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]

Monarchs reign over East: Wednesday notes

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It ends for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the conference final, a 3-1 loss to Manchester for a four-game Monarchs sweep and the future Ontario Reign’s first trip to the Calder Cup Final, which begins next weekend. Stamford’s Ryan Haggerty tied it in the second period, but Greenwich’s Sean Backman, off to the final, assisted […] [Read More]

Pack on the brink: Tuesday notes

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(on Wednesday) Hartford is going to need a massive comeback to reach the Calder Cup Final: Manchester beat the Pack 5-3 at the Mall to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Final. Sean Backman had another goal. Mackenzie Skapski did indeed replace Yann Danis as the starter; he made 29 of 34 saves. […] [Read More]

Even out West: Monday notes

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Dylan Larkin’s second pro game went OK: The latest hotshot Red Wings prospect scored his first two pro goals in the first period Monday night as Grand Rapids held on to beat Utica 4-2 and tie the Western Conference Final at 1. The series takes a few days off before they play Thursday, Friday and […] [Read More]
Categories: 'Round the League

Winner for DeFazio: Sunday notes

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The scoring was done early, and Brandon DeFazio got the game-winner in [Read More]
Categories: Alumni watch, RIP

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]

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]