CANTLON: FRIARS CLIP HUSKIES 3-1

CANTLON: Friars Clip Huskies 3-1

     VERSUS   

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Providence College Friars took advantage of a three-goal first period and it held up as they knocked off the UConn Huskies 3-1 Thursday night at the XL Center.

For the Huskies, it was their fifth straight loss.

Providence (15-7-2 overall, 8-4-2 HEA) used speed, puck possession and timely scoring backed by solid goaltending in earning their sixth straight win and raised their record to 8-16-2 overall and 5-11-1 HEA.

“Since we came back from the break, we have been a flat hockey club. That wasn’t the case tonight,” UCONN head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “We had more riding time in the offensive zone since we have been back. It felt like the team that won five of six before the break. We had (offensive) troubles, but it wasn’t because we didn’t have chances.”

The loss, however, furthers the gap for the Huskies in Hockey East in terms of postseason positioning. UCONN, who had a top-heavy early season schedule, now sits in seventh place with 11 points. Meanwhile, everybody around them has as few as four games in hand (Merrimack) to even six (UMASS-Amherst) meaning every loss is magnified. They may need a submarine periscope to see the top of the division when the regular season ends next month. Continue reading

RANGERS START WEST COAST TRIP IN COLORADO SATURDAY!

NEW YORK RANGERS at COLORADO AVALANCHE
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET
Pepsi Center – Denver, CO
Rangers: 24-17-5 (53 pts)
Avalanche: 25-16-3 (53 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE   

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 47th game of the 2017-18 season and begin a back-to-back set tomorrow, Jan. 20, against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center (3:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Tomorrow’s game is the first contest of the Blueshirts’ four-game road trip, and all four games are against Western Conference teams. The Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of the last 15 games (8-5-2 record) and in 12 of the last 18 games (9-6-3 record). The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 26 games (15-8-3 record), 21 of their last 34 games (21-10-3 record), and 23 of their last 38 contests (23-12-3 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 28 of their last 40 games (23-12-5 record). Continue reading

CANTLON: WOLF PACK ROSTER UNDERGOES OVERHAUL

CANTLON: Wolf Pack Roster Undergoes Overhaul

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Buying a program for tonight’s Hartford Wolf Pack game against the visiting Utica Comets is now required.

The New York Rangers are not standing pat with their roster in Hartford. In the past 24 hours, they have made several substantial moves to address poor play and injury situations up front.

Friday morning the Rangers announced the recall of defenseman Tony DeAngelo (23-2-11-13-15 and a minus-12) and forward, Dan Catenacci, who spent time on the injured list and was starting to round into form (23-2-8-10 and minus-13). They also added through reassignment, last summer’s number one draft pick, and seventh pick overall, Lias Andersson, from HC Frolunda to the Wolf Pack.

Also, Rangers defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (Greenwich) is injured. He will have surgery on Monday to repair a torn meniscus ligament, an injury he has played with all season. Marc Staal is also out and has missed two games with a hip pointer which warranted DeAngelo’s recall according to the New York Post.

Andersson just competed in World Junior Championships in Buffalo for the silver medal Swedish squad with six goals and seven points in seven games. For Froluna HC he had 14 points (7-7) in 22 games for the Swedish Hockey League club.

Andersson’s uncle, Mikael Andersson, played for Hartford Whalers (1989-1992).

The team also announced the signing of Chris Langkow, a former Sound Tiger, to a PTO deal. He performed well in a five-game stint last week before being returned to Worcester (ECHL) where he had nine goals and 25 points in 28 games.

Those moves come on top of signing Shawn O’Donnell, the Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia native, from Cincinnati (ECHL) to a PTO deal yesterday.

The Pack also received Boo Nieves back from the Rangers who also recalled Peter Holland at the beginning of the week.

The move puts three of the Rangers top forward prospects, Nieves, Andersson, and Filip Chytil all under one roof in Hartford.

RANGERS: KEVIN SHATTENKIRK INJURY UPDATE

RANGERS: KEVIN SHATTENKIRK INJURY UPDATE

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 19, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk has a meniscus tear in his knee and will undergo surgery. The surgery will be performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly at Hospital for Special Surgery. Shattenkirk will be sidelined indefinitely.

Shattenkirk has skated in 46 games with the Rangers this season, registering five goals and 18 assists for 23 points.

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS SET UP TO “STICK IT TO CANCER” TONIGHT 

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Set Up to “Stick It to Cancer” Tonight 

Gladiators come to Greenville for annual fundraising night to begin 3-in-3 rivalry weekend.

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Fri, Jan. 19 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. Atlanta Gladiators ListenWatch – Twitter

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBITS TALES
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-17-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, pick up play after a five-day break for the 2018 CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic. Tonight, begins a set of three games in three days, all against the Atlanta Gladiators (18-20-1-2). The Swamp Rabbits and Gladiators have taken the ice together three times this month and five total times this season. Atlanta has taken the last two games in the 11-game season series to pull into a three-way tie for third place in the South Division standings. Atlanta is led by the fifth-year pro, Lindsay Sparks, with 37 points (9G, 28A) while Greenville’s top two scorers, Branden Troock and Caleb Herbert, have each earned 37 points (16G, 21A) also.

STICKING IT TO CANCER
The last three seasons, Greenville has Stuck it to Cancer by earning three straight wins during the fundraising night. The club has gone a perfect 3-0 since 2015 on Stick it to Cancer night, outscoring their opponents 14-5 at the Well. Greenville has also welcomed over 13,000 fans to help raise money and awareness for the fight against cancer. Tonight’s fundraising efforts will go toward a three-year $50,000 donation pledge made by the team in 2015 to the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance.

DEFINITE HOME ICE ADVANTAGE
The next five meetings between Greenville and Atlanta will be played at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena, ranging from tonight to February 20th. The Swamp Rabbits split the first two games against the Gladiators in Greenville this season, dropping their first regulation contest at the Well to Atlanta since Jan. 19, 2016. The Swamp Rabbits are 7-1-2-0 against Atlanta in their last 10 meetings in the state of South Carolina.

EVAN-STEVEN
Forward Evan Jasper has had a successful rookie season with the Swamp Rabbits, earning 27 points (11G, 16A) in 33 games this year. The winger from Whitby, Ontario has recorded nine points in only five games against the Gladiators, which includes four goals. Jasper scored his first career goal against the Glad’s last season and leads the Swamp Rabbits in scoring against the I-85 rival. The 5-foot-10 Sacred Heart University alum is tenth among all first-year scorers in the ECHL this season.

WINNER, WINNER CHICKEN DINNER
Defenseman Joe Houk leads all ECHL defenseman in game-winning goals this season as three of his nine tallies have helped his team to victory. Houk is second among active defensemen in goals this season and ranks sixth in the league with 27 points (9G, 18A). Since coming to Greenville on Jan. 18, 2016, the Richboro, Pennsylvania has recorded more points than any other Swamp Rabbits skater. The blue liner’s 85 points (28G, 57A) are the most ever by a Greenville defenseman and is one point from tying Vinny Saponari for tenth in club history. Houk’s next point will also be the 100th of his career.

BACK IN BLACK (AND GOLD)
Forward Phil Lane returned to the Gladiators lineup on Tuesday after an AHL call-up to the Binghamton Devils. Lane is the top goal scorer for the Gladiators this season, scoring 19 goals and adding 12 more assists. The Rochester, New York native has played six AHL games this season and scored a goal while skating with the Milwaukee Admirals. The Arizona Coyotes’ 2010 draft pick has logged 224 AHL games (49 points) and 59 ECHL contests (47 points).

CARROT BITES

  • Forward Jack Nevins will play his 100th career ECHL game tonight.
  • Defenseman Matt Prapavessis is three games away from his 100th career game played for Greenville. Only 23 other skaters have reached 100 games with the club.
  • Captain Bretton Cameron tallied his last hat-trick on Stick it to Cancer night last season, the second three-goal night of his career. Tonight is also Cameron’s 400th career ECHL game.
  • Defenseman Joe Houk helped the South Division to a second-place finish at the All-Star Classic with a pair of assists.

STICK IT TO CANCER NIGHT presented by Bon Secours | TONIGHT, January 19 | 7:00 p.m.
Join the Swamp Rabbits and Bon Secours in the fight against cancer at the annual Stick it to Cancer Night. The Swamp Rabbits will wear specialty Stick it to Cancer jerseys that will be available in a live auction following the game. Before the game, donate $1 to take a swing at a special Smash Car, painted by the Swamp Rabbits official painter Joe Everson. Proceeds from the auction, ticket sales, chuck-a-carrot, and the smash car will benefit the fundraising efforts to the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance. For more information, visit SwampRabbits.com.

CONNECTING OUR FUTURE NIGHT presented by Ten at the Top | TOMORROW, January 20 | 7:00 p.m.
Ten at the Top has launched a mobility and connectivity initiative toward “Connecting our Future” and build an economically strong region now and in years down the road. Don’t forget to arrive early to take advantage of Hoppy Hour food and drink specials available on the patio and throughout the concourse from 5-7 p.m. Take advantage of the GSP Airport Fun Zone for up to four complimentary kids tickets.

MARVEL SUPER HERONIGHT / STOMPER’S BIRTHDAY / POST GAME SKATE | Sunday, January 21 | 3:00 p.m.
It’s Marvel Super Hero™ Night and Stomper’s Birthday! Join the Swamp Rabbits, who will wear special Marvel Super Hero™ Jerseys and welcome all of Stomper’s friends to the birthday celebration. Ticket specials include the Bon Secours Family Fun Pack and Stomper’s Family Zone. Skate with your favorite players after the game for free when you bring your skates to the game ($3 skate rentals available).

RANGERS ROLLING WITH RICK

BY: The New York Rangers

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS   GOALIES
Game Summary                                BUF: R. Lehner (L)      NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)
Event Summary

–       HOME COOKING – The Rangers have earned at least one point in 16 of their last 20 home games, dating back to Oct. 26 (15-4-1 record). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 20 of 28 home games this season (17-8-3 record).

–       WINNING WAYS – The Blueshirts have won 15 of their last 26 games (15-8-3 record), 21 of their last 34 games (21-10-3 record), and 23 of their last 38 contests (23-12-3 record). Continue reading

WOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD CHRIS LANGKOW TO PTO

WOLF PACK SIGN CHRIS LANGKOW (F) TO PTO

Veteran had two Points in five Previous Games with Hartford

HARTFORD, January 19, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Chris Langkow to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

This is the second Wolf Pack PTO of the season for Langkow, an eighth-year pro out of the Western Hockey League who skated in five games with the club in an earlier stint.  He produced a goal and an assist in those five contests, and has nine goals and 16 assists for 25 points, along with 19 penalty minutes, in 28 ECHL games with the Worcester Railers this season.  The 28-year-old Langkow leads the Railers in assists and is tied for the team lead in points.

The Wolf Pack are in home action at the XL Center tonight, hosting the Utica Comets in a 7:15 contest.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period, presented by Dave & Buster’s.

RANGERS RECALL DEANGELO & CATENACCI FROM HARTFORD, ANDERSSON ASSIGNED TO PACK

RANGERS RECALL TONY DEANGELO AND DANIEL CATENACCI FROM HARTFORD

Blueshirts also assign Lias Andersson to Wolf Pack

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 19, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled defenseman Tony DeAngelo and forward Daniel Catenacci from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

DeAngelo, 22, has skated in 29 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering two goals and 11 assists for 13 points, along with 17 penalty minutes. DeAngelo ranks second among Hartford defensemen in points per game (0.45) and is tied for second among team defensemen in points in 2017-18. He has recorded 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in his last 16 games, and he posted a six-game point streak from Dec. 8 at Providence to Dec. 22 vs. Providence.

The 5-11, 181-pounder has skated in eight games with the Rangers this season, registering one assist and two penalty minutes. DeAngelo made his Rangers debut on Oct. 5 vs. Colorado, and he recorded his first assist/point with the Blueshirts on Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh.

Catenacci, 24, has skated in 23 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering two goals and eight assists for 10 points, along with 19 penalty minutes. He tallied seven points (two goals, five assists) in a seven-game span from Oct. 28 at Lehigh Valley to Nov. 12 vs. Laval. Catenacci registered two points (one goal, one assist), including the game-winning goal, on Nov. 11 at Bridgeport.

The 5-10, 193-pounder skated in 11 NHL games with Buffalo during the 2015-16 season. Catenacci was acquired by the Rangers from Buffalo in exchange for Mat Bodie on Feb. 28, 2017.

In addition, the Rangers have assigned forward Lias Andersson to Hartford. Andersson, 19, has skated in 22 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) this season, registering seven goals and seven assists for 14 points. He also helped Sweden win a silver medal at the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship, as he recorded seven points (six goals, one assist) in seven games during the tournament.

Andersson was selected by the Rangers in the first round, seventh overall, of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

CANTLON: PACK PREVIEW – HARTFORD LOOKS TO HALT SKID 

CANTLON: PACK PREVIEW – HARTFORD LOOKS TO HALT SKID

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack will look to reverse their current fortunes Friday (tomorrow) night against Utica with a 7:15 pm puck drop.

Of late, the Pack fortunes have been sliding downward. The team is a paltry 3-8 over their last eleven games and have surrendered the second most goals in the AHL (148). Only Belleville (153) allows more. The Pack is now in eighth place in the Atlantic Division.

The Wolf Pack dropped their last game, 5-1, to the Springfield Thunderbirds in MLK Day matinee contest. The T-Birds won their fourth in a row.  Springfield had five different goal scorers in that game.

In terms of games played, the Pack is a little past the midway point of the season having played 41 games. The team has only 36 points, a .439 winning percentage, and the fourth worst record in the conference and the sixth worst in the entire AHL.  Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK COMING BACK TO XL CENTER NEXT SEASON

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK COMING BACK TO XL CENTER NEXT SEASON

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTAHL hockey will be at the XL Center for the 2018-19 season.

“We have an operating agreement (on their return), but we’re still finishing up details,” CRDA Executive Director, Mike Freimuth, said. “The Wolf Pack’s five-year deal has technically expired and with the future of the XL Center nebulous, a short-term deal is all anyone will be able to get considering the myriad of issues involved.

“It’s a multi-year agreement the lawyers are presently working on it (from both sides). We hope to have a “go” shortly,” Freimuth stated.

AHL teams are required by the All-Star game to formally tell the league of their intentions as to where they will play the following season so they can start the process of formulating a schedule. Most are a formality, but with the XL Center and its future in limbo, they would have fallen under the category of a question mark.

Just how many years the operating agreement turns out to be is being negotiated.

“(The number of years of the lease) is one of the issues being hammered out,” Freimuth said briefly.

A one-year term plus an option year is the most likely scenario. Many factors weigh into this decision as the state is entering an election year where residents will decide upon a new governor after Dannel Malloy decided not to seek a third term in office. It’s also conceivable that the composition of the next legislature in terms of who has control of it could change as well.

Spectra, the management company hired by the CRDA to run the day-to-day operations of the building for them, is halfway through a ten-year deal one that also has them paying the Pack’s affiliation fee to the Rangers each season. This year they are receiving $1.5 million, the highest in the AHL, and were, according to sources, seeking to receive the same terms of a $500K increase with $1.55 next season and an option year at $1.6 million.

In addition, a renegotiation clause had to be inserted in this deal should the building be sold at some point under the new deal. The RFP of 45-50 days seeking interest in buying the building is scheduled to be ready in March.

MSG’s options to move the franchise are very limited.

Albany, a former AHL market that saw it’s AHL team move to Binghamton last year, is expected to house an ECHL team starting next fall according to reliable hockey sources.

Two reliable sources reported that on the backburner for the Rangers was the idea of seeking to buy the Westchester County Civic Center. That building currently houses the WNBA’s New York Liberty as well as the Knicks’ NBA D-League team. MSG would then renovate the building and move the Wolf Pack there.

In turn, they would create an MSG Westchester Division for investors, but what has been mostly theory and has not been acted upon formally by MSG to the best of our knowledge.