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Wishart enjoying productive streak for Sound Tigers

Updated 9:22 pm, Friday, February 8, 2013
  • Bridgeport Sound Tigers Ty Wishart during an American Hockey League game against the Portland Pirates played at the Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT on Saturday January 12th, 2013. Photo: Mark Conrad / Connecticut Post Freelance
    Bridgeport Sound Tigers Ty Wishart during an American Hockey League game against the Portland Pirates played at the Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT on Saturday January 12th, 2013. Photo: Mark Conrad

 

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BRIDGEPORT -- Set aside for the moment the goals, the assists, the box-score stuff. Take those away, and still, in the other two zones, Ty Wishart's doing good things for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Toss in five points in the past three games and it's an even better time for the longest-tenured Bridgeport skater.

"I want to keep that going," Wishart said. "The guys are playing great right now. We're putting some points up on the board. Hopefully we can make a little run here. I'm looking forward to Saturday."

Bridgeport is scheduled to play host to Portland on Saturday night and Worcester on Sunday. The Pirates came to town early Friday to beat the worst of the blizzard, and the Sound Tigers plan to have Webster Bank Arena ready for the crowd.

A point Saturday would match the longest scoring streak of Wishart's five-year pro career. He has picked up more power-play time in the past month or so, which has helped him pick up some more points.

He scored two goals Friday and added three assists in the next two games.

His even-strength and penalty-kill time has come along.

"I thought he had a really good camp, and his play kind of dropped off," Bridgeport coach Scott Pellerin said. "We talked about it. I like the way his conditioning level has gone up. He's worked hard.

"He's making smart plays with the puck," Pellerin added. "Earlier, he was making some low-percentage plays."

Wishart credits former NHL defenseman Eric Cairns, one of the Islanders' lead player-development men, with a lot of help over the past few weeks. Lessons from practice have paid off in games.

"I've been trying to do little right things," Wishart said.

Wishart was one of six Sound Tigers to get the call from the New York Islanders on Jan. 12 when the NHL lockout ended.

"Right off the hop I was excited to go up, really excited," Wishart said.

But then the Islanders claimed three defensemen off waivers, and Wishart was quickly sent back to Bridgeport.

"It adds a little fuel to my fire here," he said. "It got me going."

Pellerin has liked Wishart's positioning lately.

"Playing defense, you've got to have really strong fundamentals," Pellerin said.

"It comes down to habits, stick position, body position."

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