KOHLER: PACK HIBERNATE IN SECOND – BEARS DO NOT – PACK LOSE BIG

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Hershey Bears 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 24, 2017 – The Hershey Bears exploded for five goals in a span of 9:26 in the second period Friday night at the XL Center, on the way to a 6-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Ryan Graves scored the Wolf Pack’s goal, but Stan Galiev had a pair of goals for the Bears, and Travis Boyd and Liam O’Brien added a goal and an assist each.

The Wolf Pack began the game with strong defensive effort, as they did not allow a shot on goal for the first eight minutes of the opening period.

The Pack had the first power play chance of the game, after former Wolf Pack captain Ryan Bourque was called for hooking at 8:48.

Just over twenty seconds into the penalty, Tyler Lewington was booked for slashing, which gave Hartford a two-man advantage for 1:38. Continue reading

TOSTI: ADMIRALS SINK SWAMP RABBITS

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Early Deficit Sinks Swamp Rabbits Against Admirals

Greenville rallies late for chance at comeback but come up just short first game of three-in-three

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Norfolk, VAThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (29-20-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, would battle back to score three straight goals in the second and third periods tonight, but landed on the wrong side of a 5-3 decision against the Norfolk Admirals (20-29-4-0). Greenville is now 3-3-0-0 against Norfolk this season and will play the rubber match game tomorrow night at 7:15 p.m. from the Norfolk Scope.

Nearing the end of the second period, the Swamp Rabbits were down 4-0 and a spark came their way. Matt Prapavessis lobbed a puck down the ice for Michael Joly in the offensive zone. After the winger controlled it in the corner, he slid a pass to the top of the right circle where Ahti Oksanen unloaded a rifled shot into the back of the net. The rookie’s 14th of the season would not go unnoticed. Continue reading

RANGERS: LOOKING TO GIVE THE DEVILS THEIR DUE AT THE ROCK TOMORROW

NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers: 39-19-2 (80 pts)
Devils: 25-25-10 (60 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 61st game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set tomorrow, Feb. 25, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Prudential Center (5:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won eight of their last 10 games (8-1-1), as well as 11 of their last 15 contests (11-3-1), and enter the contest with a three-game point streak (2-0-1). The Rangers have posted a 39-19-2 record this season. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS START FINAL MONTH ON THE ROAD

Preview: Swamp Rabbits Successful Month Moves to Norfolk

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
 Fri, Feb. 24 7:30 p.m. (EST) at Norfolk Admirals Listen – Watch – 

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (29-19-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, continue a six-game trip away from home tonight against the Norfolk Admirals (19-29-4-0) at the Norfolk Scope. Greenville began the week with a 5-3 victory over the Reading Royals and looks to continue its winning ways entering the final two games of the regular season series against the Admirals. Greenville is 3-2-0-0 versus Norfolk this season, following a dominating 6-2 victory on February 8th at the Scope. Both Michael Joly and Nick Betz recorded a pair of goals in the victory. The Swamp Rabbits scored a season-best five third period goals, launching the team on a five-game winning streak. The 7:30 p.m. puck drop begins a stretch of three games in three nights for Greenville. Norfolk returns to the ice tonight after suffering a devastating 7-4 defeat against the Florida Everblades on Wednesday night. The Admirals owned a 4-3 advantage in the contest with less than 10 minutes left in the game. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK READY FOR ANOTHER THREE-IN-THREE

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The  Hartford Wolf Pack are preparing for another three-games-in-three-days. Last weekend’s tough three-game set saw them losing in two of the three of them putting a post-season playoff berth in serious jeopardy.

This weekend the Pack will tango with the Hershey Bears tonight and then the Binghamton Senators on Sunday afternoon. Sandwiched in-between those two games is a quick trip up I-91 to Springfield to face the Thunderbirds.

It’s odd to have a Wolf Pack team that’s not in the thick of competing for a playoff spot. Missing the playoffs is one thing, but now the final month of the regular season becomes a second training camp. The team has 24 games left, and they’re 25 points behind the Providence Bruins for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. Since only the top four teams only qualify for the playoffs, at this point, it would take a Titanic collapse, and a historical Wolf Pack run that would allow them to make the postseason.

It’s hard to swallow anyway you slice it. Continue reading

ANOTHER SHOOTOUT FOR TE RANGERS AND ANOTHER WIN

    Game Summary                                            NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)  TOR: F. Andersen (OT)     Event Summary                                                                                                                                         Shootout Summary

  • WINNING WAYS – The Rangers’ 39 wins in 2016-17 are tied for the second-most the team has earned through the first 60 games of one season in franchise history. The Blueshirts have earned at least 39 wins through the first 60 games of a season five times in franchise history (1971-72, 1972-73, 1993-94, 2011-12, 2016-17), and the only season in which the Rangers earned more than 39 wins through the first 60 games was 1972-73 (40). The Rangers are tied for second in the NHL in wins this season. The Blueshirts have won eight of their last 10 games (8-1-1), as well as 11 of their last 15 contests (11-3-1). Continue reading

CRAWFORD: FOURTH WOLF PACK 20TH ANNIVERSARY PLAYER CARD SET GIVEAWAY IS TONIGHT

FOURTH WOLF PACK 20TH ANNIVERSARY PLAYER CARD SET GIVEAWAY IS TONIGHT

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Features Top Group of five Players among Top 20 All-time in Franchise History

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, February 24, 2017:  The first 2,000 fans into the Hartford Wolf Pack’s home game tonight vs. the Hershey Bears at the XL Center will receive a special set of Wolf Pack trading cards.

These cards will depict the top five players among those chosen the top 20 all-time in franchise history.  The cards are presented by KOTA.

Following are the players in this fourth of four 20th-anniversary commemorative card sets being given away during the 2016-17 Wolf Pack season, with their years and stats as Pack players:

  • #1 – Ken Gernander (F, 1997-2005, 599 GP, 160-187-347)
  • #2 – Derek Armstrong (F, 1997-2001, 265 GP, 105-204-309)
  • #3 – Brad Smyth (F, 1997-2002, 2005-06, 345 GP, 184-181-365)
  • #4 – Jason LaBarbera (G, 2000-05, 182 GP, 91-54-16, 2.11, 92.6, 21 SHO)
  • #5 – J.F. Labbe (G, 1998-2001, 116 GP, 59-41-11, 2.91, 91.0, 3 SHO)

As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans tonight can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all remaining Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

TOSTI: RABBITS RIDE THE RAILS TO VICTORY OVER READING

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Swamp Rabbits Protect Early Lead in 5-3 Victory

Greenville takes first-period lead and never looks back against Royals to begin six-game road trip

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Reading, PAThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (29-19-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, were only tied with the Reading Royals (31-18-1-2) for 15 seconds tonight, hanging onto a first-period outburst for a 5-3 win. The Swamp Rabbits netted three goals in the first period, propelling the team to an undefeated record in six games against North Division opponents.

Brandon Alderson spent parts of the last two seasons in Reading but has burst out with a career year in Greenville. In his return trip to the Santander Arena, the fourth-year pro came out swinging. Fifteen seconds into the contest, Alderson gave Greenville the lead as he crashed to the slot and guided the first shot of the night past goaltender Mark Dekanich. The tally extended Alderson’s point streak on the road to nine games, earning eight goals and five assists in those contests. Continue reading

RABBITS ADVANCE TOKEN TO READING, LOOK TO COLLECT 2 POINTS

Preview: Swamp Rabbits Make Tracks For Reading

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 Wed, Feb. 22 7:00 p.m. (EST) at Reading Royals Listen – Watch – 

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BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (28-19-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, hit the road for a six-game stretch beginning with a tilt versus the Reading Royals (31-17-1-2) tonight at 7 p.m. Greenville will take the ice at the Santander Arena in Reading, PA twice this week, finishing a four-game season series with the Royals on Sunday evening. The teams matched up in Greenville in December with the Swamp Rabbits earning a pair of one-goal wins. Bretton Cameron netted two shorthanded goals to singlehandedly sealed a 2-1 victory the first night. The Swamp Rabbits then battled back to earn a 5-4 victory the following night. Since those contests, the playoff contenders have propelled into second place in their respective divisions riding hot streaks during the first two months of 2017. Greenville’s leading scorer Angelo Miceli hit the 50-point mark (14G, 36A) last week and carries an eight-game point streak into the evening. Robbie Czarnik leads the Royals with 46 points (19G, 27A). Continue reading

AFTER DEFEAT TO HABS, RANGERS LOOK TO TURN OVER NEW LEAFS

NEW YORK RANGERS at TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017, 7:30 p.m. ET
Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON
Rangers: 38-19-2 (78 pts)
Maple Leafs: 28-20-11 (67 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 60th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 23, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Air Canada Centre (7:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last nine games (7-1-1), as well as 10 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-2 record this season. Continue reading