Ruslan Iskhakov, Bridgeport Islanders, AHL (2nd Round, 2018)
After an abysmal November, Ruslan Iskhakov is once again finding his groove. The rookie center is finding the score sheet again, with two points last week.
Iskhakov opened the B-Isles scoring for the week just over a minute and a half into the teams game with Hershey. Terry retrieved the puck along the side wall, spinning and firing the puck to an onrushing Iskhakov at the B-Isles blue line. Iskhakov, one-on-one with the defender for three-quarters of the ice, used his speed to gain a step and unleashed his backhand to beat the goalie. It was a play that showed many of Iskhakov's best attributes at once.
Iskhakov would also add an assist in Bridgeport's loss to Providence bringing his point total to 19 (seven goals, 12 assists) this season.
Aatu Räty, Bridgeport Islanders, AHL (2nd Round, 2021)
After missing an entire week with an undisclosed illness, Aatu Räty returned to Bridgeport's lineup Saturday night as the team gave him one extra day's rest, sitting out the game against Hershey.
After taking a game to find his legs once again, Räty returned to the lineup with a bang, tallying a career-high three points in the B-Isles victory.
Räty got the goal-scoring started with his fifth of the season to give the B-Isles an early 1-0 lead. Two power-play play assists later in the period for Räty put the B-Isles on top again, 3-2.
Räty was close to completing the Gordie Howe hat-trick in the final minute of the second period after being whaled on by Bruins center John Beecher. With his gloves still on, Räty held on until teammate Kyle McLean quite literally jumped into the fracas to protect his teammate. McLean would be given a 10-minute misconduct for the incident with Räty going unscathed.
Räty's three points extend his total to 11 on the year (five goals, six assists).
William Dufour, Bridgeport Islanders, AHL (5th Round, 2020)
Räty wasn't the only B-Isles rookie with a strong performance against the Bruins, as William Dufour added another goal and assist to his season total.
With under two minutes to play in the first and the B-Isles on the man advantage, Dufour rifled home a one-time shot on a cross-ice pass from Räty to break the deadlock and give the B-Isles a 3-2 edge.
Dufour remains the second-leading goal scorer in Bridgeport with nine goals through 24 games. Currently, on pace for 28 goals, Dufour is quickly becoming an intregal part of the B-Isles dynamic.
Following his healthy scratch a few weeks back, Dufour has responded in the way Head Coach Brent Thompson was hoping from his young winger.