"This is too easy." - Mike Stobe
The Sound Tigers try to salvage the weekend and break a five-game winless streak Sunday, while Islanders prospect Ryan Strome continues to pile up points in the OHL.
Across the farm in the New York Islanders prospect sphere, there's a mix of good news and slump news.
Bridgeport's winless streak continued Saturday night, but they at least salvaged a regulation point in forcing the game to a shootout against Worcester. Brock Nelson scored on the powerplay with 2:28 remaining to force overtime, as both he and Nino Niederreiter broke dry spells that overlap with the team's current five-game winless streak.
That last link at Soundin Off also had Ty Wishart as a healthy scratch. Meanwhile, the Post recap has more descriptions of another fight-filled encounter with Worcester, as well as a pretty snazzy picture of Blair Riley sporting (and fighting in) the camo unis the Sound Tigers wore for Military Appreciation Night. Niederreiter, Nelson, Sundstrom and Colin McDonald were all stopped in the shootout.
The Sound TIgers are back at it early Sunday evening, faceoff at 5 p.m. Fans can toss teddy bears and the like after the first goal to benefit local hospital charities. [UPDATE: Well, at least fans got to toss their bears, but that's about it from Sunday.]
CHL (Mostly) Prospects
Ryan Strome just continues to rack up points. Friday night, it was a sweet homecoming with two goals and two assists in Niagara's 6-4 win over Mississauga. Saturday night was a 6-5 loss to Brampton, but Strome still notched a goal and an assist (linemate Mitchell Theoret had two assists, and Jesse Graham had an assist).
Rotoworld's fantasy-oriented take:
It's getting a bit comical now. Strome is really too good for the OHL and he's proving why with 59 points in 30 games, easily the highest mark in the league. He's obviously someone to keep in mind in keeper drafts as he could make an immediate impact as a rookie.
Andrei Pedan was scoreless and minus-2 as London handled Guelph 3-1 Saturday, but Friday night he had a goal and an assist (and +1) in a 3-2 win over Brampton. He's up to 22 points in 25 games -- and "only" 58 PIM.
Adam Pelech had two assists in Erie's 6-4 loss to Sault Ste. Marie. He has 24 points in 28 games, but we'll see what might change after an Erie coaching change. Erie plays again Sunday afternoon at Sudbury.
Meanwhile, in Finland Ville Pokka continues to get senior team ice time at age 18 with Kärpät, where he has 3-4-7 in 22 games as the team battles with KalPa for first overall.
Anders Lee scored his 50th and 51st NCAA goals in Notre Dame's weekend sweep of Lake Superior State. Robbie Russo had three assists on the weekend, including on two powerplay goals Friday night.
Scott Mayfield was held scoreless in Denver's tough weekend series with Wisconsin -- you may have seen the 1-1 tie Friday on NBC Sports Network. They dropped the rematch 3-1.