Just as a bit of a note, I am writing this before all of Saturday nights games are concluded (or at least those games that are happening) so feel free to update scores in the comments. JP knows where I live, and if I don't have the prospect report out for him to enjoy with his Sunday morning coffee, bad things will happen to me. Kidding, kidding, I enjoy that so many of you look forward to this, as it started basically as a shot in the dark.
Oh Bridgeport, your such a tease. Early on you were looking good, even floating around .500 and looking like a playoff appearance was possible. You've now lost 12 of the last 14 games, and of those losses only 2 of them were OTLs. At least this week it was respectable with a win over the hated Connecticut Whale. The team has a young defense, an offense that is hurting due to the lack of David Ullstrom and Tim Wallace (both PPG players in the AHL) and dual struggling goalies.
Sunday December 18th Vs Providence (Bruins)
There's one story here and it's Kevin Poulin making 37 saves on 39 shots to give BP a chance in this game. Poulin was also named 3rd star of the night. Special teams killed again as Providence went 2/7 on the PP and BP went 0/5 on their chances. Casey Cizikas led all BP shooters with 6 shots. Highlights
Monday December 26th Vs Connecticut (Smurfs)
Another outstanding game for Poulin, with 30 saves on 32 shots including a perfect 3rd frame in which the team was out shot 12-5. Rhett Rakhshani [Cizikas] opened the scoring in the first. The Whale scored the next two goals in a span of 6 minutes during the 2nd. BP struck back behind Scott Howes [Rakhshani, Cizikas] and Tomas Marcinko [Trevor Frischmon, Brett Riley]. Marcinko was named 1st star and Rakhshani 2nd star. Highlights
Wednesday December 28th Vs Norfolk (Lightning)
Poulin continued his hot streak, stopping 17 of 19 shots. The special teams continued to let the team down, going 0/6 on the PP while giving up a PP goal during a 5 on 3 (Norfolk was 1/6 on the PP). Brett Gallant scored the lone goal, assisted by Marcinko and Antony Klementyev. Including the game against Connecticut, the BP PP is 0/11 so far. Highlights
Friday December 30th Vs Norfolk
A wild game between these two teams as they racked up 18 PPs, along with a total of 72 PIM. Tough game for Poulin as he gave up 3 goals on 17 shots, with 2 of them on PPs and the other a 4 on 4. No give up in the team though as they charged out for 2 PP goals within 2 minutes of each other during the 3rd. Casey Cizikas had the first goal [Calvin De Haan, Ty Wishart] and Tony Romano [Aaron Ness, Dylan Reese] the second but it was too little too late. Tomas Marcinko was also seriously injured due to a skate striking his neck, and was rushed to the hospital. He's in good shape and should recover fine.
Saturday December 31st Vs Wilkes-Barre (Penguins)
4-2 loss and it wasn't even that close. Tyler McNeely [Rakhashani, Cizikas] scored to cut it to 2-1 in the 2nd. Kael Mouillierat (I hate that name) [Rakhshani, McNeely] scored in the 3rd to cut it to 4-2. Surprised to see Poulin starting again, he stopped 28 of 32 shots. BP managed 16 shots on former SoundTiger Scott Munroe. BP managed only 3 shots in the 3rd and were 0/4 on the PP.
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov added 2 assists this week, he now has 10 goals, 9 assists for 19 points in 35 games.
Kirill Kabanov had 3 assists in 3 games this week and was named 3rd star of the night in a 2 assist performance. On the year he has 13 goals, 14 assists in 24 games. [Might be the strangest video I've linked NSFW]
Mitchell Therot had no points in 3 games for Niagra.
John Persson had 1 assist in 3 games for Red Deer.
Brenden Kitchon had an assist in 2 games for Spokane.
Andrey Pedan is at the WJCs and I don't have any highlights.
Hit the Books*: NCAA
*Rosen Plays 101 is popular
Notre Dame routed Boston U 5-2 behind 2 goals from Anders Lee and Robbie Russo notching an assist.
Brock Nelson had a tough night Friday, allowing Harvard to come back for a 4-4 tie, while Nelson was held off the score sheet he was also a -3 on the night. Up 6-2 going into the third, North Dakota has things in hand, but no points for Nelson.
Wisconsin is currently playing the US under 18 team in an exhibition. No points for Clark.
Denver is dominating Air Force 7-1 in the 3rd, no points for Mayfield. Denver beat Union 3-1, Mayfield had no points but was a +1 on the night.
Cody Rosen started a game for Clarkson, as Paul Karpowich was unable to travel with the team due to the flu. Rosen got the first start on Thursday, unfortunately Clarkson was coming off a 18 day layoff and Rosen let up 4 goals on 19 shots and was pulled halfway through the 2nd. Senior backup Richie Laveau started Saturdays game was hardly better making 23 saves on 28 shots.
Finnish Loans & Trust
in 9 games he's got a 1.46 GAA and .940 SV% and is 6-1-1.
Jesse Joensuu has 10 goals and 10 assists in 29 games.