Yikes, OKC

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Natural disaster strikes again in Oklahoma City: Another massive storm with tornado warnings left the OKC dressing room flooded and postponed Game 4; they’ll play Saturday and add a date Sunday. Mark Arcobello tweets. Nothing but good thoughts to those folks out there, who’ve put up with way too much from the sky the past […] [Read More]

Crunch, Barons go up

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Tyler Johnson did play, and he played in a game that went to the wire before an empty-netter gave Syracuse a 2-0 win over the Penguins and a 2-1 series lead. Richard Panik left early for the Crunch, though. Oklahoma City took the same series lead with a 4-1 win at home against Grand Rapids. […] [Read More]

Linkage catchup

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Syracuse tied up the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday but lost Tyler Johnson to what sounded like an inadvertent knee-on-knee with Chad Kolarik (who left briefly). Johnson didn’t practice yesterday; we’ll see if he goes tonight. Dylan Reese has remained out. Memorial Cup to Halifax behind huge performances from their draft-eligible kids. After we heard […] [Read More]
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Tornado relief in OKC

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A pretty neat gesture from the PHPA and the AHL: Ticket revenue from Wednesday’s Game 3 of the Western Conference Final will go toward relief for the OKC area, struck by tornadoes over two days last week.* There will be fundraisers at each game in Oklahoma this week. And Oklahoma City will definitely see three […] [Read More]

School partnership, locals to Europe

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Excellent and long-overdue news in high schools: The SCC and SWC announced a partnership beginning in the winter, teaming up to create a superpower hockey conference. The headliner is Notre Dame-Fairfield joining up with the SCC’s Division I powers like Fairfield Prep and Notre Dame-West Haven and Hamden; that part, hockey-only, was long-rumored (at least, […] [Read More]

Pens all the way back

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They pulled it off. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, dead in the water, facing the top team in the league, needing four in a row with the last two on the road… They pulled it off. Brad Thiessen made 34 saves for another shutout. He made 141 on 143 shots in those four wins. Chad Kolarik (other teams remain […] [Read More]

Islanders sign Chris Bruton/Griffins advance

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The Islanders announced they’ve signed right winger Chris Bruton to an NHL deal for next year. Looks like he brings some grit and toughness; he was also captain of the 2008 Memorial Cup champions in Spokane, scoring 10 points in 21 playoff games that year after 63 in the regular season. He’s worked his way […] [Read More]

Pens force Game 7

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There’ll be a seventh game Wednesday night in Providence, and you can thank or blame Brad Thiessen as appropriate. The Bruins were all over the Pens; Thiessen didn’t let a second one in, which gave Trevor Smith a chance to score the winner 3:26 into overtime. From Jonathan’s postgameblog: Smith scored the overtime game winner […] [Read More]

The 10th one’s the tricky one

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Switzerland was 9-0 at the World Championship through Saturday. But Sweden is the World Champion, coming back from an early deficit to win gold on Sunday. The U.S. coughed up a 2-0 lead in the bronze-medal game, but Alex Galchenyuk scored on back-to-back shootout attempts, one to keep the thing going and the next to […] [Read More]

Niederreiter, Switzerland looking golden

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The rest of the organization waits at home, but Nino Niederreiter’s playing for gold on Sunday. He scored the first goal on a two-on-one off a neutral-zone turnover, and he assisted on Reto Suri’s breakaway empty-netter (complete with Suri’s awesome leap-into-bench celebration) to put away Switzerland’s 3-0 win over the United States. First chance I’d […] [Read More]