It was another good week for Bridgeport, at least in comparison to earlier in the season as they went 2-2 again this week. It also included great play by Mikko Koskinen who backstopped both wins this week while only letting in 7 goals on 97 shots across 3 games. Brian Day put up his second goal this week, and is on a better goal per game average with Bridgeport then his average with Colgate this year. Rhett Rakhshani had 4 points in two April games and has all but confirmed he will finish the season leading BP in Goals, Assists and Points.
Bridgeport started the week with a 4-1 loss to Syracuse that was a lot closer then it looked due to an empty net goal. Syracuse got two goals during the 13th minute of the 3rd period after the game had been a 1 goal affair up till then. Dylan Reese [Jeremy Colliton] scored the lone BP goal, along with being named 3rd star of the night. BP finally beat Portland and Mark Parrish 2-1 behind a 33 save performance by 1st Star Mikko. Brian Day [Tony Romano, Rob Hisey] and 3rd star David Ullstrom [Robin Figren] scored in the 3rd to put the game away.
The SoundTigers dropped a heart breaker to Springfield 3-2 after giving up 3 3rd period goals including one to Nikita Filatov. Tough night for Nathan Lawson who took the loss, as BP only managed 16 shots on goal during the game. Goals scored by Jeremy Colliton [Rakhshani,Tyler McNeely] and Justin DiBenedetto [Brett Motherwell, Aaron Ness]. They finished the week with a 4-3 win over Binghamton, in which BP lost and regained the lead 3 different times. Rakhshani was named 1st star and McNeely was named 2nd star. The goal scorers were Figren [DiBenedetto, Ullstrom] Rakhshani [Ness, Matt Donovan], Tyler McNeely [Rakhshani] and McNeely [Rakhshani, Colliton].
For those who might be interested, Brian Day and Dylan Reese both got into fights last week during the game with the Whale. It ended about as well as you might expect a fight with either man to end. [Day Fight] [Reese Fight]
Half a Kirill update
Kirill Kabanov, after being relatively quiet through the first 3 games of the series against his former team Montcon came to life in games 4 and 5 to help Lewiston win their series 4-1. Kabanov had a goal and two assists in the 4th game and a goal in the 5th game. Kirill and Lewiston move on to the 2nd round.
Oshawa continued on their merry way, dominating Kingston and only losing game 4 on their way to a 4-1 series win. Tony DeHart was named 1st star of the night in game 5 for his 2 goal, 3 assist performance. During the regular season DeHart only had 4 total goals. DeHart had 3 assists in the other two games played this week. Calvin De Haan had a goal and two assists in 3 games. De Haan was one of only 2 player on Oshawa to have a positive +/- in their 7-4 loss to Kingston.
Smart move for Mississauga resting Casey Cizikas as the Majors continued to dominate Belleville sweeping their way into the 2nd round. They only gave up 2 goals in 4 games.
Medicine Hat has pushed Brandon to the edge 3-2, thanks to the play of Emerson Etem who was the first star in games 4 and 5. David Toews has been strong for Brandon as he put up 1 goal and 4 assists in 3 games this week.
College and Europe
North Dakota beat Denver 6-1 to reach the Frozen Four. Jason Gregoire had an assist and Brock Nelson returned to get a goal and assist in the win. Matt Donovan had 3 shots and was a -1 in his final college game.
Notre Dame eliminated the University of New Hampshire 2-1 to move on to the Frozen Four. Anders Lee had an assist and Blake Kessel was held pointless in his final college game.
Lulea lost their series with Skellefta 4-2. This is despite the incredible play of Anders Nilsson who turned it on down the stretch in the regular season and for the playoffs. Of their four losses, two of them were in overtime. In Game 3 Nilsson faced 44 shots and gave up 2 goals including the winner on a PP in OT. In Game 4 Nilsson had 31 saves on 33 shots and gave up the game winning goal on a shot he had no chance on. In Game 5 Nilsson gave up 1 goal on 30 shots as Skellefta also scored an empty netter to make it a 2-0 final. In Game 6 Nilsson gave up 4 goals on 24 shots in his worst performance of the semi-finals, he was still good enough to give Lulea a chance as they lost the game 3-4.