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Bridgeport Islanders Notebook: Cory Schneider Makes Baby Isles Season Debut



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Cory Schneider may not have suited up for the New York Islanders, but the veteran goaltender made his first start for the Bridgeport Islanders on Sunday afternoon.

The appearance was Schneider’s third for Bridgeport since joining the Islanders organization last season. It was far from the effort that he had been hoping for in a 5-1 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Cory Schneider allowed all five goals in the Bridgeport loss while finishing the game with 30 saves. He has a 5.00 goals-against average and a .857 save percentage after the start.

It wasn’t all bad news for Schneider, who had been the New York Islanders’ backup for the first six games of the year. Cory Schneider made a nice save on a Ty Ronning point-blank chance off a 2-on-1 rush. The save allowed Bridgeport a chance the other way, which nearly turned into a Michael Dal Colle goal.

In a brief AHL stint last season, Cory Schneider had a 3.94 goals-against average and a 0.843 save percentage.


  • Thomas Hickey suffered a scary incident in Saturday’s 6-4 win over the Providence Bruins. The Isles defenseman took the skate of Chris Wagner to the side of the head. Bridgeport head coach Brent Thompson said that Hickey was fine and that the team is relieved it wasn’t anything more serious. “very dangerous. We’re very thankful that it’s just a cut,” Thompson told Michael Fornabaio of the Connecticut Post.
  • Goaltender Ken Appleby was reassigned to the Worcester Railers in the ECHL on Monday. Appleby made two starts for Bridgeport and went 0-1-1 with a 1.91 goals-against and a .951 save percentage.
  • Simon Holmstrom has five points (one goal, four assists) over his last four games, which includes a three-point night on Saturday. Holmstrom’s effort is a vast improvement over last season when he put up just seven points through the condensed 24-game schedule.

The Week Ahead

The Islanders have a busy week ahead of them with a pair of meetings with the Hartford Wolf Pack scheduled along with a meeting with the Springfield Thunderbirds sandwiched in between. The weekend slate starts with a game on the road in Hartford at the XL Center.

Bridgeport has already lost a pair of games to Hartford and has been outscored in the meetings by a combined score of 7-2.

They will return home on Saturday night for their fourth meeting of the year with Springfield at Webster Bank Arena. The Islanders defeated Springfield in overtime 4-3 in their home opener last month. Bridgeport will round out the weekend with another contest against Hartford.