The 2011-2012 season has ended for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. An overtime goal by Connecticut Whale forward Casey Wellman on a power play opportunity gave the home team from Hartford the 4-3 victory. The Whale swept the best of five series in three straight games and move onto the next round.
For the Sound Tigers, the North East Division champs, it marks a disappointing end to a successful season. With the number of injuries to the team, the constant shuffle of players to the Island, and the emergence of new coach Brent Thompson, the team surprised so many in the AHL circles. They lost about 10 games since the beginning of January. Had it not been for the 28 game winning streak by the Norfolk Admirals, they would have been the biggest story in the league.
What next for Bridgeport? My hope is that Thompson stays to coach the team next season. I surely hope that they do not bring him up to be an assistant coach for the big club. He is a great teacher and right now – he is the perfect fit for the team. You can safely say that David Ullstrom and Rhett Rakhshani will be Islanders next season. On the defense, Matt Donovan has a great chance to stick, and Calvin deHaan will have a good chance too. Kevin Poulin should be the backup to Evgeni Nabokov next season, depending on what happens with Al Montoya.
Congrats to the Sound Tigers for a great season, and I am sure that we will see more of you next season.