Streak breakers: Monday notes

Caught up with Brent Thompson about yesterday’s third period; he was generally pleased with the overall game for his team, taking away a couple of turnovers and the like. He didn’t like the delay-of-game penalty that put Bridgeport down two men, and then a broken stick off the draw was a killer. “We had opportunity to score and didn’t really generate much on them,” Thompson said. A failed clear gave the Devils a chance late, and they got a secondard chance, too.

“We competed very hard. We were sloppy with a few puck plays,” he said. “If we eliminate those … we’ll continue on the same path.”

Things at Wonderland generally looked as they did yesterday; a short but hard practice getting ready for Springfield tomorrow. No Verhaeghe again.

Dumb fact: That was the first time, in 66 games since 2006-07, that Bridgeport has lost beyond regulation to the Lowell/Albany Devils franchise. The Sound Tigers lead the series 39-27; for Bridgeport, three wins have come in overtime, eight in shootouts. Almost as weird: If you go to when the Devils were in Albany as the River Rats, they played the Sound Tigers 34 times between 2001-02 and 2005-06. Of those, 10 went to overtime; Bridgeport won four (one in a shootout), five were ties, and the River Rats only won one in OT: March 20, 2005, Bridgeport’s very first 1-0 overtime loss.

The assist yesterday did this to the QuineBox:

Rank Name GP G-A-Pts
10 Matt Donovan 180 32-87-119
11 Alan Quine 171* 41-75-116
12 Ben Walter 133 40-76-116
13 Rhett Rakhshani 120 44-69-113

*-Through Feb. 15

And all at once looking forward to, but not looking forward to, the end tonight of Gravity Falls. Been a fun ride.

Michael Fornabaio