Comeau's Big Apple stay comes to a conclusion
By Doyle Potenteau
Monday, May 1, 2006, 12:00 AM
Life in the American Hockey League lasted just seven games for Blake
Three weeks after getting called up by the Bridgeport Sound, the
Tigers' playoff run came to a quick, first-round end on Saturday.
For Comeau, it was the second time this month he suffered a post-
season KO, the first taking place on April 16, when the Kelowna
Rockets were booted from the WHL post-season by the Everett
"We lost, but it was still a good experience," Comeau said Sunday
from the New York Islanders' beach house on the Atlantic Coast.
Twenty-four hours earlier, the Tigers were eliminated from the Calder
Cup playoffs by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Led by two former
WHLers, the Penguins defeated Bridgeport 5-4 in Game 7 on home ice to
win the series 4-3.
Wilkes-Barre's win on Saturday was the only one by the home team in
the series, and all seven games were decided by one goal, a first in
the 70-year history of the Calder Cup.
"We won all our three games in their building, and they won their
(first) three in our building, so that was a bit strange." said
Comeau, who was called up by the Connecticut club 12 hours after
Kelowna's post-season elimination and just three days before the
Tigers' playoffs began.
"In Game 7, they got up on us a couple of goals, and even though we
played well, we couldn't finish."
In Game 7, former Brandon Wheat King Ryan Stone (Brandon) and ex-
Prince George Cougar Jonathan Filewich both scored third-period goals
for the Pens, who finished atop the East Division with a stellar
record of 51-18-5-6, good for 113 points and third overall league-
Former Kamloops Blazer sniper Erik Christensen also plays for the
Penguins, who will now face the Hershey Bears in second-round play
beginning Thursday. Comeau, wearing his familiar No. 14, netted three
assists through seven games for Bridgeport.
"It would have been nice to play more, but it was still a good
experience," said Comeau. "Wilkes-Barre was fun to play in; they had
crowds between eight and nine thousand. At Bridgeport, we had about
2,500 a game."
Also bigger were the paycheques he received. As a veteran with the
Rockets, the 20-year-old winger took home around $120 every two
weeks. With Bridgeport, the Tigers paid him $200 a game plus per
"Actually, making the adjustment to the AHL was easier than I thought
it'd be," said Comeau. "Now we have some exit meetings with (New York
Islanders') general manager Mike Milbury on Tuesday and then I'll be
going home to Kelowna sometime in the week. Now that the playoffs are
over, I'm itching to get back to see family and friends."
ICE CHIPS: While Comeau's playoff run is over, several former Rockets
are still in the postseason hunt in the NHL. They include: Vaclav
Varada (Ottawa Senators), Brett McLean (Colorado Avalanche), Scott
Hannan, Josh Gorges, Scott Parker and Kyle McLaren (San Jose Sharks),
Shea Weber and Vern Fiddler (Nashville Predators), Chuck Kobasew,
Richie Regehr and Carsen Germyn (Calgary Flames), Todd Fedoruk and
Travis Moen (Anaheim Mighty Ducks), and Sheldon Souray (Montreal