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Ben Mandell

My name is Ben Mandell and I currently reside in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. I work at a local newspaper called the Times Leader, where I cover the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Wilkes University men's ice hockey, and other local high school and college sports. Here at Isles Blog, I will be providing Bridgeport Sound Tigers coverage, prospect coverage and other Islanders opinion pieces.

Mandell: Islanders goaltending makes them dangerous heading into the playoffs

It isn’t a secret that the New York Islanders haven’t been playing their best hockey of late. They have struggled to score goals and haven’t looked like the team fans have grown accustomed to seeing under head coach Barry Trotz. That being said, the Islanders are still a respectable 6-7-1 ...

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Mandell: Prospect Adams joining Bridgeport at good time

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Islanders’ prospect pool received a boost on Wednesday when University of North Dakota’s Collin Adams agreed to a two-year, two-way contract starting next season. Adams was the Islanders sixth-round pick in 2016 and has developed into a talented center during his four-year tenure starring ...

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Mandell: Addition of Zajac could be big for the Islanders

The big news on Wednesday evening for the New York Islanders was that they acquired a top-line winger to play with Mathew Barzal and Jordan Eberle in Kyle Palmieri. But they also brought in another piece in the trade that could be big, Travis Zajac. The longtime New Jersey Devils ...

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Mandell: Islanders still searching for leadership with Boychuk and Lee absence

One of the most important parts of championship-caliber teams are leaders, and last season the Islanders had two really good ones in captain Anders Lee and defenseman Johnny Boychuk. Now in the stretch run of the 2021 regular season, the Isles have Boychuk in a suit with general manager Lou ...

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Mandell: Islanders need to show Barzal more support

When you are a star in the National Hockey League, you are given different expectations and are held to a higher standard. Islanders’ forward Mathew Barzal isn’t an exception to this and his recent actions haven’t been living up to those expectations and standards. In 12 games this March, Barzal’s ...

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Bridgeport recap: Scoring still an issue for the Sound Tigers

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers have played two games in the month of March so far, both against the Providence Bruins (8-2-1-0). The Sound Tigers scored one goal in the two games, coming off the stick of Dmytro Timashov.  Scoring has been an issue in this unorthodox season for Bridgeport, where ...

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Mandell: The return of Josh Ho-Sang could benefit both he and the Isles

There has been a lot of drama involving the Islanders and the once highly-touted prospect, Joshua Ho-Sang. Currently, the 25-year-old has been loaned overseas to play with Linkoping HC in Sweden. Before that, he played five games with Orebro, another team in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Ho-Sang scored his first ...

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