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Leases in Albany/games elsewhere: Friday notes

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Albany announced that one-year lease extension that’d been reported earlier. So now next summer seems big for the affiliates of all three tri-state teams. Let the games begin. Hartford, the only one of those three teams actually still playing, twice built two-goal leads Friday night. And then Hershey scored four goals in a row, three […] [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]

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]

Three wins, franchises survive: Wednesday notes

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Micheal Haley had an assist and an empty-net goal to keep Worcester alive, in the playoffs and as an AHL franchise. The Bears have another shot to close out the series at home Friday and, if necessary, Sunday. (Almost 9,000 at Giant Center on a Wednesday night. Respect.) A couple of Conor Sheary goals (20 […] [Read More]

What it’s all about: Hartford postgame

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If you remember back in the day, an unremarkable PTO signing, showing up in No. 13, so unremarkable at the time that I wondered from a distance at practice if that was the return of an unremarkable AHL-contract guy Brett Gallant was more or less called up to fight Tim Wallace. They needed him to […] [Read More]

One back, one set back: Wednesday notes

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One change: Brett Gallant in for practice, Mike Halmo off. “(Halmo) wasn’t feeling as well today” after skating yesterday, Brent Thompson said. He’s not expecting Halmo to make the trip, or John Persson, either, though Persson skated again today with the team. Status quo otherwise; the rookie tryouts remained together, and that line (Eberle-Brooks-Markison) could […] [Read More]

Upper body, day-to-day (again): Thursday notes

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Harry Zolnierczyk remained out Thursday, and Brent Thompson didn’t sound hopeful he’d be back for the weekend. He’s termed day-to-day (upper body). Brett Gallant has practiced the past couple of days, no-contact. Doubt he’s in this weekend, either. Leni DiCostanzo remained in one net (and killed it at Rebound). Unfortunately for all our hopes of […] [Read More]

Goalies and Pirates: Wednesday notes

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Bridgeport practiced today without Griffin Reinhart, with his family after his grandfather passed away over the weekend, and Harry Zolnierczyk, who was expected to have an upper-body injury evaluated later today, Brent Thompson said. “(Zolnierczyk) played with it last game,” Thompson said. Things looked relatively similar otherwise except in goal, where Leni DiCostanzo filled in […] [Read More]