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]

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]

No gold: U.S. loses in semis at Worlds

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Russia got its revenge, scoring four in the third to beat the United States 4-0 at the World Championship semifinals today. The U.S. had chances, but Sergei Bobrovsky came up with 35 saves. So, the Americans’ non-Olympic gold medal drought reaches 82 years at the World Championship (and no non-Olympic silvers since 1950). Mike Smith […] [Read More]
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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]

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]