Category Archives: ECHL

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK AND MONARCHS GAME THREE PREVIEW

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – Simply put, the Hartford Wolf Pack must-win Game Three of the Eastern Conference Finals if they have any hope of keeping their Championship aspirations alive.

Should the Pack go down 3-games-to-0 to the best team in the AHL’s regular season, and the top seed overall in the Calder Cup playoffs, the Manchester Monarchs, in all likelihood they will have dug themselves a hole that would probably be too high to climb out of.

For the Pack to accomplish this goal, they must take care of one crucial task in order to secure a victory and that’s to disrupt and negate the effects of the Monarchs top line consisting of Jordan Weal – Mike Mersch and Brian O’Neill. The three forwards have accounted for 62% of the Monarchs’ entire postseason goals and have amassed a staggering 51 points between them. Continue reading

CANTLON: (A DAY LATE, BUT…) PACK CLOCKED IN GAME 2 OF ECF

Hartford Wolf Pack revised      VERSUS      Manchester Monarchs

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

MANCHESTER, NH – Mike Mersch’s hat trick powered the Manchester Monarchs to a 7-4 victory in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Finals over the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack at the Verizon Center in front 4,003 of Saturday night. The win gave the Eastern Conference’s top seed a two-game to nothing lead in their best-of-seven series.

“There are certain things we have to do (better) in managing the puck, maintaining checks,” said a downcast head coach Ken Gernander. “That’s where (improvement) will start.” Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK AND MONARCHS START ECF

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS    Manchester

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – While in the midst of a six-game losing streak in late February and early March, the Hartford Wolf Pack struggled and so did its veteran goalie Yann Danis. At that time, his best supporter’s words rang true in the cold of the Champions Skating Center.

“Never count him out,” Kyla Danis said speaking of her husband.

Those very words, with just a slight tweak on the nouns, best describe this Wolf Pack playoff team.

“Never count them out” Continue reading

CANLTON’S CORNER: PACK PREPARE TO OVERTHROW MONARCHY

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Cromwell, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack have begun preparation for their trip to the Eastern Conference Finals  for the first time since 2004 where they will take on the Manchester Monarchs.

For the Pack, this is going to feel like going to the gym and ratcheting up an exercise bike to increase the load because what faces them in Manchester will certainly seem like a steep upgrade in the incline.

The Monarchs registered 109 points, the best record in the AHL, during in the regular season. Skating for the Monarchs is the league’s MVP and top point earner in points (22 goals, 58 assists, 80 points).  in former Yale product, Brian O’Neill. The Monarchs also feature the league’s third-leading scorer during the regular season, Jordan Weal. The very fleet of foot Weal is second in post-season scoring with 10 goals, 5 assists, and 15 total points. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: BETWEEN GAME NOTES, NOTES & MORE NOTES

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon. Howlings

Here are some between games news and notes.

DANIS AHL BEST

So if you throw out Richard Bachman of the Oklahoma City Barons, who only played in four games and Malcolm Subban who played in just two for the Providence Bruins, then Yann “Cool Hand” Danis, who’s played in all nine games for the Hartford Wolf Pack in the post-season, would statistically be the second best goaltender in the AHL playoffs just slightly behind Utica’s giant Swede, Jacob Markstrom. Danis is currently listed as fourth overall.

Danis is first in minutes played (599:22), first in saves (268) and shots faced (285), second in GAA (1.70) and second in save percentage (94.0%), a smidgen behind the Hershey Bears’ Pheonix Copley, who’s played in just five games (94.6%). Markstrom is third at (93.4%). Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK WIN – WILL HOST DECIDING GM 5 FRIDAY NIGHT

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Providence

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Hartford Wolf Pack live to play another day.

The Pack started out slow, but finished strong and in doing so earned themselves a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins  Tuesday night. The win, before 4,437 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, kept the Pack’s playoff hopes alive by tying the Best-of-Five series at two games each and forcing a fifth and deciding game Friday night at the XL Center starting at 7pm.

Head Coach Ken Gernander was asked if his team can exhale now? “Just a little bit,” the one-time team captain said. “The penalties didn’t help us get off to a good start, but the penalty kill did a great job tonight. Two goals were enough tonight and we competed very hard.”

The Pack’s third period was by far their strongest of the night as they scored a key and timely goal and then their team defense did the rest. Continue reading

FUEHRING: ROADIES ANNOUNCE 2015-2016 SCHEDULE

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16ROAD WARRIORS UNVEIL 2015-16 SCHEDULE

Home opener set for Friday, October 23 against South Carolina

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors 

Greenville, SC The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are proud to unveil their 2015-16 regular season schedule. For the second consecutive year, the Road Warriors will begin the season in Orlando on Saturday, October 17, before returning to the Upstate for the home opener on Friday, October 23 against the South Carolina Stingrays.

The ECHL schedule is comprised of 72 games: 36 home and 36 away. Once again, the Road Warriors will boast a family and fan-friendly schedule that has 27 of the team’s 36 home games being played on a Friday night, Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon. Greenville’s home schedule will also feature seven Thursday night home games, one Monday night game and one Tuesday night contest. 

VIEW THE FULL SCHEDULE  Continue reading