A look into the world of the American Hockey League outside of just the normal game re-caps.
Petrovek resigns from the Pirates
By Chris Roy | Maine Hockey Journal
PORTLAND – The Portland Pirates announced on Monday that Brian Petrovek has resigned from the organization after 14 years as the team’s CEO and managing partner.
The announcement came via a press release from current Pirates’ majority owner Ron Cain and Governor Lyman Bullard.
“Brian is at the top of his game – our loss will be another’s gain,” said Cain in a written statement. “What Brian and his family have contributed to the business over the past fourteen years, from hosting two AHL All Star Classics, securing successful relationships with NHL affiliates during times when the team’s future was uncertain, to his tireless efforts during the Civic Center’s successful bond renovation campaign, let alone all the work he and his wife have done locally serving on a myriad of civic, community and charitable boards, has been second to none and will be missed.”
Petrovek, along with Boston lawyer Lyman Bullard, were a part of an ownership group looking to purchase a minor league sports franchise in New England. They ultimately purchased the Pirates in 2000 from former owner Dave Fisher and Shawnee Peak’s CEO Chet Homer, who purchased the remaining shares owned by Joyce Ebright in 1998 after the death of her late husband Tom Ebright. Read More…
With series tied 1-1, Monarchs face adversity hitting the road
By JOHN HABIB New Hampshire Union Leader
Usually a split on home ice for a higher-seeded playoff team isn’t a bad thing. That’s not the case for the top-ranked Manchester Monarchs who, at no fault of their own, face the challenge of winning two road games this week against the eighth-seeded Admirals at the Norfolk Scope Arena.
“It doesn’t seem right, but those decisions are beyond our control,” said head coach Mark Morris of the American Hockey League playoff schedule which gives Norfolk the home ice advantage for the rest of the series.
Game 3 of the best-of-five 2014 Calder Cup Eastern Conference quarterfinals series resumes Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. Game 4 will be held Friday at 7:30 p.m. and if needed, the decisive Game 5 will be played Saturday at 7:15 p.m.
Last Friday Manchester, behind goalie J.F. Berube’s 30-save performance, captured Game 1 with a 2-0 triumph at the Verizon Wireless Arena. On Saturday the Admirals rallied back from a two-goal deficit for a 3-2 win. Read More…
Admirals hope winning ways at home continue vs Marlies
By Dave Boehler, Special to the Journal Sentinel
To start at home or end there, that is the question some higher seeded teams face in the American Hockey League playoffs.
Because of the distance between Toronto and Milwaukee and to ease the travel, the third-seeded Marlies got to choose the format for their first-round matchup with the sixth-seeded Admirals.
Instead of hosting the first two games and then heading to Milwaukee for Game 3 (and 5 and 6, if necessary), North Division champion Toronto elected to come here for the first two games at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
“We’d probably do the same,” said Milwaukee coach Dean Evason, whose team finished third in the Midwest Division. “The thought process is you look for the split here and then you’ve got three at home. I think most teams would do it. I don’t know what stats say, but unfortunately we haven’t been in that position to make that call.”
The AHL went to a best-of-five format for the first round in 2011-’12, and higher-seeded Abbotsford decided to open the first two games in Milwaukee. The Heat won, 6-2 and 4-2, en route to a sweep of the Admirals. Read More…
Phantoms gone, but reminders remain
The Adirondack Phantoms hockey team has left Glens Falls, but the Phantoms “Thank You” banners are still up on utility poles along the block of Glen Street by the Glens Falls Civic Center.
The team is relocating to a new arena being built in Allentown, Pa.
Mayor John “Jack” Diamond said Monday it is still unclear whether Glens Falls officials will be able to recruit a new professional hockey tenant for next season.
The owners of the Calgary Flames announced April 15 that its American Hockey League affiliate will leave Abbotsford, British Columbia, but the owners did not say where the team will relocate to. Read More…
Devils’ rookies playing key roles so far
By Pete Dougherty
Most hockey coaches would prefer to rely on veterans in a playoff series, but it doesn’t work that way in the minor leagues.
Even in postseason, the American Hockey League is a developmental ground, so some rookies are bound to play key roles.
The Albany Devils hope that their kiddie corps will follow the lead of the established players as their opening-round matchup against the St. John’s IceCaps shifts to Newfoundland for the remaining games.
Falcons’ goal: Make Providence ‘defend more’ in Game 4
SPRINGFIELD – So, are the Springfield Falcons worried after allowing the Providence Bruins 117 shots in their first three playoff games?
Not that worried about the number of shots, especially with goaltender Mike McKenna stopping 111 of them as the Falcons won two of the three.
“What we are concerned about is mistakes and turnovers. We need to make Providence defend more. They have a good transition game, and there have been times in this series when we were chasing too much, especially in our zone. That can be wearing,” Falcons coach Brad Larsen said.
“We didn’t play well at all in Game 2, but it still went to overtime. All the games have been one goal, and that’s what you have to expect in the playoffs.” Read More…
IceCaps want another whiteout at Mile One
It was a long winter in Newfoundland … one to forget, even though this spring hasn’t really done much to erase the memory.
Nevertheless, the St. John’s IceCaps are hoping for a whiteout here on Wednesday night.
Mind you, that’s an internal type of storm, as in within the confines of Mile One Centre, where the IceCaps will play host to the Albany Devils in Game 3 of their American Hockey League Eastern Conference quarter-final.
The teams split the first two games of the best-of-five Calder Cup playoff series over the weekend in Albany, N.Y. The fourth-seeded IceCaps hold home-ice advantage over the fifth-seeded Devils, and will utilize it this week at Mile One, for Wednesday’s contest and Games 4 and 5 Friday and Saturday, the latter falling into the “if necessary” category. Read More…