Campoli's hat trick lifts Sound Tigers
By MICHAEL FORNABAIO
Chris Campoli, a low-round pick without much name recognition around
here before last week, is fast becoming the story of the Bridgeport
Sound Tigers' training camp.
Campoli's eighth-day exhibition of his abilities was a hat trick
Monday night in a 4-3 overtime victory against the Springfield
Falcons in front of 738 at The Rinks at Shelton.
"I wouldn't want to call him a surprise, but he's been a big
positive," goalie Wade Dubielewicz said. "Everybody's rumbling about
it, which is awesome."
Campoli has drawn raves daily from the Islanders and Sound Tigers
coaching staffs. He scored a goal and added two assists in
Bridgeport's preseason opener Friday.
"Obviously he's got some great stick skills, and he's a really good
skater," said Islanders and former Sound Tigers coach Steve Stirling,
who has helped lead Bridgeport's training camp. "He's got a smooth,
quick stride. He can go 200 feet and get up there."
Campoli scored 51 seconds into overtime off Bruno Gervais' second
consecutive assist, his second power-play goal in just over 12
minutes of play.
He had scored coming in from the point in the second period, then
blasted home the tying goal with 11:11 remaining.
No Sound Tigers defenseman had ever recorded a hat trick in any game,
whether in exhibition or in games that count.
"I came in and had a goal," Campoli said. "I wanted to get off to a
good start and make a good first impression."
Four goals in two games, even in exhibition play, isn't bad,
especially considering Bridgeport defensemen scored only 13 goals all
of last season.
Campoli is one of several new Sound Tigers who can add an offensive
dimension to what has been a team strength, the defense corps, since
the team's inception three years ago.
Still, six points in two games?
"This game is weird, in ways you can't explain. Right now, when I
touch the puck, it seems something good happens," Campoli
said. "Hopefully that carries through the season."
With under two weeks remaining before opening night, the first cuts
are due today. And with 23 players in camp already under contract to
the Islanders organization, there doesn't appear to be too much room
for many other players.
Checking out some younger players one more time, Bridgeport coach
Greg Cronin dressed seven defensemen and 11 forwards, making for
uneven forward lines and defense pairs. The Sound Tigers' coaches
mixed and matched most of the night.
Barrett Heisten had a goal and an assist for Bridgeport, and Nikita
Alexeev scored two power-play goals for Springfield.
The overtime decision with Evgeni Artukhin in the penalty box for the
third time, a hat trick of a different sort avoided the first Sound
Springfield2 0 1 0
Bridgeport1 1 1 1
1, Bridgeport, Heisten 2 (Morlang, Caponigri), 13:07. 2, Springfield,
Alexeev 1 (Artukin, Darby), 18:51 (pp). 3, Springfield, Craig 1
(Henrich, Ranger), 19:41. Penalties
Darby, Spr (tripping), 7:06; Henrich, Spr (tripping), 8:26;
Bergenheim, Bpt (charging), 14:24; Laplante, Bpt (holding stick),
4, Bridgeport, Campoli 2 (Koalska, Bergenheim), 17:02. Penalties
Bowman, Spr (tripping), 5:27; Holmqvist, Spr (holding), 9:15;
Caponigri, Bpt (high-sticking), 13:07; Artukin, Spr (hooking), 18:08;
Belak, Bpt (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:08.
5, Springfield, Alexeev 2 (Darby, Bowman), 2:12 (pp). 6, Bridgeport,
Campoli 3 (Gervais, Bayrack), 8:49 (pp). Penalties
Heisten, Bpt (high-sticking), :53; Artukin, Spr (hooking), 7:52;
Reid, Spr, minor-misconduct (roughing), 11:55; Caldwell, Bpt
(roughing), 11:55; Artukin, Spr (cross-checking), 20:00.
7, Bridgeport, Campoli 4 (Gervais, Heisten), :51 (pp). Penalties
Shots on goal
32. Bridgeport 4-9-16-1
Power play opportunities
Springfield 2 of 4, Bridgeport 2 of 6.
Springfield, Storr (9 shots-8 saves), Eklund 0-1, 12:30 second (21-
18). Bridgeport, Kochan (17-15), Dubielewicz 1-0, 12:30 second (15-
Falcons get first audition
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
By FRAN SYPEK
SHELTON, Conn. - After four years of major junior hockey in his
native Canada, Andre Deveaux was ready to turn pro.
A self-proclaimed "late bloomer," Deveaux did not sign with the team
that drafted him (Montreal) in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. A free
agent, Deveaux wasn't sure what course his professional hockey future
But when the defending Stanley Cup champions came calling, it
certainly caught Deveaux' attention and it didn't take him long to
accept their offer. He was invited to attend the Tampa Bay
Lightning's rookie team at a tournament in Traverse City, Mich. last
Deveaux displayed his strong, two-way play last night for the
Springfield Falcons, who opened the preseason portion of their
schedule with a 4-3 overtime loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at
The Rinks at Shelton.
"We really weren't looking to sign anyone, but he came in to camp and
earned a contract," Falcons coach Dirk Graham said of Deveaux.
Last night, both teams went with young lineups and started NHL
veterans in goal. Former Falcon Dieter Kochan played for Bridgeport,
with Jamie Storr in net for Springfield.
After Barret Heisten opened the scoring for Bridgeport at 13:07 of
the first period, the Falcons erased the deficit when Nikita Aleexev
and Ryan Craig scored 50 seconds apart late in the period.
Chris Campoli evened things at 2-2 with 2:58 left in the second
period, when he scored off Falcons relief goalie Brian Eklund.
After Alexeev scored his second goal of the game 2:12 into the final
period, Campoli answered with his second tally at 8:49 to tie the
score at 3-3. Campoli's power-play goal decided the game 51 seconds
Goals and assists aren't what will determine whether Deveaux earns a
job in the American Hockey League. He only need to continue the good
things he did during the rookie tournament to cement his spot on the
ICE CHIPS: The Falcons reassigned two goalies yesterday. Guillaume
Lavallee was sent to the Danbury Trashers (UHL) and Kevin Reiter was
assigned to the Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL) ... Defenseman Gerard Dicaire
will miss three weeks due to illness and J.F. Soucy is close to
resuming skating following an elbow injury ... The Falcons will
announce today when the Stanley Cup will be on display at the
Springfield Civic Center ... Five of the six veterans (Steve McLaren,
Darren Rumble, Jarrod Skalde, Terry Virtue and Shane Willis) did not
make the trip. Craig Darby (two assists) was the lone veteran on the