The funky 6:30 start means that warmups are under way as we type. Koskinen vs. Leggio, Jamie tweets. Last meeting of 10. Portland leads 5-4.
We’ll be listening to the Pirates’ feed, unless it turns out Phil sneaked up there.
The box score will be here. Two referees: Ian Croft and Terry Koharski.
Good news in local hockey: Michael Paliotta of Westport and Ryan Haggerty of Stamford were named to the Under-18 national team today. And Cam Atkinson of Greenwich, who probably makes his pro debut Friday against Bridgeport, was named one of the three final-finalists for the Hobey Baker.
–Looks like Andy Hilbert’s number assignment is back to 11. Presumably because there’s actually a No. 19 sweater, and we know Hilbert isn’t going to be wearing it. Chris Barton has 19. Matt Campanale has 20.
–And looks like Ginand comes out for Barton. Eight ATOs in the lineup. Still no Marcinko or DiBenedetto.
–Caroline Wozniacki tweets that she’s going to watch the Isles. Rooting for Frans Nielsen, we presume.
–Looks like just the one ‘A’ on Colliton. Game on.
–Paul Byron makes it 1-0 Pirates off a steal at 3:32.
–Report from Portland is that Campanale played before Barton, becoming regular-season player No. 300 for Bridgeport.
–Lines and pairs, with some construction and help from Jamie:
–End of one, it’s 1-0 Portland. Shots 12-6 for the Pirates.
–Dan Hickling notes a curiosity about Joe Pereira’s first two pro games: They were both in Portland… for two different teams.
–At the start of the second, Jamie notes that McNeely and Romano have switched places.
–Pirates seem to be controlling things in the first half of the second period. Elsewhere, Wilkes-Barre apparently had Carl Sneep dressed but didn’t have him on the lineup card, so he has to go back inside. (Wonder who gets to put the jersey on?)
–Pereira hits the post on a breakaway.
–Then Romano hits the other post.
–Sound Tigers keep coming. Portland ices it twice, and Kevin Dineen calls his time out as it starts getting late in the second.
–Still 1-0 after two. Appears shots were 10-7 that period for Portland, 22-13 in all. No scoring, no penalties. Easy on the box score.
–About 46 minutes into the game, and two referees have called one penalty, which was automatic: Day for delay of game early in the first.
–Brian Day scores his second on a two-on-one with Tony Romano, and it’s tied at 9:14.
–Bang, bang: Just 83 seconds later, Figren to Ullstrom for a 2-1 Bridgeport lead.
–Didja read about Brian Day this morning? Here ya go.
–Bridgeport hanging on tight as time trickles down, 1:52 to go and a draw in the Bridgeport zone after an icing. Time out, BPT.
–Leggio to the bench with about 1:20 left.
–And that’s it: Bridgeport 2, Portland 1. Sound Tigers’ first four-game road winning streak in a while, and I’m looking back to see the last time they did it without a shootout win.
–They’ve had several long road unbeaten streaks, and a few longer winning streaks, but this is only the second time in 10 years that the team has won four in a row in regulation away from home: Feb. 15-23, 2003.
–Will have to double-check that it’s a team record for fewest combined PIM in a game. That game when Iggulden got the penalty with a couple of seconds left in overtime, was that the only penalty in the game, or just for BPT? Got to check it. Edit: Nope, Mondou had a penalty for Lowell in regulation. It’s got to be the record.
–The second and third periods were pretty good, Pat Bingham said. “We were just coming (in the third),” he said. “We came out jumping in the third. We didn’t wait until the final two minutes to play with that desperation. We brought it at the start of the third. The two goals were a result of us, as a team — those particular players obviously scored, but the play of the team really set it up. Momentum was on our side at the start of the third, and we didn’t relinquish it until we took the lead.”
Campanale in particular stood out against the Portland forecheck, he said. Koskinen played an aggressive game, got out to the top of the crease, and he handled the puck well, too. He has some impressions of Donovan from a couple of years ago, but “I’m sure his game has evolved. By all reports, he’s quite a talent. He’s a nice addition for us.”
Tomorrow’s schedule is TBA.