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New affiliate: Thursday notes (update: Sunny goes home)

The ECHL’s Missouri Mavericks announced a two-year affiliation with the Islanders. Richard Matvichuk is their head coach. Based in Independence, next door to Kansas City. Unfortunately no New England twirl for the Mavericks this season. There’s a report from Sweden (h/t EliteProspects) saying Frolunda will introduce Johan Sundstrom on Friday. Edit, 4:15 a.m.: Indeed, they’ve […] [Read More]

Sunny day: Syracuse postgame

Stephon Williams stole the show — I mean, that diving glove save on Matthew Peca is gonna stand out a little — but Johan Sundstrom getting the winner, man… “Listen, he definitely deserved it, with all the chances he’s had all year,” Brent Thompson said. “He’s done a great job for us on the penalty […] [Read More]

No continuation, another loss: Worcester postgame

Biggest difference between this thing and Saturday’s win? “Overall urgency,” Brent Thompson said. “Each one-on-one battle. That was the difference. We didn’t win enough one-on-one battles. We lost D-side positioning.” The Sharks scored two quick goals in the second and didn’t have that lead particularly threatened. There were a few big drives on the power […] [Read More]

Lamoureux coming: Tuesday notes

For the moment Tuesday morning at Wonderland, the Sound Tigers looked more or less as expected: With Matt Lashoff out after taking a high hit Sunday, status quo ante on defense (Lashoff isn’t expected to play this week, Brent Thompson said); the second and third lines in another assorted combination. But there will be a […] [Read More]

Back to resembling normal: Tuesday notes

All hands on deck this morning for Bridgeport, including Jesse Graham (in non-contact red), Johan Sundstrom (back in green with the full line that played the other day, Persson-Quine-Gillies) and Ryan Pulock (so evidently the just-in-case case did not materialize). Scooter Vaughan was back in forward’s light blue though he took some shifts on defense […] [Read More]

One’s out (not that one): Hartford pregame

We went into today’s pregame wondering about Griffin Reinhart’s status. He’s giving it a go tonight, but missing is Johan Sundstrom, injured (lower body) on the overtime penalty kill last night. He and Sebastian Collberg sit out, with John Persson and Justin Courtnall drawing back in. Adam Pelech also goes back in for Jesse Graham. […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Pregame, Sundstrom

Poulin Wall ’14: Hartford postgame 1

You look up at the end of the night, and it’s 6-1, and the goaltender ends up third star. Sometimes credit for the goalie gets a little lost in a night like this. “He didn’t get lost,” Brent Thompson said. “He was very noticeable. … Whenever there was a breakdown, he was there to shut […] [Read More]

Strome all-rookie (Langlois, too)

Ryan Strome obviously had a remarkable rookie year for Bridgeport, though you had to wonder whether voters planned to focus on that brilliance in a short period of time (crazy stat in tomorrow’s notebook; meanwhile, despite playing just 37 games, Strome’s still sixth among rookie scorers) or would reward those who’d been in the AHL […] [Read More]