FUEHRING: RABBITS TANGO WITH ADMIRALS SATURDAY

Alan FuehringSWAMP RABBITS RETURN HOME TO FACE ADMIRALS TONIGHT

Greenville meets Norfolk for the fourth time this season at 8 p.m.

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (22-19-6), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, return to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena this evening to face the Norfolk Admirals (20-27-2) in the team’s first home game since January 22, a span of 21 days. Greenville enters tonight’s contest ranked fourth in the South Division and ninth in the Eastern Conference overall, two points behind Elmira. In their last outing on Saturday, the Swamp Rabbits completed a five-game road trip with a 5-2 setback to the Orlando Solar Bears. Vinny Saponari and Josh Nicholls each scored on special teams, while Mackenzie Skapski made 26 saves between the pipes. Tonight, Greenville seeks a return to the win column and will also look to snap a three-game slide on SANDLAPPER Securities Rink. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK TRIP OVER PENGUINS, LOSE 3-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins played a near perfect road game for 50 minutes and withstood a late rally to beat the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-1 Friday night before 4,916 at the XL Center.

The Pack are 24-22-2-0 (50 points) which puts them sixth in the Atlantic Division and ninth overall in the conference standings.

The Pack play in Bridgeport Saturday night at 7pm.

Despite being atop the Atlantic Division, the Penguins, who’s record stands at 32-14-1-1 (66 points), have been on a slide. They won just their fourth game in their last eleven. The Penguins entered the game and played shorthanded as they currently have four players on recall with the parent Pittsburgh Penguins while another four find themselves on the injured list forcing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to make four recalls from the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL).

The Pack effort, or lack thereof, on Friday night left their head coach, Ken Gernander, not only irritated, but frustrated that his club, at a time when every point counts as the playoffs quickly approach, go lost.

“It’s has got to be sixty minutes. It has to be sixty minutes of knock-down, drag-out, desperate-hockey from here on in. From where I come from, good enough is never is.” Continue reading

RANGERS: RAANTA NOT SHARP IN RETURN TO ACTION

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–        HOME COOKING – The Rangers extended their point streak at home to nine games (7-0-2). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 12 home contests (9-1-2) and have posted a 19-4-2 record in their last 25 home games. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 22 of their last 26 home games (19-4-3) and in 23 of 28 home games in 2015-16 (20-5-3). New York is tied for the NHL lead – and leads the Eastern Conference – in points at home this season (43). Continue reading

OXNARD: PACK START 3-IN-3 WEEKEND WITH LOSS TO PENGUINS

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BY: Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 12, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their second straight loss Friday night at the XL Center, falling to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-1.

Nicklas Jensen’s third-period goal was the Wolf Pack’s only scoring.  Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, and Anton Zlobin scored the game-winning goal.  Matt Murray stopped 26 out of 27 shots in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net.

Jensen was disappointed with the team’s erratic play, saying, “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes, or else we’re not going to win hockey games. That was the case tonight.”

Mouillierat scored the only goal of the first period, as Josh Archibald’s feed from the right-wing side went off of Mouillierat’s skate and past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (20 saves) at 11:21. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: JENSEN FUELING PACK SURGE

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – It may have seemed like a minor deal at the time, but the Hartford Wolf Pack have gained immensely from the New York Rangers‘ acquisition of Nicklas Jensen from the Vancouver Canucks.

Jensen has proven to be a key cog in the wheel of the Pack’s turnaround. Despite the implied superstition of wearing number 13, Jensen has been a lucky charm so far.

On January 8th, Jensen was acquired in a trade for Emerson Etem and a sixth round draft pick. Etem was a bust in New York after being acquired from Anaheim over the summer for speedster and former Wolf Pack, Carl Hagelin, who has since been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The adjustment for Jensen from his first time being traded as a professional, initially took some time for him to settle in and he’s received a lot of support. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: RED HOT PACK PREP FOR THREE IN THREE

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CROMWELL, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack (24-21-2-0) start this weekend’s action in sixth place in the Atlantic Division and ninth overall in the Eastern Conference. The Pack can make some strides in their conference position for securing playoff position this weekend.

The Pack will play at home on Friday night against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. On Sunday afternoon they will do battle with the Rochester Americans and sandwiched in between the two is a trip to Bridgeport on Saturday to tangle with the Sound Tigers.

The Pack split last weekend’s action. They started with a 5-0 shutout over the Portland Pirates and played perhaps their most complete game of the season. However, the following night they were unable to change the scoreboard from a zero. A primary reason for the failure to score was the goaltending of Albany Devils netminder, and ex-Wolf Pack, Yann Danis. Continue reading

SCRIVENS: MORE SHAKEUP IN NWHL

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NWHL COO AND INTERIM WHALE GM GEORGE SPEIRS RESIGNS
League To Take Over Team Operations In Interim

BY: Jenny Scrivens, NWHL

NEW YORK, NYThe National Women’s Hockey League today announced the resignation of NWHL COO and interim Connecticut Whale GM George Speirs.

Speirs joined the league in August 2015 and was instrumental in the league’s success so far this year.

“We’d like to thank George for his service and everything he’s done to help get the league off the ground,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan. “Despite rumors to the contrary, the league’s best interests were always top of mind with George and we’re saddened by his decision to leave.”

The league will take over team operations until a suitable replacement is found.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL WOMEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE (NWHL)
The NWHL is the first professional women’s hockey league in North America to pay its players. The inaugural season begins October 11, 2015 and playoffs conclude in March 2016 when the first NWHL championship team raises the Isobel Cup.