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Even as losses pile up, fans still fill the seats
Phamtons lose but Fans keep coming
GLENS FALLS — It’s the last game of March. The home team is not only out of the playoff race but has lost 25 of its last 30 games.
But the stands were nearly full Saturday night as the Adirondack Phantoms took on Springfield. Even as the losses pile up in a lame-duck season, the fans keep showing up.
Charlene LaBrake expressed the sentiment of many fans: enjoy the hockey while it lasts.
The Phantoms made it interesting for the 4,608 in attendance on Saturday for Fan Appreciation Night, coming back from a 2-0 deficit before eventually losing 4-3 in a shootout. Kevin Goumas scored his first professional goal to give the Phantoms a 3-2 lead in the third period, but the Falcons tied it up less than four minutes later. Read More…
Chiarot, Redmond latest IceCaps pegged for recall to Winnipeg
Brendan McCarthy Published on March 31, 2014
The IceCaps, who finished up a six-game road trip with a 2-1 shootout loss to the Hershey Bears in American Hockey League action Saturday night, already knew they were in for a lengthy travel day Sunday, going from Philadelphia to Toronto, then on to St. John’s, with a substantial layover at Pearson International Airport in between.
But some mechanical issues with the aircraft on both legs of the trip meant the IceCaps’ long day became a little bit longer; they didn’t get back to St. John’s until Sunday night.
As for the shortfall on the blueline, the parent Winnipeg Jets recalled two defencemen — Ben Chiarot and Zach Redmond — from the IceCaps Sunday. The Jets, who are on western road trip and have games in Anaheim tonight and Phoenix Tuesday, lost rearguard Keaton Ellerby to an unspecified injury in a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. With Zach Bogosian already hurt, Grant Clitsome out for the season after back surgery and Dustin Byfuglien having been moved to forward, Ellerby’s injury left Winnipeg with just five healthy defencemen as it prepared for a stretch of three games in four days (the Jets have a home game against Pittsburgh on Thursday). Read More…
Red Wings add grit through free agency
BY STAFF – RED WINGS CENTRAL
The Detroit Red Wings have loaded up on young skill in the NHL draft over the past half-decade. Now, they’re using free agency to add young grit.
After signing former University of Michigan captain Luke Glendening late last year and watching him crack their lineup in a shutdown role this season, the Red Wings inked Lake Superior State graduate Colin Campbell last week with similar things in mind.
Campbell, who signed a two-year pact starting in 2014-15, is a burly 6-foot-1, 203-pound right-winger who recorded 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points in 36 games as an NCAA senior. He will finish the season in the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout with the Grand Rapids Griffins.
“He’s kind of in the mould of a Kirk Maltby,” said Lake Superior State assistant coach Tim Christian, a Grand Rapids, Mich., native who just completed his 10th season behind the bench with the Lakers. Read More…
Muse named CCM/AHL Player of the Week
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League announced today that Charlotte Checkers goaltender John Muse has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Mar. 30, 2014.
Muse stopped 105 of 108 shots in four appearances last week, going 4-0-0 with a 0.81 goals-against average and a .972 save percentage to propel the Checkers into a playoff position in the Western Conference.
Entering the week three points out of eighth place in the West, Charlotte got a 24-save effort from Muse on Tuesday night in a 2-1 road win over Iowa. Muse followed that up Wednesday with 22 saves and his fourth shutout of the season as the Checkers blanked the Wild, 7-0. As Charlotte returned home for a pair of critical weekend games against Oklahoma City, Muse stopped 32 of 34 shots plus five of six shootout attempts in a 3-2 victory on Saturday night, then came on in relief Sunday afternoon and turned aside all 27 shots he faced before going 4-for-5 in the shootout for a 5-4 victory. Read More…