Category Archives: ECHL


gerry-cantlon1-150x1501BY: Gerry Cantlon, Exclusive to Howlings

The world of AHL hockey is beginning its first major structural change since it absorbed six teams from the bankrupt International Hockey League (IHL) back in 2000.  The changes won’t happen immediately, but over the next two years.

On Tuesday morning, the City of Abbotsford, in the fifth year of a contracted ten year deal, announced they were not renewing the agreement with the Calgary Flames. Continue reading


greenville-road-warriors211Connor Knapp Becomes Fifth Road Warrior to Play in NHL

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Buffalo Sabres goaltender Connor Knapp became the fifth Greenville Road Warriors alumni to play in the NHL. On Saturday, Knapp made his first career appearance in the Sabres 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins.

Knapp, 23, was the sixth goaltender to play for the Sabres this season after being recalled to Buffalo on Friday to relieve Matt Hackett. The former Road Warriors goaltender stopped 6 of 7 shots faced in his NHL debut. On Saturday, Knapp made 22 saves and earned an assist for his first career point with Buffalo in the Sabres 4-3 shootout loss.

Knapp played 16 games with the Road Warriors this season and posted a 7-7-2 record. He tallied a 2.32 goals against average and a .933 save percentage while in Greenville. The York, New York native is fourth in all-time Road Warriors history with 884 career saves. Knapp was drafted in the sixth round by the Sabres in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Knapp now becomes the fifth Road Warriors alumni to play in the NHL. He joins fellow goaltenders Cam Talbot and Nathan Lieuwen as well as defensemen Marc-Andre Bourdon and Julien Brouillette. Four of those five have made it to the NHL this season.

Single game tickets to the first round of the 2014 ECHL Playoffs are on sale now. The home dates are finalized and the Road Warriors will take on the Kalamazoo Wings at home on Wednesday, April 23th, Friday, April 25th. If necessary, the series versus the Wings will continue at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Saturday April 26th at 7 p.m. Group tickets for 15 or more people can be purchased for as low as $10! To learn more about group pricing, call a Road Warriors Ticket Account Representative at 864.674.PUCK!


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WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 14-20, 2014

bob-crawford3-150x139BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (35-32-1-6, 77 pts.) ensured themselves of finishing above .500 for a 17th straight season this past week, and stretched a win streak to a season-high seven straight before falling 6-2 to the St. John’s IceCaps Sunday, in the Pack’s last road game of the year.  Prior to that the Wolf Pack defeated the Worcester Sharks 2-1 in Worcester Wednesday, and registered their most lopsided victory of the year Saturday in St. John’s, scoring a season-high seven goals in a 7-2 win.  David LeNeveu stopped 66 of 69 shots in the first two games of the week, and Danny Kristo and J.T. Miller had 2-2-4 apiece in the two games in St. John’s.

This week:

The Wolf Pack finish their 17th season of AHL play with a pair of home games this weekend.  The Springfield Falcons invade the XL Center on Friday night for a 7:00 PM game, and then the Bridgeport Sound Tigers help the Wolf Pack close out 2013-14 on “Fan Appreciation Night” Saturday, also a 7:00 faceoff.  Continue reading


greenville-road-warriors211BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Recap of the Week

The Road Warriors went 0-3-1 this week against the South Carolina Stingrays, the Orlando Solar Bears, and the Florida Everblades.

Greenville fell to South Carolina 3-2 in a shootout on Tuesday, April 8th. The game was scoreless until the second period when South Carolina scored two goals within two minutes early in the period. Michael St. Croix cut the lead to 2-1 midway through the period and Andrew Yogan tied the game at 2-2 with two minutes left in the period. With a scoreless third period and overtime, the game entered into a shootout. Jeff Malcolm stopped three out of four shots and with the Road Warriors unable to score, the Stingrays won 3-2. Continue reading


greenville-road-warriors211Road Warriors to Play Kalamazoo Wings in Round One

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Greenville, SC: Today the Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers, announced the team’s round one schedule for the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs as well as the team’s 23-man playoff roster.

The Road Warriors Drive for the Kelly Cup is presented by the Greenville News and begins on Friday at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan at 7:30 p.m. in a best-of-seven series. The format will include a “two-three-two” style series with the Wings home-ice advantage bringing four potential games to Kalamazoo. The Wings claimed the North Division title and the second seed in the Eastern Conference with a regular season record of 42-22-8. Greenville sits in the seventh seed with a record of 39-27-8. The schedule for the Road Warriors first round is as follows: Continue reading


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Road Warriors Fall Short in Comeback Attempt

BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Orlando, FL: The Road Warriors staged late comeback attempt that fell short on Sunday after in a 5-4 against the Orlando Solar Bears.

Ian Slater gave Orlando an early lead with a score 5:07 into the game. Andrew Rowe tied the game with a power play goal and his 31st of the season. The goal would tie an all-time single season record for Greenville. Taylor Matson responded to return Orlando to a one-goal lead with a power play goal. His 18th of the year was scored in the slot after a shot block trickled to him. Josh Nicholls tied the game once again with another power play goal to end the period. The goal was his 20th of the season giving the Road Warriors four 20-goal scorers this season. Continue reading


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BY: Andy Zilch, Greenville Road Warriors

Estero FL: The Road Warriors stormed out of the gate with an early goal but Florida scored six unanswered goals to hand Greenville a 6-1 loss on Saturday night.

Josh Nicholls began the scoring with a one-timer in the slot on a pass from Andrew Rowe. The goal was scored 1:08 into the first period and Kyle Jean added the other assist. Stefan Della Rovere tied the game at one with a goal after a slap shot from teammate Austin Levi. Levi broke his stick on the shot which left Della Rovere to score his fifth of the season. Philip-Michael Devos gave Florida a 2-1 lead after intercepting an Andrew Yogan pass. The first period concluded with Evan Bloodoff scoring on a short-handed breakaway to move the score to 3-1. Continue reading