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Michael Fornabaio

Wrapper’s delight: Quotes, contracts, notes, etc.

Been a while since I’d seen the barn without the ice in and nothing else going on, just the bare floor. Know I’ve never seen that when they’d just played a road game 36 hours earlier. A few guys were on their way home, as we said, Saturday night and Sunday. A few more hit […] [Read More]

Thirteen Years Gone: Hartford postgame

So the last day. Poulin’s spectacular, hecklers be damned (we’ll take the sober ones over the drunk ones; that’s a rant for another day). One deflection by a guy untouched at the top of the crease. They can’t find a way to beat Dov Grumet-Morris, equally stellar, who robs Sundstrom on a power-play glove save […] [Read More]

Game 76/76: Hartford pregame

Last day of the year. Feels odd with Easter tomorrow, preceding the exit meetings Monday. Feels odd being on the road, for reasons mentioned earlier in the week. Last time around with this group. Last time to see some of them in these colors, or at least with that crest. But it’s that time of […] [Read More]
Categories: Hartford, Pregame

Splitting the vote: Fake Team Awards IX

Thanks to the electorate, increased over last year, which produced a couple of very close votes. I was worried for a while that one award would split three ways. It didn’t, but barely. Fan Favorite goes to Justin Johnson, by a vote over Brett Gallant and Scooter Vaughan. All good guys — team full of […] [Read More]
Categories: Fake Team Awards

Two to go: Adirondack liveblog

Last call, before we get to tonight: Fake Team Awards voting remains open until 11 tonight. Both awards can still be determined. The Phantoms wrap up their time in Glens Falls tonight, though there’s a lot to be determined about whether there’ll be someone replacing them next year (a lot to be determined everywhere, as […] [Read More]

The Drought at 11: annual playoff-winless examination

Let’s get this annual endless bit of exposition out of the way. It keeps growing, somehow. Used to be like one paragraph. Anyway. The Sound Tigers last won a playoff series in 2003. (Game 3 against Manchester was 11 years ago tonight, as it happens, also a Friday.) Since then, 25 of the other 29 […] [Read More]

Road to the End: Thursday notes

This last week with an eliminated team felt different from other seasons’ last weeks, and I think I figured out why yesterday, dumb as it sounds. This is the first time Bridgeport will miss the playoffs while finishing the season on the road. The first five times, the season ended at home. But there’s a […] [Read More]

Less-than-magic numbers: Late Wednesday notes

Stockton added Mathieu Gagnon and Andrey Pedan to their roster, leaving one spot open for everybody else. Adirondack beat Syracuse in a shootout, relegating Bridgeport to last place in the Northeast Division. (Adam Erne of North Branford scored his first pro goal for the Crunch.) Portland lost in a shootout to Albany (clinching a Devils […] [Read More]

Who are these… oh, wait: Wednesday notes

A different-looking Bridgeport team than we remember. Halmo with Langkow and Vaughan. Diamond with Holmstrom and Harris. Mangene alongside Gallant. Sundstrom with Antipin and Bruton. Donovan. Mayfield. It’s almost like a midseason practice. Almost. “There’s still guys like Hickman, Antipin, Holmstrom, Crus Rydberg, Harris, all the young defensemen,” Scott Pellerin said. “We’re still teaching the […] [Read More]

They belong to the World: off-day notes

The United States team that’ll seek our first non-Olympic world championship since 1933 will include Matt Donovan and Brock Nelson, USA Hockey announced Tuesday. The tournament’s in Belarus beginning May 9, and Peter Laviolette was named coach of the team earlier in the day. The Flyers were busy, signing Andrew MacDonald to a massive contract […] [Read More]