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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 24-30, 2016

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: 10/24-30/2016

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

For a second straight week, the Wolf Pack split a pair of games this past weekend, this time winning on the road and losing on home ice.  Saturday night saw the Pack post their first away victory of the season, triumphing at Lehigh Valley 5-4 in overtime.  Tanner Glass had Hartford’s first multiple-goal game of the year in that contest, with two scores, and Nicklas Jensen notched the game-winner at 1:55 of OT.  On Sunday, however, the St. John’s IceCaps gained revenge on the Wolf Pack for their 6-3 defeat at the hands of the Pack on opening night, as the IceCaps handed the Wolf Pack their first home setback of the campaign, 5-2.  Marek Hrivik and Matt Carey scored the Hartford goals in that game, both notching their second markers of the season.


This week:

The Wolf Pack continue a six-game homestand, their longest of the season, with three XL Center dates.  The Atlantic Division-rival Hershey Bears make their first visit of the season to Hartford on Wednesday night for a 7:00 PM game, and then the Pack get another look at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday at 7:15.  The weekend concludes with the Utica Comets coming to town on Saturday night, with faceoff at 7:00.

Wednesday, October 26 vs. the Hershey Bears (Washington) at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • This is another Wolf Pack “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack” game.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.
  • Once again this season, every Wednesday-night home game is a “Winning Wednesday”.  If the Wolf Pack win, fans can show their Winning Wednesday ticket at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center and receive a free ticket to the next Wolf Pack home game, which is this Friday, October 28 vs. Lehigh Valley (some restrictions apply).
  • The Bears took three out of a possible four points in a pair of home games this past weekend, with a 5-2 win over Bridgeport on Saturday night and a 2-1 overtime loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, after a pair of road defeats on the opening weekend of the season.
  • Both Ryan and Chris Bourque, the former Wolf Pack brother combo, are back with the Bears this season.  Chris Bourque’s four points (0-4-4) currently lead the Hershey club.
  • This is the first of eight meetings on the season between the Wolf Pack and Bears, and the first of four Hershey visits to Hartford.  The two clubs clashed four times last season, and the Wolf Pack went 3-0-1-0, including a sweep of the two games played at the XL Center, a 4-3 shootout final December 4 and a 5-1 verdict April 1.
  • Tickets for this and all 2016-17 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at 

Friday, October 28 vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia) at the XL Center, 7:15 PM

  • At this and every Friday-night home game this season, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.
  • This is already the second battle of the year between the Wolf Pack and the Phantoms, who played an entertaining tilt Saturday night at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA.  The Wolf Pack eventually prevailed in that one, 5-4 in overtime, after Lehigh Valley battled back from 3-1 and 4-3 deficits to tie the game in the third period.
  • This is the Phantoms’ first of five straight road games after playing their first three at home.  Head Coach Scott Gordon’s club had at least a point in two of those three outings, with an opening-night win over Springfield and a 5-2 Friday-night loss to Bridgeport to go with their overtime defeat to the Wolf Pack.
  • A trio of forwards, Danick Martel (2-1-3), Chris Conner (1-2-3) and Andy Miele (1-2-3), are tied for the Phantom team scoring lead with three points apiece.
  • Tickets for this and all 2016-17 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at

Saturday, October 29 vs. the Utica Comets (Vancouver) at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • The first 2,000 fans into this game will receive the first of four sets of Wolf Pack 20th-anniversary trading cards that will be given away during this 2016-17 season, presented by KOTA Solutions. The set will be comprised of the first group of the players chosen as the top 20 all-time in franchise history.
  • This game will also feature the Wolf Pack’s “Howl-o-ween” celebration.
  • The Wolf Pack and Comets kick off a four-game season series with this matchup.  The two teams also saw one another four times last year, and the Wolf Pack took three of the four contests.  The two XL Center meetings produced a split, with the Pack winning 3-0 October 17 and losing 3-2 to the Comets on November 22.
  • Head Coach Travis Green’s Comets are off to a 1-3-0-0 start, with all of their first four games having been on the road.  Prior to coming to the XL Center, Utica will play at home Wednesday vs. Binghamton and Friday against Providence.
  • Former Wolf Pack forward Jayson Megna (1-2-3) scored the game-winning goal in the Comets’ only win thus far, a 5-4 triumph in Syracuse on Friday night.
  • Tickets for this and all 2016-17 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at 

Wolf Pack Community Appearances:

The Wolf Pack have the following appearances scheduled this week.  For further information on these or any other Wolf Pack community initiatives, contact Wolf Pack community relations manager Frank Berrian, at (860) 541-4728:

  • Tuesday, October 25, 9:30 AM, Pratt & Whitney Stadium, 615 Silver Ln., East Hartford, CT

The Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot Sonar gets youngsters pumped up for the Hartford Marathon Foundation “Run for Kids”.

  • Thursday, October 27, 5:30 PM, Beaver Brook Animal Hospital, 60 Beaver Rd., Wethersfield, CT

Sonar celebrates Halloween with Beaver Brook staff, clients, and patients.

  • Thursday, October 27, 7:00 PM, Bushnell Park, downtown Hartford

Sonar and members of the Wolf Pack staff stride out for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s “Light the Night” walk.

  • Saturday, October 29, 9:00 AM, Riverside Park, 20 Leibert Rd., Hartford, CT

Sonar will be on hand to be the starter for Riverside Park’s “Run for Kids”.

  • Saturday, October 29, 10:00 AM, Blue Back Square, West Hartford, CT

Sonar goes trick-or-treating with ghosts and goblins in Blue Back Square’s “Halloween Stroll”.

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Pack Tracks:

Wednesday, November 2, when the Wolf Pack battle the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, it’s the Wolf Pack’s third annual “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” school-day game, with faceoff at 11:00 AM.  Lots of educational fun will be on tap throughout the day, and for information on bringing a school group to the Edu-Skate game, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.

On Friday, November 4, when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers invade the XL Center for a 7:15 PM game, the first 2,000 fans through the doors will receive a free Wolf Pack license plate cover, courtesy of Aetna.

Once again this season, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at every Friday Wolf Pack home game, through the start of the second period.  After this Friday, the next Friday-night home game is next Friday, November 4, when the Pack host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:15 PM.

Each of the Wolf Pack’s Sunday and Wednesday home games, as well as the one Tuesday home date, will feature the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.  The next Family Value Pack game after this Wednesday is next Wednesday, November 2, the “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” 11:00 AM game vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

At every Sunday Wolf Pack home game, the first 2,000 fans will receive a “hockey bingo” card.  The spaces on these cards contain possibilities that might happen in the game, and if they do, fans can fill in the spaces to win Wolf Pack bingo prizes.  The next Sunday Wolf Pack home date is November 13, a 5:00 PM game vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Wolf Pack home game tickets can be purchased at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.



Prospect Report


BY: The New York Rangers

Three Stars of the week

1) Brad Morrison, C, Prince George Cougars (WHL) – Morrison notched a point in both of Prince George’s games last week, registering three points (two goals, one assist). He tallied an assist on Oct. 18 vs. Swift Current and recorded two goals, including the game-winning goal, on Oct. 22 vs. Saskatoon.

The Rangers’ fourth round pick (113th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft extended his point streak to three games (two goals, three assists over the span), and he has registered a point in 10 of 13 games this season. Morrison has recorded 17 points (six goals, 11 assists) in 13 games this season. He is tied for fourth in the WHL in points, is tied for fifth in the league in game-winning goals (three), and is tied for seventh in the league in assists in 2016-17.

2) Ty Ronning, RW, Vancouver Giants (WHL) – Ronning registered a point in each of Vancouver’s three games last week, tallying three points (one goal, two assists). The Rangers’ seventh round pick (201st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft extended his point streak to five games (two goals, four assists over the span), and he has tallied a point in 10 of 12 WHL games this season. Ronning is tied for the team lead in assists (seven), is tied for second on the Giants in points (12) and plus/minus rating (plus-six), and ranks fourth in goals (five) this season.

3) Sergey Zborovskiy, D, Regina Pats (WHL) – Zborovskiy tallied an assist in each of the two games he played last week and posted a plus-five rating over the two contests. The Rangers’ third round pick (79th overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft has registered a point in eight of the nine games he has played this season (one goal, seven assists) and has posted a plus-17 rating. Zborovskiy ranks second in the WHL in plus/minus rating in 2016-17.

Emerging From The Pack

  • Marek Hrivik registered a point in both of Hartford’s games last weekend, recording one goal and one assist. Hrivik has tallied a point in each of Hartford’s first four games in 2016-17, recording four points (two goals, two assists). He leads the Wolf Pack in points, and he is tied for the team lead in goals, assists, and plus/minus rating (plus-three) thus far this season. 
  • Nicklas Jensen tallied the game-winning goal in overtime on Oct. 22 at Lehigh Valley. Jensen has recorded a point in three of Hartford’s first four games this season, registering three points (two goals, one assist). 
  • John Gilmour registered a goal in the Wolf Pack’s win against Lehigh Valley on Oct. 22. Gilmour leads Hartford defensemen in goals (two) and points (three) in 2016-17, and he is also tied for first on the team in goals thus far this season.

Quick Hits

  • Daniel Bernhardt, RW, VIK Västerås HK (Allsvenskan) – Bernhardt registered his first goal/point with VIK Västerås HK while skating in his second game with the team on Oct. 21 against Södertälje SK.
  • Sean Day, D, Windsor Spitfires (OHL) – After being traded to Windsor by Mississauga last week, Day registered a goal and was selected as the game’s First Star in his debut with the Spitfires on Oct. 20 vs. Kingston. The Rangers’ third round pick (81st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft tallied a point in five consecutive games in which he played, registering six points (four goals, two assists) in those contests.
  • Gabriel Fontaine, C, Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL) – Fontaine recorded three points (one goal, two assists) in three games last week. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (171st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft tallied a point in each of his first four QMJHL games this season (four goals, two assists). Fontaine notched two assists, including one on the game-winning goal, and posted a plus-two rating on Oct. 21 at Halifax.
  • Tim Gettinger, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Gettinger tallied two points (one goal, one assist), tied for the game-high with five shots on goal, and was selected as the game’s Second Star in the Greyhounds’ 4-3 win against Ottawa on Oct. 22. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has registered six points (three goals, three assists) in 11 games with the Greyhounds this season, including three points (two goals, one assist) in the last four contests.
  • Brandon Halverson, G, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL) – Halverson earned his first career ECHL/professional win/shutout on Oct. 19 at Norfolk, stopping all 27 shots he faced. In three appearances with the Swamp Rabbits this season, the Rangers’ second-round pick (59th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 2-1-0 record, along with a 1.97 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 1 SO.
  • Tyler Wall, G, UMass-Lowell (NCAA) – Wall earned his third consecutive win on Oct. 21 vs. St. Lawrence. In five games this season, the Rangers’ sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft has posted a 3-1-1 record, along with a 1.91 GAA, a .927 SV%, and 1 SO.


“He is a big, powerful, smooth-skating defenseman who can cover the ice at an elite pace and play in all situations. He is just scratching the surface of his offensive and defensive skill set.” – Gordie Clark, Rangers Director of Player Personnel, on Sean Day 

“The object is to not spend time in your end and this guy’s a puck mover, a big, strong skater and he’s going to fit nicely into our top four (defensemen). … He’s a talent too good to pass on even if he’s not yet reached his true potential and one that could be a difference maker for a team challenging for a Memorial Cup title.” – Warren Rychel, Windsor Spitfires General Manager, on Sean Day (Credit: Windsor Star)




Game Summary                               ARI: L. Domingue (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)
Event Summary


        BACK-TO-BACK – In their last 83 back-to-back sets (dating back to the start of the 2010-11 season), the Rangers have posted a 54-23-6 record in the second game of the set.

        HOME COOKING – The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 64 of their last 84 home games, dating back to Oct. 16, 2014 (55-20-9 record). In addition, the Rangers have posted a 30-11-4 record at MSG since the start of last season.

        HOWLIN’ FOR YOUThe Rangers have won each of their last eight home games against the Coyotes, dating back to Nov. 24, 2008. In addition, the Blueshirts have won 17 of their last 19 home games against the Jets/Coyotes franchise, dating back to Jan. 6, 1992 (17-2-0-0 record). Overall, New York has won each of its last six games against the Coyotes, dating back to Mar. 24, 2014.

        TEAM EFFORT – With Josh Jooris and Dan Girardi tallying a goal in tonight’s game, 12 different Rangers have registered a goal and 20 different Blueshirts (including goaltender Antti Raanta) have tallied at least one point through the first six games of the season.

        THREE’S COMPANY – New York has registered at least three goals (including team goals awarded for a shootout win) in 55 of 88 regular season games since the start of last season. The Rangers have posted a 42-9-4 record in games which they have registered three or more goals over the span.

        TWO GOOD – The Blueshirts have won 29 of the last 30 games in which they allowed two goals or fewer, dating back to Dec. 15, 2015 vs. Edmonton (29-1-0).

        BLOCK PARTY – The Rangers were credited with 28 blocked shots in tonight’s contest, as 14 different skaters registered at least one blocked shot in the contest.

        SPECIAL TEAMS – New York outscored Arizona, 1-0, on special teams in tonight’s game. Since the start of the 2014-15 season, the Rangers have posted a 35-2-3 record in games which they have outscored their opponent on special teams.

        POWER SURGE – The Rangers were 1-for-2 (3:21) on the power play in the contest. New York has registered a power play goal in four of the first six games this season. The Blueshirts have tallied at least one power play goal in 41 games since the start of last season and have posted a 28-9-4 record in games which they have notched at least one power play goal over the span.

        KILL ZONE – New York was 1-for-1 (2:00) on the penalty kill in the contest. The Blueshirts have posted a 20-2-2 record in the last 24 games in which they did not allow a power play goal, dating back to Dec. 22, 2015 vs. Anaheim.

        SMOOTH SAILING ON THE PACIFIC – Since the start of last season, the Rangers have earned at least one point in each of their nine home games against Pacific Division opponents (8-0-1 record over the span).

        FULL HOUSE – Tonight’s game was the Rangers’ 230th consecutive sellout (189 regular season games, 41 playoff games over the span). The Blueshirts’ sellout streak dates back to Nov. 3, 2011.


–        Dan Girardi tallied the game-winning goal, was credited with three hits, recorded two shots on goal, registered two blocked shots, and posted a plus-two rating in 19:15 of ice time. Girardi is the 10th defenseman in Rangers history who has tallied at least one goal in 10 different seasons with the team. He has tallied five points (two goals, three assists) in his last six games against the Coyotes.

–        Ryan McDonagh tallied an assist and led all skaters with five blocked shots while skating in a team-high 22:17 of ice time. McDonagh extended his assist/point streak to four games, and his four-game assist streak is tied for his career-high. The Rangers captain leads the team in assists thus far this season (five). In addition, McDonagh has led the Rangers in ice time in each of the first six games of the 2016-17 season.

–        Henrik Lundqvist made 27 saves to earn his third win of the season. Lundqvist has now started both games of a back-to-back set 75 times during the regular season in his NHL career. In the second game of those back-to-back sets, Lundqvist has posted a 47-21-7 record, along with a 2.05 GAA, a .929 SV%, and 8 SO. He has allowed two goals in each of his last three appearances.


        J.T. Miller tallied a power play goal, led all skaters with seven shots on goal and four hits, and won four of seven faceoffs (57.1%). Miller has tallied a point in four of six games this season (two goals, two assists), including three of the last four games (one goal, two assists).

        Josh Jooris registered a goal, was credited with two hits, and posted a plus-one rating in 11:27 of ice time. Jooris’ goal was his first goal and his first point as a member of the Rangers.

        Brady Skjei tallied an assist on the game-winning goal, recorded two shots on goal, and posted a plus-two rating in 16:48 of ice time. He is tied for second among Rangers defensemen in assists this season (two).

        Michael Grabner tallied an assist, was credited with three blocked shots, and posted a plus-one rating. Grabner’s assist was his first as a Ranger, and he has tallied three points (two goals, one assist) in the first six games of the season.

        Jesper Fast recorded an assist and posted a plus-one rating in 14:55 of ice time. He has tallied an assist/point in three of the Rangers’ first six games this season (three assists over the span).

        Brandon Pirri registered an assist in 12:09 of ice time. Pirri has tallied a point in each of the last two games (one goal, one assist) and has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in six games in 2016-17.


  • Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers head coach

On the Girardi-Skjei pair and the team’s play tonight…

“I thought they played a good game. I think Dan (Girardi), coming back after missing the short amount of time he did but not having a lot of practice time with the whole team, I thought he responded real well. He got us the go-ahead goal in the third. It wasn’t pretty, it wasn’t about style, but we found a way to win. We played our best period in the third when the game was on the line. You have to find ways in this league. In an 82-game schedule, it’s not going to be pretty every night, but you have to find ways to win and that’s what we did.” 

On the team’s lineup tonight…

“You have to play who is healthy. Tonight we had a couple of bumps and bruises where players couldn’t play. Some nights you mix and match and it works out, some other nights it doesn’t. It worked out as far as the scoring. I do know that it’s about finding ways to win and that’s what we did.” 

On the team’s defensive pairs going forward…

“This is on a game-to-game basis on how players are playing. I think Nick and Ryan have played well together, but I also have a lot of faith in Dan, so we’ll see how things go. We’ll see how our opponents are doing. Every game you’re trying to analyze and put forth the best lineup that you can that gives you the best chance to win.”

  • Dave Tippett, Arizona Coyotes head coach 

On tonight’s game…

“Lots of try in our group.  Lots of try, but we are giving up three goals a game now. We’ve got to find a way to be better defensively.  We gave up some chances after we got down.  For the most part, there were some real good parts to our game, but good parts to your game doesn’t get you a win.  We need to find ways to win.” 

On the team …

“We knew this was going to be a tough trip. We’ve got to find out about our team; every game we find out a little more.  There are some areas that are improving and there are some areas which still need lots of work.  We’ve got lots of players that are getting good experience right now, but all that being said, wins are what you come in this league for.  You’ve got to have wins.”

  • Dan Girardi, New York Rangers defenseman

On his goal tonight…

“Brady [Skjei] kind of just throws it through the crease and I see that it comes out to me, so I just bury my head and try to get it past the screen and it kind of dipped on him a little bit I think. Obviously, I’m trying to score but I am just trying to get it to the net and get a rebound or something and it just happened to go in.” 

On Brady Skjei…

“He’s a young guy but he’s playing with some veteran poise out there. Especially today, he really handled the puck well. When he had the opportunity he has good legs and good skating ability and he used that tonight to his advantage. It was subtle plays like that when he can see they are changing, and be able to get up the ice and make something happen. I think that’s really big for him and for us.” 

More on playing with Brady Skjei…

“I think it helps his game with him able to take a little chance and get up the ice and use his speed and his skating ability. I’ll just let him do his thing. I’ll stay back and be the safety belt. I think we complement each other well. It’s kind of like when Mac [Ryan McDonagh] and I played together a little bit when he first came in the league. [He’s] a young guy with good skating ability and I’m kind of the safety belt back there. Hopefully, I can stay that way the whole year.”

  • Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers goaltender

On tonight’s game…

“It wasn’t perfect but we found a way.  I thought they played a pretty good game.  Coming from a really strong performance last night, it’s a quick turnaround, so the biggest challenge is to reach that level again.  I think the big thing is we had a stretch in the second period where we had a tough time to get pucks out and get pucks deep, but we didn’t get hurt that badly so we were in the game.  Then in the third, we played really smart.  We actually had a couple of really big chances to kill the game.  It’s nice to see the way we believe in our system and structure, especially in the third being up one goal.” 

On Girardi scoring the game-winning goal…

“I’m so happy for him.  He’s been working really hard, getting ready for camp, getting ready for the season.  Then right away he has to sit out for a few games, that’s never easy but I just love the way he competes out there.  When he gets the game-winner like that, it’s all smiles here.” 

On back-to-back games…

“The way we played yesterday, it was such a good game from everyone.  We wanted to come back here and get the two points.  Sometimes it’s tough with the quick turnaround.  It wasn’t our best game but we had moments where we played really well and had a really strong third period that won us the game.”

  • Ryan McDonagh, New York Rangers defenseman

On tonight’s game…

“Certainly it was a little sloppy by both teams at times. The ice was a little slow and the puck was bouncing a lot. But as the game progressed, we talked about having good structure, making sure that we got pucks in their zone and we felt like we could generate some stuff offensively and wear them down. I like the fact that we stuck with our game there when they tied it up. They definitely got some chances there and we defended enough to get the win.” 

On the team’s shot blocking…

“They had some point-men that could really fire it and we did it [blocked shots]. Sometimes you’ve got to have those kinds of games and we’ve got guys that are good at it and willing to do it, so it was a collective effort by everybody there.” 

On Dan Girardi…

“It was great to see. [It was a] tough blow early there for him to get out with an injury, but he’s always a guy that works hard, plays heavy out there. So anytime that he can help contribute offensively on the scoreboard, we like to see that and so does he. So it’s great to see him get the game-winner.”

  • J.T. Miller, New York Rangers forward

On the third period…

“We understood that we had to take a little better care of the puck.  I think we did that in the third, got a big shot from G (Girardi), and we did a good job of protecting the lead after that.” 

On winning back-to-back games…

“Even though it’s early, these points still count at the end of the day.  We kind of felt like we would be wasting one there after that great effort yesterday to go into that building and win a game, to let this one get away from us.  We did a good job of hanging on and just finding a way to get two.” 

On playing on the top line tonight…

“I didn’t feel pressure.  I played with Zucc (Zuccarello) plenty before and I understand what it takes to play with those guys.  You have to play heavy and get in on the forecheck for those two to make some plays, and I thought we had some good looks tonight.  It just feels good to get back-to-back wins and have a nice day off tomorrow.”

  • Radim Vrbata, Arizona Coyotes forward

On tonight’s game…

“We are learning the hard way that every play counts and every mistake we make will cost us and it’s costing us games now. As you said, it looks good for some part of the game but it’s not good enough. We’re learning it’s tough to win.” 

On sustained pressure…

“We had a good start to the game. We would box in and we were able to score. Overall I don’t think it was that bad, but we needed points.” 

On his goals…

“It’s nice to see the puck go in and for myself to feel like you are helping a team after being gone a season.”

  • Connor Murphy, Arizona Coyotes defenseman

On whether there are positives to take from this game…

“The easy thing is to feel bad about it.  After many losses in a row, it’s easy to beat yourself up about it. The easy thing is to stay positive and build off things and focus on improving to get a win.  We have to keep getting better.”

On the team…

“You always expect to win.  That was the thing with our group.  During training camp, we wanted the mindset to be that every game you are supposed to win.  We are playing to make the playoffs and be a top team in the league.  We haven’t shown that at all.  It’s a long season and we can get there, but it’s going to take work.”

team schedule

–        Tomorrow: Team is OFF

–        Tuesday, Oct. 25: Practice, 11:00 a.m. at MSG Training Center

–        Next Game: Wednesday, Oct. 26 vs. Boston (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN)


rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg    VERSUS      St. Johns IceCaps

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The St. John’s IceCaps (2-3-1-0) team speed was too much for the Hartford Wolf Pack (2-2-0-0) and gave them a 5-2 win Sunday afternoon at the XL Center.  ending their six-game opening season road trip in strong fashion as they head back to Newfoundland.

The IceCaps ended a six-game opening season road trip in strong fashion as they head back to Newfoundland.

The IceCaps scored early and often and never looked back.

“When we use our speed to our transition game, that’s the key to when we are most effective. (It’s) when the defense gets it to our forwards,” St. John’s bench boss Sylvain Lefebvre said. “Last week we didn’t do that well. This weekend, we did. We got five out of six points so it was a successful weekend and a good way to head home.”

The goals came quickly and early in the late afternoon meeting between the foes who met on opening night.

The IceCaps’ Sven Andrighetto got a perfect one-touch pass from the red-hot Chris Terry. Andrighetto, who was just sent down from the parent Montreal Canadiens, received the puck in the right wing circle and snapped a wrister, the game’s first shot, past Pack netminder, Mackenzie Skapski, just 36 seconds into the contest for his third goal in four games.

The play was made possible by Mike McCarron, coming off a two-game suspension, who won a one-on-one battle with the Pack’s Adam Tambellini along the right wing boards, after intercepting a clearing attempt.

“That wasn’t run and gun hockey,”Pack head coach Ken Gernander said. “We had a chance to get that puck out along the wall and we didn’t.”

The Pack did respond quickly.

Newcomer Justin Fontaine, in just his second game with the Pack, fed Marek Hrivik who took it and raced down the right wing. Hrivik flipped a backhand shot that went off the skate of rookie IceCaps defenseman, Brett Lernout, who was in front of the net. The puck got past goalie Charlie Lindgren, who was making his second start of the season, at 1:27.

At 2:16, the IceCaps’ Joel Hanley’s left point shot made it through a maze of players and seemed to deflect off of defenseman Ryan Graves. The puck beat a screened Skapski to the short-side looking. Skapski looked like he expected the shot to go to the far side. The goal gave the lead back to the IceCpas at 2-1.

Andrighetto made a big difference in the St. John’s lineup. He stressed that for the IceCpas, getting the early lead was important. “When you play three (games) in three (nights) you have to get off to a quick start and we were able to that tonight.”

For Lefebvre, the quick start was what he was looking for after a tough overtime loss in Springfield.

“We really needed (a quick start) after the way the (OT) game ended for us in Springfield. We knew we gave them a point last night. We should have had the two and we wanted to come out and establish our game right way.”

“Certainly, (the OT loss) was critical to our win and it’s nice the penalty killing did so well, but you don’t want to do it that often,” Lefebvre, who played 15 games in Hartford toward the end of his playing career, said.

The IceCaps made it 3-1 on the power play.

In what looked like a set play, Andrighetto came off the left wing half-wall and found Charles Hudon cruising in front. Hudon opened the stick blade perfectly to redirect the pass for his team-leading fifth goal at 14:39.

“No, no,” Andrighetto said when asked if it was a set play. “We’re creative players. We had our heads up and made the best of the situation that we were presented.”

Lefebvre saw the mutual benefit of putting them together.

“The players, Sven and Charles, complement each other very well and made a smart play using their time and space well.”

Meanwhile on the other side of the ice, the Wolf Pack power play was beyond listless.

The Pack failed to take advantage of four, five-on-three chances. On the night, the team came up with zero to show for their nine total man-advantage opportunities.

“Yeah, it was bad,” a clearly perturbed Gernander said. “It was an extension of some of our five-on-five play. We were reluctant to shoot the puck and wanted to do things the easy way.”

The best chances for the Pack came late on their fourth two-man advantage in the second period. The first came as Hrivik was on the right wing and the second from Malte Stromwall on the left. It was the only real challenge presented to Lindgren. Under duress, the St. John’s PK did a strong job.

The IceCaps’ goal to make it 4-1 at 7:26 of the second period epitomized the Pack’s poor performance.  The Pack could not control the puck or two of the St. John’s forwards while on the powerplay.

The puck was just outside the crease. It was amazing that Fontaine, Tambellini, and Calle Andersson were unable to box out the IceCaps Jacob de la Rose and Bobby Farnham. Skapski couldn’t cover a loose puck and Farnham jammed in his second of the season.

“That was identical to the one scored on us last night (against Lehigh Valley),” Gernander said. “We addressed that on video before the game. I don’t know where to go with that.”

It was an important goal for St. John’s.

“That was a very big goal. It gave us the three-goal lead and put some distance between us. Maybe not a picture-perfect two-on-one, but we were in position and Bobby made it count,” said Lefebvre.

The Pack finally put solid back-to-back forechecking shifts together and it created some offensive zone pressure midway through the third period.

“We did a pretty good job in the third period when we put our mind to it. The ability is there,” Gernander stated with firmness in his voice.

Greg Carey closed the gap to make it 4-2.  Steven Fogarty won a one-on-one battle with Philp Samuelsson and fed Carey the puck. Carey then snapped his second over Lindgren’s glove from 15 feet out at 4:46.

Tanner Glass was key in the Carey goal as the veteran forward was hitting and diving at everything in sight most of the night, but especially on this one shift.

“He has been our best player by far this season,” Gernander said.  “He does all the right things to the best of his ability. He doesn’t detract from his game one bit. It’s not an easy game. He knows he has to play hard. He is a pretty good example for others to follow in what it takes to be a professional.”

“I don’t know if we were passengers on a bus,” after Gernander had a phrase he likes to employ asked back to him in the form of a question. “That would mean you’re all going to the same direction (or destination). I’m not sure that is the situation (with this team).”

It’s going to be a lovely two days of practice for these Pack players before they meet up with the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night at the XL Center.


Captain Mat Bodie was scratched and is listed day to day with an upper-body injury. Tanner Glass wore the Assistant Captian’s “A” along with Chris Summers and Hrivik.

Fontaine wore number 14 and scored in Saturday night’s 5-4 OT win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Rookie Michael Joly was scratched for both games.

Ex-Pack goalie, Yann Danis, got into his first game with the IceCaps Saturday night 5-4 loss to Springfield in their home opener. He made 30 saves on 35 shots. He was the healthy scratch in what is a three-man goaltending situation for St. John’s. He was philosophical about his trip to Hartford. “We really enjoyed our time in Hartford. I guess this is part of my farewell tour. New Jersey last year who I had played for. Montreal this year. Maybe in five or six years I will be back here,” Danis said with a laugh.

The call from Montreal was a complete surprise.

“I had a good camp in Anaheim. In fact, I stayed longer than I thought. I thought I might be in San Diego, but you know the numbers game. So the call came totally out of the blue, but I’m really happy to have a chance with such an outstanding organization. It’s great to have a second chance.” Danis, a Quebec native, said.

“It was too late in camp and we have other things ongoing, so (possibly going to Europe) really wasn’t (an option).  I was just waiting, to be honest, for an injury to happen somewhere to get a call. I hate to say it, but that’s a part of this business.”

“Kyla (his wife) is home (in Quebec) packing things up and we’re expecting our third child – a daughter – so we’re excited about everything (including going back to the Rock). Maybe she will calm the two boys down, but I doubt it! We’re ready for another adventure in St. John’s” .

Terry has been outstanding. He had a goal and three assists Saturday night for St. John’s. He leads the team with eight points. In Springfield, amazingly he wasn’t named a star of the game.

Samuelsson was back in the St. John’s lineup after a tough opening night game in Hartford. After that game, he was benched for the last two games last weekend. Samuelsson played in Providence on Friday against the Bruins and then in Springfield against the Thunderbirds on Saturday night. Samuelsson is, of course, the eldest son of former Whaler great Ulf Samuelsson. The elder Samuelsson was also a former Wolf Pack, and Avon Old Farms assistant coach, Rangers assistant coach and is currently the head coach of Charlotte (AHL).

Samuelsson’s brother Henrik, by the way, is with the Tucson Roadrunners while his youngest brother, Adam, is with the USNDTP-US National Development Team (USHL). His sister Amanda plays for Penn State (Big 10).

St. John’s home opener will feature an appearance by Canadiens great, Guy Lafluer. It is Montreal’s final season in St. John’s before they move the team next year to Laval, Quebec, and the brand new Place Bell Centre.

A good question to ask might be why there were no former Wolf Pack or a noteworthy New York Rangers great in Hartford opening night?

Former Pack Shawn O’Donnell was recalled from the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) on a Professional Try-Out deal by the Milwaukee Admirals. He’ll likely play right away since Nashville lost five of their players in two games this week to injuries.

Saturday night was an AHL first with a Father-Son duo was in the lineup.

Jonah Imoo played the entire game for the Ontario Reign backed up by his father Dusty Imoo.  The younger Imoo was with the Manchester Monarchs (ECHL) and had to be pressed into service with injuries in Los Angeles to Hamden-native, Jonathan Quick. The Cup winning Quick sustained a groin injury that will sideline him for three months while his backup,Jeff Zatkoff also suffered a groin injury but in practice. Those injuries meant that both Ontario goalies, Peter Budaj and Jack Campbell, were both recalled.

The elder Imoo played minor pro hockey in the early 1990’s. He last saw action in 1991-92 with Cincinnati, Erie and Dayton in the ECHL and for Ft. Wayne (IHL) that year after being in Springfield’s AHL camp.

Imoo, now 46, played for the Japanese Olympic team at the 1998 Nagano Games and for the Seibu Bears and Oji Eagles in the Japanese Hockey League that became the ALIH (Asia League Ice Hockey).

Dusty Imoo is presently is in his second year as a developmental coach for LA and he primarily works with the Ontario goalies.

Special shout-out to Irene Leitao who did a superb job with the Canadian national anthem. She sang it in French at the beginning and finished in English. Her performance impressed a Canadian website, Rocket Sports Media from Montreal, who was in town to do a St. John’s feature as well as IceCaps staff and players.

“She was very good when I was here,” ex-Pack goalie Danis said. “That was so very well done.”

“The guys from Quebec really liked it. My anthem is not Quebec or American, but it was a really nice thing,” the Swiss-born Andrighetto said.

Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre was surprised too. “She did a very nice job and it was a nice surprise for everybody.”

Watch that wonderful performance below:

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UCONN    VS.   aic

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – For the third time in four games, the UConn Huskies (2-1-3) went to extra time against an opponent and finished the game in a tie.

On Friday night’s contest at the XL Center, the Huskies tied American International College (AIC) (0-1-1) of Springfield, MA in a non-conference matchup 2-2.

Each team had a chance to end things in the extra session.

Swedish AIC freshmen Zacharia Skog, who was making his collegiate debut, made many top saves in net but did his best Pekka Rinne impression stopping Evan Richardson on a wraparound attempt at 3:09.

“I felt really good on that save,” Skog said. “I kept us in the game and that was really important for us (at that point of the game).”

No dispute from the UConn side.

“(Skog) was outstanding and Evan was one of our better forwards (with a team-high six shots). He created a lot. He stopped Evan on a breakaway, (Brian) Freeman on a breakaway, Justin Howell on a breakaway. Evan on that wraparound and credit AIC they blocked a lot of shots too and battled hard.” head coach Mike Cavanaugh said.

UConn goalie Rob Nichols was not tested a lot (18 shots) at the end of overtime on a late powerplay. He stopped back-to-back shots. The first came from Johno May and then Martin Mellberg and as the final seconds ticked away, he stopped a sharp angle shot by Bryant Christian from the lower right wing circle.

Clearly, the powerplay is a staple of UConn’s success. After converting on their first man-up opportunity, they came up with goose eggs on their next nine chances the rest of the night.

“The story of the game is we were oh-for-five on the powerplay in the third period,” Cavanaugh said. “We couldn’t convert. We had many chances to make it 3-2.”

From the AIC point of view, first-year head coach Eric Land was none too happy. “To state the obvious, our penalty killing was very good tonight. I like how we did five-on-five, but I just didn’t see enough of it. Ten penalties, twenty minutes in penalties is a tough way to try to win a hockey game. Zach was tremendous. Half of their shots (19) were on the powerplay. Give up 19 shots on the powerplay is a tough way to make a living.  Our guys have to learn to battle through that and learn to compete within the rules. We have to make adjustments to the officials here. It’s been two games in a row where we feel our discipline hasn’t even been close in that respect, not even close. I’m disappointed.”

The one thing everybody was in agreement about was Skog, AIC’s freshmen goalie. The Swede was scintillating in goal stopping 34 of 36 shots and with a team competing with ten freshmen.

“Great to start the season to have a game like this. It’s tough to try to win games like that (with all the PK time), but for me personally very satisfying,”  Skog remarked.

The forwards did have their problems solving the Skog riddle.

“We got frustrated, but the coach said we have to be mentally tough and we have to capitalize and we have to go back to the bench and get ready for the next shift,” remarked sophomore Karl El-Mir.

The second period the Huskies had many quality chances, but simply couldn’t bury them.

“We had three breakaways and we couldn’t convert on any of them,” Cavanaugh said.

Jesse Schwartz twice had golden chances and the goal post denied him both times. The first came when the AIC defenseman fell down. Schwartz charged in and sent a ten-foot snapshot that hit where the joint of where the crossbar and post meet.

The second bid saw Schwartz on a two-on-one and fired it high hit off Skog’s elbow and off the crossbar and came back into the back of his legs of Skog and he fell back on the puck.

Richardson went in on a clean breakaway and missed the net shortly after Schwartz’s second chance.

Tage Thompson had a chance set up by a sweet setup from Brian Morgan from just five feet out and somehow missed the net with 6:10 to go.

AIC tied the game at two while on a four-on-three power play after a highly questionable set of matching penalties issued to Richardson and AIC’s Andrew DeBrincat for embellishing and interference respectively. The call was highly dubious.

The Yellowjackets pounced quickly scoring 17 seconds later.

Shawn McBride went down the right wing and lost control of the puck, but was able to flip a one-handed shot towards the net. The puck went off Derek Pratt’s skate and past Nichols to the short-side at 15:08. The goal was Pratt’s first of the year.

It wasn’t pretty, but UConn emerged from the first period up 2-1.

The power play got the Huskies their first goal as Richardson scored from the right point on a perfect diagonal pass from the left wing corner from Freeman. Richardson buried a low, hard slapshot that beat Skog cleanly at 9:14.

The Huskies held the shot advantage, but couldn’t cash in on some quality chances and kept missing the net altogether.

The AIC Yellowjackets stung the Huskies late in the period as Jared Pike was able to wheel around in the Huskies’ zone. Pike went around the back of the net to the right wing circle completely unchecked and then fired a shot that beat Nichols high over his left shoulder on the short side. Nichols was screened by El-Mir at 18:49. For Pike, it was his first goal of the season.

The Huskies did answer back quickly avoiding entering the locker room on a down note.

Just 30 seconds later, El-Mir redeemed himself by completing a nice three-way passing sequence on a break-in with Richardson on the left wing. A short pass to Max Kalter by El-Mir allowed Kalter to flip a perfect backhand pass to El-Mir, a left-handed shot, on the right wing. El-Mir fired his third of the young season with 41.4 seconds left on the clock.

“Me, Kalter and Richardson had a good game. We could even get better. It’s easy to play with guys who move the puck like that,” El-Mir a native of Montreal, said.


The Huskies hit the road for the next five games. they will play at Notre Dame next weekend in a conference game. This is the last season that the Fighting Irish will be in Hockey East. Notre Dame heads to the Big 10 next year.

UCONN will next play at the XL Center on Tuesday, November 18 against Boston University at 7pm.

Injuries and a suspension pushed Thompson to first line center and Freeman, a freshman, to second line center.

Maxim Letunov served an automatic one game supension for a game disqualification against Quinnipiac.

Jeff Wright is lost for the season with an upper-body injury.

David Drake was scratched for the Huskies. Derek Pratt took his spot on the number one defense pairing.

Drake, according to Cavanaugh, is out for at least a month with an upper-body injury.

AIC featured Shelton, CT native, Billy Vizzo, on right wing on the fourth line.

This season AIC will play all their home games at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield.

AIC junior Andrew DeBrincat is the older brother of the Chicago Blackhawks second-round pick in last summer’s draft. Alex DeBrincat plays with Erie (OHL).

Dan Allen who played college club hockey with Western Connecticut State University (ACHA Division-2) was named assistant coach with St. Michaels (VT) (NEHC).


UCONN    VS.  Quinnipiac_Bobcats.svg

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HAMDEN, CT UConn Huskies hockey program, relatively new to the Divison One experience, still have a few miles to go before proving they can compete with elite college hockey.

The Quinnipiac Bobcats, the fourth-ranked team in the nation. displayed their speed and puck possession skills while outshooting the visiting Huskies 43-31 beat UConn 5-2 Wednesday night at the High Points Solutions Arena.

“It certainly wasn’t the result we wanted,” UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh said afterward. “I was proud of the fight in our guys. We showed some fight in facing some adversity. We didn’t execute some plays that cost us our guys competed hard.”

The second period saw the Huskies show flashes of being competitive playing against the more experienced Bobcat program, but Quinnipiac struck like lightning.

The Huskies used their powerplay to get back into the game early in the second period at 2-1.  Kasperi Ojantakanen’s quality scoring opportunity was stopped by the Bobcat’s Chris Truehl in net, but he was unable to control the rebound. Spencer Naas got to the puck and had three chances at it with the third time being the charm scoring his second goal of the season at 1:44.

Quinnipiac answered back two minutes later, reestablishing a two-goal lead.

Thomas Aldworth, a speedy player from Texas, swung in from the left wing side and moved to the right and put a perfect wraparound into the goal for his second of the season at 3:43 past freshman netminder Adam Huska who answered the call playing against one of Division I’s premier hockey programs.

The Huskies clawed back with one of their few effective rushes. The Huskies had Evan Richardson put a strong backhand shot on Truehl that he saved. Karl El-Mir was right there on the right wing side of the doorstep and using his forehand, flipped the puck into the open side of the net at 9:17 for his second of the season.

UConn gave up the center of the ice far too much and Quinnipiac made them pay for it. Bobcats established a three-goal lead 1:44 later.

Bobcat defenseman Brogan Rafferty roared through center-ice after taking a short pass from K.J. Tiefenworth, and went in on a clean breakaway and beat Huska with a backhand shot through the five-hole after extending himself as he tried to poke-check  the puck at 11:01.

The Bobcats’ Connor Clifton sped through the neutral zone and wired one over Huska’s left shoulder for a 5-2 lead.

“We have a very active D-corps and we want to make plays in the neutral zone and we don’t want to have guys sit back and we did that well tonight,” Quinnipiac head coach Rand Pecknold said.

The Bobcat defense wasn’t too shabby either. They limited Tage Thompson to just one shot on goal.

“He’s a tremendous hockey player and we were fired up and played like we do against a Boston College,” Pecknold said.

The Huskies played too passively and gave Quinnipiac quality chances. They went to the locker room up 2-0 in part because UConn’s 6’5 defenseman, David Drake, was injured on the game’s first shift after being drilled by Scott Davidson behind the net suffering an upper body injury.

The first goal saw Andrew Taverner launch one from the left point that sailed over Huska’s right shoulder, after being completely screened.  UConn’s Joseph Masonius and QU’s Scott Davidson battled in front of Huska providing the screen.

Huska kept things close stopping Derek Smith and Davidson from the left point an right wing respectively.

Tommy Schutt and Connor Clifton had back-to-back shots on the same shift turned aside by the 6’3 Slovak freshmen.

Right after the first goal, the Huskies’ Maxim Letunov was hit with a major and game disqualification for drilling Chase Priskie into the end boards. It caused a big gash on his forehand and he did not return.

UConn also had to deal with Jeff Wight going down with a season-ending upper body injury on the first shift causing UConn to play short two of their natural centers for most of the game.

After the penalty was assessed to Letunov, the UConn PK weathered the storm. Tim Clifton and Luke Shiplo had good bids, but Huska kept the door closed.

“We did a great job killing the five-minute major,” Cavanaugh said. “We rebounded pretty well and they didn’t get a whole lot on it (the penalty).”

The best UConn chance of the period came on the kill with Thompson setting up Ben Freeman for two whacks, but Truehl stayed steady on both.

The Bobcats stayed on the puck deep in the UConn end after the Huskies won the draw. The Bobcats’ Davidson got to the loose puck, controlled it and put in into the front of the net. Craig Martin fanned on his first shot but stayed with it and while falling down, he got his stick on the puck and flipped it over Huska’s left shoulder for the 2-0 lead.

“The biggest problem we had was breaking the puck out of the zone. That was our biggest issue and we wound up giving them (chances). When that happens, they get riding time in the offensive zone and we get tired playing defense and can’t get any energy to create any offense,” remarked Cavanaugh.


Very classy gesture initiated by Pecknold. Both teams gathered at center ice after the game in honor of Bruce Marshall. The former UConn head coach who was close to Pecknold passed away suddenly in New Hampshire on Sunday.

Letunov with the game disqualification will be suspended for the game on Friday against AIC at the XL Center. He could face further discipline from Hockey East.

Quinnipiac is now 3-1-0 and was coming off a 3-2 OT win over Maine in Orono.

UConn came (2-1-2) off a pair of ties last weekend 4-4 against Colgate and 1-1 with AHA member R.I.T.

Huska was big in the R.I.T. game, his first collegiate start with 36 saves. He was stellar last season with Green Bay (USHL). Huska led the league with a 1.97 GAA and played for the Slovakia World Junior team where he put on a show in a memorable 48 save performance against Russia and another against the Czech Republic.

Thompson with four goals and six points paces the offense for UConn.

Quinnipiac lost a significant number of their NCAA Finalist squad.

Quinnipiac now leads the series with UConn 17-11-2. The Bobcats have won the first three major D1 meetings. They won this one 5-2, in 2014 they prevailed 4-1 and last year there was a wild, feisty 6-2 game at the XL Center with four powerplay goals.

Quinnipiac features four players from Alberta and five who played junior hockey in BC and Alberta.

Quinnipiac has had college hockey for 41 years and is in their 19th season of Division I.

College recruiting notes: UCONN got a commit next year from Zac Robbins who plays currently with Cedar Rapids (USHL).

UConn got a commitment for next year from Zac Robbins who plays currently with Cedar Rapids (USHL).

Quinnipiac got a future recruit for 2020-21 in Paul Fletcher out of the Dallas Stars Triple AAA program, who will play at Selects Academy program at South Kent Prep this winter.

Yale has secured a commitment for next season from Greenwich native Phil Kemp who is currently with the USNDTP (USHL). Kemp went to Brunswick Prep school and has a good shot of being on the US WJC team for the tourney to be held starting Boxing Day in Montreal and Toronto. He withdrew his commitment from Brown University and, according to Chip Malafronte of the New Haven Register, is a third generation Yale athlete. His grandfather played with President George H.W. Bush in late 1940’s on the Yale baseball team.

Matt Tugnutt, son of former NHL’er Ron Tugnutt, has committed to Sacred Heart University next fall. He currently plays for Kemptville (OJHL).


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St. John’s IceCaps 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Henry Lucey, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, October 23, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their first home-ice loss of the season Sunday at the XL Center, falling 5-2 to the St. John’s IceCaps.

St. John’s opened the scoring just thirty-six seconds into the contest when Sven Andrighetto’s wrister found the back of the net. The Wolf Pack were quick to respond, however, as Marek Hrivik evened the score at the 1:27 mark. The goal, Hrivik’s second of the season, was assisted by right-winger Justin Fontaine. Less than a minute after Hrivik’s tally, IceCaps defenseman Joel Hanley beat Harford goalie Mackenzie Skapski at 2:16 to take back the lead.

Hartford’s Matt Carey sent the IceCaps on the power play when he was booked for charging with just under six minutes remaining in the period.  St. John’s center Charles Hudon was able to capitalize on the man advantage, notching his fifth goal of the season at 14:39. Hudon’s was the period’s final score, as the Wolf Pack were unable to convert on a late power-play opportunity.

Hartford’s struggles on the power play continued into the second period. The IceCaps killed four Wolf Pack power plays and even added a short-handed goal at the 7:26 mark. The goal was knocked in by left-winger Bobby Farnham and assisted by the team’s center, and assistant captain, Jacob de la Rose.

After a frustrating second period, the Wolf Pack came out with a renewed sense of urgency in the game’s final frame. Carey flicked the puck over the outstretched glove of IceCaps’ goaltender Charlie Lindgren to cut the deficit to two with 15:54 remaining in the period. Despite a strong effort, this was ultimately the Wolf Pack’s final goal of the contest.

When asked about his team’s performance in the third period, Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander noted, “We did a pretty good when we put our mind to it, so it’s there, the ability’s there.”

St. John’s tallied the game’s final goal when Jeremy Gregoire converted on a power-play empty net situation at 19:31.

In the end, Hartford’s second loss of 2016-2017 campaign was marked by their inability to convert on the power play. The Wolf Pack were given four 5-on-3 advantages among their nine power-play opportunities, and yet came away empty-handed each time.

The Wolf Pack continue a six-game homestand this Wednesday night, October 26 when the Hershey Bears visit the XL Center for a 7:00 PM game.  That is another “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack” game.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

St. John’s IceCaps 5 at Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Sunday, October 23, 2016 – XL Center

St. John’s 3 1 1 – 5
Hartford 1 0 1 – 2

1st Period-1, St. John’s, Andrighetto 3 (Terry, McCarron), 0:36. 2, Hartford, Hrivik 2 (Fontaine), 1:27. 3, St. John’s, Hanley 1 (Hudon, Eisenschmid), 2:16. 4, St. John’s, Hudon 5 (Andrighetto, Barberio), 14:39 (PP). Penalties-Terry Stj (slashing), 7:07; Terry Stj (unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:21; Carey Hfd (charging), 14:01; Hanley Stj (boarding), 17:01; Barberio Stj (high-sticking), 18:18; Hanley Stj (hooking), 19:11.

2nd Period-5, St. John’s, Farnham 1 (de la Rose), 7:26 (SH). Penalties-Hughes Hfd (hooking), 1:40; Matteau Stj (hooking), 7:07; Lernout Stj (cross-checking), 9:24; Hanley Stj (tripping), 11:00; Barberio Stj (delay of game), 12:01.

3rd Period-6, Hartford, Carey 2 (Fogarty), 4:46. 7, St. John’s, Gregoire 1 (McCarron, Scherbak), 19:31 (PP EN). Penalties-Glass Hfd (boarding), 6:43; Glass Hfd (kneeing), 16:56; Andrighetto Stj (roughing), 19:09; Brown Hfd (roughing, roughing), 19:09.

Shots on Goal-St. John’s 8-8-15-31. Hartford 9-10-6-25.
Power Play Opportunities-St. John’s 2 / 5; Hartford 0 / 9.
Goalies-St. John’s, Lindgren 2-0-0-0 (25 shots-23 saves). Hartford, Skapski 0-2-0-0 (30 shots-26 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Mike Leggo (3).
Linesmen-Kory Nagy (97), Kevin Briganti (39).


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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4 (OT)

Allentown, PA, October 22, 2016 – Nicklas Jensen’s goal at 1:55 of overtime lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 5-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a wild game Saturday night at the PPL Center.

Tanner Glass scored twice for the Wolf Pack, which also got goals from John Gilmour and Justin FontaineMagnus Hellberg made 26 saves in the Hartford net to improve to 2-0-0 on the season.

Corban Knight, Andy Miele, Mark Zengerle and Chris Conner all scored for Lehigh Valley, and ex-Yale Eli Alex Lyon, making his professional debut in goal for the Phantoms, stopped 29 shots.

“It wasn’t easy,” said Glass of the win.  “I don’t think it’s going to be easy for this club all year.  We’ve got to have that kind of effort every night, and that resiliency, and hopefully we can get some more wins like that.”

After Lehigh Valley battled back from a 3-1 third-period deficit to tie the game at four, the Wolf Pack got the only two shots of the OT session.  On the winning play, Robin Kovacs passed the puck to Jensen on the right side in the offensive zone, and Jensen stickhandled toward the middle before using a Phantom defender as a screen and putting a bullet into the top corner over Lyon’s catching glove.

Conner had tied the score with 9:01 left in the third, only 1:13 after Glass scored his second of the game.

“It’s been a while, I think it’s been about 12 years, sophomore year or junior year of college, since I’ve had that,” joked Glass, who has spent most of the last seven seasons in the NHL.  “It’s nice, I’m trying to work on that part of my game, and you get more touches, more ice time, and I think I can help the team that way.”

Miele cut the Wolf Pack’s lead to 3-2 at 5:05 of the third, knocking in a pass from the left-wing corner by Greg Carey from right on top of Hellberg, and Mark Zengerle made it 3-3 less than three minutes later, at 8:03, off of a goalmouth scramble.

Just 1:43 thereafter, at 9:46, Glass banged home the rebound of a shot by Ryan Graves from the left point, snapping the puck past Lyon from a sharp angle on the left side.

Conner got that goal back only seconds after Hellberg had stopped him on a breakaway.  Danick Martel continued the attack for Lehigh Valley, moving behind the net and centering to Conner from below the goal line to Hellberg’s left.

The Wolf Pack got the only goal of the first period, scoring at the 3:57 mark.  Glass recorded his first of the season, deflecting a quick shot from the right point by Michael Paliotta past Lyon on the glove side.

Hartford would control much of the action in the second period, outshooting the Phantoms 18-7 and drawing four power plays, but would be Lehigh Valley that scored the first goal of the frame.

That was the Wolf Pack’s first shorthanded goal-against of the year, scored by Knight at the 7:51 mark.  Knight took the puck away from Jensen along the boards in the Phantom zone and got away from Calle Andersson to find a lane into the Wolf Pack end.  Knight burst toward the goal and snapped a shot past Hellberg’s catching glove for a 1-1 tie.

That mishap dropped the Wolf Pack power play to 0-for-14 on the year, but that unit would recover to score on its next two opportunities.

With Nic Aube-Kubel off for hooking, Gilmour netted the second goal of his rookie season at 16:58.  After Malte Stromwall won a faceoff in the right-wing circle, Gilmour snapped a shot from the point that went through a screen set by Boo Nieves and past Lyon.

Then, with only 57 seconds remaining in the period and Knight in the penalty box for hooking, Fontaine would score, in his first game with the Wolf Pack after being signed as a free agent by the parent New York Rangers on Sunday.  Andersson passed the puck to Fontaine at the top of the left circle, and his one-timer went through a Chris Brown screen and into the net.

The Wolf Pack return home to the XL Center on Sunday, hosting the St. John’s IceCaps, with faceoff at 5:00 PM.  Each of the Wolf Pack’s Sunday home games features the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5 (OT) at Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4
Saturday, October 22, 2016 – PPL Center

Hartford 1 2 1 1 – 5
Lehigh Valley 0 1 3 0 – 4

1st Period-1, Hartford, Glass 1 (Paliotta, Hrivik), 3:57. Penalties-Graves Hfd (cross-checking), 0:56; Sanheim Lv (holding the stick), 4:52; Summers Hfd (interference), 7:13; Brennan Lv (cross-checking), 8:30; Carey Hfd (hooking), 16:20.

2nd Period-2, Lehigh Valley, Knight 1   7:51 (SH). 3, Hartford, Gilmour 2 (Stromwall), 16:58 (PP). 4, Hartford, Fontaine 1 (Andersson), 19:03 (PP). Penalties-Hagg Lv (cross-checking), 3:02; Sanheim Lv (hooking), 7:22; Aube-Kubel Lv (hooking), 15:43; Knight Lv (hooking), 18:49.

3rd Period-5, Lehigh Valley, Miele 1 (Carey, McDonald), 5:05. 6, Lehigh Valley, Zengerle 2 (Leier, Weal), 8:03. 7, Hartford, Glass 2 (Graves), 9:46. 8, Lehigh Valley, Conner 1 (Martel, Morin), 10:59. Penalties-Andersson Hfd (hooking), 6:00; Kovacs Hfd (tripping), 11:35.

OT Period-9, Hartford, Jensen 2 (Kovacs), 1:55. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Hartford 9-18-5-2-34. Lehigh Valley 11-7-12-0-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 2 / 6; Lehigh Valley 0 / 5.
Goalies-Hartford, Hellberg 2-0-0-0 (30 shots-26 saves). Lehigh Valley, Lyon 0-0-1-0 (34 shots-29 saves).
Referees-Evgenii Romasko (39), Furman South (44).
Linesmen-Tim Lyons (33), Jud Ritter (34).


brian-tostiPreview: Swamp Rabbits Continue Road Trip In Norfolk

Wednesday night marks first of seven between the South Division opponents

BY: Brian Tosti – Greenville Swamp Rabbits


The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (0-2-0-0) visit the Norfolk Admirals (0-2-0-0) in a midweek contest tonight at 7:15 p.m. The season series begins at the Norfolk Scope, continuing Greenville’s four-game road trip to open the season. Greenville arrives in Norfolk after scoring three goals on Saturday night against the Florida Everblades. Tommy Thompson and Angelo Miceli tallied their first goals of the season and Bretton Cameron tallied his second of the season when he notched Greenville’s final goal of the night. The Swamp Rabbits captain has two goals this season and a three-game point streak that dates back to March 18. Miceli also has points in back to back games and is tied with Cameron for the team lead in scoring with a goal and an assist.


In two games, Greenville has scored five goals and has spread the scoring across the roster. Only two players have points in back to back games while eight others have a goal or an assist. Bretton Cameron has goals in the first two games and Angelo Miceli scored a goal Saturday night after earning an assist on Friday night. The two lead the team and are the only Swamp Rabbits with multiple points. Paul Zanette and Tommy Thompson have also scored goals for the Swamp Rabbits. Others tallying assists were Justin DaSilva, Joe Houk, Tyler Brown, Matt Prapavessis, Garrett Noonan, and Allan McPherson.


Bretton Cameron turned in a big weekend for the Swamp Rabbits, taking home two goals in as many games. The captain led the Swamp Rabbits through opening weekend and fired seven shots on net. The seven-year veteran has 70 goals in his pro hockey career and 168 points. He is just two assists shy of 100 in his pro career. The Didsbury, AB native is one of only three ECHL players to score goals in consecutive road games this season.


Last season, Greenville and Norfolk met five separate times. The Swamp Rabbits recorded a pair of wins including a 6-0 finish in Norfolk on November 25. It was P.J. Musico’s first and only shutout of his pro career. In the first game between the teams, former Swamp Rabbit Domenic Alberga recorded a goal against Norfolk. The forward now wears an Admirals jersey and will suit up for the first time against the Swamp Rabbits in his pro career.


In addition to Domenic Alberga, two other former Swamp Rabbits will take the ice for the Admirals. Forward Paul Rodrigues and goaltender Connor Knapp each saw time with Greenville in their ECHL careers. Knapp played for Greenville from 2012-14 with 28 career games played in the Upstate. Knapp had a 12-14-2-0 record and made nearly 900 saves in a Greenville jersey. The five-year pro has two NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres under his belt and is expected to make his season debut tonight after the call up of Eetu Laurikainen to the Bakersfield Condors (AHL). Rodrigues was with Greenville during the 2014-15 season, scoring eight goals and 11 assists for 19 points. Now in his fourth pro season, he has logged over 130 games between Greenville, South Carolina, and Norfolk.


The Admirals have just one goal in two games and will play their third home game of the season tonight. After falling 3-1 on Friday night against Kalamazoo, Norfolk dropped the rematch 3-0 on Saturday night. Josh Brittain has the sole tally for the Admirals who have allowed three of their six goals against in the first period. The silver lining for Norfolk; they are 11-of-11 on the penalty kill.


– Bretton Cameron is two assists shy of 100 in his pro career

– Greenville will play one more road game after tonight before returning home to the Bon Secours Wellness Arena for its Home Opener. It is one of four road trips the team will take with over four consecutive games. Greenville plays a seven-game road trip twice during the season.

– The Swamp Rabbits stopped seven of eight power plays this weekend in Florida. They are 87.5% on the penalty kill and rank 13th in the ECHL of teams who have played at least two games this season.


New York Rangers:

Last Game: 10/17/16 vs. San Jose – 7-4 W

Next Game: 10/19/16 vs. Detroit – 8:00 p.m.

The New York Rangers recorded a pair of empty net goals on Monday night as five different scorers found the back of the net. Rookie Jimmy Vesey scored his first NHL goal, which turned out to be the game-winner. They face the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night in their fourth game of the season.

Hartford Wolf Pack:

Last Game: 10/15/16 @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 2-6 L

Next Game: 10/19/16 @ Lehigh Valley – 7:05 p.m.

Hartford had goals from Nicklas Jensen and Matt Carey on Saturday night. Mackenzie Skapski made his first start of the season, stopping 29 shots. The Wolf Pack continue on the road on Saturday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

HOME OPENER | Friday, October 28 | 7:00 p.m.: The Swamp Rabbits open play at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena on Friday, October 28 against the Wichita Thunder. The first 1,000 fans in the building will receive a Swamp Rabbits rally towel. Special $10 Opening Night tickets are available by visiting Join us for a pre-game Fan Fest on the Clemson Plaza beginning at 5:30 p.m. with inflatables, concessions, and live music.

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