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Terry Brings on the Teddy Bears Toss in Bridgeport in 3-2 Loss



Bridgeport Islanders, Teddy Bear Toss

BRIDGEPORT, CT–On Saturday night, the Bridgeport Islanders hosted their annual Teddy Bear Toss night in partnership with Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital. Fans had the opportunity to throw stuffed animals onto the ice after the first Islanders goal of the contest, and all the Teddy Bears were collected to benefit those in the community in need this holiday season.

“All the toys are going to Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital Toy Closet program,” Bridgeport Islanders Community Engagement manager Sam Provost told NYI Hockey Now. “The player’s wives and girlfriends went out and bought 100 new toys to drop off today for another fundraiser that’s supporting them. So we got a few things going on.”

The Teddy Bear Hero

Just 5:34 into the first period, Bridgeport Islanders veteran Chris Terry notched a power-play goal for the Islanders. Samuel Bolduc and Ruslan Iskhakov were credited with the assist.


“It’s pretty fun. Obviously, it’s a league-wide initiative, and it’s pretty cool that a lot of the fans get behind and it’s fun to score that goal. Obviously you don’t get that reaction every time you score. So it was fun to be a part of,” Chris Terry shared with NYI Hockey Now following the game.


Chris Terry notched a power-play goal for the Islanders 5:34 into the first period for his sixth goal of the season. Samuel Bolduc and Ruslan Iskhakov were credited with the assist.

Fabian Lysell scored for the first time following a four-game absence due to a non-COVID-related illness. Lysell’s sixth goal of the season came 11:23 into the first period and Vinni Lettieri and Connor Carrick were credited with the assists.

Paul Thompson picked up his third goal of the season on a deflection in front of the net on a nice slapshot by Arnaud Durandeau for his 12th assist of the season 11:14 into the third period. Parker Wotherspoon was credited with the assist as well.

Connor Carrick tied the battle 2-2 15:19 into the final period of play for his second goal of the season. Both of his goals this season with Providence have been against Bridgeport at Total Mortgage Arena. Jack Ahcan and Luke Toporowski picked up the assist on the game-tying goal.

Fabian Lysell called game 54 seconds later, scoring the game-winner for his second goal of the night. Georgii Merkulov and Josiah Didier received assist credit.

Skarek Unhappy With Performance

Jakub Skarek is on a two-game losing streak in between the pipes. The 23-year-old isn’t making any excuses for his work in net.

“I would love to be the number one goalie, but it’s not going according to plan so far, but I will just keep working with our goalie coaches and trusting myself and trust our team, and hopefully, my personal performances will get better,” Skarek said.

Räty Returns

Aatu Räty made his return to the lineup. “He’s fully healthy and wasn’t a game-time decision,” Bridgeport Islanders Head Coach Brent Thompson said.

The 20-year-old finished the night with 3 shots on net. “I’m glad to have him [Räty] back. It was a great boost. I thought he played really well,” Thompson said postgame.

Nikita Soshnikov Misses Seventh Straight

Forward Nikita Soshnikov hasn’t been in the lineup for seven straight games, with his last game played being November 23rd against Hartford. Per Head Coach Brent Thompson, Soshnikov is dealing with a non-COVID-related illness and doesn’t have a timetable for his return.

Next up: The Bridgeport Islanders are back in action Sunday afternoon at the Providence Bruins with puck drop set for 3:05 eastern.