Written by Kevin Schultz
The news on Mike Iggulden isn’t good. The team is calling it an upper body injury and it’s not likely that he will play tomorrow in W-B/S. “I hope [the league] takes a look at it,” Coach Capuano said during his post-game media session. He went on to say that the hit should be a “suspension since it was a blow to the head and the league is supposed to protect the players.”
That wraps it up for me from NVMC and CB will take the reins back tomorrow. Thanks to everyone who checked in and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
OT, 15:06: A shot from the point goes wide and bounces back off the end boards. Chris Minard is in front for the Penguins and puts it in the net. Penguins win 5-4 and go up 2-0 in the series. Game Three is tomorrow in Pennsylvania… Your three starts in descending order are Chris Minard, Dustin Jeffrey and Kyle Okposo.
End of Regulation: We’re headed for bonus hockey today. Sound Tigers will be on the powerplay for about 80 seconds to start the period with W-B/S’s Lovejoy in the box… Official attendance on the night is 5,903. I lost that bet.
3rd, 12:40: Mike Iggulden has not returned for the third period. Andy Wozniewski scored on a wrister along the ice from the high circle to cut the lead to one… And just as I type that the Baby Pens have tied it up on a goal in transition from Ben Lovejoy.
Second Intermission: Between chuck-a-puck and the gatling t-shirt gun, I can’t say I’ve ever seen so many random flying objects in a hockey arena… With a few minutes to go in the period, Jesse Joensuu gets knocked hard into the boards. The referee immediately signals a penalty for boarding and the first person over to stand up for Joensuu is Kyle Okposo. The only goal of the period came for the Sound Tigers on a 3-on-2. Jack Hillen centered a pass that Jesse Joensuu chipped home and it’s 4-2 Sound Tigers after two.
2nd, 11:49 to go: Mike Iggulden had to be helped off the ice during the first minute of the period after taking a hit along the end boards in the Scranton zone. He looked a bit woozy and has not yet returned to the game.
Attendance seems to be in the same neighborhood as last night. The lower bowl is much more crowded but I would guess the final number is going to be about the same. My money’s on 4,700.
First Intermission: It’s raining goals here in Uniondale! We’re through one period and the Sound Tigers lead by one. They scored the go-ahead goal off of an unecessary penalty by Chris Minard of Wilkes-Barre. He got into some rough stuff after the whistle sounded and that led to a power play goal from Mike Iggulden, the recipient of a nice Trevor Smith centering feed.
Earlier in the period, a penalty by Kyle Okposo led to a Penguins goal from Dustin Jeffrey on what seemed like a second or third rebound. Okposo instantly made up for it by scoring one of his own less than half a minute later.
1st, 9:48 to go: Andrew MacDonald fires a shot from the point, the rebound gets loose in front and after a few whacks at it from Michael Haley and Pascal Morency, Haley is able to put it in the net to tie the game. The goal seems to be a wake up call for the Sound Tigers who looked a bit sluggish to start the game. They immediately have had a few scoring chances after the goal. And to follow all that up, Kyle Okposo heads to the box for hooking.
1st period, 19:30 to go: W-B/S breaks in on a 2-on-1 during their first rush of the game and Paul Bissionette feeds Dustin Jeffrey in front for a goal on the first shot of the game. Probably the worst way for the Sound Tigers to open up after a loss the night before.
The disco ball here at the Coliseum is doing its thing and that means it’s almost time to drop the puck.
Lineups and lines are the same as last night with the exception of Adam Henrich replacing Janne Pesonen for W-B/S. Pesonen is out with an undisclosed injury.