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matter what the Norfolk Admirals threw at Peter Mannino, be it pucks or bodies,
they couldnt get the IceCaps goaltender off his game. Mannino made 35 saves as
St. Johns downed the Admirals 3-1 in American Hockey League action Saturday.
Mannino had to face heavy traffic all game, and was run over a few times in his
crease. “I couldnt imagine being a goalie,” said IceCaps tough guy Garth Murray,
who backed Manninos excellent play with a rare goal. “Thats their little home,
and if someone comes into there its like someone is breaking into your house
almost.” Mannino has a simple philosophy when it comes to scrums near his net.
“I just get the puck and get out of there,” the netminder said. “I let the
mischief happen, thats not my time and place. Sometimes it is, but not most of
the time. I just like to do my job, I dont want to get put out of position.”
Riley Holzapfel, Spencer Machacek also scored for the IceCaps (12-3-3). Cory
Conacher replied for the Admirals (10-7-1), while Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves.
The IceCaps split the two-game series with the Admirals after losing 6-2 in St.
Johns on Friday night. While the IceCaps fell into an early hole against Norfolk
on Friday, they got off to a quick start in the rematch. Holzapfel raced into
the Admirals zone on the left wing and fired high past Tokarski just over two
minutes into the first period. St. Johns added to their total with less than two
minutes left in the period. The Admirals turned over the puck on a bad bounce,
and Machacek hopped on the loose puck and easily slid it past Tokarski. A
physical first period was highlighted by a huge Patrice Cormier hit, followed by
a fight against Mike Vernace. The Admirals found some life in the second period,
as they pulled within a goal only 27 seconds into the period on a play that
looked more like it belonged in basketball than hockey. Cory Conacher jumped up
and pulled down a loose puck before throwing it to the ice and shooting it into
the net. Murray, who featured in two fights Friday night, capped the scoring as
he set up and finished a give-and-go play with Kevin Clark for his first goal of
the season. “Its good to get one in a big game, in a tight game,” Murray said.
“Every goal counts, especially at that point in the game. Im not a guy that sits
and worries about scoring goals. If I get one, I get one, its just a bonus. Id
rather just as much get a hit or block a shot.” As one of the oldest players on
the IceCaps, Murray has been put into a leadership role this season. “(Murray)
is a heart and soul guy, he blocks shots, you saw last night he comes to the aid
of his teammates,” IceCaps coach Keith McCambridge said. “He works hard, he
kills penalties, hes out there against other teams top lines. Hes been real good
for us this season, and to see him get rewarded, finally, and put it in the back
of the net is a credit to the way hes been playing.” St. Johns was 1-for-5 on
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Andrew Carignan said Wednesday night he needs elbow ligament replacement surgery
and is in the process of deciding which doctor will do it. INDIANAPOLIS —Larry
Bird is calling it quits with the Indiana Pacers. Bird, perhaps the most
respected and beloved basketball figure in a state obsessed with the sport, will
leave his job as the Pacers president of basketball operations at the end of
August. He spent four years building the team into an Eastern Conference
contender and was this seasons NBA executive of the year, but is instead moving
on after saying just a month ago that he was willing to stay. Bird said health
issues were among the reasons for his departure. He said he may need shoulder
surgery and cited longstanding issues with his back. “I just think its time,” he
said at a news conference Wednesday as the team announced an executive
reorganization. Bird said was prepared to leave last year with the organization
headed in the right direction. He and owner Herb Simon had discussed his
eventual departure for a few years. Bird also said that payroll issues with the
small-market Pacers did not affect his decision. “(Simon) knows to get to the
next level were going to spend some money,” Bird said. “Every time I went to
Herb about a player or about money to spend, he questioned it. And he should. At
the end of the day, he always said go ahead and do what you have to do to make
this team better. Thats the support you need. ... Were going to spend money.”
Bird said he plans to take a year off and get healthy before he evaluates his
situation. He did not rule out a return to basketball. Owning a team used to be
a goal, but he said he no longer has that interest. Simon said he had hoped to
keep Bird, who will stay on for the draft when the Pacers are scheduled to pick
No. 26 overall in the first round Thursday night. His contract expires Aug. 30.
“I feel sad (with) the announcement that Larrys going to be leaving us,” said
Simon, who continued to talk to Bird about staying as late as Monday. “Larry
could have stayed here as long as he wants, but he has his own reasons. The
Pacers organization appreciates everything hes done for us in his nine years. We
wish him the very best and hope that we can still be associated with him in the
coming years.” The 55-year-old Bird was the Pacers coach from 1997-2000, taking
the team to its only NBA Finals appearance that final year before he returned to
the teams front office in 2003. He took full control as president of basketball
decisions after the 2007-08 season, when Donnie Walsh left to become the New
York Knicks president. Walsh is returning as the Pacers president. Kevin
Pritcchard, the director of player personnel, is being promoted to general
manager, replacing David Morway, who resigned Tuesday. Andre Johnson Blue Jersey. Walsh said he wont
travel the country to evaluate collegiate prospects, leaving that to Pritchard.
Simon first seriously talked to Walsh about the job two weeks ago. “It was a
good fit,” Walsh said. “When Larry decided to go, it was easy for Herb to look
at me and I felt natural in coming back here. I had gotten used to, hey, maybe I
wont do it again. So, I had to rethink that again. “(I would have been
interested in another team) only if it was a real situation for me where I knew
Id fit. Im not just throwing my name out for jobs. I wouldnt do that.” Bird had
said just a month ago that he wanted to stay and expressed interest in a
three-year deal rather than the annual “handshake” agreements he had with Simon.
It wasnt to be, and now the Pacers will look to continue their resurgence. Under
Bird, the Pacers went 36-46 in 2008-09 and 32-50 in 2009-10 and then, two
seasons ago, the Pacers were 17-27 when Bird fired coach Jim OBrien in what
proved to be a spark. Interim coach Frank Vogel then took a young team with core
players Danny Granger, Roy Hibbert, Tyler Hansbrough and Darren Collison and
guided it to the playoffs. The Pacers challenged the Chicago Bulls before losing
the first-round series 4-1. This year, Indiana beat Orlando easily in the first
round before falling to eventual champion Miami in six games. Bird, of course,
is as well known in Indiana as John Wooden or Bob Knight. The former Indiana
State star from tiny French Lick won three MVP awards and three NBA titles
during his Hall of Fame career with Boston. As the Pacers president, he took a
franchise humbled by the brawl between Pacers players and Pistons fans in 2004,
made a series of difficult trades to get rid of troublemakers, rebuilt through
the draft and returned the Pacers to the Eastern Conference semifinals this
season. It was Indianas deepest post-season run in seven years. The franchise
with a tarnished image is now one of the leagues most promising teams despite
its small-market status. Bird built the team the old-fashioned way—by
drafting players (Paul George and Hansbrough) and developing them through the
team structure, making shrewd decisions to trade for others (George Hill and
Collison) and finding affordable free agents (David West). The Pacers, well
under the salary cap, are expected to be a significant player in free agency. ’
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