Category Archives: AHL

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

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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

CRAWFORD: PACK IN THE PHANTOM ZONE SATURDAY

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 18, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 44-27, and had a 24-5 shots advantage in the third period, Saturday night at the PPL Center, but fell to the Phantoms 6-4, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

It was nearly a mirror image of the previous night’s game, which saw the Wolf Pack outshot 44-18, including 25-5 in the third, but prevailed by a score of 3-2.

Justin Fontaine had a goal and an assist for Hartford Saturday, and Steven Kampfer and Chris Brown had two assists apiece, but Danick Martel had the game-winning goal and an assist for Lehigh Valley, and Andy Miele and T.J. Brennan added a goal and an assist each. Continue reading

RANGERS AND CAPS MIX IT UP ON SUNDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 37-19-1 (75 pts)
Capitals: 39-11-6 (84 pts)*

* Washington plays against the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon in Detroit prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow

BY: The New York Rangers 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 58th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 19, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (12:30 p.m. ET – TV: NBC Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven games (6-1-0), as well as nine of their last 12 contests (9-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 37-19-1 record this season.

RANGERS VS. CAPITALS

  • All-Time: 95-91-18-7 (51-41-9-4 at home; 44-50-9-3 on the road)
  • 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the second of four meetings between the Rangers and Capitals, and the first of two meetings between the two teams at MSG. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (0-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road), and the Blueshirts defeated the Capitals, 4-2, in the first meeting between the two teams on Oct. 22 at Washington. Jimmy Vesey recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal, in the contest. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers and Capitals will face each other on the following dates: Feb. 28 (at MSG), Apr. 5 (at Washington).
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in 17 of their last 24 games against Washington, dating back to Dec. 12, 2010 (15-7-2). In addition, the Blueshirts have registered at least one point in eight of their last 11 contests against the Capitals (7-3-1).
  • The Rangers have tallied at least three goals in nine of their last 11 games against Washington.

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CRAWFORD: (FRI) PACK AIN’T AFRAID OF NO GHOSTS

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 17, 2017 – Brandon Halverson made a Hartford Wolf Pack season-high 42 saves Friday night at the PPL Center, as the Wolf Pack defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2, despite being outshot 44-18.

The game was the first of a back-to-back set between the two teams in Allentown.

Philip McRae had the third-period game-winning goal for the Wolf Pack and added an assist, and Marek Hrivik and Nicklas Jensen also had Wolf Pack goals.  Mark Alt and Scott Laughton scored for the Phantoms in the third, in which Lehigh Valley outshot Hartford 25-5. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK RETURN ALLAN MCPHERSON AND SPIRO GOULAKOS TO ECHL GREENVILLE

WOLF PACK RETURN ALLAN MCPHERSON AND SPIRO GOULAKOS TO ECHL GREENVILLE

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McPherson had Played in 28 Games with Hartford, Goulakos five

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, February 15, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has released forward Allan McPherson from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement, and has returned defenseman Spiro Goulakos on loan to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

McPherson, who had been with the Wolf Pack since December 5, skated in 28 games with Hartford, contributing one goal and three assists for four points and serving 14 minutes in penalties.  Prior to joining the Wolf Pack, the third-year pro out of Clarkson University had logged seven games with the Swamp Rabbits, producing one goal and three assists for four points and registering one minor penalty. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) PACK LOSE IN HERSHEY

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HERSHEY, PA – After stealing one in Springfield the night before, the Hartford Wolf Pack couldn’t duplicate the same success in Hershey dropping a 4-2 decision to the Bears on Saturday night before 10,561 at the Giant Center.

The Bears took a lead at 7:57 of the first period when Travis Boyd intercepted Pack starting goaltender, Brandon Halverson’s, clearing attempt from behind the net. Boyd came along the right wing boards and deposited the puck into the open net for his eleventh goal of the season and gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. It was the 33rd time out of 49 games played that the Pack’s opposition has scored the game’s first goal.

The Bears added to their lead on a gorgeous play at 18:11. Continue reading