A Disservice to The Sound Tigers
For any team to be successful there must be contributions by everyone and The Bridgeport Sound Tigers recent winning streak of eight games proves just that. During their eifght game run (one short of the franchise record) thirteen different players have scored a goal (fourteen if you count Scott Howes shootout goal).
Thirteen different players in eight games - impressive. By comparison, the Islanders have seen 17 players score in 46 games and two Sound Tigers (Ullstrom and Reese) are among the seventeen. With everyone contributing it is probably a disservice to select three stars but as that is the tradition I humbly offer mine.
I have purposely left our two goalies off the list. Kevin Poulin’s amazing three consecutive shut outs to start the year earned him a rest on the Islanders bench while collecting National League game checks. In his absence, Anders Nilsson stepped in seamlessly and has been nothing less than perfect.
In no particular order, my three stars of the eight game streak all go to fourth round draft picks, each of whom should be projected to ‘make-it’ in the NHL.
- Casey Cizikas - This 20 year old product of Toronto, ON was selected 92nd overall in 2009. He currently leads the team with ten goals nineteen assists for twenty-nine points and a +15 in forty-one games. During this eight game streak Casey has four goals and five assists. His number at the Coli is 53 – get the locker ready.
- Rhett Rakhshani - The 2006 pick selected 100th overall by the Islanders is from Orange, California. A Google search of athletes from Orange, CA produced several women’s softball players but no ice hockey players. His faith, work ethic and obvious skill resulted in his being called up for a look last season, and he will return. Rakhshani ended 2011 injured and I among others expected it would take time for him to get his game back. His numbers in the eight game 2012 year are 6 goals and 5 assists. Guess he has his game back.
- Matt Donovan - From Edmond, Oklahoma (I didn’t waste time Googling this one), the Islanders selected him in 2008 with the 96th pick. Having featured Donovan in a previous post (Sound Tiger Suspected of Theft) I wont bore you with his ‘Artful Dodger’ antics, but his numbers the last eight games speak volumes; a goal and nine assists. Pretty good numbers for a defenseman from the southwest.
As I was putting pen to paper on this post (Yes, I do it the old fashioned way and my friend, The Lovely Colleen, enters it into the computer- witchcraft) Mark Katic, Calvin deHann and Casey Cizikas joined me in a restaurant. While I didn’t let Casey read the text, I did allow him to select the photo, credit for which goes to my good friend Pope Steve XXVII.