Category Archives: Hartford Wolf Pack

TOSTI: PACK RECALL SKAPSKI

Mackenzie Skapski Receives Call Up to Hartford

Swamp Rabbits goaltender headed to AHL to join Wolf Pack before three-game weekend series

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced that goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from Greenville to the Hartford Wolf Pack. The netminder has earned eight wins this season and is coming off a 27-save victory on Sunday over Cincinnati. Hartford begins a three-in-three on Friday night, opening the weekend against the Toronto Marlies.

The Abbotsford, BC native has played in 17 ECHL games with the Swamp Rabbits this season. Skapski owns an 8-7-0-0 record and made 28 saves against the South Carolina Stingrays for his second career shutout earlier in December. In 17 appearances, he has attained a 3.06 goals against average and .902 save percentage. The 6-foot-3 goaltender achieved the longest win streak of his career, winning five consecutive games in net from December 8th through December 16th. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS WEEKLY: EDITION 12

Swamp Rabbits Weekly: Edition 12

Swamp Rabbits split the week, topping a pair of South Division opponents ahead of All-Star Classic

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

TAKE A BREAK

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (19-16-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, finished a four-game week with a pair of wins. The Swamp Rabbits bookended the 4-in-5 set with a 6-3 win on Wednesday over the Atlanta Gladiators and a 3-2 victory versus the Cincinnati Cyclones. The set of South Division contests pushed Greenville to 41 points and a three-point advantage over the Cyclones for fourth place in the standings. Tyler Brown and Brandon Alderson opened the week with two multi-point efforts on Wednesday and Trevor Gerling finished on Sunday with a goal and an assist. The Swamp Rabbits are now 2-4-0-1 in the month of January with five more games to play. The ECHL teams break for the 2017 CCM /ECHL All-Star Classic presented by I LOVE NY this week and resume play on Friday. Continue reading

RANGERS LOOK TO GET BACK ON TRACK WITH DALLAS

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. DALLAS STARS
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 28-15-1 (57 pts)
Stars: 18-18-8 (44 pts)*

* The Stars play against the Buffalo Sabres this afternoon in Buffalo prior to facing the Rangers tomorrow

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 45th game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Jan. 17, against the Dallas Stars at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 17 games (11-6-0), including eight of its last 13 contests (8-5-0) and five of its last eight games (5-3-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-15-1 record this season. Continue reading

RANGERS ASSIGN MAREK HRIVIK TO HARTFORD

RANGERS ASSIGN MAREK HRIVIK TO HARTFORD

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned Marek Hrivik to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hrivik has skated in 16 games with the Rangers this season, registering two assists and two penalty minutes. He has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in 12 of his 16 games with the Rangers in 2016-17. Hrivik made his season debut with the Blueshirts on Dec. 6 against the Islanders, and he recorded his first career NHL power play assist/point on Dec. 29 at Arizona.

The 6-2, 197-pounder has skated in 20 games with the Wolf Pack this season, registering eight goals and nine assists for 17 points, along with a plus-three rating and eight penalty minutes. At the time Hrivik was recalled by the Rangers on Dec. 5, he led Hartford in points and shorthanded goals (two), was tied for the team lead in goals and assists, and was tied for second on the team in plus/minus rating this season. In addition, he has recorded a point in 13 of 20 AHL games in 2016-17.

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 9 – JAN. 15

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: JAN. 9 – JAN. 15

  1. Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) – Fontaine registered three goals/points in two games last week. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal/point streak to four games, and he has tallied eight points (six goals, two assists) over the span. Fontaine has registered 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists) and a plus-15 rating in 35 games this season.
  2. Igor Shesterkin, G, SKA St. Petersburg (KHL) – Shesterkin posted a 3-0-0 record, along with a 1.95 GAA and a .923 SV% in three appearances during the week. The Rangers’ fourth round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 29-3-1 record, along with a 1.55 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 8 SO in 35 appearances in the KHL this season. Shesterkin ranks third in the KHL in SV% and ranks fourth in the league in GAA this season.
  3. Ty Ronning, RW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) – Ronning registered a goal/point in each of Vancouver’s two games last week, tallying three points (two goals, one assist) over the span. The Rangers’ seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has notched a point in seven of the last eight games, recording 10 points (six goals, four assists) during the stretch. Ronning ranks second on Vancouver in goals (18) and points (38), and he is tied for second in assists (20) this season.

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CRAWFORD: (SAT) PACK DOUBLED UP BY ICECAPS

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St. John’s IceCaps 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

St. John’s, Newfoundland, January 14, 2017 – Late third-period goals for the St. John’s IceCaps 1:29 apart, by David Broll and Anthony Camara, sent the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-2 defeat Saturday night at Mile One Centre, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had defeated the IceCaps the night before, winning 2-1 in overtime.

Steven Kampfer and Nicklas Jensen scored power-play goals for the Wolf Pack Saturday, and Brandon Halverson made 30 saves.  Max Friberg and Alexandre Ranger had the other St. John’s goals, and Tom Parisi added two assists.  Former Wolf Pack Yann Danis was the winner in net, with 24 stops. Continue reading

HAWK’S EYE: PACK MCCAMBRIDGE HAS A SOFT SPOT FOR ST. JOHN’S

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – This weekend marked Hartford Wolf Pack assistant coach Keith McCambridge’s first return to St. John’s, Newfoundland since his four seasons as the St. John’s IceCaps’ first head coach.

And when asked Friday, before the Wolf Pack’s first of two games at St. John’s’ Mile One Centre against the IceCaps, what stands out most in his memory from his time on “The Rock”, as it is affectionately known, McCambridge’s answer came quickly.

“Just the people, how friendly the people are,” he said with an affectionate smile.  “From when you land at the airport, just having the chance to say hi to people again and walking around downtown, just the culture and how friendly the people are and how hard working they are.

“It was a great four years.  (IceCaps COO) Glenn Stanford and (President/CEO) Danny Williams do an awesome job with regards to running this organization.  It’s real special to be back here.”

There is a melancholy side, however, to this trip for McCambridge, who left St. John’s with the Winnipeg Jets’ affiliation after the 2014-15 season.  That is because, barring an unforeseen change in circumstances, this is the last year for the IceCaps in Newfoundland.  The parent Montreal Canadiens are set to move the franchise to Laval, Quebec for 2017-18. Continue reading

RANGERS: LEAFS NOT HOSPITABLE GUESTS AT MSG

Game Summary                                TOR: F. Andersen (W)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)         Event Summary

–        THREE’S COMPANY – The Chris KreiderDerek StepanMats Zuccarello line has tallied 27 points (11 goals, 16 assists) over the last eight games (including tonight). The three players have registered 51 points – including 19 goals – in the Rangers’ 19 games since Dec. 1. Zuccarello has registered an assist on 11 of Kreider’s last 12 goals, dating back to Dec. 3 vs. Carolina.

–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 36 shots on goal in tonight’s contest. The Blueshirts have recorded at least 30 shots on goal in each of the last two games and in five of the last eight contests.

–        FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 207th consecutive regular season sellout and the Blueshirts’ 248th consecutive sellout (regular season and playoffs combined). The Rangers’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK WIN IN OT

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Hartford Wolf Pack 2, St. John’s IceCaps 1 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

St. John’s, Newfoundland, January 13, 2017 – Chris Brown’s goal at 2:07 of overtime gave the Hartford Wolf Pack a 2-1 win over the St. John’s IceCaps Friday night at Mile One Centre, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams in St. John’s.A

On the winning play, Brown, who had been denied on a chance moments earlier by IceCap goaltender Charlie Lindgren, re-gathered the puck, cut across the middle of the zone and down the slot, and fired a hard snap shot cleanly past Lindgren on the stick side.

“It’s just, get pucks on net and hopefully they go in,” Brown said.  “The first one, I had a couple of rebounds and they just didn’t go in.  But [Mat Bodie] made a great read, setting a nice little pick for me, and I kind of walked down and just shot it.  And fortunately, it went in.” Continue reading

RANGERS TO TAKE ON LEAFS TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 28-13-1 (57 pts)
Maple Leafs: 18-13-8 (44 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TODAY’S GAME

The Rangers play their 43rd game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set today, Jan. 13, against the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has won 11 of its last 15 games (11-4-0), including eight of its last 11 games (8-3-0) and five of its last six games (5-1-0). The Rangers have posted a 28-13-1 record this season. Continue reading