It’s 1:15 in the morning and I’m experiencing a touch of insomnia. So, why not see what the AHL boys are up to?
Bridgeport dropped another one to a division leader, this time Portland in a close game, 2-1. This game was apparently a heck of a shootout, with both goalies (Anders Nilsson for the Tigers, Mark Visentin for the Pirates) combining for 75 saves on 78 shots.
Bridgeport attempted to battle back from a 2-0 Portland lead (on goals by Alexandre Bolduc and Andy Miele), but only Blair Riley was able to break the goose egg. The goal was Riley’s first of the season. The Sound Tigers threw all they could at Visentin, but he had a solid night, stopping 39 of 40 shots. Their red-hot penalty kill also managed to allow a power-play goal, Miele’s, at 15:29 of the first period.
With the loss, the Sound Tigers are now 17-14-1-2, stuck at 37 points and four behind Springfield for the Northeast Division lead. Portland, meanwhile, improves to 20-12-1-1 and reclaimed their second-place conference standing over Springfield, who dropped their game tonight against the Devils, 4-1.
Bridgeport returns to home ice on Tuesday to play Hershey at 7 p.m.
P.S. Nighttime reading: Interesting piece here from Dominik of Lighthouse Hockey, who speculates on the situation for the Sound Tigers now that CBA talks are heading in the right direction (we hope) permanently.
Bridgeport has a lineup with considerable depth, meaning that quite a few of their players stand a chance of making the big club, not the least of whom are goalies Nilsson and Kevin Poulin. If it does turn out that a few of the baby Isles will be heading to training camp soon… what will Bridgeport do? Stay tuned.