Sound Tigers Starting To Click
The Birdgeport Sound Tigers got off to a slow start to the season winning only one of their first seven games. Goaltending seemed to be porous at times, but as I wrote previously this is a team with a lot of new high end talent that just needed a bit of time to gel. It now seems as if they finally are getting to that point. In their past two games, they have beaten the Worcester Sharks and Norfolk Admirals 7-1 and 4-3 respectively.
In the dominant 7-1 victory over Worcester, top prospect Ryan Strome finally had a breakout night where he recorded a 5 point evening of 2 goals and 3 assists. Mike Halmo also made a statement for himself by posting 2 goals and 2 assists of his own. Nick Larson, Joey Diamond and John Persson were the other Sound Tigers to find the back of the net against Worcester. Not only did this game snap a 5 game losing streak, but Anders Nilsson got a much needed win. This was a statement game for Bridgeport showing how dominant they can actually be..
The next night the Sound Tigers returned home to take on the Norfolk Admirals. Mike Halmo continued his stellar play and scored 2 goals again while Justin Johnson contributed the Sound Tigers other regulation goal en route to their 4-3 victory in the shootout. Anders Nilsson notched his second win in as many nights and third overall for the season as Bridgeport seems to have found their way now.
The Islanders needed this team to start to win not just for the sake of the Sound Tigers in the standings, but so these prospects can learn to play together and what it is like to start winning at the professional level. This mentality and ability to bounce back is all part of the development process for any athlete and is just as important as anything else.
With the injury bug hitting the Islanders a bit on the blueline now having Lubomir Visnovsky and Brian Strait on the IR, call ups may start coming soon for the likes of Aaron Ness or Calvin de Haan. Whoever gets the call now or in the near future needs to be ready and develop these peripheral aspects to their game to make their transition to the NHL even more smooth.
The Sound Tigers are back in action Saturday, November 9th on the road against the Hershey Bears. Lets see if the few days inbetween games with practices to build on their successes can hold up going forward