(I swear the wind is coming through the windows.)
Portland’s broadcast will, in theory, be here. Has not begun yet; I’ll spare you what passes for political discourse on the program that’s on now. Edit: Which is apparently syndicated, ’cause someone from Newtown, Conn., just called in.) Come quickly, hockey. Edit: It’s on.
Seven defensemen apparently dressed; no Rechlicz.
–Wish I had been taking notes on Eric Weinrich’s interview. Something about how the Sound Tigers don’t create a lot of chances but they get production from everybody. There’s your prescout. (He compared them to Lowell.) Had been waiting for the gamesheet to refresh and reveal that, indeed, the starting forwards tonight are Smith-Moore-Bentivoglio. Munroe vs. Enroth.
–Got a phone call. Catch me up. (No, sounded like Haley and Generous had a good back-and-forth tilt. Bridgeport’s 0-for-1 on the PP, I see, but didn’t get a feel for it.)
–Greg Moore scores his third short-handed goal as they rush, recover the puck and score.
–A Gleed delay-of-game penalty keeps the Pirates on a power play, and they keep pressure on and tie it on a Brad Larsen goal.
–Bridgeport withstands some more late pressure — the puck went in eventually, but apparently well after the first-period buzzer — and it’s a 1-1 game after one.
–Flood has to trip Tyler Ennis on a breakaway, and it’s a penalty shot… Munroe makes a pad save. Bridgeport opponents are 3-for-17 all-time on penalty shots.
–Francis Charron, coincidentally, was also the referee on Jan. 31, 2009, when there were two penalty shots in the first period of a game at Harbor Yard. That game, coincidentally, was against… Portland.
–Glancing over some Twitter stuff and saw that Mitch Fritz is “upper body, day-to-day.” Poor Norfolk, BTW, to wrap up a Northeast road trip, goes from Springfield to Adirondack and back to Bridgeport.
–More Charron dumb coincidence: He has worked six Sound Tigers games since March ’08. Three of them have been vs. Portland, two up there. (Two of the others were last season’s Texas road trip; one Norfolk game in Bridgeport.)
–They have ground their way to the second intermission, still tied.
–Oof — a late power play for the Sound Tigers, about five and a half minutes left. Hope it was a good one.
–And like that, Flood scores through a screen to give Bridgeport a lead.
–Well, there you go — Gannon goes to the box even later.
–Hoo boy: Another penalty coming up with 55 seconds left; with Enroth out, it’s a 6-on-3. Wow.
–Flood clears, but Portland regroups, feeds Mancari at the top of the right circle for a six-on-three goal with one second left in regulation. Yikes. On to overtime. Portland will still have a 65-second power play.
–On to the bonus round.
–Mancari gets the only tally in 10 shots, and the Pirates take a two-point lead over Bridgeport with a 3-2, shootout win.
–Classy job by Portland: Scott Munroe (44 saves) is the first star.
–It was the Sound Tigers’ 18th overtime, leading the league, in their first 49 games. That’s right on the pace of the AHL record, 29, set by Milwaukee in 2006-07.
–Capuano: ‘It was a game we should have won. Scotty gave us a chance to win.” Can’t give a team with Portland’s skill a five-on-three. On the power play: “It’s retrievals, convergence and getting pucks to the net.” He said DiBenedetto and Joensuu set the screen for Flood. Seven defensemen, he said, was out of concern for the several D (Gannon and Westgarth are the ones we know about) who had been dinged up this week. He didn’t want to be caught with five.
Back at it tomorrow.