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]

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]