Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank: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.
- Alan Quine, drafted as a forward this past June has been playing point on the power play with Calvin de Haan. That’s something Quine has done previously in juniors.
- Ryan Strome was held off the scoresheet, registering six shots. Don’t read too much into it, he still looks good. In Sunday’s first period he went coast-to-coast right up the middle of the ice (on the powerplay, no less). A nice play, but wasn’t able to convert.
- The final bullet point goes to Johan Sundstrom for having the team’s only goal of the weekend. It’s Sundstrom’s first since January 11th.
Saturday: Manchester 3, Bridgeport 0
The Sound Tigers had their chances in this one, but simply couldn’t find a way to get a puck past Martin Jones in the Manchester net. They threw 38 shots at him — only 24 for the opposition — and had some excellent chances, especially later on in the third, but couldn’t get one by.
The big issue in this one was the power play; Bridgeport went an amazing 0-for-11 with the man advantage. As notes above, Alan Quine played point along with Calvin de Haan on the top unit. That unit also includes Ryan Strome, Anders Lee and Riley Wetmore. Mike Fornabaio also notes that late in the game Scott Pellerin went as far as planting big Joe Finley in front of the net.
Anders Nilsson got the start and stopped 21 of 23 shots, with the third goal being an empty netter.
Sunday: Springfield 3, Bridgeport 1
The power play was again a problem on Sunday. This time is was on the defensive end, as Darryl Boyce potted a goal past Ken Reiter on a shorthanded 2-on-1 in the first period. Later in the period Springfield would notch a power play goal with Michael Chaput blasted a shot from the high circle though traffic and past Reiter. The Sound Tigers put up an 0-for-6 on the power play in this game. On the other side of special teams, they killed off 11 of 12 penalties on the weekend.
In the third, the Sound Tigers would kill off the first penalty of a 5-on-3. In the box for the first penalty, Johan Sundstrom would finally get them on the board after he came out of the sin bin. Riley Wetmore came up with an excellent steal in the offensive zone, eluded some defenders and fed Sundstom: