Soundin' Off -- the lifeboat

Saturday, October 28, 2006

New shooter

So the Sound Tigers are on pace for 34 shootouts.

Paces are of course dangerous things. After two games, Blake Comeau was on pace for 360 points, which would be kind of a lot. He's now on pace for 114, unless you just use the sample from the past five games, in which case he's on pace for 24.

Turns out the AHL record for shootout games in a season is 16*. Interestingly, both record-holders did it in 1986-87, the first time the league experimented with the bonus round. The Binghamton Whalers and the New Haven Nighthawks hold that mark.

At least three teams in the "modern" shootout era have finished 15 games tied after 65 minutes: last year's Monarchs (who hold the record for most shootout wins, going 11-4), last year's Omaha Knights and two years ago's Edmonton Roadrunners (who both went 4-11 to share the mark for shootout losses with that Nighthawks team, which went 5-11). (There may be more; didn't feel the urge to dig them up.)

Since the Sound Tigers only went to the shootout 11 times in the past two years, they haven't even seen 15 all-time penalty-shot exhibitions yet.

Signifying nothing and just for nostalgia value, here's the record of a specimen from among the record 16 Nighthawks shootouts. March 13, 1987, Adirondack at New Haven, and I had one of the 3,371 tickets distributed. Barry Melrose minors were responsible for two of New Haven's three power plays, as awarded by Mick McGeough (Kevin Collins and David Butova worked the lines). Glenn Merkosky scored both goals for the Red Wings. Norm Maciver made it 2-2 in the second period. Glenn Healy made 40 saves. And in the most memorable part of the night, a rookie named Ken Baumgartner destroyed Steve Martinson in a first-period fight.

So they went to the shootout, Healy against Sam St. Laurent. I remember Grade School Mike being excited about it, hoping it would happen. Ed Johnstone didn't score, but Guy Benoit scored. The legendary Merkosky didn't score, but Mark Raedeke did. Ted Speers didn't, nor did Dave Gagner. And then Pierre Aubry didn't score, and the game was over.

Grade School Mike was underwhelmed. But you guessed that already, didn't you?

*-As read in the AHL Guide and Record Book last night while parked on I-95 on Long Wharf for an hour after they closed the highway. They eventually turned a bunch of cars around, sent us down the right shoulder against "traffic," and had us use the on-ramp to exit to the local streets. Surreal experience at 2 a.m.


  • Don't feel bad Mike about sitting for an hour on I-95 early this morning. A friend and I saw a friend of ours today and she got stuck there for over 3 hours as she was like the 5th car from that accident and police weren't even on the scene yet. She was not one of the lucky ones to get turned around to leave the highway. In either case, I would say neither of you or anyone else on the road at that hour were happy drivers. Just glad you got home safely.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:56 PM  

  • Ouch.
    Except for the bladder concern, I wasn't all that upset. "Could be worse," y'know? But I was stunned when the cop told me to spin around...

    By Blogger Fornabaio, at 9:24 PM  

  • Glenn Healy hated shootouts!! I use to be a rink rat..oh wait I still am. And he just hated them

    By Anonymous stan, at 5:46 PM  

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