Fighting Sharks

“I really liked the way our D played,” Pat Bingham said. “Our goaltender and D played really well. I thought it was a hard-fought two points.”

Can’t argue. The Sharks are a pretty good team. The Sound Tigers have to fight hard to win here. They did.

They won the second period in 52 seconds — that’s two more second-period shots than they had the last time they were here — and held on tight.

They planned hard for the penalty kill, and they needed it on the five-on-three, then again to start the second and third periods. It worked.

They needed Lawson to make big saves. He did.

They needed guys to play their roles. They did.

They needed a little luck. That’s what Labelle said his was; you don’t draw up the stumbling-defenseman, cut-in-on-goal-line, first-shot-up-in-air, glove-down, slap-while-turning goal. But he’s had enough bad luck around the net to make up for it.

And they came away with a big win.


And all of a sudden they’re 3-0-0-1 in the past four on the road, including their first two regulation road wins.

Bridgeport is 5-4 on Thursdays… and they have alternated win-loss from the start. (No, seriously. I wish I’d pulled that out in Charlotte.) These two this year, including the 6-1 loss in the first Charlotte game, were the first Thursday Sound Tigers games since Feb. 17, 2005, at Binghamton, coming out of the all-star break. Two of those Thursdays are Thanksgivings at Binghamton.

Some local color for the ECHL All-Star Game. Milford/Fairfield Prep/Yale standout Mark Arcobello is one pick, along with former Sound Tigers defenseman Jake Gannon and Kalamazoo’s Steve Tarasuk, who’s on a Bridgeport contract.

Former Sound Tiger Wyatt Smith is going to Germany, the Providence Journal reports.

Former Wolf Pack forward Nils Ekman had a stroke at 34. He could be back in three months, which would be nice.

The junior national team beat Germany 4-0. A win tomorrow against the Swiss and the U.S. wins Group A.

Neat photo on Discover’s Bad Astronomy blog.

Quick turnaround. See you in an hour and a half, or whatever it is.

Michael Fornabaio