Road to the End: Thursday notes

This last week with an eliminated team felt different from other seasons’ last weeks, and I think I figured out why yesterday, dumb as it sounds.

This is the first time Bridgeport will miss the playoffs while finishing the season on the road. The first five times, the season ended at home. But there’s a reason for that: This is just the third time the Sound Tigers’ season will end on the road (2004 at Wilkes-Barre, 2006 also at Hartford)*.

So with nothing but pride and development on the line, with the ice already melted at their home barn, the Sound Tigers are on the way to their last two games after their last practice of the year. (Said goodbye to Bernie Cassell for the year, for one. Sad times.) Justin Johnson remained out, still not feeling well, Scott Pellerin said; uncertain at that point whether he’d go to Glens Falls. Looked like Johan Sundstrom was in good shape, though; he was on a new Tre Kronor line with Persson and Crus Rydberg (in yellow, naturally).

Kael Mouillierat video with Brian Rogers on getting back to work with St. John’s. (At least six of the Eastern Conference’s playoff teams will have at least one Sound Tigers alumnus on the roster. Norfolk’s without, as is Providence, though Scott Campbell’s under contract in the ECHL.) David Ullstrom’s Lev Prague team plays for the KHL championship; a feature on them from the IIHF. Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator on the further adventures of former Bridgeport goalie Mike Mole.

Chicago’s Jake Allen won the Bastien Award as the AHL’s best goalie. Edit: And Syracuse’s Eric Neilson is the AHL Man of the Year for community and charity work.

And seen on Twitter, got a kick out of it: Lorde meets the inspirational Royal.

*-They’re 0-1-1 in those two road games, both of which meant nothing for playoff seeding. They’re 8-2 in season finales played at home, including the win in 2002 that clinched first overall and the loss in 2010 that cost them fourth place in the division and forced them to play Hershey instead of Worcester.

Michael Fornabaio