Islanders' AHL Affiliates Back To Reality After Hot Start

Metro HockeyCorrespondent INovember 28, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - NOVEMBER 27: Ruslan Fedotenko #26 of the Pittsburgh Penguins is stopped by Dwayne Roloson #30 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum on November 27, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Penguins 3-2.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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This is the first look at the American Hockey League affiliates of the three local NHL teams as the teams mark the first-quarter of the season.

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers, affiliate of the Islanders, started off the season on fire with a 4-0 record, but have since gone 5-10-0-1. The team did have some injury issues as well as a couple suspensions of the aggressors (Trevor Gillies and Pascal Morency), which is a reason the team leads the Eastern Conference with 558 PIMs just 20 games into the season. This is the first season for the Tigers back in the Atlantic Division after spending a few seasons in the East Division.

As for the team leaders on offense the Tigers are led by Greg Mauldin with seven goals along with Trevor Smith and Greg Moore with six each. Both Moore and Jesse Joensuu each have seven helpers on the year. Back to the penalty minutes; Morency leads with 87 and shortly followed by Gillies who has rung up 83 to date.

In goal, the Tigers have used three goalies so far. Journeyman AHL goalie Scott Munroe is 4-5-1 with a 2.75 GAA, while Nathan Lawson is 4-4 with a 2.61. Rookie Mikko Koskinen is 1-1 with a 2.45.

The Tigers have faced the Islanders local NHL rivals on the AHL level and have gone 1-2 against the Lowell Devils and 0-1 against the Hartford Wolf Pack.

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