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Monarchs win Game 1 vs. Hartford

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First game in the Eastern Conference Final to the Manchester Monarchs: Nic Dowd and Michael Mersch (his second) scored in the second period to break a 1-1 tie, enough to withstand Mat Bodie’s third-period goal in a 3-2 win at Verizon Wireless Arena. J.F. Berube made 24 saves for the Monarchs against Yann Danis’ 22. […] [Read More]

Comets hit Barons/adieu, Dave: Wednesday notes

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Utica completes the final four in the AHL with a 1-0 win over Oklahoma City in Game 7 of the Western Conference semis. Alexandre Grenier scored with 12:49 left in the game, and Jacob Markstrom (in the company of Johnny Bower in the history books, per the AHL) made 35 saves. So that’s it for […] [Read More]

Game 7, All-Star Game, stolen stuff: Monday notes

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There’ll be a Game 7 in the AHL this year: Oklahoma City got goals from Brad Hunt and Ryan Hamilton and 33 saves from Richard Bachman, surviving Sven Baertschi’s late goal to beat Utica 2-1. Game 7 is Wednesday in Utica. David Andrews has called for the youth of the American League to convene in […] [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]

For Bridgeport, new division, old flavor

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The AHL announced its 2015-16 alignment today, which could mean we’ve seen the last of the hectic franchise movement (Albany’s official re-upping was the last public semi-question-mark, though that one-year extension had seemed done since at least the end of the season). For Bridgeport, it’s an interesting mix, throwback in some ways: Hartford, Providence, Springfield, […] [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]

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]

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]