Who are these guys?
"We're the team that needs nametags in the dressing room," said Rick Berry, before hesitating briefly over James Sixsmith's name, making sure he got it right.
The kids have stepped in and done well. David Desharnais fit in well on the top line. Kyle Rank has some size and some grit and some sense. Sixsmith has the sense, and he popped in two goals tonight.
The second one almost gave the Sound Tigers two points. You had to figure it would at least get them to overt...
Yeah, exactly, get them to overt...
Two things stand out early.
One, the back-to-back penalties in the first period. They put you in a hole, and they talked about them Friday. It took Hershey a while to click, but Alexandre Giroux is gonna find a hole. Two, that short-handed goal. There has to be either better communication or better placement. As it is, Steckel goes and gets it and feeds Bourque before Thompson gets himself back in good position. Problematic.
But they came back. A ragtag group came thatclose to sweeping the series at Giant Center. "We knew in the dressing room we've been in their heads, got their number all year," Berry said. "If we got close, they'd give us a couple, and they did. Got to give them credit. They came back. They didn't quit and go 'here we go again.'"
Now Bridgeport's looking up at Albany, and if tomorrow wasn't a must-win before, it sure looks it now.
F: Giroux (A)-Tenute-Barney
Laing (A)-Steckel (A)-Werner
No immediate word who, if anyone, was coming back. Rourke makes sense, though who knows now that the NHL agreed to uphold Todd Simpson's leftover suspension in Germany pending the DEL's review. Regier, perhaps. Anybody else, good question. Not Boguniecki, who they're now conceding isn't exactly sick, though not more specifically than "head." ("General body soreness," perhaps?) Galbraith is out with an ankle.
Wade Dubielewicz made 42 saves tonight, so I'm sure he felt right at home.
Bruce Boudreau: "I think Mark Wotton was on the ice 55 minutes."
Left out Stephen Wood last night from the AHL-starters (though he didn't play right away for Peoria), so make it eight out of 17 skaters who began the year in the AHL.
ECHL transactions say Utah has waived Ed Campbell.
Now this is marketing: 7-11 will dress up several stores as Kwik-E-Marts.