23-skiddoo: Providence postgame

The shot gets through with a few bodies around the net. The Providence centerman sweeps in to swat it home.

The Bridgeport centerman forays into the Providence zone. Rob O’Gara (wasn’t he everywhere this weekend; freakin’ Yalies) repulses it, Tommy Cross turns it up-ice, and three other Sound Tigers are in deep as they go. Cross gets the return pass to carom in the game-winner.

In 23 seconds, a good one, a nice comeback, turned to dust for Bridgeport.

“We’ve just got to be better in those spots,” Brent Thompson said.

Thompson talked about turning the page, just like he has said after wins this year.

“It’s going to happen, right?” Ryan Pulock said. “It’s a long season. We’ve been playing good hockey. We’ve got tomorrow to get rolling.”

Tomorrow will be a big one, with fourth place in points at least on the line. (Percentages are what they are.) It’s still got to be a kind of grating weekend for Bridgeport, who played four pretty good periods, one so-so and one bad, and come out with no points.

“It was a good hockey game, fast-paced, good hockey,” Thompson said. “There were positives for both sides.”


Nice night for Josh Ho-Sang, who finished off a rush from a ridiculous angle, carried the mail on the third goal, and drew a late penalty to give the Sound Tigers their fourth power play.

Points for all… except Bridgeport. Hershey came from 3-1 down to beat Toronto on Liam O’Brien’s late goal, then got on the bus to come here. Wilkes-Barre traded punches and counterpunches with the Phantoms and finally won in overtime on former Sound Tigers defenseman Barry Goers’ goal. Even Springfield got in the act with a 32-save Mike McKenna shutout. (Hartford is 25 points out with 22 to go. Incredible.)

Another outdoor game that doesn’t involve Bridgeport. Ho-hum. (Next January in Hershey again against the Phantoms. Should be neat again.)

As Slap Shot turns 40, Joe McDonald goes and visits Johnstown. No one seems to be cursing the dog.

Sacred Heart men’s hockey won at Air Force tonight to finish ninth in Atlantic Hockey. It’ll visit Bentley to start the playoffs; the Pios went 2-2 against Bentley this season, including 1-1 there.

And here’s that SHU women’s hockey story from this afternoon. So cool.

Michael Fornabaio