Saturday, January 17, 2009

Game Wrapup and Analysis from Last Night's Sound Tigers Game

With the amount of traffic going out of "The City" last night it wasn't hard to believe that it would take Tiger Track Tom and I almost a full 2 hours to get up to the Arena at Harbor Yard. Once we got there though, it turned out to be an even more melancholy night than one could have foreseen.

The game was basically at the first intermission when we arrived in the Press box with most of the action happening in that first stanza. Both teams managed to score 2 with goals coming from Ben Walter and Mike Iggulden for the Tigers and Oskar Osala and Matheiu Perrault for the Bears. From there, you can check out my Live Blog from last night to get the details of the game as they happened.

The action was extremely back and forth for most of the second as the Bears managed to get two markers by Nathan Lawson, who looked to be having his worst outing of the season. After the game, Lawson openly admitted that he was not on top of his game and that most of the goals went 5-hole on him. That simply was not acceptable. Jack Capuano, the Sound Tigers Head Coach, stated he wished to remain mum on the goaltending issues of last night's game when pressed in a question by Mike Fornabaio.

Although the Sound Tigers lost, they never seemed to give up and that certainly is a quality we'd love to keep seeing. That "never say die" attitude should be ingrained in every player that comes into the New York Islanders organization. The young players that are in the system are certainly thriving under the pressure of being a top team in the AHL and I hope that one day that carries over for some of them when the make the NHL and stick.

Also, a quick note, Scott Gordon the Islanders Head Coach, was in attendance last night and did a radio interview in between the first and second period.

Dubie gets plucked off Waivers by the CBJ

Wade Dubielewicz, goalie and fan-favorite, was plucked off the waiver wire before the 12 PM deadline by the Columbus Blue Jackets. This is a major blow to both Garth's and Wade's plans for a comeback on the Island. Read Chris Botta's reaction here.

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