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By Jason LaCanfora and Jason LaCanfora,SUN STAFF | July 25, 1996
Moe Mantha visited Baltimore four years ago as an assistant coach for the Hershey Bears and immediately knew he wanted to come back.Mantha and his family were charmed by Harborplace. They spent the day shopping and looking at the boats.Now the Manthas will be relocating here. The Baltimore Bandits yesterday named Mantha as their new coach, making the announcement at the Baltimore Arena, just a few blocks away from those same shops and marinas."This gives me the chance to build my own credibility and credentials of coaching," Mantha said.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 20, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody wants to lose the opening game of a series, particularly when it's a short series like this best-of-five between the Bandits and Philadelphia Phantoms.But the Bandits and coach Moe Mantha weren't especially distraught after losing to Philadelphia, 4-2, in the cavernous Core- States Center yesterday afternoon."We had a dozen guys in their first playoff game, and, no doubt, the jitters contributed to us not being as sharp as we had been lately," Mantha said.The slow start resulted in the Phantoms' getting a two-goal push in the first 15 minutes before things settled down and the clubs played evenly the rest of the way."
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1996
This time last year, the Bandits were getting ready for their inaugural season in the American Hockey League, but you could hardly tell it by the activity surrounding the team: There was none.Not only had there been no formal practices 10 days before the start of the regular season, there weren't enough players in town to scrimmage, and the parent club, Anaheim, was taking its time paring its roster for the National Hockey League campaign.What a huge difference this time around, with new Bandits coach Moe Mantha set to greet no fewer than two dozen hopefuls today when the team kicks off 10 days of intensive training, including two exhibition games, at Piney Orchard Arena in Crofton.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 20, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody wants to lose the opening game of a series, particularly when it's a short series like this best-of-five between the Bandits and Philadelphia Phantoms.But the Bandits and coach Moe Mantha weren't especially distraught after losing to Philadelphia, 4-2, in the cavernous Core- States Center yesterday afternoon."We had a dozen guys in their first playoff game, and, no doubt, the jitters contributed to us not being as sharp as we had been lately," Mantha said.The slow start resulted in the Phantoms' getting a two-goal push in the first 15 minutes before things settled down and the clubs played evenly the rest of the way."
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 7, 1996
For about 90 percent of the American Hockey League game between the Bandits and Hamilton Bulldogs at the Baltimore Arena yesterday, there were too many spectators as far as Moe Mantha was concerned.It wasn't the sparse crowd, announced at 2,011, that concerned the Bandits' coach, but the 18 players dressed as Bandits."We sat back, didn't take charge and let the other team play its game," Mantha said. Then, with the Dogs strutting, 3-0, more than halfway through the third period, the Bandits woke up.Goals by Chris Herperger and Pete LeBoutillier at 12: 02 and 15: 47 provided the final score in Hamilton's favor, 3-2, but it was the big push by the Bandits over the last several minutes that turned a Sunday afternoon seance into a pretty good game.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1996
It's not often team members check out their schedule, see a series of road games looming and feel a wave of enthusiasm and optimism wash over them. Then there's the Bandits.In keeping with their less-than-inspired play at the downtown Arena last year, which produced a 15-21-4 record during the season and a 3-3 mark in the playoffs, the Bandits are already 0-2 in the confines of the big shed on Baltimore Street and trying to figure out what to do about it.Meanwhile, they'll be visiting Hamilton (Ontario)
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By Mark Dwyer and Mark Dwyer,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 1997
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland -- Rookie goaltender Tom Askey turned aside 43 shots, but it wasn't enough as the St. John's Maple Leafs defeated the Baltimore Bandits, 4-2, in American Hockey League play last night.The Bandits remained four points ahead of the idle Carolina Monarchs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Southern Conference.Askey, who spent the past four seasons in goal for the Ohio State Buckeyes, was brilliant from the opening whistle, stopping all 19 Leafs shots in the first period.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1996
Good game.Hard-bitten old pros tell us there's no such thing as a moral victory. But under the circumstances the Bandits are facing these days, there has to be something to go along with another L (for loss) when a solid effort goes for naught against a superior team.Recovering from a pair of two-goal deficits in the first 15 minutes of action, the Bandits managed to pull even early in the third period before succumbing to the Springfield Falcons, 4-3, last night at Baltimore Arena.Trailing by a goal after two periods, the home team squared it on a power-play score by Pavel Trnka after 5: 24 of the third period.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 20, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody wants to lose the opening game of a series, particularly when it's a short series like this best-of-five between the Bandits and Philadelphia Phantoms.But the Bandits and coach Moe Mantha weren't especially distraught after losing to Philadelphia, 4-2, in the cavernous Core- States Center yesterday afternoon."We had a dozen guys in their first playoff game, and, no doubt, the jitters contributed to us not being as sharp as we had been lately," Mantha said.The slow start resulted in the Phantoms' getting a two-goal push in the first 15 minutes before things settled down and the clubs played evenly the rest of the way."
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | April 20, 1997
PHILADELPHIA -- Nobody wants to lose the opening game of a series, particularly when it's a short series like this best-of-five between the Bandits and Philadelphia Phantoms.But the Bandits and coach Moe Mantha weren't especially distraught after losing to Philadelphia, 4-2, in the cavernous Core- States Center yesterday afternoon."We had a dozen guys in their first playoff game, and, no doubt, the jitters contributed to us not being as sharp as we had been lately," Mantha said.The slow start resulted in the Phantoms' getting a two-goal push in the first 15 minutes before things settled down and the clubs played evenly the rest of the way."
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By Todd Taylor and Todd Taylor,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 26, 1997
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Bandits had a chance to possibly apply the coup de grace on the Carolina Monarchs' fading playoff hopes last night.The Bandits didn't accomplish that exactly, but they did dim Carolina's postseason chances a bit by yielding only one point in the standings in a 4-3 overtime loss.Trailing 3-1 with seven minutes remaining, Baltimore scored twice -- including Mike LeClerc's goal with 55 seconds left -- to force overtime. The Bandits appeared headed for a tie that would certainly feel more like a win.But Gilbert Dionne scored with 10 seconds left in overtime to give Carolina the victory and two points.
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By Mark Dwyer and Mark Dwyer,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 13, 1997
ST. JOHN'S, Newfoundland -- Rookie goaltender Tom Askey turned aside 43 shots, but it wasn't enough as the St. John's Maple Leafs defeated the Baltimore Bandits, 4-2, in American Hockey League play last night.The Bandits remained four points ahead of the idle Carolina Monarchs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Southern Conference.Askey, who spent the past four seasons in goal for the Ohio State Buckeyes, was brilliant from the opening whistle, stopping all 19 Leafs shots in the first period.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1997
You know the old line, "All dressed up and no place to go?" That was Bandits coach Moe Mantha after his team's latest misadventure, a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Monarchs last night at Baltimore Arena.Mantha sat slumped in a chair in his office, staring at the wall, trying to find answers. After earlier losses, he had taken a stroll in an attempt to sort things out."Thing is, we played a pretty good game tonight defensively," he said. "We held their shot total down to 24." Then he started a search for further positives.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | December 14, 1996
Good game.Hard-bitten old pros tell us there's no such thing as a moral victory. But under the circumstances the Bandits are facing these days, there has to be something to go along with another L (for loss) when a solid effort goes for naught against a superior team.Recovering from a pair of two-goal deficits in the first 15 minutes of action, the Bandits managed to pull even early in the third period before succumbing to the Springfield Falcons, 4-3, last night at Baltimore Arena.Trailing by a goal after two periods, the home team squared it on a power-play score by Pavel Trnka after 5: 24 of the third period.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1996
Wins don't figure to come that easily for the Bandits this season. But if a situation ever looked promising for the team, it occurred last evening. At home against a team admittedly tired, mentally whipped and carrying on without its top player, the Bandits should have been all over the Worcester IceCats."
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 19, 1996
Oh yeah, they have a prevent defense in hockey and just as in football, it often turns out to be an invitation to disaster.Playing well at both ends of the ice through the first two periods, the Bandits fell back into what they hoped would be a strong defensive shell over the last 20 minutes."
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1997
You know the old line, "All dressed up and no place to go?" That was Bandits coach Moe Mantha after his team's latest misadventure, a 3-0 loss to the Carolina Monarchs last night at Baltimore Arena.Mantha sat slumped in a chair in his office, staring at the wall, trying to find answers. After earlier losses, he had taken a stroll in an attempt to sort things out."Thing is, we played a pretty good game tonight defensively," he said. "We held their shot total down to 24." Then he started a search for further positives.
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | November 25, 1996
Wins don't figure to come that easily for the Bandits this season. But if a situation ever looked promising for the team, it occurred last evening. At home against a team admittedly tired, mentally whipped and carrying on without its top player, the Bandits should have been all over the Worcester IceCats."
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 17, 1996
On the night he scored his 500th NHL goal, Dino Ciccarelli estimated that among the total were "three that qualified as pretty goals, maybe four." That's pretty much the way it was for the Bandits as they recovered from an 0-2 start at home and won two with a tie during a road trip."
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By Phil Jackman and Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF | October 10, 1996
It's not often team members check out their schedule, see a series of road games looming and feel a wave of enthusiasm and optimism wash over them. Then there's the Bandits.In keeping with their less-than-inspired play at the downtown Arena last year, which produced a 15-21-4 record during the season and a 3-3 mark in the playoffs, the Bandits are already 0-2 in the confines of the big shed on Baltimore Street and trying to figure out what to do about it.Meanwhile, they'll be visiting Hamilton (Ontario)
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