Category Archives: Connecticut Whale

CANLTON: CT NATIVE MCDONALD LEADS BST IN ROUT OF HWP

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - Wethersfield native Colin McDonald scored two goals and added two assists pacing the Bridgeport Sound Tigers to a  6-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night before 4,627 at the XL Center. The Sound Tigers win allowed them to claim sole possession of first place in the Northeast Division with 19 points.

The Sound Tigers (9-3-0-1) via McDonald’s outstanding pass ended any chance of a Wolf Pack (8-4-1-0) comeback. On the play, defenseman Ryan Pulock off McDonald’s feed, snapped the puck past Pack starting netminder, Cedrick Desjardins, at 8:44 and extended the Sound Tiger lead to 4-1. McDonald followed that up a goal at 14:04 when he was off the left wing and converted a pass from Jessie Graham for his second of the year since being sent down to the AHL by the parent New York Islanders. Continue reading

FUEHRING: KYLE JEAN HEADS BACK TO AHL

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Greenville, SC The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced center Kyle Jean has signed a professional tryout contract (PTO) with the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League (AHL).    Continue reading

BECK: CHANGES GALORE TO RANGERS, PACK, ROADIES

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The New York Rangers are getting healthier with key players now returning from injury. Defenseman Kevin Klein (foot) and former Hartford Wolf Pack (and CT Whale) forward, Mats Zuccarello (lower body) returning to action Wednesday night at MSG, and the expected return this weekend of center Derek Stepan and soon thereafter defenseman Dan Boyle likely next week, along with John Moore finishing his suspension after two more games, and with d-man Ryan McDonagh just another week, maybe two away, the Rangers have begun to shift personnel.

The ball starts rolling with forward/center Chris Mueller being sent back to Hartford today from the Rangers. Expect Conor Allan to follow suit shortly and quite possibly Michael Kostka heading to Hartford when McDonagh is healthy enough to return. That move triggered Pack General Manager to release fan favorite Jared Nightingale from his PTO. With Mueller’s return, that sends the Wolf Pack over the allowable AHL veteran limit as well as the contract limit.

Schoenfeld also sent both Michael Kantor and Shawn O’Donnell to Greenville to play with the Road Warriors.

Still to b e determined is if the Rangers will hold onto veteran Ryan Malone who cleared waivers and has not decided on whether or not he will accept a demotion to the AHL or refuse to report and opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.

Here’s the official release on Mueller’s reassignment and the Pack/Nightingale moves:

RANGERS ASSIGN CHRIS MUELLER TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, November 6, 2014 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has assigned forward Chris Mueller to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Mueller has skated in seven games with the Rangers this season, registering one goal and one assist for two points. He tied a single-game NHL career-high with two points and posted a plus-one rating on October 21 at New Jersey.

The 5-11, 210-pounder tallied a goal in his only game with the Wolf Pack this season on Oct. 12 at Syracuse.

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WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES

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Kantor, Nightingale and O’Donnell Head to ECHL

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, November 6, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld today announced three Wolf Pack player moves.

Forward Michael Kantor has been reassigned by the parent New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, forward Shawn O’Donnell has been loaned to the Road Warriors by the Wolf Pack, and defenseman Jared Nightingale has been released from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack, and will be returning to the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye.

Kantor, a second-year pro and a 2013 Ranger free-agent signee out of the Ontario Hockey League, has missed the Wolf Pack’s last nine games after being injured in the Wolf Pack’s season opener October 12 in Syracuse.  O’Donnell, a second-year man out of St. Mary’s University, has skated in three games with the Wolf Pack this season, going scoreless and Even, with 17 penalty minutes.  He signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack July 22, 2014.

Nightingale had seen action in six Wolf Pack games since signing his PTO October 13, and had chipped in one assist and a +5, with two PIM.  The ninth-year pro played one game with Toledo this year prior to joining the Wolf Pack.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is a two-game trip to Hershey to take on the Bears, and the first of those two battles is this Saturday night, November 8.  That game faces off at 7:00 PM, and all of the action can be heard live on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The Pack’s next home game at the XL Center is Friday, November 14, with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers making their first visit of the year to Hartford.  Once again this season every Friday night home game features $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all 2014-15 Wolf Pack home games are now on sale at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

CANTLON: PACK TAKES A BITE OUT OF SHARKS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack held off a late rally by the Worcester Sharks and went on to win 4-3 Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.

The win pushed the second place Wolf Pack (6-2-1-0 – 13 points) to within one point of the Albany Devils in the Northeast Division. Albany lost in overtime to the Portland Pirates, 2-1.

The Sharks connected twice in a span of 2:01 in the third period to take a game the Wolf Pack had under control and made it a much closer game than it should have been.

Freddie Hamilton scored his Shark leading fifth goal on the power play from the side of the net off a pass from defenseman Danill Tarasov at 16:47. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK START SHIFT CAROUSEL

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Bretton Stamler Returns to Wolf Pack from Gwinnett, Dallas Jackson in from Greenville

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, November 2, 2014:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed defensemen Bretton Stamler and Dallas Jackson to Professional Tryout (PTO) agreements.

Stamler, a 27-year-old fourth-year pro, began this year with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL, after splitting last season between the Wolf Pack and its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors.  The 6-1, 203-pound Stamler has skated in five games with the Gladiators this season, notching three assists, two penalty minutes and a team-best +4 rating. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: THE RETURN OF THE NIGHTINGALE

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Even the cook remembered him.

For Jared Nightingale, it was a pleasant surprise last week while in Toledo of the ECHL playing for the Walleye and as the team was getting ready to leave for a road trip, Head Coach Derek Lalonde told him to get his gear. He knew that meant he was headed for the AHL on a recall. When he was told it was Hartford. he was heading to, “I had a big smile on my face.”

The capital city holds a special place in his hockey life. Continue reading

WARRIORS STING RAYS IN SHOOTOUT

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WARRIORS BATTLE BACK FOR 3-2 SHOOTOUT WIN

Jean ties game late as Greenville takes first of three-games vs. Stingrays

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC Kyle Jean scored the game-tying goal with just over four minutes to play in the third period and Jeff Malcolm (3-1-0-0) stopped four of five shots in a shootout as the Greenville Road Warriors (3-2-0-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, beat the South Carolina Stingrays 3-2 on SANDLAPPER Securities Rink at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.  Continue reading