Category Archives: Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Barry Goers(41) WBS Penguins

Barry Goers

Wheeling Nailers‘ 4th year undrafted mini-defenseman Barry Goers(41) was recalled by affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on seven occasions, putting in an accountable effort when called upon.

The 5’9″ 175 lbs. (minimum weight any player is 9/10 times given) was finally given an AHL contract within the last month of the regular season and with one more appearance in the postseason will outplay his previous high from his rookie year with Las Vegas Wranglers.

Almost ironically he’s scored as many points in the current Calder Cup Playoffs, a pair of assists, as he did in the 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

The 27-year old veteran blue liner could easily sign another ECHL contract for 2014/2015 and follow a similar path of call-ups but he may also earn himself a roster spot out of training camp or earlier in the off-season.

He’s easily earned it.

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Brock Montpetit(72) Västerås

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Undrafted center Brock Montpetit(72) has decided to start his pro career overseas with Vasteras in Sweden’s tier two league Allsvenskan.

After four productive seasons at University Of Nebraska-Omaha, which followed three years of equally great play in US junior hockey with Waterloo Black Hawks, he signed an ato joining Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the end of 2013/2014.

He only appeared in a pair of AHL games scoring no points.

It will be interesting to see how the 5’10” 195 lbs. forward develops and if he can find his scoring touch on the next level.

At 24-years old, he’s getting a bit of a late start but could find big success playing on the bigger ice surfaces across the pond.

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Alan Quine(22) Stockton Thunder

Alan Quine

New York Islanders‘ 6th round pick in the 2013 draft (#166 overall) rookie left wing Alan Quine(22) was ready to sign his three-year entry level contract and turn pro immediately upon being selected a second time.

He was originally a Detroit Red Wings‘ 3rd round pick in 2011 (#85 overall) but was left to go back into the pool.

He did however appear in training camp and skated three games at the end of 2012 with Grand Rapids Griffins but somewhere along the line they lost interest.

No worries, he put up some nifty rookie season numbers in the AHL with Bridgeport Sound Tigers, scoring 9 goals and 18 assists. On the downside, he was a -24 but matters deteriorated on a number of occasions through the 61 games he suited up for.

Reassigned near the end of his first season, he was reassigned to join ECHL affiliate Stockton Thunder for 7 games, which was enough to keep him skating in the postseason.

The 5’11” 190 lbs. forward produced at a point-per-game clip in the lower league, getting 2 goals and half a dozen helpers in 7 games.

He only has one tally in 3 Kelly Cup Playoff games but he’s on a team that looks to go deep and will very likely add more points to that start.

2014/2015 will be an important season that should help better define the type of player the still young 21-year old will become.

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Joey Martin(14) Stockton Thunder

Joey Martin

Stockton Thunder undrafted center Joey Martin(10) posted career highs for games played, assists and points in his third ECHL season.

He skated in 66 contests, scoring one less goal than he did as a rookie, with 21 tallies and a new record 45 helpers, 66 points; all team leading offensive totals.

He also managed to tie his AHL scoring mark in 2013/2014 with a pair of goals on loan to affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers; and his 2 assists for 4 points with a +3 rating in 9 games were new personal bests. He’s skated in higher league games in each of his years.

The 5’10” 174 lbs. forward is now once again lighting up the postseason score sheet and will undoubtedly eclipse his former totals as in just 2 games he has already evened up with his 5 points, including a new record 4 assists.

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Andrey Pedan(3) Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Andrey Pedan

New York Islanders‘ 3rd round pick in the 2011 draft (#63 overall), extra large 6’4″ 215 lbs. Russian-born defenseman Andrey Pedan(3) missed a good portion of his rookie season with minor league affiliate Bridgeport Sound Tigers due to an upper body injury that put him on the sidelines for almost three months.

Appearing in only 25 AHL games, he still was able to connect for 5 goals and 5 assists while playing a punishing shutdown style in his own zone.

His -1 rating is also nicely accountable on a team with a league second worst goal differential.

He’s been in the parent club’s training camps ever since he was selected but returned to junior hockey as a teenager, where he skated a few seasons with Guelph Storm before signing his three-year entry level deal.

No doubt this is a player that has been widely scouted, as he was a first round grab in both the 2010 KHL and OHL drafts.

He obviously decided to try his skates on North American ice for a shot at the NHL.

The 20-year old may return to the farm club for a full year of development in 2014/2015, but could very well be on the short list for a recall, especially if he continues to display more of his offense-minded upside.

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Jeremy Langlois(20) Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Jeremy Langlois

Undrafted rookie right wing Jeremy Langlois(20) signed a one-year two-way minor league contract with Springfield Falconsand started the season with the team, but had been mostly skating on reassignment with affiliate Evansville IceMen, where he put up some big numbers.

In 49 ECHL games he retains the team’s leading scorer stats with 16 goals and 36 assists, while taking a second most shots on net at 174 before a recent trade relocated him to Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

He’s obviously enjoying his time with his new squad. In 7 AHL games he’s struck for a pair of goals and assists, whereas in 5 contests on recall with his previous club he was unable to find the score sheet, while skating mostly fourth line minutes.

The 6′ 173 lbs. forward put together some good numbers in 4 years at Quinnipiac University and went to the NCAA Finals losing to the geographically nearby, eventual winners Yale.

As an 18-year old he won a Championship, leading scorer title and was named league MVP with New Jersey Hitmen of the EJHL before heading off to college.

Now 23, he was invited to attend Columbus Blue Jackets‘ training camps to begin his first pro season and from his continued solid play he looks like a shoe-in to score another tryout, quite possibly with the parent club of where he’ll finish out the year, New York Islanders.

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Justin Johnson(49) vs. Aaron Johson(44)

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19-years of veteran leadership collides in the form of a pair of 6’1″ 200+ lbs. Johnsons at a midweek clash of the AHL interstate Connecticut rivals, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Hartford Wolf Pack.

Justin Johnson(49) and Aaron Johnson(44) exchange some pushes, jabs and many harsh words but don’t drop the gloves taking it any further before the linesmen step in to split the pair. No penalties were assessed.

The joke from the first row of the stands was the obvious one: who’s got the bigger Johnson?

See related: 3/5-14, 10/11-13

Jesse Root(36) Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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In his pro debut undrafted center Jesse Root(36) signed to an ato with Bridgeport Sound Tigers, fresh off four years at Yale University, scores his first and only goal of the eventual 4-1 loss to AHL interstate rival Hartford Wolf Pack.

The seemingly smaller than listed at 5’11” 185 lbs. forward may have had it go in off the bottom of his skate as he was charging the net for the scoring chance but it was credited and a goal is a goal.

In his final two campaigns of college hockey he was a point-per-game guy and won the 2013 NCAA Championship. He was also team captain for 2013/2014.

The Pittsburgh, PA native also played one season as a 19-year old in the EHL US Junior league before heading off to school.

Where the now 24-year old will sign for 2014/2015 will probably be influenced how well he does in the last 10 or so games left in the regular season; but he’s off to a good start.

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Justin Johnson(49) Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers‘ right wing Justin Johson(49) 8-year minor league journeyman’s career finally got some vindication as he scored a two-way NHL contract with parent club New York Islanders for the remainder of the 2013/2014 season.

He may not play any big league games but can now be easily recalled to help protect some of their skilled, younger prospects as they look to be spoilers.

After four years of college hockey at University Of Alaska, his hometown school of higher education, he went undrafted and signed a deal with the local club, Alaska Aces but was cut only 4 games into his rookie season.

He would tour the ECHL suiting up for 3 other teams before circling back to play another campaign with the Aces.

The somewhat stocky looking 6’1″ 220 lbs. has never been one to produce on the score sheet much but NEVER backs down from mixing it up with the opposing team’s biggest bruiser.

He would get a recall from Manchester Monarchs at the beginning of 2010/2011, signing a pto and stayed with them for the duration.

Heading into the next session he scored himself a 2-year extension to stay in New Hampshire.

The 32-year old would finally move on when he had interest from Bridgeport to sign for a season and become the enforcer for their young squad. He was even invited to join the Islanders‘ training camp and play in exhibition games.

Regardless of where he goes next, a stick-to-it attitude and perseverance pays off.

See related: 2/11-11, 9/4-11, 9/1-12

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Joel Broda(6) Bridgeport Sound Tigers

Joel Broda

4th year center Joel Broda(6) is playing his first season as an unrestricted free agent after his 3-year entry level contract with Minnesota Wild was not qualified.

He signed a one-year minor league deal with Bakersfield Condors for 2013/2014, returning to the team he skated with on reassignment from Houston Aeros during his rookie season.

He played 124 AHL games through three seasons with the Aeros scoring 21 goals and 17 assists.

The 6′ 203 lbs. forward was an Oklahoma City Barons‘ training camp invite and impressed enough to score a call-up for 8 games near the start of the season, potting a goal and an assist quickly but then cooled off before being returned a month later.

He would get right to it in the ECHL, where he struck for 19 goals and 16 assists in 35 games.

His explosion on the score sheet gained him notice from Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who signed him to a pto and out of the gate he’s fitting right in with team chemistry.

Again, he scored early in his recall netting a pair of tallies and a helper in his first three contests.

Originally a Washington Capitals‘ 5th round pick in the 2008 draft (#144 overall), he had a notable junior hockey career scoring a league leading 53 goals in 2008/2009 and winning the WHL Championship with Calgary Hitmen in the following campaign.

The 24-year plays a speedy skating style, knows how to get himself into the open spaces on the ice for scoring chances and generally unloads a ton of shots on net.

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