I've got a fever and the only cure is MORE CIZIKAS!
Casey Cizikas continues his strong play for Bridgeport. He has points in 9 of his last 10 games, posting 5 goals and 6 assists. BP won both their games this week, upping their undefeated streak to 8 games.
The Sound Tigers have clawed their way back into the playoff picture, standing 2 points out of a spot. But they are also 2 points behind the Whale for first place in the division. Anders Nilsson is also putting up a strong run of games, posting a .939, .944 and .974 SV% respectively in his last 3 games.
22 15 Vs Binghamton (Senators)
In the span of ten minutes this game went from 0-0 to a 3-0 advantage for BP. First blood by Cizikas (Matt Donovan) at the 15 minute mark of the first. Rhett Rakhshani scored the 2nd goal (Cizikas, Micheal Haley) with under 30 seconds left in the first. 5 minutes into the 2nd Brett Gentile (Sean Backman, Donovan) scored his first goal of the year. Binghamton bounced back with 2 PP goals within 2 minutes at the 15 minute mark of the 2nd. But Nilsson held down the fort in the 3rd as BP was outshot 14-6. Stars of the game were #1 Cizikas, #2 Gentile, #3 Donovan.
Saturday Jan 21 Vs Adirondack (Flyers)
BP got the lead early in the 2nd via a Cizikas (Tyler McNeely) goal and added an insurance goal 10 minutes later from Tomas Marcinko (Gentile, Haley). They gave one back 20 seconds later, but Nilsson held down the fort as BP was outshot 28-14 over the last two periods. Nilsson was named 1st star of the game, Marcinko got 3rd star of the game.
We've added some video links and the Bridgeport leaderboard after the jump, plus the amateurs and Europeans.
Cizikas 9 G, 19 A, 28 Pts
Donovan 4 G, 18 A, 22 Pts
Rakhshani 9 G, 12 A, 21 Pts (23 games)
David Ullstrom 14 G, 2 A 16 Pts (20 games)
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov played 3 games this week and scored a goal, on the season he has 12 goals, 9 assists for 21 points in 42 games.
Quiet week for Kirill Kabanov, who played 2 games this week. He scored 1 goal in his teams 5-1 blowout, and had no points and was -1 in his teams 4-2 loss.
Ryan Strome missed both games this week and is going to miss 2-3 weeks. Mitchell Therot played in 1 of 2 games this week, posting a -1 in a loss that snapped Niagara's 6 game winning streak. Old Strome Interview
John Persson played in 2 games for Red Deer this week. In the first game RD lost 5-1 but Persson was +1 on the night. In the second game they won 5-1 and Persson was +1 with an assist.
Brenden Kichton had 3 games this week for Spokane, having 1 goal 2 assist night on Saturday. In the other two games he notched another assist. Kitchon leads all WHL defenseman in points.
Andrey Pedan had an assist in his first game this week, and no PIM. He made it up in his second game, posting 6 PIM and no points.
Hit the Books*: NCAA
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Brock Nelson had no points in North Dakota's loss to St. Cloud State, but he did have a goal and an assist and was named 2nd star of the night in their win on Saturday over SCS. Brock Nelson interview
Jason Clark did not play this weekend for Wisconsin.
Denver and Scott Mayfield did not play this weekend.
Cody Rosen Did Not Play.
Finnish Loans & Trust
Johan Sundstrom played one game this week and this season he has 3 goals and 2 assists in 35 games.
Blast from the Past: Josh Green in the NHL Again
If you've missed the cascade of injuries and regression that has hit the Oilers as they fall back to lottery land (they're in 29th, six points ahead of Columbus), you may have missed that Josh Green is back in the NHL again. Always a decent point producer in the AHL, Green isn't doing much in the NHL but few Oilers are.
If you need a refresher, Green's hockey-reference page is great: Just look at all those uni numbers! Eight NHL franchises, two of them on two separate occasions. Green is 34 now, but he's tied for 133rd on the Islanders all-time goal list (a four-way tie with Tom Chorske, Dave Langevin and Mike McEwen). He was acquired in the Ziggy Palffy deal, coming with Olli Jokinen, Mathieu Biron and a 1st-round pick (Taylor Pyatt) for Palffy and Bryan Smolinski (and Marcel Cousineau. Can't forget Cousineau.).
Since his 49 games and 12 goals as an Islander, Green's been traded, claimed on waivers twice, and even played in Austria. He saw 12 games with Anaheim last year with no points, but at least has a goal and assist through seven games with Edmonton this season. He's long since passed the first pension threshold of 160 NHL games, but with 341 games he's unlikely to reach 400, which is where the full pension triggers for NHL players.
Between Green and Jokinen and Pyatt still kicking around (not to mention Roberto Luongo now taking over the career win record for two separate franchises), little reminders of Mike Milbury live on.