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USHL Locals, Phase 2: Tuesday notes

Phase 2 of the USHL Draft included locals Matt Gosiewski of Wilton (45th to Cedar Rapids), Alex Esposito of West Haven (57th to Muskegon), Adam Karashik of Ridgefield (83rd to Lincoln) Joe O’Connor of Hamden (140th to Sioux Falls), Jack Hoey of Fairfield (145 to Tri-City) and Will Brophy of Fairfield (254th to Omaha — […] [Read More]

The Real(er) Standings and a(n im)modest proposal

Like we always do about this time: The “real” standings, minus the bonus points. Northeast W L T Pts Hartford (3) 41 29 6 88 Syracuse (7) 38 35 3 79 Albany 35 33 8 78 Springfield 33 36 7 73 Bridgeport 25 47 4 54 Atlantic W L T Pts Manchester (1) 48 23 […] [Read More]
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What it’s all about: Hartford postgame

If you remember back in the day, an unremarkable PTO signing, showing up in No. 13, so unremarkable at the time that I wondered from a distance at practice if that was the return of an unremarkable AHL-contract guy Brett Gallant was more or less called up to fight Tim Wallace. They needed him to […] [Read More]

A split and a landslide: Fake Team Awards X

Thanks to those who voted, who split their vote for one fake trophy but gave the other to a longtime Tiger in a landslide. The Seventh Player Award was the split one, but Scooter Vaughan edged his teammates narrowly. Vaughan, whose three PTOs last year earned him an AHL deal this year, played on a […] [Read More]

Time flies, seasons change: Syracuse liveblog

(One last request: Fake Team Awards balloting ends tonight.) Today is the fifth anniversary of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ last playoff win (and 12th of its last series win). Mikko Koskinen beat Braden Holtby in that last victory, Andrew MacDonald scored two power-play goals, Robin Figren had a goal and an assist: Bridgeport beat Hershey […] [Read More]

The Drought turns 12: Bridgeport’s (non-)playoff history

The Sound Tigers last won a playoff series in 2003, 12 years ago tonight. Since then, 24 of the other 29 teams in the league have won at least one series. Lake Erie*, the Albany Devils, Utica, the Adirondack Flames and the Iowa Wild are the five others who have not won a playoff series […] [Read More]

Signs of growth, etc: Hartford postgame

Yann Danis, 32 shots, 30 saves, a few big ones, bad breaks, you feel like you’ve seen this episode before. But it’s the little things, like the Minions playing a solid game, like Adam Pelech and Scott Mayfield and Mark Louis jumping in and getting some scoring chances and making you think maybe this is […] [Read More]

Three Senator goalies

A goalie fight is a fun rarity to see. Watching a team need to play three goalies is the Holy Grail, like what almost happened in Florida earlier this season. One led to the other tonight in Binghamton against Utica. Chris Driedger had left the game with an injury early in the second period. Peter […] [Read More]