The box at this instant says 14 power plays, but it ignores the Halmo rough in the second as well as the Sundstrom board in the third that made it a five-on-three. So it’s 16* power plays, 10 of them Adirondack’s. That meant lots of work for Chris Langkow and Scooter Vaughan (who lost their even-strength linemate with 3.3 seconds left in the first to an aggressor game misconduct). Lots of work for Anders Nilsson, too. Lots of work for a variety of others killing penalties.
They got it done, except for that five-on-three, and then Langkow scored off Vaughan’s feed on the next shift and it was a new game again.
“(Vaughan and he) have a lot of speed,” Langkow said. “We just kind of use it to our advantage, catch them off-guard.”
The team tried to use its speed in other ways, not getting the offensive-zone time it’d like with all the penalties and disrupted flow of the game. Aaron Ness jumped into a rush almost midway through the third. Alan Quine and John Persson went up the middle to go to the net as Andrew Clark carried on the right side.
“We’d talked about that,” Scott Pellerin said. “We’d gotten some neutral-zone speed, but we weren’t getting the speed we were looking for. If we continued with the middle drive, we’d open a second layer for the D to join.”
Join, Ness did. Andrew Clark gave him a pass, Ness put it off a diving-back Carsen Chubak and in, and Bridgeport somehow is back to .500.
They’re 10 points out of eighth and 13 out of fourth with 23 to play. No, I really did not think I could write that with a straight face at any point, but “so there’s that.” (The odds are still ridiculous; SportsClubStats has them up to 1.45 percent after tonight. But hey.)
The Broda-Sundstrom-Pistilli line was involved again and scored the first goal; Broda has a point in both games, and Pistilli now has a point in three in a row. “It’s been really fun,” Sundstrom said. “I don’t know those guys that well, two new guys, but Broda’s a hard-working, lefty, makes good plays. Pistilli skates well, a big righty.”
Justin Johnson was cleared to resume skating. Then he drove himself to Philly to be with the team. He’ll skate Sunday morning.
Brett Gallant got his second instigator penalty of the year and was tossed as an aggressor in a fight with Brandon Manning. Manning, I only half-joked at the second intermission, might have been a star had Adirondack won, if only for the 40 (at least) penalty minutes he drew. He completed a hat trick of Bridgeport top-liners in the first 13:20, fighting Lee 28 seconds in and getting roughing minors out of Halmo and Strome. (Didn’t ask, but imagine that’s in particular what caught Gallant’s attention.)
Announced 17,585 here. Largest attendance ever at a Sound Tigers game, topping the first lockout game, Feb. 18, 2005. (The Cup-clincher at Chicago had been the top road game, over 15,000.)
Riley Wetmore had two assists in his ECHL debut Friday night. His Game 2 is a Stockton win with Parker Milner in net (and I think the first pro goal for Mathieu Gagnon). Mike Cornell’s scoresheets are quieter in his first two back with Florida.
And the NBC Lokomotiv film is online now. You’ll need to log in with your cable information.
*-”Sixteen? Jeez.” –J.Sundstrom, speaking for all of us