Bridgeport Game Postponed Due to “World’s Largest Foam Party”

Kevin Schultz

Here’s something you don’t see everyday; a hockey game gets postponed because a concert the night before was too foamy. 

The Sound Tigers were scheduled to take on Adirondack tonight in Bridgeport, but the game has been postponed until Monday because of the poor condition of the ice. The culprit? “The World’s Largest Foam party” — Foam N’ Glow — which took place at the arena last night. According to an advertisement, the show promised attendees “high-energy music, ultraviolet dancers, fire performers, CO2 shows and foam into one mind-blowing combination.”

If you’re like me and not sure what kids are doing these days, it’s probably that.

Adirondack announcer Bob Rotruck tweeted a quick explainer on what happened:

There were apparently a lot of divots and grooves in the ice that made it unsafe for the players. The teams didn’t even get onto the ice to participate in pre-game warmups. Rotruck said crews had been working on the ice since midnight to fix the issues but no luck.

The game has been rescheduled for Monday in Bridgeport.

In other wacky minor league hockey news, here’s a giant beer can pyramid!

Strome named to AHL All-Rookie Team

Ryan Strome has been named to the American Hockey League’s All-Rookie Team.

Strome, 20, skated in 37 games with the Sound Tigers in 2013-14 and collected 49 points (13 goals, 36 assists). He began the season in the AHL and notched 33 points (nine goals, 24 assists) in 24 games before earning his being called up to the NHL on December 11.

Strome was loaned back to the Sound Tigers on January 15 and had 16 points. He was recalled once again on Feb. 24 and spent the remainder of the season with the Islanders. Though he appeared in just 37 AHL games this season, Strome’s 49 points currently rank him sixth among AHL rookies.

The All-Rookie Team was voted on by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the AHL’s 30 member cities.

Video: Syracuse Goons Up on Strome After Persson’s Hat Trick

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A wild game in Bridgeport today, as the Sound Tigers won 6-5 over the Syracuse Crunch. But that wasn’t really the wild part of this one; it was top prospects Ryan Strome and Anders Lee getting fighting majors and ejections at the end of the third period.

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!”):

Strome named AHL Player of the Week and Rookie of the Month

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.

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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?

On Sunday, Strome had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 Bridgeport win. After the win, Strome told Mike Ashmore “I feel like I’ve been ready for a while,” in discussing the possibility of playing on Long Island. “I want to go up there and make sure I don’t come back. When that comes, I’ll be ready to go.”

(and before you ask, no, that was not said in a frustrated tone)

On Bridgeport and Defensive Call Ups

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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.”

So, if the Islanders do decide to dip into Bridgeport, who gets the call? To read more of this story, click here

Shots Plentiful, But Bridgeport Can’t Make Them Count

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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.

Five Thoughts:

  1. 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.
  2. 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

Sound Tigers Split Opening Weekend

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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:

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).

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