The story in Bridgeport continues to be the goaltending. Kevin Poulin is really starting to pull away from Nathan Lawson and Mikko Koskinen. At 1.98 GAA he's ninth in the AHL and is fifth in both Save Percentage and Shutouts. Poulin started the week strong for Bridgeport, putting on quite the display with a 40 save shutout against Norfolk on Sunday. David Ullstrom had a goal and an assist to put the game away for the SoundTigers.
On Friday Bridgeport played Springfield and lost 5-3 after taking a 2 goal lead in the first period. Rhett Rakhshani [Coliton, Landry] Jeremy Coliton [Rakhshani, Joshua Bailey] and Robin Figren [Haley, Marcinko] had the tallies for BP. Kosikinen took the loss with 25 saves on 30 shots. On Saturday Bridgeport defeated Providence 4-1 behind Lawson's 36 saves on 37 shots (second star) and Bailey's two goal (both assisted by Rakhshani) first star performance. Figren also added a goal for his team leading 9th goal. Mark Katic returned from injury for this game, and along with the return of Dylan Reese, should help BP in cutting down the amount of shots faced.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov played 4 games this week, scoring a goal to put his cold streak to a bit of a rest. He has 24 GP, 5 G, 6 A, 11 points and a +2. I find a video from one of his games, he's #9 in white and takes a shootout chance at 5:45.
Kirill Kabanov only played two of four games this week for Lewiston. He didn't score any points and in his final game he took two bad penalties. He missed the final two games due to what Lewiston is saying is an injury issue.
WHL, OHL, NCAA and Europe
Nino Niederreiter is off to a good December following a 14 point in 14 games performance, he already has 3 goals and 2 assists in 3 games this month. That includes Friday's two goal performance and first star of the game.
The Wheat Kings are on a nine game winless streak and during those games David Toews only has 2 goals and an assist. He does make some appearances in these highlights for the Red Deer Rebels 5-2 win over the Wheat Kings. He is #9 in White.
The Oshawa Generals went 2-1 this week, with Tony DeHart posting 2 assists on the week and a +3. Calvin DeHaan didn't add any points and finished the week at +1. DeHaan was named to the WJC Team Canada, one of three returning players for the team. [Video of the OHL announcement including Isles prospect Cizikas]
Casey Cizikas continued on a tear with Mississauga who won another three straight games before dropping a surprising loss to the Guleph Storm. Cizikas notched a goal and an assist in all three wins, named first star twice and third star once. In the loss he only had an assist, on the season he has 35 Points (15 G, 20 A) in 24 games. [Highlights from December 2nd game,including Cizikas Goal & Assist]
Notre Dame played back to back games against Miami last weekend. In the first game they came back from two two goal deficits, as Anders Lee powered the way with 3 assists. That matched his season total for assists in one night and he was named 3rd star. Notre Dame lost the following night. Lee has 9 goals, 6 Assists, 15 points in 17 games.
Matt Donovan had an assist in two games this week for Denver. In 18 games he has 4 G, 8 A and 12 Points this season.
Jason Gregoire crashed into the boards, apparently during a warmup drill, during practice this week. He will be out indefinitely.
Brock Nelson did play both games for North Dakota this week, but did not get onto the score sheet. He now has 18 games played, 1 G, 4 A, 5 Points on the year.
The University of Wisconsin and Jason Clark played two games this week. Clark still has 1 assist on the season in 13 games.
Aaron Ness had a quiet week and did not add to his season total of 7 assists with Minnesota.
Corey Trivino played two games for Boston U, adding an assist for season totals of 13 GP, 2 G, 6 A, 8 Points.
Brian Day played one game this week with Colgate, posting a goal. He now has 7 G, 4 A, 11 Points in 13 Games.
UNH's Blake Kessel was held off the scoresheet this week. He has 15 GP, 2 G, 8 A, 10 points.
Lulea played 3 games this week, and Anders Nilsson started one of them. He posted a shutout while facing 30 shots to give Lulea their one win of the week. Lulea's other goalie Rautio struggled allowing 7 goals on 44 shots. [Highlights]
Cody Rosen didn't play any games this week, but apparently the local paper likes interviewing him. [Interview here]