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Lead for Utica (without DeFazio): Thursday notes

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Dodging raindrops, thunderclaps and requests for further updates on an 8-2 lacrosse game… Sven Baertschi’s natural hat trick led Utica to a 4-1 win over Grand Rapids and a 2-1 series lead. One Cory Conacher finally scored his second goal of the playoffs to finish it off. Game 4 is Friday. Brandon DeFazio sat out […] [Read More]

That time of year: Stretch traded, Wednesday notes

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C.J. Stretch, Brent Thompson said this morning, is a really nice player on a good team. When the Sound Tigers signed him, that’s what they were hoping to be. Oklahoma City’s leading the Western Conference; that’s what they are. They know Stretch well. And they wanted him, and today, the Sound Tigers sent him back […] [Read More]

Killing them: WBS postgame

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We are eight days shy of the 10th anniversary — seriously? How the heck — of the seven-second-delay game, in which Greg Cronin let loose on a Wes McCauley no-goal call in his postgame interview, complete with visual aids (the game film). Brent Thompson didn’t break out video on us for this one, so it’s […] [Read More]

Sivak, day-to-days, etc.: Wednesday notes

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Sorry for the delay. Computer problems, another assignment… ah, you don’t care. The newsiest bit, anyway, was that Colton Gillies wasn’t on the ice. Just banged up and day-to-day, Brent Thompson said. Peter Sivak, back up from Stockton, was alongside Johan Sundstrom and Justin Courtnall today. “He’s going to play,” Thompson said of Sivak. “He’s […] [Read More]

Grit, bounceback, loss: Hartford postgame

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Better, not great, and not a win. Funky finishes, with four-minute power plays and three-on-three (“that’s not playoff hockey“). Hey, about those four-minute power plays. Those six power plays from the start of the second period on. “You’re in your zone. It’s intense. You’re blocking shots,” Brent Thompson said. “To me, it’s a big piece […] [Read More]

Living for a dream: Tuesday notes

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What day is it? Yeah. New Islanders goalie David Leggio’s mask made the rounds on Twitter today; from David Gunnarsson, it’s a pretty neat design that honors the Big Club’s history. Catchup: Bill Ballou reported that Worcester has signed ex-Quinnipiac and Sound Tigers forward Jeremy Langlois (possibly paywalled, and hat tip Darryl Hunt). Bill also […] [Read More]

Clearing the zone, clearing lanes, clearing snow

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(Little snow.) This morning kind of went the way the first goal went. I’m pretty sure every PKer had the puck on his stick at one point on that shift. I think it went Langkow, Bruton, Keenan, Mayfield (who’d earlier in the shift had a pretty good stick-in-lane to break up a pass). They all […] [Read More]

Comebacks, morning style

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A little 11-on-11 game-situations scrimmage this morning, complete with power plays, four-on-fours, extra-attacker situations at the end to let the orange team try to catch up. They had a shootout — game-ready, complete with Scott Pellerin chasing players back to the bench during attempts — with each goal counting. That did let orange catch up. […] [Read More]