From the looks of the lines and the power plays, Josh Ho-Sang gets another Friday night off.
“I thought Josh had a great practice. We’re managing bodies right now,” Brent Thompson said. “With what we have, going into a three-in-three, I think it’s important that each of our guys — we don’t want to put them in a place to fail; we want to make sure they’re in a spot to succeed. So moving forward we want these guys to play two of the three, giving us the right energy and rotating players in so everyone gets an opportunity to play this weekend.”
Nothing in particular about Ho-Sang or his game, Thompson said.
“This is just the way. He played last game. It’s going to be an opportunity for someone to play against Lehigh, and Josh will be ready for the game against Hartford and someone else will come out,” Thompson said. “It’s just rotating the guys through and making sure each kid has an opportunity to watch from up top. It’s an opportunity to use our bodies.”
Immediately, it looks like Connor Jones gets back in after sitting out Sunday. It sounded, from other conversations earlier, as if Jones was a lateish scratch that day and a different player (not Ho-Sang) had been slated to sit out.
“Every guy’s a possibility (to be scratched) right now,” Thompson said. “I want to make sure each guy’s getting two games this weekend, make sure everybody’s got an opportunity to develop while not putting them in a position where they’re tired and risking injury in three-in-threes. When we have those numbers, we’ve got to take advantage of it.”
One number still missing was 16 in two ways: Mike Sislo, No. 16 and the would-be 16th forward, skated earlier, still recovering from an upper-body injury.
The team said it raised over $18,000 last week for cancer charities. And a reminder that Feb. 23 is a fundraiser day for Charlie Capalbo. (As noted in the high school notebook, NBC will air a piece on Capalbo on Sunday afternoon.)
Elsewhere (and some accumulated over a couple of days), good gravy, Sean Bergenheim is a candidate for parliament in his native Finland. Elections are April 14. (Next week will be 13 years since he became the first, and so far only, Sound Tiger to score four goals in a game.)
Neat story on Calvin de Haan and friends opening a craft brewery in Carp. (And putting his dad to work.)
Hartford goalie Marek Mazanec went to Vancouver in a trade earlier this week.
Jeff Jacobs writes on the long-awaited, long-planned, long-“it’s happening (nope)” Connecticut Beanpot, which seems actually to be happening.
Sacred Heart finally announced Charlie Dowd‘s new gig. Product on men’s hockey shortly; they’re on a bit of a run and play RIT tomorrow morning at 11 and Saturday at 2 before the Sound Tigers game. Women’s hockey has its playoffs next weekend. Product on them next week.
And Railers and former Sacred Heart defenseman Connor Doherty took some damage on a puck to the face, but “coulda been worse.” They traded forward Woody Hudson, a Bridgeport camper this year, for a defenseman. Tyler Barnes scored again last night — eight games in a row! — but the Railers lost again, putting the lie to my whole “any goal is good” thing.