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CANTLON: PACK GIVE THE DEVIL THEIR DUE – MOVE INTO 3RD IN DIV

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - The Hartford Wolf Pack brought a lead into the third period and held on to win a tight 3-2 decision over the visiting Albany Devils in a rare Thursday night contest at the XL Center.

The Wolf Pack record improves to 13-9-2-1 (29 points) are moves them into sole possession of third place in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference ahead of Albany who’s record dropped to 12-8-1-4 (27 points) and the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, (also 27 points). Albany falls to the bottom of the division as they’ve played one more game than Bridgeport has. The Wolf Pack trail the second place Syracuse Crunch (14-7-3-0) by two points. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: NEWS UPDATE

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT It’s another big weekend of three-games-in-three days for the Hartford Wolf Pack, but with a slight twist.

The Pack visit the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night to kick things off where they started the regular season. They will return home for a Saturday night tilt at the XL Center to play the Springfield Falcons followed by a Sunday afternoon encounter with the Binghamton Senators.

Getting back from Syracuse on Friday should be fun.

“Our travel is so much better than most teams. We can’t complain,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “It’s part of pro hockey; travel. It’s not NHL East Coast – West Coast. We have a big weekend and we have to have a good performance.”

Gernander’s club left Thursday, a day ahead of time, to alleviate the quick turnaround. Over the years, other AHL teams usually cite cost concerns and haven’t done that. Continue reading

CANLTON: PACK SHUTOUT BY ADMIRAL’S DANIS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - The injury riddled Norfolk Admirals won just their second road game of the season behind the stellar goaltending of Yann Danis who made 35 saves in a 2-0 win over the Wolf pack before 3,870 at the XL Center Friday night.

The Pack pressed hard in third seeking a way to solve Danis, a veteran goalie making his sixth straight start for Norfolk. Danis signed a PTO with the Admirals when former Wolf Pack goaltender Jason LaBarbera was recalled to Anaheim due to injuries.

“We generated more shots than on most nights,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “I’m not sure though how many grade A scoring chances we (really) had.” Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: A THANKSGIVING APPETIZER

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

ROSTER CHANGES 

The weekly Hartford Wolf Pack roster cha-cha-cha continues. Back to the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL) heads good guy defenseman, Bretton Stamler, while the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliates, the Greenville Road Warriors receive forward Chris McCarthy. Making the return trip back to Hartford from Greenville is defenseman Steve Spinnell who’s played in three games for the Wolf Pack. Spinnell has no points and 11 PM  and a minus-1.

One change to this lineup change is that Bretton Stamler’s life has taken a right turn after he signed a deal with the Hamburg Freezers of the German DEL for the remainder of the season because of an injury to their veteran, former Philadelphia Phantom Frederik Cabana.

According to a team press release, the recommendation to Sports Director and one-time New Haven Nighthawk, Stephane Richer, was from former Hartford and Greenville teammate and current Freezer defenseman Sam Klassen.

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CANTLON’S CORNER: INTRODUCING RYAN BOURQUE’S OLDER BROTHER CHRIS

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT - For Chris Bourque a month after playing with his younger brother Ryan on the Hartford Wolf Pack has already given him a moment he will always cherish.

When Chrphotois scored a power play goal against the Worcester Sharks two weeks ago, the primary assist came off a pass from the right-wing side from Ryan. The smile Chris had on his face after the play turned into a goal was not just about giving the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead, it was the culmination of a lifelong experience the two brothers have shared mostly against one another that they could now rejoice in together. It was their first scoring play where the two were directly involved for the Wolf Pack. Continue reading

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

CANTLON’S CORNER: LOTS AND LOTS OF ROSTER MOVES

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

WOLF PACK ROSTER MOVES

The Hartford Wolf Pack roster continues its trip around the Merry-Go-Round with adjustments seemingly coming almost every weekend.

Jesper Fast is latest to get the call for the trip to New York. Returning to the Connecticut capitol are defenseman Conor Allen and veteran forward, Ryan Malone, 34, who was signed in the off-season to a two-way deal. Malone will be paid $100K at the AHL level as he comes off a stint in the NHLPLA Performance Enhancing Substance Abuse program. Malone is the son of former Hartford Whaler, Greg Malone. Continue reading