Snow hinders Sound Tigers' preparation for Springfield
Updated 1:23 pm, Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Preparing for the conference-leading Springfield Falcons is one thing.
"We've gone through a couple of scenarios I've never seen," Pellerin said. "Hurricane Sandy, and now this storm, where we're unable to play games, dealing with guys walking through snow to get picked up, roads not plowed.
"It's a tough situation to keep guys focused and prepared."
Springfield is scheduled to visit Tuesday night, and team president Howard Saffan said he expects to hold to schedule after losing Saturday's and Sunday's games to Friday's blizzard and its cleanup.
More InformationGame day
Springfield Falcons at
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
WHEN: Tuesday, 7 p.m.
WHERE: Webster Bank Arena
RECORDS: Springfield 28-11-3-3; Bridgeport 21-19-2-3
SEASON SERIES: Springfield leads 2-1.
LAST MEETING: The Falcons won 4-1 Jan. 20 at Bridgeport.
ABOUT THE FALCONS: G Curtis McElhinney earned his league-leading seventh shutout in 30 games Sunday in a 28-save, 3-0 win over Portland. ... Springfield took over the Eastern Conference lead with the win. ... LW Jonathan Audy-Marchessault is fourth in the AHL at 16-29-45. C Nick Drazenovic is fifth at 15-29-44; he has seven points in the past four games and 18 in the past 11. ... Captain Ryan Craig has at least one point in 14 of the past 17 games (8-13-21).
ABOUT THE SOUND TIGERS: Bridgeport had home games Saturday (Portland) and Sunday (Worcester) postponed by Friday's blizzard and its cleanup. ... The Sound Tigers haven't played in 10 days, the longest gap between regular-season games in team history. ... LW Nino Niederreiter went into Monday 20th in AHL scoring at 20-17-37. ... LW Brandon DeFazio still has a one-game league suspension to serve. ... The teams meet again a week from Friday in Springfield.
UP NEXT: Friday at Providence, 7:05 p.m.
-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO
"We plowed (Monday). Payloaders are coming (Tuesday)," said Saffan, who also heads Harbor Yard Sports and Entertainment, which operates Webster Bank Arena. "We're all set. Parking is going to be open; no problems."
Fairfield University's men's basketball team had been set to play Manhattan on Saturday afternoon; that game was first postponed to Monday night, but conditions weren't yet good enough at the arena, and as of Monday afternoon the city of Bridgeport still had a ban on travel. The Stags will play on campus Tuesday.
Saffan said the arrival of the payloaders will make a difference for Tuesday.
"It's not pretty in the city," Saffan said, "but it's certainly safe at this point."
The Sound Tigers last played Feb. 2, the day before the Super Bowl. Missing this weekend's games makes this the longest in-season layoff in the team's 12 seasons.
"They did the best they could to get the games played (but) it wasn't the best thing to do," Pellerin said. "They absolutely made the right decision in my opinion."
Saturday's and Sunday's games have yet to be rescheduled. Options are limited, and mostly in April, if the teams are to stick with last year's change prohibiting teams from playing four games in five days.
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