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Soundin' Off -- the lifeboat

Friday, February 23, 2007

Capital punishment

Well, at least it's a rivalry.

This thing right now runs from the hospitality room (where Bridgeport's staff was kept out tonight after Albany's was turned away Tuesday from Bridgeport's, but that's a longer story than we'll deal with now) to the ice, where Drew Fata might well be suspended by tomorrow afternoon.

Things got so ugly that security told the Albany equipment guys to keep me out of the Bridgeport room, thinking I was Albany media, thinking even THAT might stir the pot. Funny.

But anyway.

Like the other night, this didn't really seem all that different from the past few games -- turnovers, odd-man rushes, what, these are new? -- but the puck's going in now. Wade Dubielewicz said he feels like teams are going to the back door a lot more. He's square to the shooter, he said, but the guy is passing instead of shooting. "It's tough on a goalie. You don't want to second-guess yourself."

Uninspired first 34 minutes, then a crazy next six, then Albany takes its first lead on a second-effort by Matt Murley to get it to Keith Aucoin down low. And then there's a three-on-two 99 seconds later, and everybody's a step slow, and Pat Dwyer tucks it in.

And then Fata hit Aucoin at the buzzer. Jamie Koharski gave him a match penalty, which means automatic fine, automatic review and usually automatic suspension. I squeezed in a little of what Tom Rowe told the Albany reporters, but seek out their reports in the morning, 'cause it went on and on.

Anyway, things were over by then.

"We're moving in the right direction," Steve Regier said. "I don't think -- there's just little things. There's not one giant thing everyone can see why we're losing. It's just little things: turnovers, relying on the goaltender. Those are the two big things. Little things, and correctable things."

Dubielewicz: "We've got to start playing a better, more-simple game, or else it's going to continue."


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

ALBANY
F: Murley-Aucoin (C)-Laaksonen
McLeod-Gove (A)-McCormick (A)
DaSilva-Petruzalek-Dwyer
Estrada/Boychuk
D: Cumiskey-Babchuk
Vernace-Conboy
Love-Carson

Fraser's PTO was up after tonight, but word is he's getting an NHL deal to stay here.

Here's an oddity, and I'd look up previous highs if I wasn't on the Incredible Crashing Work Computer (three times so far): Neither the Sound Tigers nor their opponents have scored a power-play goal in the past six games. The only special-teams goal in that span -- which includes 41 power-play chances -- is Matt Davis' short-handed goal for Philadelphia on Wednesday. Shoot the puck, Regier said, too fancy. Sounds familiar.

'Tis indeed Bingo next year for the All-Star Game, dates TBA.

Nice story on the morning skate from Lindsay Kramer up in Syracuse. (Tip o'cap to Patrick Williams)

2 Comments:

  • Hey Mike I was wondering what your opinion on the Fata hit was, I wasn't there but was wondering if it truly was dirty or if this is just an AHL fallout effect from the incident between the Sabres and Ottawa when the hit on Drury didn't draw a penalty

    By Anonymous Justin F, at 4:55 PM  

  • This sounds pretty bad. I didn't get a good look, but no one's downplaying it.

    By Blogger Fornabaio, at 1:02 AM  

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