Category Archives: CTWhale

CANTLON: PACK CLINCH FIRST AND THIRD

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Albany

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Sometimes, a loss can devastate a team and other times, it can bear fruit. For the Hartford Wolf Pack, Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Albany Devils in the New York capitol combined with the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 loss on their last game of the regular season to the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers secured the Northeast Division title and locked in the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates to the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The division title is the team’s fourth in franchise history and first since 2008-09.

The Wolf Pack will host the Providence Bruins in the, “Best-of-Five,” first round series that is likely to start Wednesday night because the XL Center is booked for a concert Thursday through Friday. If the Pack are to play home Saturday, it will take quite a bit of work to get the arena ready. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: UPCOMING PACK WEEKEND AND NEWS

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Seems like training camp opened yesterday, but sadly the opposite is true as the AHL regular season for the Hartford Wolf Pack comes to a close this coming weekend. But don’t be blue, because after a two year absence, there will be spring hockey at the XL Center.

The 2014-2015 regular season wraps up with the home finale Friday night against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Saturday, the Pack head to Albany for a face-to-face with the Devils and then the last game comes Sunday afternoon in Bridgeport against the Sound Tigers.

“There’s lot to play for. It’s a part of the equation (seeking home ice for the first round), but we want to keep playing good, sound hockey and peaking at the right time,” head coach Ken Gernander remarked. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK WEEKEND PREVIEW

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

This coming weekend the Hartford Wolf Pack will play a pair of important back-to-back games that will complete a very tough stretch of three-games-in-four-days. The Wolf Pack come off a tough 4-3 loss Wednesday night to the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins; a game where they fired 40 shots at the Penguins netminder, Jeff Zatkoff.

Coming into the XL Center on Friday night will be the Syracuse Crunch who they have some very tough physical match-ups with this season.

Syracuse sits atop the Northeast Division at 40-19-9-0 (89 points). The Crunch have an eight point bulge over the second place Wolf Pack (36-23-5-4, 81 points) and, despite several recalls to their NHL parent club, the Tampa Bay Lightning, are 7-2-1-0 in their last ten games. Continue reading

CANTLON: (FRIDAY) PACK AIN’T ‘FRAID OF NO GHOSTS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack registered their fourth consecutive win defeating the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2 before 4,686 at the XL Center Friday night.

The Wolf Pack built a two goal lead early in the third period as Ryan Bourque drifted on the right wing and from forty feet out took a Mike Kostka pass and one timed it for his eleventh of season beating Phantom netminder Rob Zepp over his glove hand at 2:23.

“It was a good one-timer off a nice pass from Kostka,” Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander said. “It was a good rush and (Ryan Bourque) had a shooter’s mentality.”

The younger Bourque’s goal turned out to be his second game-winner of the season. On the goal, Chris Mueller picked up his third assist of the game and has now registered eleven points in his last nine games. Continue reading

CANLTON: PACK HAVE THEIR FILL OF HERSHEY CHOCOLATE

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Hershey Bears 5 Defeats Hartford Wolf Pack -3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - The Hershey Bears scored twice on just three shots in the third period to pull away from the Hartford Wolf Pack for a 5-3 win Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 7,192 at the XL Center.

The loss, the Wolf Pack’s fifth in a row (0-4-1), dropped them out of the playoffs and into ninth place in the conference standings with a month to go in the regular season.

The Portland Pirates have the edge over the Pack despite the teams being tied with 68 points. The Pirates have two more wins than Hartford does, the latest, a 5-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, came Saturday night.

The dagger in the heart came from two former CT Whale players who factored into the game winning goal. Continue reading

CANLTON: (FRIDAY) SHARKS PUT A BITE INTO WOLF PACK

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Worcester Five Goal Second Downs the Wolf Pack

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

After a solid first period, the rest of the way the Worcester Sharks dominated as they scored five times in the second period to drop the Hartford Wolf Pack 5-2 Friday night.

The two teams are now tied for the sixth spot in the conference standings with 68 points. Hartford faces the leagues hottest team, the Hershey Bears, Saturday afternoon at 3:30pm.

The Sharks came out quickly and scored in bunches. In the second period they tied the game at two with both goals coming just 1:13 apart. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 23-March 1, 2015

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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (30-17-4-3, 67 pts.) split four games this past week, to take over second place in the Northeast Division and fourth spot in the Eastern Conference.  After a 3-2 loss in Portland Tuesday night, the Pack won back-to-back overtime games on the road, both on goals by Oscar Lindberg.  Lindberg scored 33 seconds into OT Friday night in Springfield, giving the Wolf Pack a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the Falcons, and the second-year Swedish import struck again at the 5:48 mark of the extra session Saturday night at Lehigh Valley.  That capped off a wild, 5-4 Hartford triumph, but Sunday saw a 6-0-1-0 home-ice streak come to an end for the Pack, in a 4-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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