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USHL Locals, Phase 2: Tuesday notes

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Phase 2 of the USHL Draft included locals Matt Gosiewski of Wilton (45th to Cedar Rapids), Alex Esposito of West Haven (57th to Muskegon), Adam Karashik of Ridgefield (83rd to Lincoln) Joe O’Connor of Hamden (140th to Sioux Falls), Jack Hoey of Fairfield (145 to Tri-City) and Will Brophy of Fairfield (254th to Omaha — […] [Read More]

Thompson (younger) drafted: Monday notes

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In Phase 1 of the USHL draft, Tyce Thompson, Brent’s younger son, went to Dubuque in the seventh round. Christian LeSueur, of Greenwich and Brunswick, went to Sioux City in the fifth round, and Sioux City also took Tommy Craft, a defenseman from Hamden, in the ninth. I always assume I’m missing locals, so let […] [Read More]

USA beats Russia; Arcobello nets winner

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The young Americans came up with a big World Championship win this morning in the Czech Republic. Milford’s Mark Arcobello scored the eventual game-winner, a sweet little move across the left circle on a two-on-one yielding to a wrister beating Sergei Bobrovsky, and the United States beat Russia 4-2 to take over first place in […] [Read More]

Top of the world: Sunday notes

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Grand Rapids came home and did what it had to do. The Griffins won three in a row at home, including Sunday’s 3-1 win over Toronto in Game 5, to take the series and move on to face Rockford. The conference semis begin Wednesday in three of the four series, the exception being Oklahoma City […] [Read More]

Favorites advance, off to Worcester: Saturday notes

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Chalk holds in the East for the first time in nine years… but just barely. Top-seeded Manchester survived, twice, with a 5-3 Game-5 win over Portland for its first series win in five years. The Monarchs led 3-0 early in the second, but the Pirates came back with three in the period, the last beating […] [Read More]

Hartford moves on; saving the last dance: Friday notes

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The Wolf Pack are off to Round 2 after coming from behind to beat Providence on defenseman Tommy Hughes’ goal early in overtime. Their opponent remains TBA because of Manchester-Portland affecting the rankings, whether from the top or the bottom, but Hartford is in. The teams combined for five minors in the last 13:30. Providence […] [Read More]

Playoffs elsewhere (almost everywhere), Daniels takes the fall: Thursday notes

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Ran up to Hartford this morning for a chat with Ryan Haggerty, with Game 5 of their series Friday night at the Former Mall. Down on the Island, Brock Nelson told Arthur Staple he’s off to Worlds. The U.S. tournament begins Friday morning against Finland; it’s on NBCSN at 10 a.m. The < full rosters […] [Read More]

Droughts/shots in elimination games: Monday notes

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Peter Botte of the Daily News ran a bunch of numbers on the Islanders’ playoff drought and tweeted them this morning. Turns out their winless streak runs pretty close to their farm team’s. Both streaks roll on. The Islanders put only 11 shots on Braden Holtby — only five years ago that their farm team […] [Read More]