Goalie McAdam productive for Sound Tigers... in both ends
BRIDGEPORT — In four games this season with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, goalie Eamon McAdam has faced 72 different skaters. He has held 64 without a goal, 53 without a point.
He has also outshot 20 of them.
McAdam has started his AHL season 4-0, allowing two goals in each game, but stopping 113 shots.
“(Confidence) comes every time I get in a game,” McAdam said. “I think every game I’m getting more comfortable.”
He has areas to work on; he’s only a couple of months into his pro career, after all.
But coach Brent Thompson likes the way McAdam tracks the puck.
“He’s been square. His compete level is great,” Thompson said. “He’s playing with a little bit of confidence.
“I’m happy with the way he’s working.”
McAdam, a third-round pick in 2013 for the New York Islanders, played the last game of last year’s regular season after signing out of Penn State. He started this season with Missouri (ECHL) and came up because Christopher Gibson was (and remains) out injured.
He didn’t remember any particular game that brought things together for him.
“It might’ve been in training camp,” McAdam said. “I put in a lot of work over the summer. I had my foot in the door, so I had a little idea of what I’d be needing to do, what to work on.
“Training camp was pretty cool, getting an opportunity to play against NHL players.”
Friday, on the way to an overtime win against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he added his name to a short list of Bridgeport goalies with a shot on goal.
“I honestly had to make a play. It was kind of rolling in, and I thought their guy was going to beat us to it,” McAdam said
“(The Penguins) kind of fanned out on D. (Ben Holmstrom) was coming down the middle, but it would’ve been a hard pass.”
A few strides in front of his crease, McAdam took the open lane right up the middle. Penguins goalie Casey DeSmith sticked it away.
Shots on goal by goalies are rare, but not overly so. Grand Rapids’ Eddie Pasquale has one this season. There were four in the AHL last year and two the year before that, including Reto Berra’s empty-net goal for Lake Erie.
McAdam’s was the first by a Bridgeport goalie in more than six years. Nathan Lawson and Scott Munroe each had one in 2009-10, and Lawson had one the year before, as well. Rick DiPietro had two in 2002-03.
Thompson said he likes the way McAdam handles the puck. The goalie usually appears on the ice well before games, stickhandling by himself.
“I’ve always been able to shoot the puck really well, but I wasn’t very confident going out of the net,” McAdam said.
“That ability has grown. It’s starting to mature, and it’ll continue to mature.”
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