Alex Nedeljkovic continued his hot streak with a commanding performance, turning aside all 20 shots that he faced. The netminder helped shut down all four of the Sound Tigers’ man advantages on the night and stood tall during a 10-shot third period to earn his franchise-record eighth shutout in a Checkers sweater.
Bridgeport was similarly strong on defense but Aleksi Saarela was able to solve Christopher Gibson midway through the first, throwing a backhander through traffic for his seventh point in his last seven games and what would stand as the game’s only tally.
Vellucci on Nick Schilkey
He’s been good all year. Unfortunately there’s times he’s not in the lineup because of numbers, but when he is he makes it count. He gets a lot of ice time with power play, penalty kill and five-on-five. He’s just a complete player and I’m very proud of him.
Vellucci on if the team made a statement with back-to-back wins against the team with the league’s second-best record
I don’t know if it’s a big statement because we’re at home and we should be winning our home games. We just want to play well, do the right things and peak at the right time.
Nick Schilkey on following a 1-0 win with a 6-4 win
I don’t know if it’s anything we changed necessarily, but pucks kind of went in for us early there. We maybe let our foot off the gas at times there in the game and made mental mistakes that let them back in the game, but we stayed with it and that’s what’s really good about the game here tonight.
Schilkey on holding on when Bridgeport started to get back in the game
Coach talks about it a lot. There’s just no quit in this team and for some reason we’re always just so confident. That’s the reason we win so many games because confidence is so important.
Morgan Geekie on the fast start
It was good. We got on the board early and the guys were definitely into it after that. It was definitely a step in the right direction for us, and to get out on that right foot was really important.
Geekie on following a 1-0 win with a 6-4 win
I think it’s good. We’re pretty versatile and have a lot of guys who can do a lot of things. If we can go out there and play our game, no matter what the score is I think we’ll be good.