Road game: Bridgeport at Syracuse

  • Who, when, whatever: Sound Tigers at Crunch, War Memorial, Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Watch: AHLTV pay-per-view
  • Listen: Mixlr audio
  • Twitters: Alan / the Sound Tigers / the Crunch / Lindsay Kramer
  • Box score: Yeah (R: Garon, Gouin; L: Frederickson, Sauda)
  • Game notes: We shall see how they look after a shootout win last night, their first victory in five tries beyond regulation this season. Otto Koivula didn’t play last night; see if he joins them. Tom Kuhnhackl took John Stevens’ lineup spot and got special-teams time, too, but his scoring average plummeted anyway. (The team record reverts to the guy with an active eight-game scoring streak that’s nine years old, Josh Bailey, 1.55.) The top power-play unit was Ladd in front, Schilkey, Durandeau, St. Denis across the middle and Aho up top; Bellows in front on the second unit, Wahlstrom, Kuhnhackl, Lorito, and Wilde. (They were 0-for-6.) There were four different leads in a 4-4 game last night. They lasted a combined 13:02, one of them just 52 seconds, none more than seven minutes. There were some nice Bridgeport goals, though. Think Nick Schilkey may’ve beat his guy on the dribble. That look from Mason Jobst (back to center in Stevens’ absence) suggests his confidence continues to grow. And Bellows scored off one of his more assertive moves (you can say he was given the opportunity, but he took it):

  • On to Syracuse. It’s Teddy Bear Toss night. Believe Cory Conacher was with the Crunch at last report; he’s been up and down right around Bridgeport’s visits both times.
  • Meh, what else is going on: Did we talk about what Philippe Desrosiers did on Wednesday? I’m entirely sure we did not: Springy got outshot 63-23… and won, because Desrosiers made 62 saves. The Phantoms got credit for 24 shots in the third, and Desrosiers stopped them all. Stopped the last 50. (Guess the 27 shots Bridgeport hung on the T-birds in the second period that night at Harbor Yard wasn’t all that fluky.) Meanwhile back now, the Big Club plays tonight. And Worcester’s in St. John’s. Lucky.
  • RIP, Irving “Lord Burgess” Burgie. (“Calypso” is solidly top-10 albums of all time for me, probably T5 most days.) (H/T Randy Cassingham.)
  • If this were a regular blog post, what word or phrase would most likely follow “More” at this point: , probably, Monday.

From Alan’s pregame, sounds like just Koivula for Bourque:
F: Ladd-St. Denis-Wahlstrom
D: Wotherspoon-Burroughs
G: Skarek

Michael Fornabaio