Road game: Bridgeport at Lehigh Valley (1)

  • Who, when, whatever: Sound Tigers at Phantoms, PPL Center, Friday, 7 p.m.
  • Watch: AHLTV pay-per-view
  • Listen: Mixlr audio
  • Twitters: Alan / the Sound Tigers / Ianniello (OK, the Phantoms) / Tony Androckitis
  • Box score: Yep (R: Normandin, Waterstradt; L: DellaFranco, B.Lyons)
  • Game notes: We arrive at the first game of the rest of the year, both deadlines past, 17 games to go, Ryan Bourque now gone, futzing with my weekly feature. Well, no one asked me. (Here’s the rail stuff, a bit shorter than usual for logistical reasons.) Thomas Hickey was called up yesterday under emergency conditions; he didn’t play, so technically they probably sent him back last night. See if they call him back again. Bridgeport has, the past few years, typically carried a lot of bodies. They were right on the edge this week, so on the edge that, with Bourque gone and the players they got in return not here yet, Sebastian Aho was playing forward on Tuesday to fill out four lines. (He frankly looked like he was having too much fun playing against his buddies in a small-area game at the end of practice, but hey.) All their extra bodies were at goaltender, with Jakub Skarek called up from Worcester to join Christopher Gibson and Linus Soderstrom for this weekend’s three-in-three with Jared Coreau still hurting. The veteran from the Bourque trade, Terry Broadhurst, is presumably here, which would fill out the forwards. Cedric Lacroix, as noted in the story, seemed ticketed for Worcester, but he’s here (or, there in Allentown) right now. They could use one extra body right now in case something weird happens, anyway. Speaking of Worcester…
  • Meh, what else is going on: Worcester cleared some room with a couple of trades and the losing of Dylan Sadowy, whose Railers stint was spent entirely on the injured list, officially or unofficially. Sadowy, you may recall, was the future-considerations return for John Stevens from Utica. Ben Birnell caught that the AHL transactions had Utica sending Sadowy to Kalamazoo (ECHL) yesterday. But the Sound Tigers say that they’re the ones who reassigned Sadowy to K-zoo. So that’s weird. Anyway. Worcester picked up on an ATO a local boy, Billy Vizzo, who played at a couple of local schools before playing at a couple of colleges. Meanwhile, the Big Club… yeesh.
  • RIP, Jack Welch, James Lipton and Jerramie Domish.
  • Late add: RIP, Henri Richard, all-time legend.
  • If this were a regular blog post, what word or phrase would most likely follow “More” at this point: Tomorrow, which will probably also be a scheduled post.

Michael Fornabaio