Road game: (Ho-Sang-less) Bridgeport at Springfield

So it’s come to this: The Islanders reassigned Josh Ho-Sang to San Antonio this morning. Gives the Blues a chance to kick the tires; gives Ho-Sang the same, and puts him in a playoff race, too; the Central is pretty tight 3-8. Hopefully he puts everything together, wherever that may be in the future.

  • Was this post scheduled, then suddenly not: No comment
  • Who, when, whatever: Sound Tigers at Ice-O-Topes, The House of Horrors Springfield Civic Center, Friday, 7:05 p.m.
  • Watch: AHLTV pay-per-view
  • Listen: Mixlr audio
  • Twitters: Alan / the Sound Tigers / the T-birds / Ryan Smith / Matt Wiernasz
  • Box score: There is (R: C.Syvret, Tufts; L: Fournier, N.Briganti)
  • Tip of cap to Paul Simeon, one of several veteran linesmen who have worked their last AHL game recently. Simeon worked Bridgeport’s last trip into Springfield, actually.
  • Game notes: So how much was this roster going to be remade at the NHL trade deadline? Not much, as it turned out. The only deal was Matt Lorito for defenseman Jordan Schmaltz, experienced but not yet a veteran. Hopefully things work out for Lorito, and we’ll see where Schmaltz, who wasn’t at Tuesday’s practice but was expected Thursday, fits in. (Didn’t put two and two together before I asked Brent Thompson what he knows about Schmaltz: Schmaltz played with Tage Thompson in the Blues organization.) The Islanders’ big NHL trade cost Bridgeport nothing. Andrew Ladd was called up and won’t be back. Cal Clutterbuck went up, too, after two games on a conditioning stint. Kieffer Bellows came back at the deadline. The only guy up now who apparently can come down is Otto Koivula. The rearrangements on Monday, though, left Bridgeport with just 12 healthy forwards, with Steve Bernier out. Bernier was going to the doctor on Tuesday. That the Sound Tigers called Nic Pierog up from Worcester suggested Bernier isn’t ready. But now maybe they were reassigning Ho-Sang. And hey, it’s almost ATO season anyway.
  • Meh, what else is going on: I’d talked with Brent Rossi, first-year Sound Tigers president of business operations, last week about the NWHL game; while I had him, asked a few other things, and here’s that. The new season-ticket idea is interesting, with pricing based on perks rather than seat location. Elsewhere, Trinity Catholic is closing in Stamford. Enrollment had taken a sharp hit in recent years, and you could see it on the sporting rosters: The hockey team has, as its Twitter bio states boldly, 10 skaters and a goalie. It’s where the Thunderbirds’ Ryan Haggerty played his first two years of high school hockey before going off to the NTDP. The glory days had passed, but it’ll be missed. Further elsewhere, moving scene in Ottawa: Bobby Ryan with a hat trick in his first game back home after going through the Player Assistance Program for alcohol. All the best to him.
  • RIP, Katherine Johnson and Mike Hertz.
  • Scheduled post? Quite.
  • If this were a regular blog post, what word or phrase would most likely follow “More” at this point: Tomorrow.

Michael Fornabaio