It has not been a great start for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Coming into last Saturday, they were 4-11-3-1 to open the season. Nonetheless, they persisted and won four straight games in a row.
Bridgeport has been led by the reemergence of Kieffer Bellows who had two goals in the streak, Oliver Wahlstrom who had been sensational since returning from Long Island, as well as Jared Coreau, who made 66 saves during the streak before getting hurt in the fourth game. He was replaced by Jakub Skarek, who was called up from Worcester only hours before the game due to a Chris Gibson injury. Gibson on the otherhand, has been fantastic throughout the season for Brent Thompson.
While the Islanders are thriving, the Sound Tigers and their ECHL affiliate the Worcester Railers both have not. Worcester fired Head Coach and General Manager Jamie Russell and hired David Cuniff to take his role. While in Bridgeport, Brent Thompson is still behind the bench while many have asked for the removal of Thompson as the coach, Bridgeport is hopefully turning a corner.
While the Sound Tigers are still without Steve Bernier, Andrew Ladd is down on the farm and has been scoring goals. Mason Jobst is finally looking like the prospect we saw in the preseason. Bridgeport is without Grant Hutton on defense and once Hutton and Bernier are healthy, hopefully things will be shored up.
While we are only starting up December, Bridgeport is finally starting to trend upwards, although they did lose to Wilks-Barre Scranton on Saturday.
Will Bridgeport be able to keep it going? In past years, it has been about streaks in Bridgeport. Bridgeport lost ten games, won 12 games, but lost six straight heading into the playoffs. That seems to be the way that this season is going.