TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Fall to Admirals Second Half Surge
Greenville hangs even with Norfolk but club falls victim to a career night by Christian Horn.
BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Norfolk, VA – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (21-34-7-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, held a 2-2 tie with the Norfolk Admirals (24-32-6-1) in the second period but were upended by their South Division opponent 6-3 at the Norfolk Scope tonight. Greenville and Norfolk square off again tomorrow night at 7 p.m., facing off for the sixth and final time this season.
Greenville was relentless right from the drop of the puck. The Admirals were on their heels for much of the first period and the effort paid off. Matt Prapavessis chased down the Admirals behind the net and forced a turnover to Joe Basaraba on the left side of the crease. A quick tap by the alternate captain found the inside of the right post to put Greenville up 1-0 less than five minutes into the opening period.
One call would change the momentum of the game in the first period. After a faceoff, Grant Besse came to the bench with an injury to his face. Play resumed for nearly two minutes before a stoppage came to the play. Norfolk was awarded a four-minute power play chance for high sticking and the Admirals took advantage of it. Christian Horn net two goals from the left circle on the power play to begin a career best four-point night. The power play tallies put the Admirals ahead at the intermission with 14 shots on net.
In the second period, a perfect step up by the Swamp Rabbits forced a turnover on the right wing. Dawson Leedahl stepped up to force the puck away from the Admirals and passed it over to Sean Flanagan on the left side of the ice. The defenseman then one-touched the puck to J.T. Henke in front of the crease for a wide-open tap in. The rookie’s third of the season tied the game up less than four minutes into the second period.
The Admirals capitalized on another break to retake the lead. A clearing effort hit the skate of a Norfolk defender getting onto the bench and bounced the other way. Domenic Alberga scooped it up and moved into the offensive zone before passing the puck across to Alex Pompeo on the left side of the ice. The one-timer beat Ty Rimmer in net at 8:25 of the period giving Norfolk an advantage they never surrendered. Rimmer made 27 saves in the contest but was saddled with the loss. His counterpart Ty Reichenbach finished the game with 26 saves for the win.
Horn completed the hat trick before the end of the period. The winger turned the puck up the ice on an odd-man rush. While sliding into the slot, he toe-dragged around a defender and launched a shot just inside the post for his 14th of the season. The Admirals took the 4-2 lead into the break.
Grant Besse and Alberga earned a pair of goals in the third period off of turnovers that extended the lead to 6-2. Garret Clemment then tacked on one for Greenville in the final four minutes in transition. He followed up a loose puck from Austin McKay who was hooked on a partial breakaway, netting his fifth of the season past Reichenbach.
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NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: MAR. 12
- Brett Howden tallied an assist/point in all four games he played with Moose Jaw during the week, registering six points (one goal, five assists) in the four contests. He also posted two multi-point games over the span. Howden, who was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Feb. 26, recorded two points (one goal, one assist) and was selected as the game’s Third Star on Mar. 7 vs. Lethbridge. In addition, he tallied two assists, led all skaters with 14 faceoff wins (14-for-17), and posted a plus-one rating on Mar. 11 vs. Brandon. Howden extended his assist/point streak to five games (two goals, six assists over the span), and he has recorded at least one point in 13 of his last 16 games. The 19-year-old, who was selected by Tampa Bay in the first round (27th overall) of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, has registered 69 points (24 goals, 45 assists) and a plus-26 rating in 46 WHL games with Moose Jaw this season. Howden’s 45 assists this season are a new WHL career-high, and his plus-26 rating is on pace to be a career-high. He ranks 12th in the WHL in points per game this season (1.50). Howden has posted a multi-point game in eight of his last 16 games and has recorded 23 points (six goals, 17 assists) over the span.
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CANTLON’S CORNER: Wolf Pack Ready for Big Weekend
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – The dust has settled from Monday’s trade deadline and this is the Hartford Wolf Pack that, for the remaining six weeks of the regular season, will need to have a big run in order to make the playoffs.
“We’ve been focused on that for some time, and now we see how the division is shaking out,” head coach Keith McCambridge said. “We have had our magnifying glass on our player’s development. It’s also important that we gather points and keep ourselves in the mix for the post-season.”
The Pack record is 26-25-4-3. They are just one point behind the fifth-place Bridgeport Sound Tigers and six behind the fourth place Charlotte Checkers as the weekend begins. Continue reading
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RANGERS ACQUIRE VLADISLAV NAMESTNIKOV, LIBOR HAJEK, BRETT HOWDEN, A FIRST-ROUND PICK IN THE 2018 NHL ENTRY DRAFT, AND A CONDITIONAL FIRST-ROUND PICK IN THE 2019 NHL ENTRY DRAFT
Blueshirts trade Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to Tampa Bay
BY: The New York Rangers
NEW YORK, February 26, 2018 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired Vladislav Namestnikov, Libor Hajek, Brett Howden, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, and a conditional first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller.
Namestnikov, 25, has skated in 62 games with Tampa Bay this season, registering 20 goals and 24 assists for 44 points, along with a plus-11 rating and 35 penalty minutes. He has established career-highs in goals, assists, points, average ice time (17:30), power play goals (eight), and shots on goal (127) this season. Entering today, Namestnikov ranked second on Tampa Bay in power play goals, ranked fifth in goals, and tied for fifth in points thus far in 2017-18. Continue reading
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CANTLON: Huskies Close OuT Regular Season Against the Minutemen
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – The Hockey East and college hockey season is often a blip and its done.
UCONN (15-17-2 overall,11-12-1 HEA) closed out its 2017-18 regular season by losing a heartbreaking 3-2 game to UMASS-Amherst (14-17-2 overall, 8-13-2 HEA).
The Huskies saw their season-high, seven-game winning streak end. The Huskies chance to finish above .500 in Hockey East and hit the .500 mark in their overall record fell short in a rocky, uneven effort.
The loss, which came in the final two minutes after they had tied the game after pulling goaltender, Tanner Creel, occurred just 12 seconds later.
“It was certainly a disappointing loss for our team,” remarked head coach Mike Cavanaugh. “It’s a really good reminder. If you don’t play a full 60-minutes you leave it up in the air whether you’re going to win the hockey game or not. Going into the playoffs, it’s a great lesson for us. It takes you just one game like that to put you behind the eight ball in the playoffs and your season is over.” Continue reading
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NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 26
- Lias Andersson tallied a goal and posted a plus-one rating on Feb. 24 vs. Providence. The Rangers’ first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered eight points (four goals, four assists) in the last 10 games, as well as 10 points (four goals, six assists) through his first 15 career AHL games.
- Filip Chytil registered an assist and posted a plus-two rating on Feb. 23 vs. Hershey. The Rangers’ first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) and has posted a plus-four rating in 36 AHL games with the Wolf Pack this season. Chytil ranks sixth among AHL rookies in points per game this season (0.75), and he leads Hartford in plus/minus rating in 2017-18.
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NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: FEB. 19
- Lias Andersson registered three points (two goals, one assist) in four games during the week, including two points (one goal, one assist) on Feb. 14 at Charlotte. The Rangers’ first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered seven points (three goals, four assists) in the last seven games, as well as nine points (three goals, six assists) and a plus-two rating through his first 12 career AHL games. In addition, the Wolf Pack have posted an 8-3-1 record in the 12 games Andersson has played with the team thus far this season.
- Among AHL players younger than 20 years old, Filip Chytil and Andersson rank first and second, respectively, in points per game in 2017-18 (Chytil – 0.79; Andersson – 0.75).
- Brandon Halverson started three games with the Wolf Pack during the week, and he made at least 37 saves in two of the three contests. In addition, the Rangers’ second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft was recalled by the Blueshirts on Feb. 16, and he made his NHL debut on Feb. 17 at Ottawa. Halverson became the 84th goaltender to appear in a regular season game with the Rangers in franchise history.
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CANTLON: (SAT) Wolf Pack On the Road
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack will not be back at the XL Center until Friday, February 23rd at 7:15 pm against the Hershey Bears. This current road trip is one of the longest stretches the team’s had in its 21 years of existence.
The road trip is a grueling six-games-in-eight-days. The trip covers Charlotte, Lehigh Valley, and then back to Bridgeport before they sleep back in their own beds.
The two stops in Charlotte did not go well in their inaugural visit to Bojangles Coliseum.
Game 1 was one of the team’s poorest efforts of the year. The Pack were shutout 6-0 and were outshot by a better than three-to-one margin (45-12) thus ending their ten game streak of gaining at least a point. Continue reading
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Cantlon’s Corner: MID-WEEK REPORT
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – A few pieces of hockey info to sort through as we head past the AHL All-Star game and rush headlong into the NHL trade deadline.
SCHEDULE AND CONFERENCE
Next year the AHL will be a 31-team league. This will allow them to match team-for-team with the NHL. The addition will be the Colorado Eagles, presently playing the ECHL. They will be upgraded to become the top affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche.
The St. Louis Blues will then partner with the San Antonio Rampage, which is owned by the NBA San Antonio Spurs, as their farm team.
The divisional setups will be tweaked slightly. Colorado will move to the Pacific Division which will create an imbalance issue. The league tentatively approved of the move but has not given their final, formal Board of Governor’s seal of approval on it. There is also plans to move the Cleveland Monsters to the North Division next year. Continue reading
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BY: The New York Rangers
- Filip Chytil registered four assists/points and recorded nine shots on goals in three games during the week, and he also tallied the game-deciding goal in the shootout on Jan. 26 vs. Charlotte. The Rangers’ first round pick (21st overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has posted three multi-point games in the last five contests (one goal, six assists over the span). In addition, Chytil has registered eight points (two goals, six assists) in the last seven games and 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 24 games with the Wolf Pack this season. Chytil leads Hartford in plus/minus rating (plus-four) and ranks second on Hartford in points per game (0.83) in 2017-18. The 18-year-old is one of three players younger than 19 years old who have played at least one AHL game this season, as well as one of eight players younger than 20 years old who have played at least one AHL game this season, and he leads all AHL players younger than 20 years old in points in 2017-18. Chytil also ranks sixth among AHL rookies in points per game this season.
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