Greetings from rainy, windy and snowy Binghamton, where the Chenango and the Susquehanna are both threatening their banks…
Among the things blown away: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ 3-0 lead, built on three consecutive shots. Those shots took 18 minutes, and the Sound Tigers didn’t put another shot on goal for another eight after that. Problematic.
It wasn’t all that pretty a game to build it — a couple of power-play goals in the first (Chris Thompson, two assists) and a busted-up rush after Binghamton failed on a full two-minute, two-man advantage (Matt Koalska busted for arguin’, then sets up Rob Collins).
But then Masi Marjamaki goes into Billy Thompson, knocks Thompson’s helmet off as he and the defenseman go in there. Brennan Evans gets ticked off, pulls Marjamaki out of the scrum, and here’s Marjamaki’s first pro fight. (He acquitted himself well, if it interests you.)
And then scant seconds later, Charlie Stephens is wristing one in from the top of the slot. And it’s a game again.
Binghamton got plenty of lucky bounces, but… Allan Rourke basically provided me a nut graph* in the morning’s story, so I won’t spoil it for you.
Binghamton coach Dave Cameron replaced Kelly Guard (11-8-1, 2.92 coming in) with Thompson (4-10-1, 4.21) at the start of the second. Collins scored on the first shot Thompson faced, but the goalie stopped the last 20. (Thompson also replaced Guard when the teams last met, Nov. 6 in Bridgeport, at the start of the third period.)
Bridgeport took only six shots in the first. It only took two in the last 13:24, and both went in, Jeff Hamilton’s goal and Jeremy Colliton’s deflection.
Hamilton’s two points, you might recall back from New Year’s Eve, set (or tied, depending on your persuasion) a team record. He has a point in 11 consecutive AHL games, with 20 points (10-10-20) in this streak.
Raffi Torres scored in 11 playoff games in a row in 2002, the whole St. John’s series and the whole (City of) Hamilton series. Trent Hunter (late 2002) and Collins (early 2005) had 10-gamers in the regular season.
Dave Baseggio didn’t want to talk about the officiating, but, well, he wasn’t thrilled with Chris Brown and some non-calls, it sounded like. But still, refer back to that Allan Rourke line in the morning story.
Baseggio: “This was an important game in their (the Sens’) eyes. They’re not going to quit down 3-0. We gave them a little bit of life, and they came, more and more.”
That could just as easily have been the nut graph, actually…
F: Hamel (C)-Martins-Pecker
Talked to John Sullo and Wyatt Smith this morning about Marc Potvin. Sullo was his trainer with Adirondack last year; Smith played for him in Springfield. The story should run in Monday’s paper.
A sad thing I noticed going over Potvin’s career: At least five of the teams he played on, just since 1990, have already lost at least two players. Potvin was teammates on two Detroit teams, 1990-91 and 1991-92, with Steve Chiasson, who died in an alcohol-related car wreck in 1999. Potvin’s 1994-95 Providence Bruins lost Sergei Zholtok in November 2004 when he died during a game in Latvia. The ’95-96 Bruins lost Mark Bavis aboard United 175 in the attack on the World Trade Center. And Potvin’s last team, the 1997-98 Chicago Wolves, lost Tim Breslin to cancer last February.
But now back to your regularly scheduled frivolity…
Holiday Inn provides soaps and the like. Except their soaps are “cool citrus basil” and “cucumber melon.” (Um, ahem, they are actually called “cleansing bars.”) There’s also a “cool citrus basil” body lotion in the basket, and a “citrus extracts and rosemary” shampoo. Gee, and I was hoping for “carrot beet rutabaga.”
Then there’s a bottle full of green liquid that just says “mint.” It looks like mouthwash, but it might be conditioner for all I can tell.
Enough of that, though, ’cause best of all, it’s Trogdor’s third birthday!
Off to Lowell. Send out the St. Bernards if you don’t hear from me tomorrow night…
*-”nut graph,” “nut graf”: (n) The paragraph that sums up the point of a story. Most important in a feature.