Soundin' Off -- the lifeboat

Monday, January 15, 2007

Where's Greg Cronin when you need him?

Well, chalk up another win for the Nighthawks. (Sons of, anyway.)

Koharski put his arm up as Boguniecki was taken out, and I thought that was a weird, weird call at that point. Then Boguniecki put the puck to Nolan, and Nolan shot it in after Richmond knocked the net off, and that's when I heard the whistle, and I thought, OK, yeah, net off. No goal. Started writing down the, ahem, "trip" on Jordan Hendry when...

...when Regier went to the box for "hooking" Richmond.

If anything, it inspired probably Dan Marshall's most animated postgame interview session*. Disbelief. At worst, four-on-four, Marshall figured. Instead, his team has to kill a penalty. They had killed 26 consecutive chances before Bochenski -- OK, OK, I take it back; he deserved the all-rookie honors a couple of years ago** --
one-timed a pass back against the grain, back where Thompson had been...

Look, the team was not perfect, again, but for the second day in a row, you could really argue with a straight face that Bridgeport -- as a team, and not just its goalie -- deserved better.

Bridgeport took eight shots on one power play to end the first period, giving them 17 for the period, the most they've had after one this year. They didn't score on that power play nor five others, failing on the PP for just the second game out of six.

Bochenski's first one was a tough one, right past the glove, great shot for a 30th goal. Brandon Nolan answered off a good, solid all-around play; Wotton got it deep, Marjamaki kept it deep and moved it along, and then Nolan made a sweet move out from behind the net, spun in the left circle and lasered it high-blocker to tie it.

Nielsen tied Hamilton late second off Tambellini's good play to move it out and then ahead, Nielsen's second short-hander and the team's eighth.

Colin Fraser tied it off a giveaway, Bochenski won it on a power play, and then you just wonder after that what might have been.

F: Tambellini (A)-Nielsen-Nilsson
Nolan-Comeau-Regier ('A')
D: Fata-Berry
Malec-Wotton (C)

F: Brouwer-St. Pierre-Bochenski
Corazzini (A)-Nordqvist-Parenteau
Johnson-Fraser (A)-Bickell
D: Richmond (A)-Hendry
St. Jacques-Domish

Nobody had an A in warmup. Tambellini had one by gametime, and Regier's was a phantom but still his first assigned letter.

Corey Crawford has won five in a row and 10 out of 11. Thompson had won two in a row.

Todd Griffith went back to Bakersfield. He's in the ECHL All-Star Game this week.

Nielsen on the streak: "It's a little tough to enjoy it when you just lost. It's fun to have a streak going on. ... I don't think too much about it." On his play since coming back: "I don't think I've played that well. I haven't been feeling that well. I didn't play that much with the Islanders. I've got to get used to playing this much ice time again. Our line, we can do a little better. ... We've got to take our game one step up."

Eric Godard went back to Omaha. Mission accomplished, I guess, though.

*-Hence, to clear it up, the allusion in the header. Cronin, if you're new to these parts, was famous/infamous for tirades on the officials...
**-Voted Zach Parise that year. Won't apologize for that.


  • Getting animated behind the scenes?? Marshall had the chance to get animated during the game and never did. When Koharski called the double hooking early in the 3rd that should have gotten the blood boiling. When he called a hook late in the 3rd on Regier he should have bursted. Lets call it right on Thompson, 2 of the 3 goals should have been stopped. Especially the first one from Bochenski. How about asking some tough questions MIKE? How about asking about the reason why there are only 2 coaches behind the bench and 2 coaches up in sky? You sit next to one on all the home games. 2-2 on the homestand is okay. Now were back below .500 again. Time to press it Mike....

    By Anonymous dist1ump, at 7:50 PM  

  • why should Mike need to press? The fans should voice that at the teams tunnel, not from the other end of the ice. Walk over to the run way and fire away. Better yet ask him at the boster club meetings or at a public practice. Everyone yells and yells and then when the time comes you don't voice your concerns. Is it because you don't want someone to know where it's coming from? Do you feel the "press" should drill the coaches or players? The fans have the biggest say and should, we pay to see them play. Mike needs to get daily media input from these guys, should he be hard on the coach so he can report to the 6 people here? It's mind boggling that some people here and on the BST booster club site bad mouth so much and yet are not "man" enough to approach the coach and/or player that you have a problem. its the AHL and we have a lot of contact with these guys. Great jeer the ref when u can, but he leaves here and may never come back to work the arena, but we are stuck with the players and coaches, so vent to them LIVE not just online. Do you think they read this? So lay off Mike, lay off the refs and get on the team.

    Billy should played yesterday against a non-divison foe, not against Norfolk.

    By Anonymous frank, at 9:23 PM  

  • The headline was a Greg Cronin reference. So my point is there is nothing wrong with hard hitting questions. I did not suggest drilling the coach or players.

    As far as asking the coach questions he avoids them. At the chalk talk he answered a few questions and that sat away from everyone and watched the practice. The chalk talk was suppose to ask questions about the practice. My guess was that was why he walked away.

    I am not one that hides from anyone player or coach. I always will ask hard questions and voice my opinions. I certainly did that at the dinner with the team last week.

    The players & management do read the message boards. Maybe not all of them but some of them sure do.

    By Anonymous dist1ump, at 3:34 PM  

  • To be clear, feel free to rip me all you'd like.

    And being around the team has nothing to do with the questions that get asked or not asked, or what gets written or not written.

    By Blogger Fornabaio, at 4:18 PM  

  • Mike is the quintessential journalist. His reporting is not based on his friendship/relationship with the coaches or the team, but it is fueled by the respect as a journalist he has deservedly obtained from them. They (players and coaches) know it is his job to ask questions (tough, probing, or funny) and report the facts as presented or seen by him. They understand that if they try to avoid issues, he will report that despite their wishes at times. He does not express his opinion in his reporting, remains objective while finding fault or providing praise when indicated. To the same degree, this high standard of journalism is upheld by him in his blog, where more like a columnist, he could take the liberty and have a free for all and state a one sided opinionated view. But instead, he chooses to provide insight and information that can not appear in print due to space limitations. He does a great job at pulling in the often overlooked, forgotten, and little known facts that fill in the white space between the lines of newsprint. The team is lucky to have such a well respected talented individual cover them as a journalist. He is also fortunate that he is not shielded by media directors and team personnel who want to direct and orchestrate what gets said by whom. Keep up the great job Mike.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:09 PM  

  • Mike, I think you're doing a great job and I love that your blog covers other things like BST alum and other goings on in the league, like Haydar's streak not to mention the stats/facts you put together like the number of Gordie hat tricks. Keep up the great work.

    If I said I didn't check here everyday I'd be lying.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:38 PM  

  • I'll be short. Mike is great at what he does.

    By Anonymous stan, at 7:35 PM  

  • Its pretty obvious that the first anonymous sounds like a work ascoiate and not a true fan of the Sound Tigers.

    Mike does do a good job. My knock on him is once in a while its time to ask some tough questions not puffball stuff. Thats why I went on this rant because he made a Greg Cronin reference. Your a reporter for a newspaper. Its okay to put the heat on.

    By Anonymous dist1ump, at 11:10 AM  

  • dist1ump.....your assumptions could not be any further from the truth, I am a season ticket holder and a fan. I am not a work associate ofr Mike's, but rather an avid reader of Mike's reporting. Just like you were wrong in your assumptions regarding what Mike prints and questions he asks. You are insinuating that he is easy because of friendships with the team and coaches. Maintaining objectivity is often lost when one places "fan status" above all else. It leads to making assumptions that are often wrong or misleading as you have done repeatedly now.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:18 PM  

  • How do you know what questions he asks "anonymous" (so non man)? How can you imply that I am wrong? Are you speaking on Mike's behalf? I would say I highly doubt it and what you say is pure speculation. I am voicing my opinion & comments. That is what this section is all about or am I wrong to assume that? I am a subscriber to the paper who reads all of Mike's columns regarding the Tigers. I have spoken to others as well and they back me up as well so I don't think I am misleading anyone. Then again imo.

    By Anonymous dist1ump, at 5:18 PM  

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