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ATLANTIC CITY People lined up outside of the Hershey Bears' locker room after Sunday's game, waiting to get a few moments with a local ice hockey celebrity.
Mike Haviland, who coached the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies of the ECHL from 2002 04, returned to Atlantic City for a game for the first time since 2005, this time as the first year coach of the AHL's Hershey Bears. They came to play the Albany Devils, the top minor league affiliate of the NHL's New Jersey Devils. Albany hosted the first of its four games at Boardwalk Hall this season.
Haviland's day couldn't have ended better: Hershey won 4 1 in front of an announced crowd of 2,734 fans who came to watch professional hockey in the historic arena. Hershey (17 13 3), the top affiliate of the Washington Capitals, and Albany (21 11 3) are among the 30 teams in the NHL's primary minor league.
"It was fun. It was really exciting," Haviland, 46, said. "I have some great memories here, and it was nice to come in and get a win too."
Haviland and the Boardwalk Bullies, who relocated to Stockton, Calif., and were renamed the Thunder for the 2005 06 season, won the ECHL's championship, the Kelly Cup, in 2003.
"This building's been pretty good to me," Haviland said. "It's actually a fun, fun place to play."
Both teams played their third game in three days Sunday, and Haviland was happy to see his team end that challenging stretch on a high note.
"We had a chance to spend the night (in Atlantic City) and have dinner together as a group," Haviland said. "It was tough. Tough game last night (at Hershey, Pa., against Norfolk), three real good opponents over the weekend, so it was a good way to win."
Hershey's Riley Gill stopped 29 shots, including 14 in the third period, when Albany outshot the Bears 14 5.
"You know, at San Jose Sharks womens Jerseys 4 1 you kind of sit back a little bit, and they will push, which they should because they're a good hockey team. And he made some really great saves, I thought, in the third," Haviland said of Gill.
Devils starter Keith Kinkaid, playing in his second game in as many days, had a rough outing. He stopped just 12 of the 16 shots he faced, allowing a pair of power play goals.
"It's definitely frustrating," Kinkaid said. "That second one, I missed my push and slipped a little, and I just think that I need to come up San Jose Sharks team Jerseys with those saves."
Albany coach Rick Kowalsky pulled Kinkaid after the second period in favor of Scott Wedgewood.
"It wasn't going our way," Kowalsky said. "It had nothing to do with his play. I think all four of the goals were nice goals."
Kinkaid's performance Sunday doesn't reflect how well he's played this season. He entered the game among the AHL's leaders in goals against average (2.18) and save percentage (.915).
Kinkaid's play has been impressive, but with Martin Brodeur and Corey Schneider both healthy in New Jersey, Kinkaid's path to the NHL is blocked.
Fans also got a look at one of the New Jersey Devils' top Wholesale San Jose Sharks Jerseys young defensemen. Adam Larsson, the fourth overall pick in the 2011 draft, played in his third game for Albany. He was assigned to Albany on Thursday for an unofficial conditioning stint after returning from injury.
He hasn't played in the NHL since injuring his left knee crashing into the boards on Nov. 23 against San Jose. Larsson skated well enough for the most part, but his night ended early due to soreness in his knee.
"Especially for me, it's been tough," Larsson said. "You know, if you haven't played a game in six weeks it's kind of tough to get into a (three games in three days situation), so today it was kind of tough for me and my team, and I think that's the toughest part of Sunday games."