Coming on: Hershey postgame

Game-winner for Michael Dal Colle, though he tried to pass the credit: He knew it hit something and looked around to his teammates to see if they’d deflected it. It’d apparently hit a defender’s stick.

So that’s seven points in seven games for Dal Colle, for whom getting on the board had been a struggle. Did he see anything different?

“Like I said, I’ve been trying to work hard since the beginning of the year,” Dal Colle said. “I didn’t have the greatest puck luck early on.”

He’s gotten a bit more, and it’s helped the power play, which (the gamer is mostly about, and) is 8-for-20 the past five games to move into, at latest refresh, seventh in the AHL. (These things do fluctuate.)

“We’ve got two solid units,” Dal Colle said. “We need to work on our entries, but our (offensive) zone has been good.”

A couple of bounces for on the first two goals after a bounce against on the Hershey goal. Brent Thompson said he liked Bridgeport’s urgency on the last goal, Scott Eansor and Casey Bailey digging in front and Tanner Fritz pulling it out to score.

A much-needed win coming out of the break. A big division win coming out of the break.

“We’re hoping to string along some wins here,” Dal Colle said.


On those eight power-play goals, Bailey and Fritz have five points, Eansor and Sebastian Aho have three, Dal Colle and Josh Ho-Sang have two and four others have one. Missed Bailey tonight; wanted to ask about moving to the front of the net. Maybe we’ll do that for Saturday.

Hartford’s Peter Holland is sitting two games for that whack he took at Connor Jones at a faceoff Saturday.

Prescout. Nice win for a team that hasn’t had a lot of success since early in the year.

Aaron Portzline reported that Cam Atkinson is out awhile with a broken foot.

Any excuse for me to dredge it up: Zach Parise was somehow not even an AHL all-rookie forward in 2004-05. I’m voting for him this year again. I don’t care.

The World Juniors started last night with a handy USA win over Denmark. New Canaan’s Patrick Harper had a goal and an assist, and Isles draft pick Kieffer Bellows scored twice. The Americans meet Slovakia on Thursday.

Quite the story from Ken Rosenthal on the Houston Astros coach who nearly died at their World Series celebration.

And RIP, Alfie Curtis, Fran Schneidau and the legendary Johnny Bower.

Michael Fornabaio