The new thing in Bridgeport seems to be spotting the opposition a lead to begin the game. This weekend a 2 goal lead for Adirondack wasn't enough for them. Maybe next week they can try coming back from 3 or 4 goals behind. Maybe even bring back Joel Martin to make things a little more sporting. While BP is on a 8-1-0-1 tear in their last 10 games, it hasn't been enough to catch the hated Connecticut Whale who are 7-1-0-2 in their last 10. But BP is within 5 points of CT with 3 games in hand and in the 7th seed with a 3 point cushion on 9th place.
Saturday February 12th Vs Adirondack (Flyers)
Could you get any further away from the NHL then Jon Landry last year? The 28 year old defenseman moved on from the CHL (a level below the ECHL) to European hockey. He had a 9 game stint with Cologne of the DEL, before moving on to the EIHL the following season. The EIHL, which I too had to look up, is the top level of hockey in the United Kingdom. Landry was 2nd in scoring on his team, the Braehead Clan, a Scotland based hockey team with 58 points in 54 games. This year he gets his first full time stint in the ECHL and racks up 30 points in 35 games before getting a tryout with BP. During this tryout he's gotten 10 points in 12 games, 1 point more then Calvin de Haan has in 32 games. He's also not the same Jon Landry that played with the team last year.
That was an awfully long intro that had very little to do with the game. If you guessed it was mostly because BP only played 1 game since my last writeup, congrats. After spotting the Phantoms a 2 goal lead in the first, BP came back with a vengeance. They put up 20 shots in the 2nd period, with Casey Cizikas (Rhett Rakhshani) getting the 1st goal and David Ullstrom (Jon Landry) getting the 2nd goal on the PP. Just a minute into the 3rd period Ullstrom (Matt Donovan, Landry) struck again while on the PP. They then decided to let Anders Nilsson close the door on Phantoms as they were outshot 9-5 in the final frame. Ullstrom was named 1st star and Landry 2nd star. [Highlights] [Highlights from Last weeks Whale game]
Natural Born Kirills
Kirill Petrov played 1 game this week and notched a goal; on the season he has 16 goals, 12 assists for 28 points in 50 games.
had a strong week, on Wednesday he had a goal and an assist while being named 1st star despite the shootout loss for Shawningan. On Friday he had a repeat performance, posting another goal and assist in Shawningan's 3-2 win. Saturday he didn't have a point. He has 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points in 40 games.
On Wednesday Ryan Strome had an assist in a game in which Niagara outshot Erie 62-18 but lost 2-1 [highlights]. Strome had another assist in Niagara's 5-2 win. His big game of the week though was last night, a game in which he had 2 goals and an assist (Niagara only scored 3 goals) but was only named 3rd star of the night. Mitchell Therot played all 3 games this week, but had no points.
John Persson only played in 2 of 3 games for Red Deer this week. He had a single assist over those two games.
Brenden Kichton had 1 assist in 3 games this week for Spokane, and not surprisingly Spokane dropped all 3 games this week.
Huge week for Andrei Pedan, on Friday night he assisted on both Guelph goals. Then on Saturday he had a goal and 2 assists, being named 3rd star in Guelph's 9-1 rout. Pedan's 5 point weekend is better then his monthly point totals for every month but December in which he had 7 points.
Hit the Books*: NCAA
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It is not going well for Notre Dame, who dropped both games this weekend to extend their losing streak to 5 games. They only have 3 wins in their last 12 games. No points for Anders Lee or Robbie Russo this weekend.
On Friday Night Brock Nelson had 3 assists as North Dakota won 4-2. Nelson didn't have any points on Saturday as UND tied Michigan Tech 1-1.
Wisconsin ended their 5 game losing streak with a win over Denver on Sunday night. Jason Clark played both games this weekend but had no points.
Scott Mayfield didn't score a point for Denver as they took on Wisconsin, but from reports he was looking so good that he was getting time on the 1st PP and PK units.
Cody Rosen did not play this weekend. On the bright side it was Senior night on Saturday, and both goalies on Clarkson are seniors.
Finnish Loans & Trust
Mikko Koskinen played a game this week. In 18 games he has a 2.32 GAA, .916 SV% and an 8-4-3 record.
Jesse Joensuu has 10 goals and 13 assists through 43 games.
Johan Sundstrom played 3 games this week and had an assist. On the season he has 5 goals and 3 assists in 43 games.