LOTNTDMTS*: “We’re fighting that team for a playoff spot, and they just took two points out of our building.” –Dave Baseggio
Pretty lackluster both ways for two periods, and then the penalty parade started for Bridgeport. Norfolk grabbed on and never let go. Baseggio, Wyatt Smith and Justin Papineau had some thoughtful things to say about it, which will be in the paper in the morning. (If the above is the third-best thing the coach said, after all…)
Jody Robinson missed most of the second period, reports Baseggio, with a migraine. Justin Papineau went off late favoring his shoulder, but he said afterward he’d be fine; “a stinger,” he said. Papineau and Robinson, by the way, both wore A’s tonight with Kevin Colley out. Don’t know if that’s a long-term thing or just for tonight.
Because of the way we’re laid out, slot man** David Wells tonight asked me for some kind of breakout box to go with the story. Eventually I came around to doing a box on the Sound Tigers’ longest home winless streaks (if you got the early edition: record, twice reached, is five). But while the game was going on and Bridgeport was scoring at odd manpowers, I came up with this, so why waste it?
(TWO-) MAN OVERBOARD
Bridgeport’s results with a two-man advantage over its first five seasons:
|Year||Two-man goals/opps||Overall percentage|
|2001-02||5/21 (23.8 percent)||19.5|
I just like that it’s been BELOW the overall percentage in each of the past three seasons. Granted, time available plays a part; many of these power plays don’t last very long, and one faceoff loss kills ‘em off. And the sample size is very small. But still. I’d be curious to see a lot more data on these situations with other teams. They’re tough to come by.
Nice to have the legendary Tom McCormack covering the game for, um, another state publication. Good news from the corner of George and Orange: Tom (whose son Tucker is an editor for us) reports that Dave Solomon salvaged from the New Haven Coliseum the plaque that commemorated the “Tom McCormack Press Box.”
Scott Stirling is back in the AHL… in San Antonio. Rochester traded him to the Rampage for future considerations Wednesday.
The auction is up and running for the American Red Cross; supposedly 27 captains’ (or alternates’) sweaters will be auctioned off, with the proceeds going to Hurricane relief. Curiously missing from the auction at this writing: the sweaters of Albany’s Alex Brooks, Cleveland’s Matt Carkner, Manchester’s Jeff Giuliano, Rochester’s Chris Taylor, and a certain neck-strained Sound Tiger. I’ll poke around in the morning and try to see what’s up with that.
*-Yeah, I’m going all abbreviatory. Line of the Night That Didn’t Make the Story.
**-Jargon alert II: The slot is the chief of the copy desk; he’s the de facto person in charge of the section that night, with the final say of what gets in, how much gets in, and what goes where. In our case, he also designs the section front.