You add David Ullstrom back into the mix, that lineup gets a heck of a lot deeper. If he’d like to score a couple of goals while he’s here, all the better.
“I’m excited,” Ullstrom said. “The boys are unbelievable. The team effort they put in every night is unbelievable. … We went on a good run the last time I was down. We want to continue to do that and make the playoffs.”
Bridgeport jumped on the Falcons early, withstood the Falcons’ goal and added on. Ullstrom scored the fourth and sixth coming back from the NHL.
“Obviously that’s where you want to play,” Ullstrom said. “I felt more and more confident as time went on. I feel I can play there. It was a good learning experience. At the same time, you’ve got to stop treating it as a learning period after a while and start producing.
“Overall it was a good experience,” he said. “This summer is going to be huge for me, coming in in good shape and trying to make the team out of camp.”
In the meantime, he and the Sound Tigers are that much closer to getting back to the playoffs.
Jamie, computer just about back to normal, showed me the replay of that Romano goal 14 seconds into the game and pointed out something pretty neat. Romano, going to the net, swapped hands as he got there and redirected Justin DiBenedetto’s pass in left-handed. Give it a look.
Trevor Frischmon and Sean Backman got shout-outs from their coach for their work on the penalty kill tonight. The Falcons went 0-for-3, while Bridgeport was 2-for-4.
The Whale gave up three quick ones to the Penguins in the first, and that was all the scoring for anyone . So Bridgeport leads by two points and the tiebreaker. Bridgeport’s magic number for a playoff spot is eight points. Teams 9-11 won, while Teams 12-14 all lost. Syracuse lost in overtime, so it’s seventh, a point ahead of Manchester.
Prescout. Big win for the Pirates, who are just a point behind the Monarchs. Tough loss for the Sharks, who still have two more games to play than anyone else between seventh and 13th, but who sit 14th, six points out of a playoff spot.
Poulin became the fifth Sound Tigers goalie to win 20 games: Rick DiPietro (30 in 2001-02), Mike Morrison (23 in 2007-08), Wade Dubielewicz (22 in 2006-07, along with 20 in 2003-04 and 2005-06) and Dieter Kochan (20 in 2003-04).
Norfolk played. Ho hum.
Edit: Owen Sound, Mike Halmo’s team, was eliminated from the OHL playoffs tonight.
Alaska finished first overall in the ECHL for the second year in a row.
Bishop Lori is conducting the ceremonial faceoff before Saturday’s game. Anyone want to give him a crash course in Skipjacks history before he goes to Baltimore?
And finally, the winning UltraSuperMegaMillions numbers are Dylan Reese, Mark Wotton, John Persson, Kevin Poulin, Matt Donovan, and the UltraSuperMega ball is Jeremy Colliton from the first year. Good luck!