Article created: 11/01/2005 04:26:33 AM
Sound Tigers notebook - 11/1
STARTING BACK Wearing a green jersey to match his green stick,
Bridgeport Sound Tigers defenseman Allan Rourke skated Monday for the
first time since suffering a high ankle sprain Oct. 8. Neither he nor
the team wants to take any chances with the injury, but the 10-minute
twirl around The Rinks at Shelton after the team's regular practice
was still a first step toward returning. "I just tried to go through
the motions and see how it feels," said Rourke, who tried some turns
and took a few shots. Rourke mentioned the idea of returning as early
as this weekend, though he quickly pointed out how long a shot that
is. More realistically, he's hoping for next weekend, though he won't
rush it. "I'm going to need a good week of practice," Rourke
said. "You can't just jump right back into a game. I've got to feel
comfortable with it.
"It's going to be three more weeks (out)," he added, "if I injure it
Because he has never had his ankle taped up like this, comfort was in
short supply Monday; he said it felt like a cast. Still, it was a
small price to pay to be back on the ice.
ISLAND RHYTHMS Wade Dubielewicz was called up to the New York
Islanders to fill in for Rick DiPietro, who has a bruised knee.
Dubielewicz will likely back up Garth Snow tonight against Boston.
Unknown yet is whether Dubielewicz would be back in time for
Wednesday's home game against Norfolk, though the Islanders do expect
DiPietro back for Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh. Veteran
local Al Maio, was Bridgeport's emergency fill-in. Frederic Cloutier
would likely come up from Pensacola (ECHL) if Dubielewicz remained on
Kevin Colley also sat out Monday to see a doctor about his sore neck.
IF NOT FOR BAD LUCK Masi Marjamaki took five stitches on the inside
of his upper lip after taking an accidental stick to the mouth in
practice. By dumb coincidence, the stick belonged to Vince Macri, the
same player whose Oct. 14 hit in practice accidentally separated
Marjamaki's shoulder. ON CALL It was only a matter of time:
Pittsburgh called up center Erik Christensen and top defenseman Ryan
Whitney from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Monday. The Baby Penguins are 9-
0. Going the other way, Binghamton got a bit stronger as Brandon
Bochenski, an all-rookie-team forward last year, was sent down from
Ottawa. Norfolk got veteran forward Jason Morgan back from the
Blackhawks. CASH MONEY Peoria goalie Jason Bacashihua is the AHL
player of the week after going 3-0 in consecutive days with two
shutouts. He beat San Antonio 5-1 and 6-0, then defeated Houston 4-0.
TIME TO CHAT Darien native Ryan Shannon will participate in a live
internet chat Thursday at 2 p.m. on the AHL Web site,
www.theahl.com. MICHAEL FORNABAIO