Category Archives: AHL

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

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

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

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

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