Category Archives: Junior Hockey

CANTLON: HARTFORD WOLF PACK WEEKEND PREVIEW 

CANTLON: HARTFORD WOLF PACK WEEKEND PREVIEW

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Hartford Wolf Pack will get a solid test of the resurgence in their play tonight as they play host to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The AHL affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins now sit in second place in the Atlantic Division and fourth overall in the conference with a record of 15-7-1-0. The Baby Penguins also have a two-game winning streak.

“They are a very good team,” Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said. “They have a lot of balance. They sit where they are in the standings for a reason. For us, it’s about playing the right way as we have of late, and play with consistency and make sure we’re also collecting points along the way with getting eight-out-of-a possible-ten points in our last five games. That helps us along with learning and growing (as a team) and helps impact our play.”

McCambridge gave his players a maintenance day off on Thursday.

The Wolf Pack record stands at 10-12-3-2 (25 points) putting them in seventh place, just two points behind the Hershey Bears and one point behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Continue reading

CANTLON: UCONN BLASTS MINUTEMAN 8-2

CANTLON: UCONN BLASTS MINUTEMAN 8-2

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Six different players scored while five of them had a multi-point game as the UCONN Huskies raced past UMASS-Amherst Minuteman 8-2 Tuesday night before 2,723 at the XL Center.

Corey Ronan, Sasha Payusov, Maxim Letunov, Brian Freeman, and Jeff Wight each posted two points for UConn, who despite getting outshot 29-22, took advantage of sloppy UMASS-Amherst defensive work, and porous goaltending was able to combine that with accurate shooting cutting down on their missed shots significantly.

The victory was the largest margin of victory for UConn since 2013. That was their last season in the AHA Conference and was an 8-1 win over AIC. Of course, it was also their largest margin of victory in their four years since joining Hockey East. Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: DEC. 4

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: DEC. 4

  1. Sean Day tallied four assists/points and posted a plus-two rating in three games during the week. He established a single-game OHL career-high with three assists and tied a single-game OHL career-high with three points on Nov. 30 vs. North Bay. The Rangers’ third-round pick (81st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in seven of the last nine games (one goal, eight assists), in 11 of the last 14 games (three goals, 12 assists), and in 15 of the last 19 games (four goals, 15 assists). He ranks second on Windsor in assists (16) and is tied for fourth on the team in points (20) this season. In addition, he leads team defensemen in goals (four), assists, and points in 2017-18. Day also ranks 10th among OHL defensemen (min. 20 games played) in points per game this season (0.87), and he is tied for 11th among OHL defensemen in assists in 2017-18.
  2. Lias Andersson tallied two points (one goal, one assist) and recorded three shots on goal on Nov. 28 against Rogle. Andersson has recorded five points (two goals, three assists) over the last three games. The Rangers’ first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has registered a goal/point in five of the last eight games, tallying nine points (five goals, four assists) over the span. Andersson has also tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last 12 SHL games with Frolunda, as well as 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 20 SHL contests with Frolunda this season. Among SHL players younger than 20 years old, Andersson ranks second in goals (seven) and points (13) in 2017-18. Andersson also ranks third on Frolunda in goals and ranks fifth on the team in points this season.
  3. Ty Ronning tallied two goals/points and registered 20 shots on goal in three games during the week. Ronning registered a goal, led all skaters with eight shots on goal, and was selected as the game’s First Star on Dec. 1 at Prince George. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a goal in 15 of the last 19 contests (20 goals, nine assists over the span). Ronning has registered 26 goals in 29 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least one goal in 19 of the 29 contests. He leads the Giants in goals (26), points (38), plus/minus rating (plus-11), and shots on goal (158) thus far this season. In addition, Ronning leads the WHL in shots on goal and is tied for second in the league in goals in 2017-18.

  • Ryan Gropp registered three goals/points in three games during the week, and he posted his first career multi-goal/point game in the AHL by recording two goals on Dec. 2 at Toronto. The Rangers’ second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has tallied four goals/points in the last four games and five points (four goals, one assist) in the last six contests. 
  • Vince Pedrie registered two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-two rating on Dec. 1 at Rochester. Pedrie has tallied an assist/point in four of the last six games (one goal, four assists over the span). He has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists) in 14 AHL games this season, and he leads Wolf Pack defensemen in points per game in 2017-18 (0.50). 
  • Vinni Lettieri tallied a point in two of three games during the week (one goal, one assist). Lettieri has registered a point in 13 of his last 20 games, tallying 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) over the span. He leads the Wolf Pack in goals (nine) and power play goals (five), and ranks second in points (16) in 2017-18. In addition, Lettieri ranks sixth among AHL rookies in goals and is tied for ninth among AHL rookies in points this season. 
  • Peter Holland made his debut with the Wolf Pack on Dec. 1 at Rochester, and he recorded his first assist/point with Hartford on Dec. 2 at Toronto. Holland, who was acquired by the Rangers from Montreal on Nov. 30, has registered 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 22 AHL games in 2017-18. 
  • Brandon Crawley recorded two assists/points, including his first career AHL assist, on Dec. 1 at Rochester. 
  • Gabriel Fontaine registered his second career AHL goal/point on Nov. 29 vs. Springfield. The Rangers’ sixth-round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has also posted a plus-three rating over the last three games. 
  • Alexandar Georgiev started all three games for the Wolf Pack during the week, and he made at least 30 saves in two of the three contests. He has made 30 or more saves in four of his last five starts.
  • Dawson Leedahl was reassigned to Hartford from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Nov. 30, and he posted a plus-two rating while making his AHL debut with the Wolf Pack on Dec. 1 at Rochester. Leedahl registered 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 18 ECHL games with Greenville this season prior to being reassigned to the Wolf Pack.

  • Alexei Bereglazov tallied his first assist/point of the season in the KHL and posted a plus-three rating in 25:51 of ice time to help Metallurg earn a 4-3 win on Dec. 3 against Barys. He has averaged 22:16 of ice time per game in 10 games with Metallurg in 2017-18. 
  • Tim Gettinger tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in three games during the week, and he registered the game-winning goal on Dec. 3 at Ottawa. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has recorded a point in seven of the last eight games (six goals, four assists over the span), and he has tallied a goal in six of the eight contests. Gettinger has recorded 29 points (15 goals, 14 assists) and a plus-13 rating in 28 games with Sault Ste. Marie this season. He ranks fifth in the OHL in shots on goal this season (116). In addition, Gettinger leads Sault Ste. Marie in shots on goal ranks third in goals, ranks fourth in points, is tied for fourth in plus/minus rating, and is tied for fifth in assists in 2017-18. 
  • Brandon Halverson stopped 36 of 38 shots he faced in his only appearance of the week with Greenville on Dec. 1 against Orlando. The Rangers’ second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has made 30 or more saves in nine of his 12 ECHL appearances this season.
  • Adam Huska stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced to earn his third consecutive win on Nov. 28 against Northeastern. In addition, Huska allowed one goal in a game for the fourth consecutive contest. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (184th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has only allowed one goal in five of his last seven appearances, posting a 3-3-1 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and a .924 SV% over the span.
  • Dominik Lakatos registered a goal while skating in his second game this season with HC Benatky nad Jizerou in the Czech Republic. The Rangers’ sixth-round pick (157th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in two games with HC Benatky in 2017-18.
  • Tyler Nanne registered a power play goal and posted a plus-one rating on Dec. 1 against Wisconsin. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (142nd overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has tallied three points (one goal, two assists) in the last three games, as well as four points (one goal, three assists) in the last six games. Nanne has registered six points (two goals, four assists) and has posted a plus-two rating with the University of Minnesota this season. He is tied for first among team defensemen in goals and ranks third among team defensemen in points in 2017-18.
  • Tarmo Reunanen tallied an assist while making his season debut with SaPKo on Dec. 2. SaPKo is a team in the Mestis league in Finland. The Rangers’ fourth-round pick (98th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft registered nine assists in 42 games with TUTO in Mestis during the 2016-17 season.
  • Igor Shesterkin stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced and earned a win on Nov. 29 against Avangard. The Rangers’ fourth-round pick (118th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 19-0-1 record, along with a 1.57 GAA, a .941 SV%, and 4 SO in 20 KHL appearances this season. Over the last two seasons with SKA, Shesterkin has posted a 50-4-2 record, along with a 1.62 GAA, a .938 SV%, and 12 SO in 59 appearances. He ranks second in the KHL in SV%, ranks fourth in GAA, and is tied for sixth in shutouts this season.
  • Patrik Virta tallied two assists, recorded four shots on goal, posted a plus-two rating, and won 13 of 20 faceoffs (65.0%) on Nov. 29 against KooKoo. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (207th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has recorded 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 27 games with TPS in Liiga this season. Virta has tied a Liiga career-high in assists in 2017-18. He ranks third on TPS in assists and is tied for third on the team in points this season.
  • Sergey Zborovskiy recorded an assist/point in all three games during the week (three assists over the span). The Rangers’ third-round pick (79th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has registered a point in four of the last five games (one goal, three assists), and he has recorded 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 21 games with Greenville this season. Zborovskiy is tied for first among ECHL rookie defensemen in points in 2017-18.

“His seemingly near-effortless skating ability has improved. He is stronger, faster, and more powerful than he was last season. He is also processing the play better in both directions.”Rangers Amateur Scout Peter Stephan on Sean Day

CANTLON: (SUN) THUNDERBIRDS DROP WOLF PACK INTO LAST PLACE

CANTLON: Thunderbirds Drop Wolf Pack Into Last Place

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Springfield Thunderbirds (9-13-1-0) got goals from three different players as they dropped the Hartford Wolf Pack to their fourth straight loss Sunday, 3-1 before an announced crowd of 1,625 at the XL Center.

The loss drops the Pack into the bottom of the Atlantic Division and the conference.

The Pack record is 7-12-2-1 (17 points) and when trailing after two periods this season their record is 0-11-1-0. In the last four games, 17 different players have scored against the Wolf Pack.

No matter how you describe it, things are tough right now in Wolf Pack-land.

“We’re getting pucks into high percentage areas and we’re missing the net and not creating those chances for rebounds and that’s the execution part of things. We have to bear down and finish in those areas,” Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said regarding one of the several things that seem to be ailing the Wolf Pack these days.

The Pack has had a heavy schedule of late, but McCambridge isn’t using that as an excuse.  Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) HERSHEY TROUNCES WOLF PACK 4-1

CANTLON: Hershey Trounces Wolf Pack 4-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hershey Bears with four different scorers controlled play for most of the game in downing the Wolf Pack 4-1 as part of hockey doubleheader at the XL Center.

It started early as the first shot of the game found the back of the net for visiting Bears.

The Bears’ Mathias Bau, the holder of the best shooting percentage in the AHL, added to that total when he crossed the blueline, cut to the middle of the ice and fired a 40-footer for his sixth goal past starter, Chris Nell. Bau used defenseman Ryan Sproul as a screen. The goal came at 3:18.

“I thought we came out with good structure, but when the first shot goes in the back of your net, it does take the wind out of your sails,” Pack head coach Keith McCambridge stated. Continue reading

CANTLON: (TUE) HUSKIES HOST NORTHEASTERN

Cantlon: Huskies Host Northeastern

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By: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT In a must-win conference matchup the UCONN Huskies (6-10-2 overall, 4-6-1 HE) played its most complete hockey game of the season in a 4-1 win over the Northeastern Huskies (7-5-1 overall, 5-3-0 HE) ranked 12th in the nation on Tuesday night before the smallest crowd of the season 2,855 at the XL Center. The victory extended their winning streak to three games.

“Very proud of the win,” a smiling Pack head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “We wanted to get out to a great start to the game. We didn’t want to be chasing them in the game and I think we accomplished that. That was the best first period we have played all season.”

After the first period, everybody was asking, “Who was that team?”

The UCONN Huskies built a 3-0 lead over the highly-regarded Hockey East’s Northeastern Huskies. UCONN did it with opportunistic scoring, solid bodychecking, a suffocating man-to-man defense that always saw a white UCONN jersey on top of a black jersey the entire period. Continue reading

FRIDAY WEATHER FORECAST FOR MSG, EXPECT CAROLINA HURRICANES

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. CAROLINA HURRICANES
Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 13-10-2 (28 pts)
Hurricanes: 10-8-5 (25 pts)

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE  

BY: The New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 26th game of the 2017-18 season and conclude a four-game homestand tomorrow, Dec. 1, against the Carolina Hurricanes in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). Beginning with tomorrow’s contest, the Rangers will play four consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents. New York has earned a win in four of its last five games (4-1-0 record), and the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 19-10, over the last five games. The Blueshirts have won 10 of their last 13 games (10-3-0 record) and 12 of their last 17 contests (12-5-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 14 of their last 19 games (12-5-2 record). Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS HOST LEAGUE-LEADING EVERBLADES 

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Host League-Leading Everblades 

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Thurs, Nov. 30 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. Florida Everblades ListenWatchTwitter

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (10-6-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, take the ice against the Florida Everblades (14-2-1-1) tonight for the first and only meeting at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The teams, however, will play seven times this year. Greenville’s return home at 7 p.m. follows a three-game trip to Colorado last week and has the Swamp Rabbits looking to return to their winning ways on Sandlapper Securities Rink where they have posted a 5-2-1-0 record this season. Florida dropped its last game in Norfolk in overtime after compiling a six-game win streak prior to that contest. Greenville possesses the top offensive unit in the ECHL and has produced two Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Players of the Week (Caleb Herbert and Allan McPherson). The Everblades Stephen MacAulay is the reigning winner of the weekly award after earning five points (2G, 3A) in three games. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: GILMOUR REBUILDING

CANTLON’S CORNER: Gilmour Rebuilding

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack were preparing for their first three-games-in-three-days in two weeks after a split on the road in Rochester and Utica last weekend.

For Keith McCambridge, he is happy the direction the team is taking.

“I don’t think we were up and down in the early part of hockey season; things take time to take shape. We’re excited about the energy in practice and in games. We’ve been able to pull some points out of some games, except Rochester. This all part of the development process. In Utica, we played a complete 200-foot game and were developing that identity.”

The Pack will face three Atlantic divisional opponents this weekend. They’ll take to the road to Bridgeport on Friday, Springfield on Sunday afternoon. Sandwiched in-between is a Hartford visit on Saturday to Hershey as part of hockey a holiday doubleheader with UCONN the first game at 3:00pm a non-conference meeting with RIT.  Continue reading

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: NOV. 20

NEW YORK RANGERS PROSPECT REPORT: NOV. 20

 BY: The New York Rangers

  1. Lias Andersson registered a goal/point in each of Frolunda’s three games during the week, recording four points (three goals, one assist) and a plus-two rating in the three contests. The Rangers’ first-round pick (seventh overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has also tallied six points (three goals, three assists) in his last seven SHL games with Frolunda, as well as eight points (five goals, three assists) in 15 SHL contests with Frolunda this season. Among SHL players younger than 20 years old, Andersson ranks second in points per game (0.53), ranks third in goals (five), and is tied for third in points (eight) in 2017-18. Andersson is also tied for third on Frolunda in goals this season.
  2. Ty Ronning tallied a goal/point in each of Vancouver’s three games during the week, registering four goals/points and 12 shots on goal in the three contests. The Rangers’ seventh-round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his goal/point streak to 10 games (13 goals, five assists over the span), and he has recorded a goal/point in 12 of the last 13 contests. Ronning has registered 23 goals in 23 games with Vancouver in 2017-18, and he has recorded at least one goal in 16 of the 23 contests. Ronning leads the Giants in goals (23), points (34), plus/minus rating (plus-13), and shots on goal (129) thus far this season. In addition, he leads the WHL in shots on goal, ranks second in the league in goals, and ranks eighth in the league in points in 2017-18.
  3. Filip Chytil registered two goals, including the game-winning goal, tied for the team-high with four shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating on Nov. 18 at Utica. The Rangers’ first-round pick (21st overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft has tallied 11 points (five goals, six assists) in nine games with Hartford this season. Chytil ranks second among AHL rookies in points per game (1.22) and is tied for ninth among AHL rookies in points thus far this season. Chytil is also tied for second on the Wolf Pack in goals in 2017-18.

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