Full clip is below, but here’s what happened. Not sure if there’s some context we’re missing, but everything starts just prior to the 5-to-go mark of the third period when Mike Halmo, winger on Bridgeport’s top line with Strome and Lee, leveled Syracuse’s Cedric Paquette at the blueline. The hit looks really bad initially, the Paquette’s stick goes flying and it looks like he’s out cold (but gets back up momentarily and stays in the game). Halmo may have caught him up high. But anyway, Syracuse, as hockey players do, take exception and charged Halmo. Lee gets tied up as well and gets a fighting major and ejection for his trouble. For what it’s worth, Halmo got a roughing penalty earlier in the game, so maybe they took exception to something that wasn’t a one-off.
Here’s where it goes overboard.
After taking a few minutes sorting everything out, somehow the Sound Tigers ended up with a power play. On said power play, John Persson scores his third of the game to put Bridgeport ahead 6-5 and Strome grabs the puck for Persson. Everyone skates back to the bench, normal stuff… and then they get jumped, specifically Strome by Paquette. Not really sure what the reasoning is, maybe retribution for the Halmo hit? I’d imagine Mike Fornabaio will be able to fill us in later…
Here’s the video of the whole mess (also Phil Giubileo, Bridgeport’s play-by-play man is in excellent form; “That’s just the hit of the game, not the replay of the fight. I don’t want to see that!”):
Ryan Strome has been named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week and Rookie of the Month.
He had five goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 12 games for the Sound Tigers during the month.
Strome had three goals, three assists and a plus-4 rating in three games for the Sound Tigers last week.
He scored twice on Friday night, had two assists in an 8-6 loss on Saturday and tallied his third goal and a game-winning assist on Sunday.
In recognition of his achievement, Strome will be presented with an etched crystal awards prior to an upcoming Sound Tigers home game, the league announced.
Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
Strome has been excelling in the AHL, and is now top-five in that league in scoring as a 20-year old. We discussed earlier in the year that it’s a place where most prospects in his situation don’t end up, but that’s neither here nor there at this point.
He’s playing well and the Islanders need a boost; so why not?
After Tuesday night’s loss at the Coliseum, Jack Capuano spent the majority of his short press conference naming concerns and shortcomings about his defensive corps. Whether it was just an off-hand comment or a serious consideration — honestly it’s hard to tell which — Capuano mentioned that calling up a defender from Bridgeport was an option after it has become clear that the defensive six the Islanders have, less the injured Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait, are not clicking.
“We’ll think about recalling a guy and putting them in the lineup, I don’t know.” Capuano told the assembled media. “The same mistakes can’t happen. We’ve only got six of them back there.”
Across the Sound in Connecticut, the Sound Tigers lost both of their games over the weekend, just like the big club. Bridgeport scored only one goal over the course of two games and while the power play was dismal, they threw a ton of pucks at the net and came up empty thanks to some hot goaltending.
Anders Lee looks pretty good — as he should, I know — even doing a sort of Kabanov deke around a defender on Saturday night. It didn’t end up in the back of the net, though.
Andrey Pedan had three points in two games last weekend but was a healthy scratch for both games this weekend. There doesn’t appear to be an explicit reason why, but if you read between the lines he may be getting his own discipline for being late. If you recall, Pedan was the other Sound Tiger late to practice the day Kabanov was late and consequently punted to Stockton. Here’s what Fornabaio had on Wednesday: “No Andrey Pedan this morning in practice; Pellerin said he was on “earlier this morning for some skill development and conditioning skate. He wasn’t feeling well after the skate. He’s going to come back for a workout. He’s going to be doing a little individual work with me this week.” For one reason or another, looks like he got singled out by the coach. On Twitter, Pedan had some frustration but without context it’s impossible to know if that’s about sitting out or because he left dinner on the stove too long. To read more of this story, click here
The Sound Tigers kicked off their season with back-to-back games this weekend; they hosted Wilkes-Barre on Saturday night and just finished up another home match against Norfolk this afternoon. They split the weekend, surrendering a 2-1 lead last night to lose 5-2 and winning 4-3 in a shootout today.
Ryan Strome earned three assists on the weekend. He setup Anders Lee for a pretty one-timer on Saturday night, and notched two more today on Andrey Pedan and Joey Diamond’s goals. He seems to be right at home in the American League, and Corey Pronman thinks about as much on twitter:
NYI's Strome looks great. Hard to imagine he's in the minors for too long.— Corey Pronman (@coreypronman) October 06, 2013
Strome probably should have had a goal, too. He had a nice toe-drag on the power play in this afternoon’s third period but the shot was stoned by John Gibson.
Anders Nilsson got the back-to-back work for Bridgeport, stopping a combined 52 of 60 shots that he faced for a .866 save percentage (warning: small sample size).
The Sound Tigers have provided a statement to Point Blank on their tenure in Bridgeport, Connecticut following Bruce Ratner’s proclamation earlier today that the team will occupy the Coliseum when the Islanders head to Brooklyn:
“Our agreement with the City of Bridgeport ends on August 31st, 2020. We have seven years remaining on this deal. The Sound Tigers have an agreement to play in Webster Bank Arena until then and plan on doing so until we hear otherwise from our owner. There is no agreement in place between the Islanders organization and the Ratner Group or Barclays Center. The Sound Tigers love being in Bridgeport and absolutely plan on spending at least the next seven AHL seasons here”
Charles Wang owns both the Islanders and Sound Tigers in addition to Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment, which manages the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.
Are Ryan Strome, Andrey Pedan and Scott Mayfield Headed East?
Kevin Schultz , Islanders Point Blank:
Tonight, three of the Islanders’ 2011 draft picks were eliminated from their respective post-season tournaments. That could pave the way for all of them to head east to either Long Island or, most likely, Bridgeport.