THE BRIDGEPORT REPORT
Missouri Mavericks (ECHL)
Record: 52-15-3-2 (109 pts)
Rank: 1st in Central Division, 1st in Western Conference
Playoffs: Series Tied 1-1 with the Allen Americans
Last Week in Review:
The Missouri Mavericks are staying hot with five playoff wins so far. Their opponents are the Allen Americans who they have beat six out of eleven times in the regular season. Missouri coach Richard Matvichuk was awarded another trophy for Executive of the Year as voted on by the ECHL coaches.
Missouri began the week with their only playoff loss so far, a 2-0 shutout to the Allen Americans on Friday. The scoring started a little over a minute into the game with a tally from the Americans but the Mavericks could not get their momentum going or find the back of the net. Josh Robinson posted 25 saves while the Mavs outshot Allen 34 to 27.
The Mavs bounced back on Saturday with a 5-2 win over the Americans. C.J. Ludwig lit the lamp 1:28 into the game and the Mavericks continued to keep the momentum up. Tyler Barnes netted a loose puck into the crease on the man advantage less than five minutes later for the 2-0 lead and Darren Nowick scored a rebounder on the power play at 16:35 to make it a three goal first period. The second period saw a Rocco Carzo breakaway at 7:06 of the frame and the third period saw another power play tally from Barnes for his fourth of the playoffs. The Americans staged a comeback in the final five minutes of the game but only managed to score two goals. Parker Milner made 21 saves for his second playoff win.
4/29 – MO (0) vs. ALN (2)
4/30 – MO (5) vs. ALN (2)
MO Goals: C.J. Ludwig, Tyler Barnes (2), Darren Nowick, Rocco Carzo
Player to Watch:
Darren Nowick has three playoff points thus far and seven goals in 13 regular season games. Nowick has been consistent and impressive since being acquired by the Mavs late into the regular season. The California native recently completed his collegiate career with Northern Michigan University where he posted a stellar 14 goals and 18 assists in 37 games. He was also a +2.
AHL Contracted Players:
Tyler Barnes netted two this week for his sixth playoff point this season. In 71 games with the Toledo Walleye last season, he had 74 points.
Parker Milner notched his second win in as many playoff games for the Mavs. In those two games he has a 1.50 goals against average and a .942 save percentage. Last season with the Quad City Mallards, he has a .920 percentage and a 2.28 GAA.
Defenseman C.J. Ludwig posted the opening goal on Saturday and has two total playoff points. In his time with the Oklahoma Barons of the AHL he scored one goal and four assists in 28 games.
New York Islanders (NHL)
Record: 45-27-10 (100 pts)
Rank: 4th in Metropolitan Division, 5th in Eastern Conference
Playoffs: Series Tied 1-1 with the Tampa Bay Lightning
Last Week in Review:
The Islanders had a quick turnaround into Round 2 with just two days of rest and are currently tied 1-1 in the series. Thomas Greiss has stayed solid in net while Ryan Pulock and Josh Bailey are inching towards their returns and Bailey could be ready for Game 3. Jaroslav Halak is taking part in practice, so only time will tell if the Islanders will play him this series.
The Islanders started the week off strong with a 5-3 victory over last year’s Eastern Conference champions the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday. The Lightning struck first with a goal from Ondrej Palat, but the Islanders went on a roll scoring four unanswered goals over the first two periods. Travis Hamonic opened the Isles scoring with a wrister at 5:44 with help from Alan Quine and John Tavares for the tying goal. Shane Prince then netted two goals: a tip-in at 17:28 and a buzzer beater wrister with just three seconds remaining in the period. John Tavares netted a wrister on the man advantage for the lone second period tally at 8:59. Tampa Bay tried to come back in the third with two goals but Cal Clutterbuck sealed the win with an empty netter at 19:05 for the 5-3 win.
New York continued with a 4-1 loss to the Lightning on Saturday. Nikolay Kulemin scored the lone Isles goal, a tip-in off of a Thomas Hickey shot on the power play at 15:15 of the first period but it was not enough to power the Islanders over the Bolts. The Islanders only had 20 shots on goal and Thomas Greiss made 37 saves.
4/28– NYI (5) @ TBL (3)
NYI Goals: Travis Hamonic, Shane Prince (2), John Tavares, Cal Clutterbuck
4/30– NYI (1) @ TBL (4)
NYI Goals: Nikolay Kulemin
Player to Watch:
The Fresh Prince of Brooklyn, Shane Prince, has taken Tampa Bay by storm with two goals in Game 1. Prince has emerged as a true scoring threat and is second on the team in playoff goals with three. He also earned first star honors on Thursday. In the regular season, he had five points in 20 games with the Isles. Last season with the Binghamton Senators, Prince had a whopping 65 points.
Sound Tigers on Long Island:
Travis Hamonic netted his first playoff goal and also has a helper. In 72 games this season, he had five goals and assists. In 40 games with the Sound Tigers, he had six goals and 11 assists.
Kyle Okposo has a helper this week bringing his playoff point total up to seven. In the regular season, Okposo had 22 goals and 42 assists. He played a total of 35 games with the Sound Tigers and tallied nine goals and 19 assists.
Calvin de Haan has two playoff points so far. In the regular season, de Haan had 16 points. In 76 games with the Sound Tigers, de Haan had 21 points.