THE BRIDGEPORT REPORT
Missouri Mavericks (ECHL)
Record: 52-15-3-2 (109 pts)
Rank: 1st in Central Division, 1st in Western Conference
Playoffs: Defeated Quad City Mallards 4-0 in First Round
Last Week in Review:
The Mavericks swept the Quad City Mallards and will find out if they are playing the Allen Americans or the Idaho Steelheads in Round 2 tonight. They have beat the
Americans six out of eleven times and have split the two game series with the Steelheads in the regular season. Missouri coach Richard Matvichuk brought home the John Brophy Award as the ECHL Coach of the Year for the 2015-16 season.
Missouri began the week with a 4-2 defeat of the Quad City Mallards on Wednesday for Game 3 of the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Mallards lit the lamp first just four minutes into the game with a short-handed goal but the Mavs quickly fired back with a rebounder by Bryce Aneloski at 7:15. The Mallards then took control of the second frame and scored a goal for the 2-1 lead but it would be there last of the game. Just 47 seconds into the final frame Tyler Barns tied it up with help from Carter Verhaeghe and Rocco Carzo. David de Kastrozza then scored the game-winner with a short-handed goal at 4:27 of the third and Reed Seckel sealed the win with a penalty shot that he capitalized on at 17:11 for the win.
The Mavs completed the sweep on Friday with a 4-1 win over the Mallards. The Mavericks were the first to score with an Aneloski power play tally at 7:35 of the opening frame. The goals kept coming when Chris Owens slapped one home at 9:14 of the second period and Rocco Carzo netted a rebounder at 17:46. Quad City avoided the shutout with a goal but Verhaeghe scored on his own rebound at 11:54 for the win. Josh Robinson made 24 saves in the victory.
4/20 – MO (4) @ QC (2)
MO Goals: Bryce Aneloski, Tyler Barnes, David de Kastrozza, Reed Seckel
4/22 – MO (4) @ QC (1)
MO Goal: Bryce Aneloski, Chris Owens, Rocco Carzo, Carter Verhaeghe
Player to Watch:
Rocco Carzo notched a goal and three helpers this week and has six total playoff points in four games. He is also a +6. This season he shattered his previous high of assists and notched 41 helpers. He also had 15 goals and was a +17. Last season he had a career-high in goals with 20.
NHL/AHL Contracted Players:
Carter Verhaeghe has five playoff points this week. In 20 regular season games he has eight goals and 17 helpers. In 68 games with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL last season he had 33 tallies and 49 assists.
Bryce Aneloski has two goals in as many games this week. In 67 regular season games he had eight tallies and 20 assists. In 58 games with the Orlando Solar Bears last season, he had 27 points.
Josh Holmstrom has two goals and an assist in the playoffs so far. In 61 games in the regular season he has 17 goals and 13 helpers and is a +5. Last season with the Tolledo Walleye he had 27 points.
New York Islanders (NHL)
Record: 45-27-10 (100 pts)
Rank: 4th in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Defeated Florida Panthers 4-2 in First Round
Last Week in Review:
The Islanders made history this week, defeating the Florida Panthers four games to two and advanced out of the first round for the first time since 1993. It was a hard fought battle with even matchups and two double overtime thrillers but both new and old Islanders found their spark and took down the Panthers. The Islanders will face the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round. Good news, in the regular season the Islanders prevailed over the Bolts two games to one. John Tavares had five points in those three regular season games.
The Islanders started the week a 2-1 loss to the Panthers on Thursday. John Tavares scored the lone goal when Dmitry Kulikov was sent to the box for tripping at 19:04. Tavares capitalized with a wrister at 19:44 but it was not enough to beat Florida. Thomas Greiss was second star of the game despite the loss with 29 saves.
New York continued with a thrilling 2-1 double overtime win on Friday all thanks to former Sound Tigers. The scoring started when the longest tenured current Islanders Frans Nielsen buried a rebound at 13:31 of the first period. The lead stayed until 1:59 of the third when Aleksander Barkov netted one for the tie but neither team could score until late into the second overtime. The newest Islander Alan Quine ended the second-longest game in Islanders history at 16:00 with a one-timer that blasted past Luongo for the game-winning goal. This marked the first Game 5 the Isles have won since 1987 and it was all thanks to Greiss, who was calm under pressure and made 47 saves. Greiss also received first star honors while Quine got third.
The Isles sealed the series with another 2-1 double overtime victory on Sunday night. The Panthers seemed like they were going to force a game seven with time ticking down to just seconds left on the clock and held a 1-0 lead to this point. Tavares time began when he found Roberto Luongo saving a Nikolay Kulemin shot on the other side of the net. The net was left wide open and he scored with just 53.2 seconds to go in the game to force overtime. The first overtime was filled with great shots and close calls but it took until 10:41 of the second overtime for the game-winner. Tavares took a rebound from Kyle Okposo and sent a backhander stick-side for the series-winning goal. Greiss was stellar in net and made 41 saves throughout nearly 90 minutes of ice time.
4/21– NYI (2) vs. FLA (1)
NYI Goals: John Tavares
4/22– NYI (2) @ FLA (1) 2OT
NYI Goal: Frans Nielsen, Alan Quine
4/24– NYI (2) vs. FLA (1) 2OT
NYI Goals: John Tavares (2)
Player to Watch:
There is no other option but the Captain who advanced the Islanders into the second round. Not only did Tavares score the game winner, he also scored the tying goal with second left in the game. He scored another goal this week in Game 4 for a total of five playoff goals with four assists in just six games. The former number one pick is a true superstar and will be a good match for Tampa Bay’s leading (healthy) scorer Nikita Kucherov who has five playoff goals. Tavares had 33 goals and 37 assists in 78 games this season and is a +6.
Sound Tigers on Long Island:
Frans Nielsen has two goals and an assist in three playoff games this season. During the regular season, he had 20 tallies and 32 helpers. Nielsen played 102 games with the Sound Tigers and notched 30 goals and 52 assists.
Alan Quine was the first overtime hero this week and that goal marked his first ever NHL playoff goal. He also had two helpers in the series. He only played two regular season games with the Isles and had one goal. His time with the Sound Tigers this season was successful with 19 goals and 29 helpers. He also was an All-Star. In 192 games with the Sound Tigers, Quine has 50 goals and 86 helpers.
Brock Nelson had a goal and two helpers throughout the six game series. During the regular season, he had 26 goals and 14 helpers. In 71 games with Bridgeport, Nelson notched 25 goals, 28 assists and 53 points.