The Bridgeport Sound Tigers took on the Norfolk Admirals for the second time in one weekend on Jaunary 15th. This time, on pink ice. The Admirals participate in an annual "Pink in the Rink" event where the ice is dyed pink to bring awareness to breast cancer and to help raise money for the Tidewater branch of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Some players on both teams even taped their sticks pink for the occasion.
You'll note the fourth photo, Dustin Tokarski is the Admirals goalie. No relation (that I know of.) But I couldn't help but get a shot of the name. Bridgeport's goalie, Joel Martin, who recently signed to a two-way contract and was assigned to Bridgeport, had 48 saves that night in his first start as a Sound Tiger, thats a season high for the team. The Sound Tigers lost that evening 3-2 despite Martin's saves.
On Saturday, Ty Wishart (in photographs two and five) made his NHL debut with the New York Islanders against the Ottawa Senators. Wishart had a two-assist night, and Islanders Head Coach Jack Capuano said, "For the speedy bunch of forwards that he had tonight I thought he played really well. He was composed, he moved the puck, and he kept it simple. He was pretty impressive to tonight." The Isles went on to win 5-3.
In other Bridgeport/Islander news, goalie Mikko Koskinen (photo nine) was recalled from Bridgeport on February 5th.
Goalies Mikko Koskinen and Joel Martin.
Between the 2nd and 3rd period a jersey issue calls for the sewing machine to be brought out as the equipment manager goes to work.