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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 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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Bridgeport finally defeats Providence behind special teams

It took the Bridgeport Sound Tigers four games, but they finally picked up a win in a 3-2 victory over the Providence Bruins on Thursday, after losing their first three meetings this season. The Sound Tigers power play carried the team in the third period, scoring both goals and going ...

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The Sound Tigers finally get in the win column

The 2021 AHL season has not had the kindest start for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, but the team turned things around on Wednesday with a 5-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack. The Sound Tigers needed to grind out the win after trailing three separate times throughout the game. "The ...

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Ho-Sang staying in SHL with Linkoping HC

Former Islander’s first-round pick Joshua Ho-Sang was reassigned to Linkoping Hockey Club, another team in Sweden, on Sunday afternoon. The move comes after Ho-Sang’s loan with Orebro was terminated after playing just five games with the club. In his five games with Orebro, Ho-Sang picked up just one assist. The 2014 ...

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Islanders ink Robin Salo to entry-level deal

The Islanders officially signed defenseman Robin Salo, their second-round pick from the 2017 entry draft, to a two-year contract on Friday afternoon. The contract Salo and the organization agreed on counts toward this season, despite him finishing his season in the Swedish Hockey League with Orebro HK. Salo could have ...

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