O’GARA STAYS IN NY (FOR NOW) AND SPROUL GOES BACK TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN RYAN SPROUL TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 21, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned defenseman Ryan Sproul to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Sproul, 25, skated in four games with the Rangers after he was recalled on Feb. 12, registering two assists. He made his Rangers debut on Feb. 13 at Minnesota, and he recorded his first assist/point with the Blueshirts on Feb. 17 at Ottawa.

The 6-4, 205-pounder has skated in 41 AHL games with the Grand Rapids Griffins and Wolf Pack this season, registering 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points, along with 28 penalty minutes. At the time he was recalled by the Rangers on Feb. 12, Sproul was tied for fourth among AHL defensemen in goals this season. Sproul tallied a point in each of his last three AHL games with the Wolf Pack prior to being recalled, registering five points (three goals, two assists) over the span. In addition, he recorded eight points (six goals, two assists) in his last six AHL games and nine points (seven goals, two assists) in his last nine AHL contests before he was recalled by the Rangers.

JEAN RATELLE NIGHT PRESENTED BY CHASE

JEAN RATELLE NIGHT PRESENTED BY CHASE

Ratelle is the ninth player to have his jersey number retired by the Rangers

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 21, 2018 – On Sunday, February 25, the Rangers will hold Jean Ratelle Night, Presented by Chase. Ratelle’s No. 19 jersey will be raised to the Madison Square Garden rafters, as he will become the ninth player in franchise history to receive the honor.

On February 25, fans can begin to enter Madison Square Garden at 5:00 p.m., and the banner raising ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m. In addition, the start time for the Rangers’ contest against the Detroit Red Wings will be 7:30 p.m.

As part of this special evening, all fans in attendance will receive a replica Jean Ratelle No. 19 banner, presented by Chase. All attendees who enter Madison Square Garden between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.* will automatically be entered into a contest to win one of 19 commemorative “Ratelle Night” warm-up pucks signed by Jean Ratelle. In addition, ’47 Brand is presenting an opportunity for fans to meet Rangers Alumni Brian Mullen and Darren Langdon, who both wore No. 19 during their tenure with the Blueshirts, in the MSG Team Store at Section 114 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Fans will have the opportunity to receive autographs from Mullen and Langdon during this time.

*for eligibility, the ticket must be scanned before 6:00 p.m.

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS EARLY TURNOVERS CONTINUE STREAK

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Early Turnovers Continue Streak

Greenville’s early lead matched by Atlanta as wild first period features six goals

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-29-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, scored 44 seconds into the game and took the momentum throughout tonight’s game. The Atlanta Gladiators (27-26-1-2) took their few chances in the first period and produced four goals to propel a 6-3 victory at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

BOX SCORE

The Swamp Rabbits opened the scoring for the first time in seven games as forward Joe Basaraba deflected the puck past goaltender Sean Bonar 44 seconds into the first period. Greenville gained control of the puck in the offensive zone as Evan Jasper walked to up from the corner to the top of the left circle before launching a puck to Basaraba. The fourth-year pro deflected the puck past the netminder for his 16th of the season. Continue reading

TOSTI: IMPORTANT POINTS AVAILABLE FOR SWAMP RABBITS AT HOME 

TOSTI: Important Points Available for Swamp Rabbits at Home

Swamp Rabbits looking to manufacture win over Gladiators on Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Night presented by Michelin.

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Tues, Feb. 20 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. Atlanta Gladiators ListenWatch – Twitter

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBITS TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-28-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, return home for one home game against the Atlanta Gladiators (26-26-1-2) before hitting the road for five games in two weeks. The puck drops at 7 p.m. tonight as the Swamp Rabbits and Gladiators meet for the tenth time this season. Greenville is 3-5-1-0 against Atlanta after beginning the year 3-0 against the Glads. Greenville has dropped the last five games and is looking to battle back into playoff position, currently, eight points behind the Orlando Solar Bears with 20 games remaining. Atlanta rests in third place with a three-point advantage over Orlando in the South Division. The I-85 rivals will finish the regular season against one another at Infinite Energy Arena on Apr. 7. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK SIGN DEFENSEMAN JOEY LEACH TO PTO

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK SIGN DEFENSEMAN JOEY LEACH TO PTO

Fifth-year Pro Joins Hartford from South Carolina of ECHL

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, February 20, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed defenseman Joey Leach to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Leach, who is in his fifth year of pro hockey out of the Western Hockey League, has skated in 48 games with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL this season.  The 6-4, 211-pound native of Wadena, Saskatchewan has scored four goals and added 14 assists for 18 points, while serving 59 minutes in penalties.  He is also a +12 on the year, which is second-best among South Carolina defensemen and fourth-best overall on the team and ranks second among Stingray blueliners in assists.

Last season, Leach logged 18 AHL games with the Hershey Bears, posting three assists, 35 penalty minutes and a +8.  In 35 ECHL contests with South Carolina in 2016-17, Leach tallied four goals and 16 assists for 20 points and posted 63 penalty minutes and a +8.

In 41 career AHL games, with the Bears, Lake Erie Monsters and Oklahoma City Barons, the 26-year-old Leach has totaled seven assists and 59 penalty minutes.  He has suited up for 252 ECHL games, with the Stingrays, Fort Wayne Komets, and Bakersfield Condors, and amassed 16 goals and 66 assists for 82 points, along with 358 PIM.  Leach led all ECHL players in plus/minus in 2015-16, with a +40 in 58 games for South Carolina.

Prior to turning pro, Leach skated in 274 WHL games over five seasons (2008-09 through 2012-13) with the Kootenay Ice, registering career totals of 27 goals and 107 assists for 134 points, plus 299 penalty minutes.  He was a third-round selection (73rd overall) by the Calgary Flames in the 2010 NHL Draft.

SO IT BEGINS – NICK HOLDEN TRADED

SO IT BEGINS – NICK HOLDEN TRADED

BY: Mitch Beck, Editor-in-Chief, Howlings

New York, NY – The New York Rangers have officially now begun the process of rebuilding their team today by sending defenseman Nick Holden to the Boston Bruins in exchange for a third-round pick and minor league defenseman Rob O’Gara.

It’s safe to assume that O’Gara will head to Hartford and finish the season there.

Here are his statistics courtesy of Hockeydb.com

CANTLON: SOUND TIGERS SHUTOUT PACK AS THEY END ROAD TRIP

CANTLON: Sound Tigers Shutout Pack As they End Road Trip

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT- Steve Bernier, Travis St. Denis, and Ryan Bourque posted multiple-point games while Christopher Gibson posted his second consecutive shutout as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers ended the Hartford Wolf Pack’s eight-game road trip with a 4-0 shutout.

The loss was the third time the Pack was shutout this season, but the second in the last four games.

“The first period was pretty close. The shot total was even, but in the second period they started to pull away and we got to chasing them more. Even though we had a game last night in Lehigh Valley and have a 3 pm Sunday afternoon game, you have to find ways to get those two points,” Pack Head Coach, Keith McCambridge stated.

The Wolf Pack record stands at 25-23-4-3 (57 points). They are still in sixth place with a single point more than Bridgeport, but they trail in percentage points, .538 to .518. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) UCONN RALLIES TO BEAT BU IN OVERTIME

CANTLON: (SAT) UCONN Rallies To Beat BU In Overtime

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – What started out as a slow and boring contest ended with a wild third period where the UConn Huskies (15-16-2 overall, 11-11-1 HEA) fought back from a two-goal deficit and won in overtime 5-4 over the visiting Boston University Terriers off a spectacular solo-effort by Maxim Letunov on Saturday night.

The first-ever UConn overtime win at the XL Center was witnessed by 7,372, the third largest home Hockey East crowd and the best of the season.

On the game-winner, Letunov picked off a bad clearing pass from the Terriers, walked it in and with an angle on BU goalie, Jake Oettinger, beat him high to the blocker side off a sweet backhander at 2:51 of overtime. The goal was Letunov’s eleventh of the season and give the Huskies their seventh win in a row.

Huskies’ Head Coach, Mike Cavanaugh, teased his junior forward sitting to his right, “I have been on Max to shoot backhands and he finally did tonight.”

The junior Russian had a three-point game (a goal and two assists) and acknowledged his coach’s professorial shooting requests. “I have a tendency not to shoot it (the backhand). Coach has been on me a few times,” Letunov said while smiling. “I thought I could score. There was an open lane. I was just trying to get in on the net. I’m glad it went in.”

“(The puck) was bouncing a bit at first, but I was also trying to shoot it as quick as I could (to surprise Oettinger).” Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: FEB 19-25, 2018

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Feb 19-25, 2018

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT The Wolf Pack (25-23-4-3, 57 pts., .518) completed a six-game road trip, their longest of the season, this past week, playing four games in six days.  The Wolf Pack traveled to Bojangles’ Coliseum in Charlotte, NC for the first time Tuesday and Wednesday nights, and came away with 6-0 and 3-2 defeats.  The club then headed to Allentown, PA, where they trailed the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2-0 going into the third period of their Saturday night meeting, before recovering to post a 3-2 shootout win.  The trip concluded in Bridgeport on Sunday, with a 4-0 loss to the Sound Tigers.  Lias Andersson scored in both Wednesday’s and Saturday’s games for the Wolf Pack, Adam Tambellini had a goal, an assist and the shootout winner on Saturday, and Chris Nell got the win in net in Saturday’s contest, with 23 saves and a 3-for-3 performance in the shootout, in his first AHL action since December 9.

For the latest AHL standings, click here. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 19 

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 19

Greenville finishes the week with a close pair of outings in Norfolk, prepare for another four-game week against Gladiators, Komets, and Walleye.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

HARD FINISH TO FOUR GAMES
Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-28-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, played four games last week and ended in Norfolk, Virginia over the weekend. After dropping a pair of contests to the Gladiators and Monarchs, the Swamp Rabbits posted close contests against the Admirals. Friday night Greenville was able to tie Norfolk in the first period as Austin McKay tallied a power play goal, but the Admirals responded 11 seconds later to regain the lead. Greg Dodds fought off 43 shots in the effort to keep Greenville in the contest however, the Admirals prevailed 3-1 with a late goal.

The following night the pair of South Division rivals traded blows, eventually resulting in a third period tying goal from Joe Basaraba with eight minutes remaining in the game. Greenville was halted by Jamie Murray to only one goal despite a season-high 21 shots on goal in the third period. TJ Melancon potted his second of the night in the final five minutes to seal a 4-3 win for Norfolk. Both Matt Prapavessis and Shane Walsh recorded goals for Greenville in the game while Ty Rimmer ended the contest with 32 saves. Continue reading