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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]

USA to World Semis: Thursday notes

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Congratulations to Team USA for its 3-1 win over Switzerland. Your reward is another crack for Russia with a ticked-off Alex Ovechkin arriving in town. Never easy. The Americans took care of their business, coming from behind after an early Roman Josi goal with three goals in a row, beginning with Ben Smith and Charlie […] [Read More]

Haggerty scores for Hartford: Monday notes

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Ryan Haggerty’s first career playoff goal helped Hartford to a 3-1 win at Worcester over Hershey to even that series at 2. There’ll be a Game 6 in Hartford on Friday. Yann Danis made 22 saves on 23 shots; Jon Landry scored for Hershey in the third period with an assist to Steve Oleksy, but […] [Read More]

Multiple overtimes: Thursday notes

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Like an hour and a half after Game 1 needed three overtimes, Game 2 was decided in about 45 minutes: Manchester got three points apiece from Jordan Weal, Brian O’Neill and Michael Mersch, and the Monarchs lead the series 2-0 after a 5-2 win tonight. They’ll go to Wilkes-Barre for two or three games. The […] [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]

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]