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Big night for Backman: Saturday notes

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Manchester claimed a 2-0 series lead tonight with a back-and-forth 7-4 win over Hartford in ManchVegas. The Monarchs led 2-0 early, but Hartford took a 3-2 lead 12 minutes into the second. By the end of the period, the Monarchs had a 5-3 lead — with two goals in the last 50 seconds, one of […] [Read More]

Bronzed: Sunday notes

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We’re No. 3. Connor Hellebuyck made 39 saves, Nick Bonino opened the scoring from Brock Nelson in the first period, and the U.S. beat the host Czech Republic 3-0 to take bronze at the World Championship. Farmington’s Bonino picked up a double minor for high-sticking in the second, but soon after he assisted on Charlie […] [Read More]

Hartford moves on: Friday notes

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The East Division over the past decade had provided the AHL with Calder Cups for Norfolk and Binghamton and Philadelphia and, of course Hershey; with finals appearances for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Syracuse. And it’s now out of business. The AHL’s new alignment cobbles bits of the East, Northeast and Atlantic into a new Atlantic next year, […] [Read More]

Pack closer: Wednesday notes

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Chris Mueller tied it late, then won it short-handed to give Hartford a 3-2 series lead going back to the XL Center. The Wolf Pack took a too-many-men penalty at 11:13 of overtime. Mueller scored 26 seconds later. Game 6 is Friday. Steve Oleksy had a couple of assists for Hershey. Oklahoma City evened up […] [Read More]

Pens back/RIP, Post legend: Saturday notes

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton stayed in their series, getting goals from Bryan Rust and Tom Kostopoulos and survived a late Manchester goal to win Game 3. The Monarchs lead 2-1 with Game 4 on Monday. (Also, thanks to Jeff for pointing out that I gave Hershey too much credit last night. They’re tied with Hartford going to Worcester.) […] [Read More]

Keeping Jonathan here longer: Wednesday notes

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Zach O’Brien scored at 4:13 of the third overtime — 17th-longest game in AHL history, five seconds away from 16th — and Manchester opened the series with a 4-3 win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Lucky them, they play Game 2 in like an hour and a half. They went to overtime in Hershey as well, but the […] [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]

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]