Sound Tigers Face Hartford in Lone Preseason Game
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, proud AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders, face off against the Hartford Wolf Pack at 1 p.m. today in their only exhibition contest prior to the 2018-19 regular season.
This afternoon's game, which provides an opportunity for young talent to display their skills in front of coaches and management, will be played at the Koeppel Community Sports Center on the campus of Trinity College in Hartford. It is open to the public with donations being accepted at the door in lieu of an admission charge, benefitting the Ryan Gordon/Hartford Wolf Pack Community Scholars Fund. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
Follow today's game via Twitter. It will not be available via radio or television.
With a training camp roster consisting of 37 players on Saturday, the Sound Tigers will begin their final evaluations in crafting their 2018 opening night roster.
“We've had a good, hard week of practice already, but there's still work to be done,” head coach Brent Thompson said. “We had an opportunity to see some of our skill and battle-level during a team scrimmage on Thursday, but now is the time for some of these guys to really step up. With only one preseason game, this is a huge opportunity for some guys to show us they want to stay.”
“Game situations are different than practice situations and this will be a great chance to evaluate what we've got in this group,” Thompson added. “Jobs are still out there.”
Of the 37 players on the Sound Tigers training camp roster, 23 have previously dressed for the team, including former first-round draft picks Steve Bernier (2003), Michael Dal Colle (2014) and Josh Ho-Sang (2014). Kieffer Bellows, the Islanders first-round pick in 2016 (19th overall), is also on the roster and will likely make his pro debut with Bridgeport next month.
In addition, four players are under contract with the Sound Tigers' ECHL affiliate, the Worcester Railers. Those include: Woody Hudson, Tommy Panico, Nick Sorkin and Dylan Willick.
Today's full playing roster:
20 Kieffer Bellows (F)
26 Josh Ho-Sang (F)
33 Christopher Gibson (G)
35 Jeremy Smith (G)
42 David Quenneville (D)
43 Yanick Rathgeb (D)
48 Otto Koivula (F)
49 Josh Holmstrom (F)
57 Scott Eansor (F)
58 Woody Hudson (F)
59 Yanick Turcotte (F)
63 Tommy Panico (D)
65 Ryan MacKinnon (D)
66 Tyler Mueller (D)
67 Jeff Kubiak (F)
70 Ryan Hitchcock (F)
71 Nick Sorkin (F)
74 Michael Dal Colle (F)
75 Ben Holmstrom (F)
76 Mike Cornell (D)
Packed Promotional Lineup: The Sound Tigers will boast one of their most extensive and wide-ranging promotional schedules ever for the 2018-19 season. The fan-friendly calendar includes the return of popular themes like Hockey and Hops (Nov. 23 and Mar. 17), Military Appreciation (Jan. 12), Star Wars Night (Jan. 19) and Princess Night (Mar. 30). Regional hockey fans will be elated for the addition of Hockey Weekend in Connecticut (Feb. 23-24), while other new headliners include Holiday Gift Weekend (Dec. 15-16) and a revamped Teddy Bear Toss (Nov. 23). View the full 2017-18 promotional schedule.
For additional details or to reserve a group outing for any giveaway or theme night, please call the Sound Tigers' front office at (203) 345-2300 ext 7.
About the Bridgeport Sound Tigers
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