The Bridgeport Sound Tigers' ECHL affiliate, the Stockton Thunder, are getting set for the second round of the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Of the 23 players on Stockton's post-season roster, 11 are on AHL contracts with the Sound Tigers, while two others played in Bridgeport this season.
The seventh-seeded Thunder defeated the second-seeded Ontario Reign in a first-round sweep and now face the sixth-seeded Bakersfield Condors in the Western Conference Semifinals. Below are the players who dressed for both the Sound Tigers and Thunder (players listed in alphabetical order).
Adam Brace - Brace was brought over in a trade midseason from the San Antonio Rampage for defenseman Mike Dalhuisen. The speedy winger split his regular season between Bridgeport and Stockton. Brace stepped into the Thunder lineup for Game Four of the quarterfinals against the Reign and assisted on the game-winning - and series-clinching - tally. Brace scored 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 18 regular-season games for the Thunder.
Marc Cantin - Cantin is playing in his third straight ECHL playoffs. Cantin has solidified the Thunder blueline and leads all Stockton players with a +7 rating in the playoffs. Cantin posted two points (one goal, one assist) in six regular-season games for the Thunder.
Andrew Clark - Clark spent 35 games with Bridgeport after his first-career call-up to the AHL, where he posted 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists). Clark's solid two-way play helped the Thunder to a 1.75 GAA in their first-round sweep and he contributed a goal and four assists. This is Clark's second ECHL playoff run after joining the Thunder late last season following four years with Acadia University in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Clark's looking to build on that playoff run where he was Stockton's second-leading post-season scorer, as the Thunder made a run to the Kelly Cup Final.
Sean Escobedo - Escobedo was limited to one game in Bridgeport this season, but the rookie defenseman out of Boston University is making the most of his time in the ECHL. Escobedo played in all four playoff games and is looking to build on a regular season that saw him post 15 points (six goals, nine assists).
Jeremy Langlois - Langlois has emerged as a playoff performer after being brought in at the trade deadline from the Springfield Falcons in exchange for defenseman Dallas Jackson. The rookie winger is the ECHL's second-leading playoff scorer (four goals, five assists) despite only playing three games. Langlois tallied a hat trick in Game Two in Stockton and is part of a top-line unit along with Joey Martin and Andrew Clark who all played together in Bridgeport. He missed Game Four of the first round with an injury listed as day-to-day. Langlois started the season with the Evansville IceMen and has already been named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team.
Joey Martin - Martin was called up to the AHL by Bridgeport in late February, scoring two goals and two assists in nine games before being returned to Stockton. Martin was the Thunder's regular-season scoring leader and has carried his stellar play into the Kelly Cup Playoffs, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) in four playoff games. The Thorold, ON, native is tied for third in the playoff points race and has formed a productive combination with Jeremy Langlois on the top line.
Parker Milner - Milner, a rookie out of Boston College, has made huge strides in his first professional campaign and is a reliable backup for starter Brian Foster. Milner went 9-14-1-1 this season with a 2.84 GAA and a .907 SV%.
Andrey Pedan - Pedan, a 2011 New York Islanders draft pick, played the two opening Stockton playoff games, but is currently scratched due to an upper-body injury. The young Russian blueliner posted six penalty minutes in five regular season games for the Thunder and scored 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 28 games for the Sound Tigers.
Alan Quine - Quine, a 2013 draft pick by the New York Islanders, has developed chemistry and shown puck-handling prowess on the Thunder's second line. Quine tallied one goal in the first-round matchup against Ontario. The Ottawa, ON
Ben Rosen - Rosen is a versatile player who has experience as a forward and defenseman for the Thunder this season. Rosen scored his first-career AHL goal in a late-season callup to Bridgeport.
Nick Tremblay - Tremblay came to the Thunder as part of a swap that sent Greg Miller to the Oklahoma City Barons and ultimately their ECHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors. Tremblay scored the Thunder's series-clinching goal in the third period of Game Four against the Reign and will look for more against his former team in the second round against the Bakersfield Condors.
Riley Wetmore - Wetmore is a talented two-way forward, who is in his rookie year after captaining the UMass-Lowell Riverhawks to the Frozen Four last season. Wetmore has been a key face-off winner for the Thunder and has shown a lot of tenacity as a fore checker, disrupting opponents' breakout attempts. He's also chipped in offensively, scoring the opening goal of Game Two in the first round.
Fans can keep tabs on how their players are doing in the ECHL postseason by tuning into the broadcasts. Free live audio is available through Spreaker.com and iHeartRadio. Fans can also catch live streaming video online through AmericaONE Sports.