Hey Folks, I’m Matt Clausen, I’ll be covering the Bridgeport Sound Tigers here at Hockey This Week. I also write about the Sound Tigers and other Islanders prospects as well as opinion pieces about the team over at Islanders University, if you like my writing here check out IU, the Fan vs Fan network’s been great to write at. I’ve been an Isles fan since learning about hockey and watched through the years. If you know me from Twitter I’ve essentially tweeted about the Isles nonstop since the ’09 season. I started to write about Isles prospects on my own midway through the 2010-2011 season and have moved on to IU and here continuing to write about Isles prospects.
While the season is more than half over, the Sound Tigers are poised to have an exciting run here in the second half. Coach Brent Thompson has the team playing hard night in and out and for the first time in a few seasons the Sound Tigers may be able to win the new Northeast division.
As of this writing, the Sound Tigers stand 23-18-3-2 for 51 points, tied with the Connecticut Whale for the Division. The Eastern Conference is strong so the Sound Tigers leading the division makes them the number 3 seed right now, winning the Northeast may be the only way any team in the division gets into the Calder cup playoffs.
Like any AHL team, the Sound Tigers have had their share of adversity between injuries, top players being called up, suspensions (Anton Klementyev who has since been released by the Islanders and has returned to Russia to play for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl as the organization and he continue to recover from September’s tragedy, I still wish him well) and the transfer of G Mikko Koskinen from the AHL to the SMLiiga in his native Finland. However they have kept chugging along and have played great hockey since the start of the new year. Prior to this weekend’s loss to the Manchester Monarchs, the Sound Tigers had not lost in regulation in 2012.
I’m excited to be writing for Hockey this Week and look forward to interacting with folks here and on Twitter (more likely to find me there).
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