Sound Tigers Update 1/14/2014
The good news is that Islanders are finally showing some life having won 8 of their last 10 games, and 7 in a row on the road. The bad news is that the Sound Tigers are not sharing in the same fortunes. The Islanders' AHL affiliate have a less than stellar 3-6-1 record in their last 10 games and have lost their last 5 road games. In the Sound Tigers last game, they defeated New York Rangers affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 6-3. Anders Lee continued on his torrid pace in the absence of former linemate Ryan Strome, scoring two goals in the game and bringing his season total to 15. The other Sound Tigers to find the back of the net were Aaron Ness, Andrew Clark, Chris Bruton and Joey Diamond. Parker Milner earned his second career AHL win on his second stint with Bridgeport this season. Spending the majority of the year with Stockton Thunder of the ECHL, Milner earned his second promotion to the Sound Tigers in the wake of Anders Nilsson being recalled to the NHL due to the injury to Evgeni Nabokov.
Bridgeport is going into a 3 game weekend as they will travel to Binghamton to play the Seantors on Friday, Hershey to play the Bears on Saturday then back home to host the Wolf Pack in a 3pm matinee game on Sunday at the Webster Bank Arena. As far as the standings are concerned, Bridgeport finds themselves in a similar situation to the Islanders as both clubs currently sit 7 points out of the final playoff spot in their respective leagues. The St. John's Ice Caps hold the final Eastern Conference playoff position and while 7 points isn't that far out of reach, there are 5 other teams that stand between the Sound Tigers and the 8th spot.
Some other news worth noting is that Ryan Strome, currently on the Islanders roster was named to the AHL All-Star team despite the fact he is currently in the NHL. This acknowledgement is the latest that Strome can add to his AHL resume, along with his back to back AHL player of the week awards and AHL Rookie of the Month for November. Strome's All-Star selection should come as a surprise to no one as Strome is currently 10th in the AHL in scoring even having played an average of 12 less games than everyone else in the top 10. Interestingly, the AHL does not have an All-Star game like that of the NHL where two rosters are picked to play eachother. There is only one roster of 20 skaters that will take on Farjestad BK of the Swedish Elite League in St. John's. The fact that there is indeed only one roster of 20 selected to represent the AHL makes Strome's appointment that much more impressive.
Sound Tigers' goaltender Ken Reiter also earned himself a two-way contract with the Islanders through the end of this current season. Reiter has been quietly effective for the streaky Sound Tigers posting a 7-5-2 record with a 2.94 GAA and a 0.895 save percentage at the time of his signing.
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