Capital idea: Liveblogging Bridgeport-Albany

First time missing an Albany game. Feels weird. We’ll be listening in on Carmine Vetrano on the BST broadcast at AHL Live.

The box will appear here. Two refs tonight, Chris Brown and Francis Charron. From the list of players, it looks like Bourbeau and Friesen are the healthy scratches along with Poulin, but we should await official word. Koskinen was first off the ice this morning.

Pregame notes:

So the Islanders trade James Wisniewski to Montreal. Fisher was the 20th pick in his draft year, so the Islanders get a pick around 50th overall for him (can’t recall exactly if it’s precisely 30 later or if it’s the pick after 30 later). So that’s a bit less defensive depth in the system.

Nice Sean Bergenheim piece from our old friend Mark Pukalo.

Keith Aucoin got a call-up.

And RIP, Alfred E. Kahn (and, adding, Bill LaJoie.

Brian Rolston isn’t in Albany’s lineup. His agent tells Tom Gulitti he doesn’t expect the vet to play for the Devils before he’s placed on re-entry waivers soon.

–Jamie has the Bridgeport starters: Joensuu-Colliton-Rakhshani, Motherwell-Wotton, Koskinen. Goes along with the morning guess that the lines would look similar, but we’ll see how the others look/sound.

–It’s Jeff Frazee for the Devils. Which will I do first: Call them the River Rats, or call them Lowell?

–Game on in Albany.

–Devils grab the lead on a power play with Colliton in the box for a hold. 1-0 about five minutes in. Veteran Chad Wiseman through traffic.

–So that’s four PPG against in the past seven chances over 65 minutes. They’d allowed four PPG in their previous 48 chances over 14 games.

–David McIntyre makes it 2-0 at 7:53 on a wrister.

–All indications are the lines and pairs are the same as Sunday’s, with DiBenedetto in Bourbeau’s spot with Romano and Labelle.

–Still 2-0 after one. No goals for Bridgeport in 80 minutes since the break, and… well, another 53.3 seconds on the other side of the break.

–Shots 11-5 going to the second. Wasn’t refreshing all that often, but BPT seemed to have been stuck on five for at least the last few minutes of the period. Two shots for Joensuu, two for Colliton, and none for anybody else except Reese.

–Second period about to begin, if it hasn’t already (radio delay).

–Brandon Svendsen scores in front at 1:37, cutting the Devils’ lead to 2-1. So Svendsen has back-to-back Bridgeport goals. Didn’t have it handy, but it’s not the longest scoring drought of the season. They went over 100 minutes in the third and fourth games.

–About as quickly as Albany took its lead in the first, Bridgeport ties it in the second. Colliton on the rebound of a Rob Hisey shot (from Jamie’s tweet, sounds like Hisey drew the penalty, too.) 2-2 at 7:30.

–Somebody please get to the PA guy. Keeps calling him “Hissy.”

–Can you believe Greg Moore had no goals yet this year? Now it’s one for Adirondack.

–And Hershey, meanwhile, is not missing the departed.

–Adam Henrique puts the Devils back on top from Anderson at 18:30.

–That’s it for two, Albany ahead 3-2. Big shots edge for Bridgeport, a goals edge (second period, even) but not a lead.

–The junior national team’s game has begun in Buffalo, and the Americans lead Slovakia 1-0 on an early Kyle Palmieri goal.

–Carmine says Haley scores… Light doesn’t go on, but it counts, and it’s tied early third, 1:51 in. That’s seven goals in six games for Haley.

–Rakhshani goes for a trip with 9:03 to go, Albany’s first power play since the first five minutes.

–While the Sound Tigers try to finish up this penalty kill, a note that Joel Rechlicz has three fights in Hershey’s game against Binghamton. Three different opponents.

–Now Hisey goes for a hook with 6:00 to play.

–Sound Tigers kill that off, too. Four minutes left in a tie game.

–On to overtime.

–Svendsen called for a trip in overtime with 2:54 on the clock. Fourth overtime power play the Sound Tigers will face; they’re 3-for-3 (though one was that Wotton high-stick on Kolarik on the rush with two seconds left.)

–Couple of saves for Koskinen, and the Sound Tigers kill their third power play since the 10-minute mark of the third.

–Palmieri cross-checks Rakhshani with 17 seconds left. A brief PP try for the Sound Tigers. Not long enough: On to the bonus round.

–Hisey, Joensuu score on the last two shootout attempts, Stephen Gionta puts one high to end it: Bridgeport 4, Albany 3 (SO). Two comebacks, good PK late, and they get out with two points.

–New Connecticut Whale sweaters: here.

–To go one further on that overtime PK stat: Including overtime, Bridgeport is 7-for-8 killing four-on-threes (two are under 10 seconds), and 4-for-4 on five-on-threes (again, two under 10 seconds).

–Just saw on AHL transactions: Pascal Morency recalled to Houston.

–U.S. wins 6-1 against Slovakia. Two Slovaks tossed for checks to the head. Shots: 57-18. There you go. Until tomorrow.

Michael Fornabaio