EAST MEADOW, N.Y. – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will get some reinforcements as the Islanders’ AHL affiliate makes a push for the final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division.
Josh Ho-Sang, Adam Pelech and Connor Jones were loaned to the Sound Tigers Monday morning, which was announced just as the Islanders were beginning their exit interviews at Northwell Health Ice Center. Pelech has spent a majority of time in the NHL this season, while Ho-Sang and Jones spent most of the year in the AHL.
The Sound Tigers one point behind the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals, for a playoff spot. They take on Springfield on Friday and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday in the final two games of the regular season.
“I think it’s going to be a war,” Jones said on Monday about battling for an AHL playoff spot. “I think we have to win both games and hope another team loses, so it sucks to be in that position, but we had a fight up here and now we’re going to have a fight down there.”
Jones was solid during four appearances for the Islanders during the stretch run of the regular season, but getting back the offensively gifted Ho-Sang and a much more experienced Pelech will be a big boost for Bridgeport.
Pelech hasn’t appeared with the Sound Tigers since last season, but is looking to get some extra hockey in before the offseason.
“I’m extremely happy that I get a bit of an extended season,” Pelech said. “Hopefully we make the playoffs there and it’s a great run.”
Ho-Sang had been finding good chemistry with Michael Dal Colle and Josh Winquist when he was called up in March. Ho-Sang a major had an impact with the Islanders this season recording 10 points (four goals, six assists) in 21 NHL games.