Sn 11 Ep 36: AHL 1415 Season In Review, the Season’s Biggest Stories

IceCaps Captain & PPPShow Alumn, Jason Jaffray is heading to Europe. A loss to the IceCaps and to the AHL.

AHL 1415 SEASON IN REVIEW BAK STUDIOS – This week on the Power Play Post Show, it’s all about the AHL 1415 Season in Review as Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff look back at the biggest stories of this season plus we bring back three great guests from this season in a mega Throwback Thursday set of interviews. The two hosts start the show off with the latest news and notes from around the American Hockey League including St. John’s IceCaps Captain Jason Jaffray leaving to play in Europe next season, a new General Manager for the Lake Erie Monsters, renovations for the Springfield Falcons and San Diego Gulls arenas and the Syracuse Crunch will be taking the Utica Comets to Lyon, France for the … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 35: Ken Cail Talks Monarchs AHL History After Cup Victory

Ken Cail Talks Monarchs AHL History

KEN CAIL TALKS MONARCHS AHL HISTORY BAK STUDIOS – This week on the Power Play Post Show, a Calder Cup Champion has been crowned and Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff discuss the American Hockey League‘s 79th anniversary league champion. The two hosts bring all the latest news and information from around the league including the WBS Penguins new Head Coach, Mike Sullivan, the new Springfield Falcons Head Coach, Ron Rolston and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms lose Head Coach Terry Murray to the Buffalo Sabres. Also, the two host start a discussion on whether or not the Utica Comets can or will repeat the success from this year to next year, not in the play on the ice but at the gate and in intensity at … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 5: Monarchs exit AHL as Champions

Lindsay A. Mogle/Utica Comets

MONARCHS EXIT AHL AS CHAMPIONS UTICA, NY – The Manchester Monarchs were the AHL’s best team all season long and finally reached the pinnacle of success tonight in winning the Calder Cup over the Utica Comets in five games. Too fast, too tough, too good. These could be words used to describe the Monarchs in the regular season and post season as divisional foes St. John’s, Portland, Worcester and Providence all learned in the regular season and Portland, Wilkes-Barre / Scranton, Hartford and Utica learned in the postseason. Manchester will soon come home to a celebration for their fans and when the confetti and noisemakers are cleaned up, the team will re-locate about 3,000 miles West and set up operations in Ontario, California with four … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 4: Monarchs 1 Win away from Calder Cup after 6-3 win

Photo by Bob Howard | PPPShow.net

MONARCHS 1 WIN AWAY FROM CALDER CUP AFTER 6-3 WIN UTICA, NY – Coming into Game 4, given the state of affairs that the Manchester Monarchs were in having lost Game 3 without the AHL MVP and losing their workhorse goaltender to injury, doubt started to creep in. Were the AHL’s regular season champions in trouble? Was Utica back in the series? The answer was a resounding no. Manchester takes Game 4 with an impressive 6-3 win and lead the best of seven series three games to one and can win the Calder Cup Saturday. Lineup notes…. Brian O’Neill was back from his injury from Game 1 that forced him out of Game 2. Steve Mastalerz backed up Partik Bartosak with J-F Berube still out … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 34: Calder Cup Finals Coverage & Andy Tonge

Calder Cup Finals Coverage

CALDER CUP FINALS COVERAGE BAK STUDIOS – This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff bring a jammed packed, mega episode to the fans of the American Hockey League. The two hosts start the show off with a breakdown of the Calder Cup Finals between the Manchester Monarchs and the Utica Comets, along with Host Bob’s thoughts atmosphere inside the Utica Memorial Auditorium and both hosts thoughts on the Alex Friesen non boarding call on the AHL’s regular season scoring champ and All-Star, Brian O’Neill that took the Monarchs top offensive player out of the game. The conversation then changes to the Mike Stothers press conference and thoughts on how and what media should push when asking questions to … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 3: Comets Edge Monarchs 3-2 to win game 3

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COMETS EDGE MONARCHS 3-2 TO WIN GAME 3 UTICA, NY – The Manchester Monarchs had never played a game at the Utica Memorial Auditorium in their history. Prior to Game 3 tonight, all the Monarchs knew about the arena known as, “The Aud” was that it was a historical building that sat in downtown Utica, located in central New York. Once the puck dropped though, it was the equivalent of walking into a beehive full of angry bees. There will be no Manchester Monarchs sweep. The Utica Comets take Game 3 by a score of 3-2 and trail the best of seven series two games to one. In front of a sellout crowd of 3,835, most of which stood in line for hours for tickets … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 2: No ‘Dowd’ about it, Monarchs win in OT, 2-1

Photo by: Bob Howard | PPPShow.net

No ‘Dowd’ about it, Monarchs win in OT, 2-1 MANCHESTER, NH – Heading into Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals, the Manchester Monarchs were 8-0 at home while the Utica Comets were 7-0 coming off of a playoff loss. Something had to give. Nic Dowd from the Manchester Monarchs continued the trend for the home team as the Manchester Monarchs take Game 2 by a 2-1 score and lead the best of seven series two games to none. There were lineup changes for both sides. Kevin Raine drew in for the injured Jeff Schultz on defense for the Monarchs and Nicklas Jensen drew in the lineup for Wacey Hamilton at forward. No change in goal for either side, as it was Jacob Markstrom for … Continue reading

Calder Cup Finals – Game 1: Monarchs need OT to take game 1, 3-2

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Monarchs need OT to take game 1, 3-2 MANCHESTER, NH – The two best teams in the AHL all season long locked horns for the first time all season up in Manchester, NH for Game 1 of the Calder Cup Finals in front of 8,155 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The home crowd went home happy, as they have every game they have witnessed this postseason. Michael Mersch’s game winning goal at 4:10 of the first overtime ensured that the Monarchs extend their record to 8-0 at home in the Calder Cup Playoffs. For the visiting Comets, who vanquished the Chicago Wolves in five, Oklahoma City in seven and Grand Rapids in six may have had a bit of tired legs coming into Game 1. They … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 33: Utica Comets Frankie Corrado & Writer Jessica Higham

Utica Comets Frankie Corrado

UTICA COMETS FRANKIE CORRADO BAK STUDIOS – This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff break down the Calder Cup Finals match-up between the Eastern Conference Champion, Manchester Monarchs vs the Western Conference Champion Utica Comets. The two hosts discuss the strong points to both teams going into this Saturday’s game 1 in Manchester and what the impact of the fans of the Comets will bring to games 3, 4 and 5. Predictions of the Calder Cup Finals and the players to look out for in this series were also discussed in the opening segment of the show. The two hosts also looked around the American Hockey League with news breaking this week for the Hershey Bears, the Charlotte … Continue reading

Sn 11 Ep 32: Rookie Standout Michael Mersch & Comets Brendan Burke

Rookie Sensation Michael Mersch

ROOKIE STANDOUT MICHAEL MERSCH BAK STUDIOS – This week on the Power Play Post Show, Hosts Bob Howard and Megan Reiff are back with another jammed pack edition talking about the American Hockey League‘s Calder Cup Playoffs and all the news and notes from around the league. The St. John’s IceCaps unveiled a new look to their logo, the AHL’s CEO & President of the league David Andrews talks about the All Star Game slated to be in Syracuse, NY along with the clarification on the amount of games being played by Pacific Division teams are all topics being discussed on this week’s show. Hosts Bob and Megan then breakdown the Eastern and Western Conference match-ups that include the Manchester Monarchs sweep of the Hartford Wolf … Continue reading