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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: The Islanders’ style helped steal them Game 5

Game five of the New York Islanders series with the Pittsburgh Penguins was dominated by the latter, especially in the shots on goal department, but it was the Islanders who emerged victorious thanks to some terrific play by rookie goaltender Ilya Sorokin and Barry Trotz’s bend but don’t break system. ...

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Mandell: In-game changes helped Barzal thrive in Islanders’ game four win

The New York Islanders evened up their series at 2-2 with the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday afternoon with a much needed 4-1 win. After dropping games two and three, Islanders fans have been calling for Mathew Barzal to step up and produce. He showed up on the scoresheet in game three ...

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Mandell: Islanders biggest absence so far is the power play

The New York Islanders split the opening two games in Pittsburgh to open up their first-round matchup in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite playing in two close games, the Islanders have had their fair share of absences, but none of them have been as glaring as the power play. To ...

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Mandell: IslesBlogs thoughts on the Bridgeport rebrand

Last week the Bridgeport Sound Tigers announced a series of changes, looking to connect the team with its NHL affiliate, the New York Islanders. The Islanders AHL affiliate was renamed the Bridgeport Islanders and the Sound Tigers logo was replaced with a new logo. 𝐖𝐞 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐈𝐬𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐫𝐬.» https://t.co/MDKQ0b1iIf pic.twitter.com/KFZ3RRKhcx— ...

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Mandell: Islanders will need more from Barzal in game two

The Islanders won a thrilling overtime game, 4-3 over the Pittsburgh Penguins, to open the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. There were many positives to point out in the game, such as Ilya Sorokin’s strong debut, Kyle Palmieri’s two-goal effort and the win itself. But the game was far from perfect ...

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Mandell: Recapping the Sound Tigers’ 20-21 season

The 2021 season came to an end last week for the New York Islanders AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. This season was also the final season that the team would go by that name, after they announced the clubs plans to rename the team the “Bridgeport Islanders.” Still the ...

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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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