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CANTLON’S CORNER: UCONN HOCKEY SEASON REVIEW

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT As the second year of the University of Connecticut playing in Hockey East comes to a close with a two-game sweep by the University of Vermont a lot was accomplished, and yet a lot more seems to be on the horizon.

Head coach Mike Cavanaugh was clear on his objectives when he joined UConn from Boston College, where he was an assistant to Jerry York for ten years.

“I told players we’re building something here, and I care about three things; Graduating players, Making them better men, and to compete for trophies. I expect that (seniors) Shaun (Paul), Patrick (Kirtland), Joey (Ferriss) and Kyle (Huson) will graduate with a 3.0 or higher and in my eyes will graduate as better men. We just didn’t get the trophy for them.”

Cavanaugh made a promise to those outgoing seniors and his other former players. Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS MAKE TRADE

rp_Greenville-Swamp-Rabbits-300x225.pngSWAMP RABBITS TRADE KNACKSTEDT TO QUAD CITY

Reassignments prompt Greenville roster move

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced veteran forward Jordan Knackstedt has been traded to the Quad City Mallards in exchange for future considerations.

The move puts the Swamp Rabbits’ roster back at four veterans, the maximum a team may carry at any one time under ECHL guidelines. Veterans on Greenville’s current roster include Bretton Cameron, Rob Kwiet, Jack Combs and Garett Bembridge.

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RANGERS: LOOKING TO OVERTHROW THE CROWN

Rangers Game PreviewNEW YORK RANGERS vs. LOS ANGELES KINGS
Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers:
 31-18-5 (67 pts)
Kings: 32-17-3 (67 pts)*

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 55th game of the 2015-16 season and begin a three-game homestand tomorrow, Feb. 12, against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts are in second place in the Metropolitan Division and third place in the Eastern Conference. New York has won each of its last four games, five of its last six games (5-1-0), and seven of its last nine games (7-2-0). The Rangers have earned at least one point in 13 of their last 19 games (12-6-1), including 12 of their last 17 games (11-5-1) and 11 of their last 15 games (10-4-1). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a 31-18-5 record this season (67 points).

RANGERS VS. KINGS

  • All-Time: 67-45-16-1 (37-20-6-0 at home; 30-25-10-1 on the road)
  • 2015-16: Tomorrow’s game is the first of two meetings between the Rangers and Kings, and the only meeting between the two teams at MSG. Following tomorrow’s game, the Rangers and Kings will face off against each other on the following date: Mar. 17 (at Los Angeles).
  • 2014-15: The Rangers posted a 1-1-0 record (0-1-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) against Los Angeles. The Blueshirts recorded six goals in the two contests, and each of the two games was decided by two or fewer goals. Dan Boyle led the Rangers with three points (one goal, two assists) in the season series.
  • The Rangers have earned at least one point in six of their last nine games against the Kings, dating back to Dec. 17, 2008 (5-3-1).

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CANTLON’S CORNER: THIS WEEKEND PREVIEW

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It’s not often that an early season set of games can carry so much weight, but for the Hartford Wolf Pack, this coming weekend’s trio of games might could make or break the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates.

The Wolf Pack (6-8-2-0) left Thursday afternoon for a Friday night date in Utica to play the Comets. The two teams will dance again on Sunday afternoon at 3pm at the XL Center. In between those two games will be a Saturday night visit to Hartford by the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for the first time this season.

“We had a good week of practice and are ready to go. Now it is up to us tp respond. We worked on a  couple of different areas and one we’re always concerned about (puck management),” Head Coach Ken Gernander said.

Captain Ray Bourque and his teammates are aware of the importance this trio of games means to them. “Clearly the last two weeks haven’t gone as planned. We are just staying focused on this weekend and to go into it with the best mentality and attitude that we can and look forward to the next game. That’s what most impotant. We’re traveling to Utica and expect a very good road game tomorrow.” Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS PREVIEW

GreenvillePREVIEW: SWAMP RABBITS GEAR UP FOR A TRIO OF HOME GAMES

Pucks ‘N Paws, Halloween game and more headline promotional lineup

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Date                   Time                Opponent                 Location

Fri, Oct. 30         7:00 p.m.         vs. Atlanta                  Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Sat, Oct. 31        3:00 p.m.         vs. Evansville             Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Sun, Nov. 1         3:00 p.m.         vs. Florida                 Bon Secours Wellness Arena

THE STORY COMING IN  

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (3-1-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, open their second consecutive three-game series tonight with a 7:00 p.m. puck drop against the Atlanta Gladiators at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville is on a three-game winning streak after sweeping a trio of games last weekend against division rivals South Carolina and Florida. Jack Combs led the squad with five points (1g, 4a) last week while Josh Nicholls and Bretton Cameron each scored three times. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: IT’S SHOWTIME FOR PACK

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT – When you come up to the XL Center Saturday night, make sure you buy a game program; you’re going to need one.

The 19th edition of the Hartford Wolf Pack (one more than the Hartford Whalers, but who’s counting) is unveiled tomorrow night at the XL Center. Game time is set for 7pm.

The team that skated into the hearts of Pack fans everywhere last spring with a thrilling run to the AHL conference finals has changed significantly in the off-season. Twelve members of that group have left and scattered across the hockey playing universe. There are, however, some skilled and popular players from that group who will be returning and mixing with a new cast. The new group includes many with good skills sets. How Head Coach Ken Gernander and his staff make it all fit together is still to be determined. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK START PRESEASON WITH OT WIN

rp_hartfordwolfpackpuck_thumb.jpg      VERSUS      Bridgeport Sound Tigers

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Kodie Curran scored off a three-on-none break giving the Hartford Wolf Pack a 3-2 win in overtime over the host Bridgeport Sound Tigers at Wonderland of Ice Thursday night.

The winning play came during the three-on-three formatted overtime at 5:49.

Michael St. Croix led the breakout off the right wing boards. St. Croix advanced on former Avon Old Farms product, Parker Milner, after exchanging passes with Curran. Milner went for St. Croix’s deke and then fed Curran who was open and buried the shot into the open net.

“It was my first game in over five months and it doesn’t get any easier than that,” Curran said. “It was all St. Croix. He made a great play with three-on-three. There is a lot of open ice out there. He made the goalie bite on the move and I had an open net,” Continue reading