Mosienko Gets First AHL Opportunity

By Michael Fornabaio
Connecticut Post Online

SHELTON, Conn. – No one is expecting three goals in 21 seconds from the newest Bridgeport Sound Tiger. The team would be thrilled if forward Tyler Mosienko resembled his grandfather in any of several other ways.

The Sound Tigers signed Mosienko, grandson of the legendary Bill Mosienko, to a pro tryout contract, and he could make his AHL debut on Wednesday at Worcester.

“He’s a hard-working kid, a high-character guy,” coach Jack Capuano said. “He’s a little bit smaller (5-8, 175), but he brings it every night. He’ll bring some jam to the lineup, hopefully some skill to help us. He’s got good offensive instincts.”

Mosienko had 57 points in 63 games for Las Vegas of the ECHL this season after scoring 52 in 71 games last season. This is his third pro season; he was a junior-hockey teammate of Blake Comeau’s in the Western Hockey League.

“I want to start in my defensive zone, be sound there, and work hard,” said Mosienko, who turns 24 Friday. “Then, maybe, set up some plays, add a bit of skill to the lineup.”

Bridgeport will take what it can get. The New York Islanders took an eighth player from the Sound Tigers on Tuesday, calling up former Toledo goalie Joey MacDonald. Six Bridgeport forwards are in the NHL.

Mosienko may help bridge the gap.

“He’s a skill guy. He competes hard,” Capuano said. That’s in Mosienko’s blood. Bill Mosienko — who died in 1994, when Tyler was 10 — may best be remembered for scoring three goals in 21 seconds, the fastest hat trick in NHL history (and only one second slower than the fastest three goals by one team, period).

His 14-year NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks, and four subsequent strong seasons back home with Winnipeg of the then-professional Western Hockey League, made him a Hall of Famer.

The team that Tyler Mosienko joins plays two games in Worcester this week, needing points to keep up in the East Division race. The Sound Tigers are three points out of playoff position.

“You can’t predict what’s going to happen down the stretch,” Capuano said. “They’re playing within the team concept, and they’re having a lot of fun with each other. They’re giving everything they’ve got, and that’s everything you can ask an individual in life.”