TOSTI: PACK RECALL SKAPSKI

Mackenzie Skapski Receives Call Up to Hartford

Swamp Rabbits goaltender headed to AHL to join Wolf Pack before three-game weekend series

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced that goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from Greenville to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The netminder has earned eight wins this season and is coming off a 27-save victory on Sunday over Cincinnati. Hartford begins a three-in-three on Friday night, opening the weekend against the Toronto Marlies.

The Abbotsford, BC native has played in 17 ECHL games with the Swamp Rabbits this season. Skapski owns an 8-7-0-0 record and made 28 saves against the South Carolina Stingrays for his second career shutout earlier in December. In 17 appearances, he has attained a 3.06 goals against average and .902 save percentage. The 6-foot-3 goaltender achieved the longest win streak of his career, winning five consecutive games in net from December 8th through December 16th. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 12

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 12

Swamp Rabbits split the week, topping a pair of South Division opponents ahead of All-Star Classic

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

TAKE A BREAK

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (19-16-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished a four-game week with a pair of wins. The Swamp Rabbits bookended the 4-in-5 set with a 6-3 win on Wednesday over the Atlanta Gladiators and a 3-2 victory versus the Cincinnati Cyclones. The set of South Division contests pushed Greenville to 41 points and a three-point advantage over the Cyclones for fourth place in the standings. Tyler Brown and Brandon Alderson opened the week with two multi-point efforts on Wednesday and Trevor Gerling finished on Sunday with a goal and an assist. The Swamp Rabbits are now 2-4-0-1 in the month of January with five more games to play. The ECHL teams break for the 2017 CCM /ECHL All-Star Classic presented by I LOVE NY this week and resume play on Friday. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 17-22, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 17-22, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, HartfordWolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (14-21-3-1, 32 pts., .410) reached the halfway point of their season this past week, winning two out of three road games.  The week began with a 3-1 victory at Rochester on Wednesday night, keyed by two goals from Nicklas Jensen and a 31- save performance by Brandon Halverson.  In the first of back-to-back games in St. John’s, Newfoundland Friday night, the Wolf Pack downed the IceCaps 2-1 in overtime, with Chris Brown netting the OT game-winner.  St. John’s held the Wolf Pack off in the rematch Saturday night, though, prevailing 4-2.  Jensen upped his team-leading goal total to 18 with a power-play strike in that game.

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CANTLON: FROZEN OUT AT FENWAY, UCONN SHUT OUT BY MAINE

Frozen Fenway Maine Shuts Out UCONN 4-0

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BOSTON, MA Maine’s Cam Brown’s three points and Rob McGovern’s 31 saves helped the University of Maine shutout UCONN 4-0  in the first of two Hockey East games to close out the 2017 Frozen Fenway series.

“It was a terrific game for our team. Our guys did a good job dealing with the special elements of playing outdoors. The ice was great today considering all the distractions and we did a good job with that,”  Maine head coach Dennis ‘Red” Gendron said. “Our players played with great intelligence today and got pucks to the net, played really well defensively and obviously, Rob McGovern pitched a shutout and had to make some good saves. It was a good day for our team.”

UCONN’s record drops to 9-8-6 overall, 5-4-2 HEA. Maine ups its mark to 8-11-3 overall, 2-7-1 HEA.

While on a delayed penalty, Maine expanded their lead in the third period to 3-0 as Brendan Robbins had a quality shot stopped by UConn netminder, Adam Huska. Tage Thompson tried to make an outlet pass, but Robbins was there to intercept it. Robbins then fed Maine’s leading scorer, Cam Brown who dished the puck off to Rob Michel. The Maine defenseman then sent a 55-foot laser that sailed past Huska at 7:55 for his sixth of the season in as many games.

For Brown, it was his team-high 22nd assist.

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TOSTI: RABBITS TO HOST 2ND ANNUAL BUSINESS POWER PLAY

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits host 2nd Annual Business Power Play Presented by South State Bank

A night of hockey and networking for Upstate businesses

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC The Greenville Swamp Rabbits are excited to host the second annual Business Power Play event, presented by South State Bank. The event will be held on Thursday, February 16th at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

Business Power Play is a night that will bring together the business community, highlighting the important role local professionals’ play not only in economic development but in the success of the Upstate. Part of that future success includes the involvement of Pulse Young Professionals a program of the Greenville Chamber’s Leadership Development. The program provides various networking opportunities throughout the year for YP’s to connect with peers and local business leaders. The Greenville Chamber’s Young Professionals will kick-off the year with a reception alongside business leaders before the game starts.

Local businesses provided tremendous support for last season’s event by participating as “Puck Promoters.” Similarly, as a part of their participation in the event, businesses receive a block of lower level tickets for the game, recognition throughout the evening and the opportunity to network among other Greenville businesses.

“We were thrilled with the support of last season’s Business Power Play, and we are excited to build on that success and have a great turnout this season,” said Chris Lewis, President and General Manager of the Swamp Rabbits. “This night provides a fun way for local companies to come together, network, share ideas and potentially create their own partnerships in a fun, exciting setting that provides a unique opportunity for business development.”

“We are excited to return as the presenting sponsor for Business Power Play and look forward to another successful event with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits,” said Mike Coggin, the Upstate regional president of South State Bank. “Business Power Play is a great way to celebrate the Greenville business community.”

For more information on Business Power Play and opportunities for involvement, please contact Emily Peck at emily@smoakpr.com or 864-235-8330.

RANGERS LOOK TO GET BACK ON TRACK WITH DALLAS

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DALLAS STARS
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 28-15-1 (57 pts)
Stars: 18-18-8 (44 pts)*

* The Stars play against the Buffalo Sabres this afternoon in Buffalo prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 45th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Jan. 17, against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 17 games (11-6-0), including eight of its last 13 contests (8-5-0) and five of its last eight games (5-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-15-1 record this season. Continue reading

RANGERS ASSIGN MAREK HRIVIK TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN MAREK HRIVIK TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned Marek Hrivik to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hrivik has skated in 16 games with the Rangers this season, registering two assists and two penalty minutes. He has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 12 of his 16 games with the Rangers in 2016-17. Hrivik made his season debut with the Blueshirts on Dec. 6 against the Islanders, and he recorded his first career NHL power play assist/point on Dec. 29 at Arizona.

The 6-2, 197-pounder has skated in 20 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with a plus-three rating and eight penalty minutes. At the time Hrivik was recalled by the Rangers on Dec. 5, he led Hartford in points and shorthanded goals (two), was tied for the team lead in goals and assists, and was tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating this season. In addition, he has recorded a point in 13 of 20 AHL games in 2016-17.

RANGERS RECALL MAGNUS HELLBERG

RANGERS RECALL MAGNUS HELLBERG FROM HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg, 25, has appeared in 25 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-4 record, along with a 2.91 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last five appearances, including one goal in two of those contests (3-2-0 record, 1.80 GAA, .942 SV% over the span).

The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in 176 career AHL games over five seasons (2012-13 – 2016-17), posting an 82-65-13 record, along with a 2.45 GAA, a .915 SV%, and 13 SO. In his first season with the Wolf Pack in 2015-16, Hellberg posted a 30-20-3 record, along with a 2.40 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 3 SO in 53 appearances. He established AHL career-highs in appearances and wins last season, and he became the first Wolf Pack goaltender to register 30 wins in one season since 2004-05 (Jason LaBarbera).

Hellberg has appeared in two NHL games in his career. He appeared in one game with the Rangers last season, making his debut with the Blueshirts on Dec. 20, 2015, vs. Washington.

The Uppsala, Sweden, native was acquired by the Rangers from Nashville in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on July 1, 2015.

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 9 – JAN. 15

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 9 – JAN. 15

  1. Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) – Fontaine registered three goals/points in two games last week. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal/point streak to four games, and he has tallied eight points (six goals, two assists) over the span. Fontaine has registered 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 35 games this season.
  2. Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) – Shesterkin posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 1.95 GAA and a .923 SV% in three appearances during the week. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 29-3-1 record, along with a 1.55 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 8 SO in 35 appearances in the KHL this season. Shesterkin ranks third in the KHL in SV% and ranks fourth in the league in GAA this season.
  3. Ty Ronning, RW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) – Ronning registered a goal/point in each of Vancouver’s two games last week, tallying three points (two goals, one assist) over the span. The Rangers’ seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has notched a point in seven of the last eight games, recording 10 points (six goals, four assists) during the stretch. Ronning ranks second on Vancouver in goals (18) and points (38), and he is tied for second in assists (20) this season.

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MCGINNISS: THE FORCE PUTS TITANS BACK ON WINNING WAYS OVER WATERTOWN

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BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT Tyler Noseworthy had two goals and Nick Niedert stopped 24 of 26 shots as the Titans snapped a 3 game losing streak by defeating the Watertown Wolves by a score of 6-2 on Star Wars night at the Danbury Ice Arena on Sunday. The Danbury faithful came out for Star Wars night and posted the highest attended game of the season so far with over 1500 fans in attendance.

Tim Richter was signed yesterday by the Titans and made his season debut, taking the spot of Tyler Becker in the Danbury lineup. The Naugatuck native would not wait long to make his presence felt as his shot from the point was put home by Mike Dolman to give the Titans an early 1-0 lead. Dean Yakura would receive the second assist on Dolman’s 6th of the season and 2nd in as many games. Continue reading