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Bridgeport Sound Tigers to Play Condensed 24 Game Schedule This Season

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The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will play this season, but like their NHL counterparts, it will be in front of an empty arena.

The AHL released its 2021 schedule on Friday for what league president Scott Howson described as “a season unlike any other in our 85-year history.” The Sound Tigers will play 24 games this year and only face the Providence Bruins and Hartford Wolfpack.

The Sound Tigers are playing in the smallest of the five AHL divisions this season, with only two other teams in it.

Bridgeport will play all of its home games at Webster Bank Arena, but no fans will be allowed in the building. The team is providing season ticket holders with complimentary subscriptions to AHLTV this season, the Sound Tigers said in a press release.

“While we would be thrilled to have an arena full of cheering fans watching the Sound Tigers play, the health and safety of our fans, players and employees remain the organization’s top priority,” Bridgeport President of Business Operations Brent Rossi said in a media release. “In accordance with state and local protocols regarding public gatherings, the team will play without fans in attendance. All games will continue to be broadcast live through the AHLTV platform and the team’s online radio network.”

The Sound Tigers will open the season on the road against Providence on Feb. 5. They won’t play their first home game until Feb.13 when they host Providence at Webster Bank Arena.

“Our priorities are first and foremost health and safety,” Howson said in a statement about the upcoming season. “Our main objective is to provide a safe environment for our players to continue their development towards a career in the National Hockey League.”

The AHL had been working towards putting together some form of a season for some time now. Three of its member clubs relocated for the 2020-21 season, including Providence which will play in Marlborough, Mass.

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Kyle MacLean Records 1st Pro Goal in Bridgeport’s Home-Opening Loss to Providence

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Ideally, Kyle MacLean would have been celebrating his first professional goal along with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ first win of the season. Nevertheless, it was a milestone afternoon on Saturday during the Sound Tigers 5-3 home-opening loss to the Providence Bruins.

MacLean’s goal came in the second period of a 2-2 hockey game and 3:12 left in the middle frame. The Sound Tigers had a 2-on-0 rush with MacLean and A.J. Greer charging into the Providence zone. MacLean passed the puck off to Greer, who sent it right back to MacLean for the goal.

“I jumped off the bench there and then I thought I had a breakaway,” MacLean said. “I thought it was just me and then I heard the bench scream that I had two. I looked over and (Greer) was there and  I just thought that was the play. I slid it over and he made a great pass back and I was able to bury it.”

The goal put the Sound Tigers up 3-2 briefly before they allowed three third period goals on their way to their third straight loss of the young season. Still, MacLean was able to find a way to enjoy the special moment.

“It was exciting and it was great to get the first one out of the way,” MacLean said.

Kyle MacLean is in his first year in the pros after spending the prior five seasons in the OHL with the Oshawa Generals. If the last name sounds familiar, well it should.

Kyle MacLean is the son of longtime NHLer John MacLean, who spent the majority of his career with the New Jersey Devils.

“In probably every way I kind of owe a lot to him for teaching me from a young age,” Kyle MacLean said about his father John earlier in the week. “I still talk to him after the games. I still talk to him after the practices. His knowledge being available to me and he’s a coach by nature as well. Just talking to him about the game, and my game specifically, has be been immensely helpful for me and my career.”

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Bode Wilde, Samuel Bolduc Get Taste of NHL During Islanders Camp

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Before the Bridgeport Sound Tigers formally opened training camp last week, several of their players were getting a look at what life at an NHL training camp was like, including two young defensemen.

Bode Wilde and newcomer Samuel Bolduc spent time with the Islanders during the NHL training camp that opened at the beginning of January. Wilde, Bolduc and the other young defensemen that were on Long Island did so well during camp that Islanders head coach Barry Trotz even praised them on several occasions.

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Wilde, in particular, got a specific mention from the Isles bench boss during camp.

“I was really impressed with a guy like Bode Wilde,” Trotz said. “This is a big opportunity for him.”

Bode Wilde called the experience “really cool” and enjoyed the smaller camp size, which allowed him to get more reps in.

“Being able to have more of those one-on-one experiences with the coaches,” Wilde said. “Just to get a little more feedback than usual and then less prospects being there you get more chances to interact and have reps with the NHL guys. That made it kind of cool for us to get to know them and be around them. Talk to them a little bit more than usual.

“That was probably one of the cooler parts about it for me was just to get to know those guys a little better.”

This year was a bit of a different experience as well for Bode Wilde, who felt this was the first year he had a legitimate chance of making the NHL roster. His first training camp two years ago he approached it as a way to just gain experience and then last year he was limited due to the ankle injury he had suffered over the summer.

And as Trotz seemed to point out himself to the media, the Islanders coaching staff liked what they saw out of Wilde.

“I think the coaches liked what they saw from me and they thought I made some strides from last year over the summer,” Wilde said. “I think the number one thing they wanted to see me work on is just a little execution. Just being sharper through and through. That’s my focus here in Bridgeport.

“That’s probably the biggest takeaway, other than that, I think they want me to be myself out there on the ice and that’s pretty reassuring.”

For Samuel Bolduc, he thought he had gotten off to a slower start in camp but felt more comfortable as time went on. The 20-year-old defenseman also worked a bit with veteran Johnny Boychuk.

Boychuk ended his NHL career in November, but has remained around the team and has been helping the coaching staff.

“He talked a lot to me about things I can do,” Samuel Bolduc said. “What’s really important in the NHL to be a good player. And to be able to have some success with the Islanders.”

Wilde and Bolduc are back in Bridgeport now as the Sound Tigers prepare for the start of their season in a few days. The Sound Tigers are in a rather unique situation with only two other teams in their division.

That means their entire schedule is comprised of games against the same two opponents — the Providence Bruins and Hartford Wolf Pack. Despite the oddity of if their mission remains the same.

“We still want to make sure all these players are read for the Islanders at any given point,” Sound Tigers coach Brent Thompson said. “Whether it’s a transfer up to the taxi squad or right directly to the Islanders. The approach is the same way. We want to  make sure their condition is ready, we’re working on their skills constantly and the systems are tight with what the Islanders expect.

“For me, there’s not a lot of difference as far as preparation on the intensity level that we have to have in practice.”

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When the New York Islanders sent Andrew Ladd to AHL Bridgeport he could have gone there with sour grapes and hard feelings. First, it was a conditioning stint, and then it was a more extended stay.

All in all, Ladd appeared in 34 games for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers last season, while only playing in four regular seasons games with the Islanders. While Ladd has struggled to find a place in the Islanders’ lineup, the Sound Tigers were more than happy to have his NHL experience on their roster last year.

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