Category Archives: Hartford Wolf Pack

RANGERS: RAANTA NOT SHARP IN RETURN TO ACTION

Post Game NotesBY: The New York RangersCaptureBox ScoreCaptureOFFICIAL GAME REPORTS   GOALIES                                                   Game Summary                          LAK: P. Budaj (W) NYR: A. Raanta (OT) Event Summary

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–        HOME COOKING – The Rangers extended their point streak at home to nine games (7-0-2). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 11 of their last 12 home contests (9-1-2) and have posted a 19-4-2 record in their last 25 home games. The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 22 of their last 26 home games (19-4-3) and in 23 of 28 home games in 2015-16 (20-5-3). New York is tied for the NHL lead – and leads the Eastern Conference – in points at home this season (43). Continue reading

OXNARD: PACK START 3-IN-3 WEEKEND WITH LOSS TO PENGUINS

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BY: Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 12, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their second straight loss Friday night at the XL Center, falling to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by a score of 3-1.

Nicklas Jensen’s third-period goal was the Wolf Pack’s only scoring.  Kael Mouillierat had a goal and an assist for the Penguins, and Anton Zlobin scored the game-winning goal.  Matt Murray stopped 26 out of 27 shots in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net.

Jensen was disappointed with the team’s erratic play, saying, “We’ve got to play a full 60 minutes, or else we’re not going to win hockey games. That was the case tonight.”

Mouillierat scored the only goal of the first period, as Josh Archibald’s feed from the right-wing side went off of Mouillierat’s skate and past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (20 saves) at 11:21. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: JENSEN FUELING PACK SURGE

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – It may have seemed like a minor deal at the time, but the Hartford Wolf Pack have gained immensely from the New York Rangers‘ acquisition of Nicklas Jensen from the Vancouver Canucks.

Jensen has proven to be a key cog in the wheel of the Pack’s turnaround. Despite the implied superstition of wearing number 13, Jensen has been a lucky charm so far.

On January 8th, Jensen was acquired in a trade for Emerson Etem and a sixth round draft pick. Etem was a bust in New York after being acquired from Anaheim over the summer for speedster and former Wolf Pack, Carl Hagelin, who has since been traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The adjustment for Jensen from his first time being traded as a professional, initially took some time for him to settle in and he’s received a lot of support. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: RED HOT PACK PREP FOR THREE IN THREE

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack (24-21-2-0) start this weekend’s action in sixth place in the Atlantic Division and ninth overall in the Eastern Conference. The Pack can make some strides in their conference position for securing playoff position this weekend.

The Pack will play at home on Friday night against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. On Sunday afternoon they will do battle with the Rochester Americans and sandwiched in between the two is a trip to Bridgeport on Saturday to tangle with the Sound Tigers.

The Pack split last weekend’s action. They started with a 5-0 shutout over the Portland Pirates and played perhaps their most complete game of the season. However, the following night they were unable to change the scoreboard from a zero. A primary reason for the failure to score was the goaltending of Albany Devils netminder, and ex-Wolf Pack, Yann Danis. Continue reading

HAWK’S EYE: MEGNA BECOMING MEGA-MAN

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Wolf Pack’s Megna: Raising the Ceiling

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

CROMWELL, CT – Seeing the Hartford Wolf Pack’s Jayson Megna play now, at age 26, it’s hard to believe that back when he was NHL draft-age, no team saw fit to spend a pick on him.

Megna, who was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida but grew up in the Chicago area, is 6-1 and 195 pounds, is an explosive skater, and is possessed of enough hand skills to have scored 26 goals for a 97-point Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguin club last season, his third year as a pro.  Yet, he was almost completely overlooked by the hockey world as a teenager. Continue reading

FUEHRING: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY – Week 17: February 7 – February 14

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Week 17: February 7 – February 14

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

LAST WEEK’S RECAP

Overall Picture: The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (22-19-6), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, kicked off the month of February last week by splitting a pair of games with the Orlando Solar Bears in Central Florida. Entering Week 17, Greenville continues to sit fourth in the South Division standings and now ranks eighth in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of Elmira.

The Swamp Rabbits opened the week in thrilling fashion when Jordan Knackstedt went top shelf and buried the game-winning goal with just 3.3 seconds remaining in a 6-5 victory at the Amway Center on Thursday. Knackstedt’s game-winner was one of three unanswered goals in the third period, lifting Greenville to a come-from-behind win and helping the team eclipse the 50-point mark this season. Knackstedt (2g, 1a), Scott Fleming (2g, 1a), Kodie Curran (3a) and Bretton Cameron (2a) all chipped in multiple point efforts on the night. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 9-14, 2016

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (24-21-2-0, 50 pts., .532 pts. percentage) came out of the AHL All-Star break Friday night with their most convincing victory of the season, a 5-0 road shutout of the Portland Pirates. Magnus Hellberg made a Wolf Pack season-high 35 saves in that game for his third whitewash of the season, and Tommy Hughes and Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist apiece. It was the Wolf Pack offense that ran dry Saturday night in Albany, though, as former Wolf Pack goaltender Yann Danis blanked Hartford in a 3-0 verdict for the Devils.  That was just the second loss in the last 12 games for the Wolf Pack, who have climbed to within three points of a playoff spot in the Atlantic Division. Continue reading