Martella’s 14, Creamery 2
Jordan Kaufman went 4-for-4, scored twice and drove in three runs as Martella’s scored a lopsided victory in a five-inning early game at Point Stadium on Tuesday.
Pat Kohl drove in two runs and Alex Nagey went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Cernic’s 11, Bedford 7
Jason Lechak went 4-for-4 and had three doubles as Cernic’s beat visiting Bedford. Lechak scored twice.
Ryan Soflarsky scored four runs and had two hits, and Zach Henry had two hits, including a double.
Jordan Mills had two hits for Bedford and Tyler Morrel hit a run-producing double.
Kalamazoo joins ECHL North
The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the Board of Governors has unanimously approved the expansion membership application of the Kalamazoo Wings for admission to the league for its 22nd season.
The K-Wings will play in the North Division along with the Johnstown Chiefs, Cincinnati Cyclones, Elmira Jackals, Toledo Walleye and Wheeling Nailers.
The Trenton Devils and Reading Royals have been moved to the ECHL’s South Division.
The ECHL is finalizing next season’s schedule to include Kalamazoo and will release the dates as soon as possible.
“We are proud to welcome Kalamazoo to the ECHL,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “The city has a long hockey tradition, solid community-based ownership and this will allow K-Wings fans to renew rivalries with Cincinnati and Toledo.”
The K-Wings are owned by Stadium Management Company, who is also the owner and operator of Wings Stadium, which has a capacity of 5,113 for hockey.
Kalamazoo is 150 miles from Toledo which returns to the ice after a two-year hiatus in the brand-new Lucas County Downtown Arena.
Professional hockey has been played in Kalamazoo since 1974-75, including the past two seasons in the new International Hockey League, a reincarnation of the professional league that ceased operations in 2001 after more than 50 years. Kalamazoo ranked second in the league in attendance both years.
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Pirates power past Brewers
Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.
Jackets preparing for Game 2
The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.
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Jennerstown Speedway gearing for May open
Jennerstown Speedway released a very ambitious schedule on its website and continues to prepare for its 2014 reopening.
The track is set to hold a practice day for drivers as well as an open house and media day on April 26.
‘Hawks already building toward next season
Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.
Dominant Cueto drops Pirates in matinee
That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.
Penguins rally to wear out Jackets
Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh’s two-goal deficit.
Series serves as reunion for former Chiefs personnel
Not so long ago, Bob McElligott, like most Western Pennsylvania hockey fans, would savor a long Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run.
The Somerset native followed the Pens’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992.
Malkin nearing return
The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway.
Reds swing way past Pirates
Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night.
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