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Soundin' Off -- the lifeboat

Friday, February 16, 2007

Bandaged up right

Absence creates opportunity, blah blah blah, we've heard it all before, right?

Well, get your Johnson and Johnson lines in. If I was a better writer, the gamer would have been either more focused on what I led with, or more focused on the Johnson boys.

Blake Comeau went down with what's apparently a sprained ankle ("upper-body injury," Colliton prodded him to say, but Comeau walked out under his own power, albeit with one well-protected foot), and he'll be evaluated today. That opened up room for Gregg, usually, in Comeau's spot in the middle, with Jamie filling in at times; they got a couple of shifts together, as usual.

Including the last minute of the game, defending against six attackers.

Jack Capuano's quote about it is in the paper, but it worked out nicely there. They got the puck deep, Gregg Johnson forced the defender to turn it over to Brandon Nolan, and Nolan gave it to Jamie Johnson for his first as a Sound Tiger.

Jamie had earlier drawn a man on a three-on-two, giving Brandon Nolan a two-on-one that he turned into a goal.

Drew Fata went up after the game. That would have created opportunity for Kevin Mitchell, but he's off to Germany to play the rest of the season with Alan Letang and Shooter Smyth in Hamburg. Absence creates opportunity. Just not, unluckily, for Mitchell.

LINEUPS
BRIDGEPORT
F: Nilsson-Colliton (A)-Boguniecki
Pitton-Comeau-Nolan
Marjamaki-Regier-Nokelainen
G. Johnson/J. Johnson
D: Fata-Berry
Wotton (C)-Fraser
Malec-Rourke (A)

LOWELL
F: Minard-Pelley (A)-Clarkson
Murphy (A)-Davis-Tallackson
Voros-Vrana-Bergfors
Ryznar-Pihlman-(Gionta-scratch)
D: Greene-Miller
Malmivaara-Marshall
Magnan-Mottau (A)

Grant Marshall immediately slid up to Gionta's spot and started with the other two.

Wilkes-Barre, Albany and Philadelphia all got two points tonight, so hey, Bridgeport gained ground on Hershey. (17 points, if you're keeping score.) Norfolk 81, Hershey 74, WBS 71, Bridgeport 57, Albany 50, Philly 45, Binghamton 37. With, yes, two months to go. A lot can happen in two months. Just ask Bridgeport.

Fine piece by Chad Finn over at The Baseball Analysts about Strat-O-Matic Baseball.

5 Comments:

  • Can't understand why the Islanders didn't call Rourke up (or Wotton who had a nice game tonight). Fata isn't a prospect and it's nice that Nolan is infatuated with him, but we've got a vet problem and potentially an injured forward (Comeau) so we've got 7 games in the next 9 nights and we're down to 15 skaters (two of whom are already ECHL callups, three if you count Fraser, which I don't). So, if Comeau can't play we've got to call up two more guys, but if Rourke went up we'd only need one at the most. Poor short term player management.

    By Blogger Andy Gardecki, at 11:54 PM  

  • The Islanders don't care about Bridgeport's player management, or whether vets get to play or not--apparently they like Fata, so he gets the call.

    It doesn't help the Sound Tigers, but apparently Nolan sees something in Fata, or doesn't trust Rourke.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:11 AM  

  • After 6 years of watching this team the one thing that's most obvious (as it is about any AHL team) is that the NHL team doesn't care about them. That's fine. My problem with this move is that it's not important enough to warrant leaving your AHL team too shorthanded to play. I can even make a case that it's dangerous to the true prospects down here because they'll be forced to play long, tired minutes and that's when injury can happen.

    We're talking about Drew Fata vs Allan Rourke here. It's not like anyone would be saying that the difference if so big that the Islanders had to make the Fata move. It's poor player management by a front office on Long Island that makes questionable moves all the time.

    By Blogger Andy Gardecki, at 10:01 AM  

  • Everytime Rourke has been up with the Islanders, he has accidentally put in a goal for the other team. Not that it is his fault, it is just bad luck, but the Islanders probably don't want to take that chance again. When Fata went up, he was a spark of energy that the team needed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:27 AM  

  • I too was saying bring up Rourke so Ferraro can play!! Any word on Comeau? This organization is just terrible on player moves. And where is our D depth?? Rourke & Fata are the next in line to the Islanders?!? Please both can not play there long term. We need to make some moves to get some experienced D-men, not vets, more some with AHL experience.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:41 PM  

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