It’s 20 here; it’s 28 in Norfolk. Fair trade; I’ll take it. (Looks like they’re right about on that snow/rain/ice line for tomorrow. It’ll be 40 there by Saturday, though. Where do we sign?)
The Sound Tigers are already on the bus in that direction, though they’re reportedly going without Johan Sundstrom or Max MacKay. Matt Watkins has been day-to-day throughout the week. They planned a practice once they got down there. We’re stuck up here in the tundra, so we’ll liveblog off the radio tomorrow and Saturday.
The Booster Club is selling bracelets for Sandy Hook; they’ll have them up at the All-Star Game, and they’ll also have them at the BSTBC table when the team gets back to town a week from today.
Providence released Tyler McNeely back to South Carolina.
Prescout. Admirals’ first win in regulation since Dec. 30. They still have just four goals in three games. (Quite the trio of scorers last night; first or second goal for each on Jan. 23.)
Fun in Albany: Scott Howes gets his first AHL goal of the season, and Ryan Russell is awarded a penalty shot for the second game in a row. Tweeted this one last night, which I kind of caught accidentally last week and had ready to go Sunday just in case: Scott Howes scored 11 goals last year without a game-winning goal*. That’s the most career goals by a Sound Tiger without a GWG**. Howes’ first goal for Springfield? Game-winner.
Dumb off-day trivia: I’ve got six Sound Tigers — actually, darn, for the moment, there are eight — whose only Bridgeport goal was a game-winner. Eclectic group. Some all-timers in there, even. Answer tomorrow.
A goal for Micheal Haley. And then the Whale blew a 5-1 lead, but they won in overtime. And then today they made their second trade in a week (well, the Rangers did, but), getting Benn Ferriero from the Penguins for Chad Kolarik.
*-Game-winners, of course, depend on other things. Howes had one goal that gave them a 2-1 lead on Providence; they led 3-1 and went on to win 6-3. He scored the first goal in three games, though coincidentally Bridgeport only won two of them. He scored the last-minute tying goal a year ago Monday in Syracuse in the game they won in a shootout right before the all-star break. Fun with statistical coincidence.
**-Single-season: Eric Manlow, 19, 2002-03. Manlow had 27 career goals as a Sound Tiger with only one GWG, for what it’s worth.