RABBITS ADVANCE TOKEN TO READING, LOOK TO COLLECT 2 POINTS

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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

RANGERS LOSE AS PRICE OUT-DUELS LUNDQVIST IN SHOOTOUT

   Game Summary                                             MTL: C. Price (W)    NYR: H. Lundqvist (OT)          Event Summary                                                                                                                                          Shootout Summary

–        POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least one point in eight of their last nine games (7-1-1 record over the span), as well as in 11 of their last 14 contests (10-3-1 record over the span).

–        HOME COOKING – The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in each of their last six home games, dating back to Feb. 5 vs. Calgary (5-0-1 record over the span).

–        TWO GOOD – The Rangers have allowed two goals or fewer in regulation in 10 of the last 14 games and in 36 of 59 games this season. The Blueshirts have posted a 30-4-2 record in those 36 contests in 2016-17. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: Edition 17

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 17

Swamp Rabbits head into six-game road trip after tying longest win streak of the season

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Statement Week For Swamp Rabbits

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (28-19-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, started a week’s worth of home games against the North Division leading Manchester Monarchs and South Division leading Florida Everblades. Thursday night the Swamp Rabbits began the week with a teeter-totter matchup against Manchester. Trailing 3-2 in the final two minutes of regulation, Angelo Miceli netted the game-tying goal to force overtime before scoring the game-winning goal in the extra time. Two nights later, Greenville fans saw similar heroics. The Florida Everblades held a 4-2 lead early in the third period before the Swamp Rabbits scored three unanswered goals. Bretton Cameron deflected in Greenville’s second power-play goal of the game, followed by another game-tying goal from Miceli. With exactly one minute left on the clock, Justin DaSilva fired in his sixth goal of the season and first career game-winner. The win lifted Greenville to a 7-0-0-0 record at home dating back to January 15th and also continued a streak of five consecutive wins. Despite a close contest against the Everblades on Sunday, the Swamp Rabbits couldn’t complete the sweep, dropping the contest by a score of 4-3. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK SIGN TOMMY THOMPSON TO PTO

WOLF PACK SIGN TOMMY THOMPSON TO PTO

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Forward Returns for a Second Stint with Hartford

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, February 21, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Tommy Thompson to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Thompson, a 26-year-old rookie out of St. Lawrence University, played one game with the Wolf Pack on an earlier PTO, going scoreless with one shot on goal.  In 43 games with the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, the 6-1, 196-pound Thompson has 14 goals and 13 assists for 27 points, plus 21 penalty minutes.  He is tied for third on the Greenville club in goals and tied for fifth in points.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is this Friday night, February 24, when the Hershey Bears come to the XL Center for a 7:15 PM game.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 and $2 beers through the start of the second period, and the first 2,000 fans will receive the fourth of four sets of Wolf Pack 20th-anniversary trading cards being given away during this 2016-17 season, presented by KOTA. The set is comprised of the group of the players chosen as the top five all-time in franchise history.

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.

DUAL ANTHEM NIGHT TUESDAY AT MSG

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MONTREAL CANADIENS
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 38-19-1 (77 pts)
Canadiens: 31-20-8 (70 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 59th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 21, against the Montreal Canadiens in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won seven of their last eight games (7-1-0), as well as 10 of their last 13 contests (10-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 38-19-1 record this season. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 20-26, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Feb. 20-26, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (19-28-3-2, 43 pts., .413) started a three-game weekend with a 3-2 win at Lehigh Valley this past Friday night, in the front end of a back-to-back set in Allentown, but lost the rematch Saturday evening, 6-4.  The weekend concluded with a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of the Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday.  Brandon Halverson made a Wolf Pack season-high 42 saves, including 23 in the third period, in Friday’s win, and Justin Fontaine stretched a personal season-high point-scoring streak to seven games (5-4-9) with 2-2-4 in the three tilts.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS 

This week:

It’s another three-games-in-three-days set for the Wolf Pack this weekend, as the club continues a stretch of playing six out of seven games at home.  The Hershey Bears visit the XL Center on Friday night for a 7:15 PM game, and then the Wolf Pack head to Springfield on Saturday night for a 7:05 date with the Thunderbirds.  On Sunday the Binghamton Senators make their only regular-season visit to Hartford, for a 5:00 faceoff. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 20

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 20

1 – Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) – Gropp registered a multi-point game in each of the first four games he played last week, recording nine points (three goals, six assists) over the span. He extended his point streak to a career-high, 16 games before the streak ended in Seattle’s final game of the week on Feb. 19 at Portland.

During his 16-game point streak, Gropp…

  • Registered 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) and a plus-21 rating
  • Recorded 26 primary points (either a goal or the primary assist on a goal); 12 of his 21 assists were primary assists
  • Posted a six-game assist streak (Jan. 21 – Jan. 31), a seven-game assist streak (Feb. 8 – Feb. 18), and an eight-game goal streak (Feb. 3 – Feb. 14)
  • Recorded 11 multi-point games, including eight consecutive multi-point games from Feb. 7 – Feb. 18
  • Posted a plus-one rating or better in 13 contests

In addition, the Rangers’ second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in 21 of the last 23 contests, registering 41 points (16 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-28 rating in those 23 games. Gropp leads Seattle in points (65), is tied for the team lead in goals (25), and ranks second in assists (40) this season, and he has established his WHL career-high in assists in 2016-17. Continue reading

KOHLER: PACK DROP ANOTHER – THIS ONE TO SPRINGFIELD

      VERSUS      

Springfield Thunderbirds 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 19, 2017Justin Fontaine and Steven Kampfer scored first-period goals for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center,  but goaltender Mike McKenna and the Springfield Thunderbirds were able to fend off Hartford’s offensive attack for the remainder of the game, to earn a 4-2 victory.

The Thunderbirds did not take long to open the scoring, as just 1:07 into the contest, Mackenzie Weegar fired a shot from the right point after taking a pass from Jayce Hawryluk. The puck that found its way past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (23 saves).

At 3:41, Hartford’s Adam Chapie caused a Thunderbird turnover and fired a beautiful outlet pass to Fontaine to create a breakaway opportunity for the Pack. Fontaine was able to corral the puck and send it to the front of the cage, where it was ultimately deflected by Springfield defender Mike Downing’s skate into the back of the net to even the score at one. Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS WIN STREAK CUT OFF BY BLADES

     VERSUS      

Swamp Rabbits Have Win Streak Clipped By Blades

Greenville ends three-game week on the wrong end of 4-3 game with Florida, ending five-game win streak

BY Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (28-19-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, matched up with the Florida Everblades (34-10-2-3) down to a third-period decision of 4-3, taking their first loss at home in over a month. The Swamp Rabbits held the lead twice against the Everblades, but couldn’t hold on for a weekend sweep of the South Division leaders. Greenville’s home win streak comes to an end at five straight games while also going 4-1-0-0 in a five-game home stand.

The Swamp Rabbits dominated the early part of the hockey game, putting on a show for a season-high 7,276 fans at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The puck luck found Florida first, despite being out shot 9-3 in the first ten minutes. The Everblades Matt Harrington would net the first goal of the game at 12:39, but it didn’t take long for Greenville’s response. Less than a minute later, Tyler Brown deflected his third goal of the season into the net. Matt Prapavessis flew a shot to the front of the net for the fifth-year pro to redirect it past Anthony Peters. Continue reading