with 3 minutes left and had the secondary assist on the game winner in double overtime to help lead Denver over Western Michigan. Denver is playing North Dakota this afternoon at 3:30 PM EST on another game that should be available online on ESPN 3.
UNH defeated Miami of Ohio 3-1 with Blake Kessel getting an assist. Tonight they play Notre Dame.
Lulea took a 2-0 series lead on Skellefta following two 4-3 OT wins, and then dropped the next two games 2-1 in OT. Anders Nilsson has been outstanding for Lulea as he has faced over 30 shots in each game, including 42 saves on 44 shots last night in a losing effort. Highlights [Game 1][Game 2][Game 3]
Rosen had a good performance at the Coliseum yesterday (Yes, this is the same joke as yesterday, just a different link)