Unlike themselves

In warmup, Romano was saucering a puck across the ice. He missed and lofted it over the glass.

It was that kind of night. They played two of the weirdest periods you’ll ever see, picked it up at the end of the third, but haven’t won a game since that bad hop to Kris Newbury two weeks ago.

The way Worcester was coming and the way Bridgeport let it come, it was a matter of time. The way Worcester finally scored, twice in a blink, just added to the chaos. A goalie change, then a goalie injury (with a guy left unbelievably wide open at the top of the crease as two Sound Tigers went to the initial shooter), then a bad change…

Last week, even in losing, they didn’t look like this. They were in every game to the last. Last night, from all accounts, a bounce or two and it’s a different night. This one…

“Something we’ve been proud of all year is consistency, 60 minutes in a game,” Thompson said. “Tonight, we faced a bit of adversity, and we shut it down.” There’s time to turn that around, and they did pick it up again late.

“Character rises to the top,” Thompson said.

He feels it’s there. It’s what he’ll be looking for. It’s what they’ll need.

“We played 90 percent of the game,” Calvin de Haan said. “If we had an effort consistent for 60 minutes, it’d make a difference.”


Anders Nilsson turned an ankle, and apparently it’s not as serious as they initially thought. Thompson said his plan was to come back with Poulin for the third, to see if the change could spark Bridgeport a bit after they got down. Odd turn of events.

Haley on his assorted fights, including the one on the way back from the penalty box: “That’s hockey.”

Erik this afternoon was wondering about John Persson; no immediate confirmation from here of a report that Persson’s coming.

The Whale won a see-saw game in a shootout and moved two points ahead. Meanwhile, Manchester is only three points back, though the Monarchs have played a couple of more games. Slacker Yalie Brian O’Neill was apparently on spring break and didn’t score, stuck on one goal in two games.

Prescout. Senators had a 2-0 lead and couldn’t hang on.

At the other end of the standings, Norfolk set the single-season record with its 18th win in a row.

And a hat tip to the retiring Bruce Jaffe at Prep.

Michael Fornabaio