Category Archives: Sports

CANTLON’S CORNER: CLOCK TICKING ON XL CENTER

gerry-150x130XL Future Clock Starts Ticking

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

The long and winding road on the future of the XL Center is truly and finally begun to take shape.

The announcement at last Thursday’s monthly meeting of the CRDA (Capital Region Development Authority) that New York City based, SCI Architects, were the one of the four finalists who’ve been selected to do yet another feasibility study on the XL Center. It was further announced that a contract will be signed this week starting the final process that has been three years in the making. Continue reading

PACK MAKE ROSTER MOVES

Hartford Wolf Pack LogoWOLF PACK MAKE TWO ROSTER MOVES
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Mackenzie Skapski Reassigned to Hartford from Greenville, Chris McCarthy Assigned to ECHL

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, October 22, 2014: Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the parent New York Rangers have reassigned goaltender Mackenzie Skapski to the Wolf Pack from its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Road Warriors, and have reassigned forward Chris McCarthy from the Wolf Pack to Greenville. Continue reading

XL CENTER RENOVATIONS – OPENING NIGHT

xl-center1_dt_128662417158768750-150x112GLOBAL SPECTRUM RELEASES TWELFTH VIDEO BLOG OF XL CENTER RENOVATION PROJECT

XL Center Chapter 40 – Celebrating 40 Years of the Hartford Civic Center

BY: Erin Bilton, Global Spectrum

Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center, in partnership with Powerstation Events, have released the twelfth weekly video blog. This week Jay Taylor, Video Operator of the Powerstation Video team, introduces us to the new XL Center for the Hartford Wolf Pack Home Opener against the Portland Pirates as well as patron’s reactions regarding the new fan bar, concourse, and scoreboard.

IN A ROOM FULL OF CHARACTERS, RANGERS FIND MORE IN OT WIN

new-york-rangers_thumb13-150x150          VERSUS        Devils

NEW YORK RANGERS -4 at NEW JERSEY DEVILS -3
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m. ET
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers: 4-3-0 (8 pts)
Devils: 3-2-1 (7pts)

BY: THE NEW YORK RANGERS

Team notes:

  • New York extended its winning streak to three games, and improved to 2-1-0 on the road this season.
  • The Rangers have won 85 road games since the start of the 2010-11 season. They rank third in the NHL in road wins over the span.
  • The Rangers have tallied four goals in each of their last two games. The Blueshirts have won their last 67 games in which they have scored at least four goals, dating back to a 5-2 victory on October 31, 2011 vs. San Jose. The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 89 consecutive games when they have registered at least four goals (88-0-1 record over the span), dating back to an 8-2 victory on November 14, 2010 vs. Edmonton.
  • Eight different skaters recorded a point for the Rangers in the contest.
  • The Rangers were 2-for-3 on the power play in the contest. The Blueshirts registered at least two power play goals in a game nine times during the 2013-14 season. New York has tallied a power play goal in three of its last four games against the Devils (4-for-13; 30.8% over the span). The Rangers recorded two power play goals in a regular season game against New Jersey for the first time since October 5, 2009.
  • The Blueshirts have posted a 2-2-0 record when trailing after two periods this season. As of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers are tied for first in the NHL in wins when trailing after 40 minutes.
  • New York has earned at least one point in 20 of its last 29 games against New Jersey, dating back to March 30, 2009 (17-9-3 record over the span). The Rangers have also recorded at least one point in seven of their last nine games against the Devils, dating back to March 19, 2013 (6-2-1 record over the span), and have won three straight games on the road against New Jersey.

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CANTLON: SHERIFF “BODIE” ENDS SHARKS LATE

Hartford Wolf Pack Logo      VERSUS      Worcester

Hartford Win Late on Bodie Blast In Worcester

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

WORCESTER, MA - Rookie defenseman Matt Bodie picked the right time to score his first AHL goal.

With just 17.9 seconds left in regulation, Bodie took a pass from his defensive mate, Tommy Hughes, and moved into the left wing faceoff circle. Bodie then pumped fake once, which Sharks goalie, Troy Grosenick, but on and made the first move. That allowed Bodie to unleash and let one fly that got past the Shark goalkeeper and found the back of the net with fellow rookie forward, Ryan Haggerty, right there on the doorstep looking for a rebound giving the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack the 5-4 win on the road in Worcester at the DCU Center in front of 1,488 Tuesday night. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK WIN THRILLER IN WORCESTER

Bob CrawfordHartford Wolf Pack 5, Worcester Sharks 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Worcester, MA, October 21, 2014 – Rookie defenseman Mat Bodie’s first pro goal, scored with 17.9 seconds left in the third period, gave the Hartford Wolf Pack a 5-4 win over the Worcester Sharks Tuesday night at the DCU Center.

The Wolf Pack let a 4-2 lead slip away in the third, but with the game seemingly headed for overtime, Tommy Hughes and Danny Kristo combined to get the puck to Bodie, who moved to the left-wing faceoff dot and launched a shot that went high into the net behind Worcester goaltender Troy Grosenick, a former teammate, and roommate, of Bodie’s at Union College.  Continue reading

RANGERS LOOK TO ROCK DEVS IN JERSEY

new-york-rangers_thumb13-150x150NY RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:00 p.m. ET
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers: 3-3-0 (6 pts)
Devils: 3-2-0 (6pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

TONIGHT’S GAME
The Rangers begin their two-game road trip against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Rangers enter the contest on a two-game winning streak and have posted a 3-3-0 record (6 pts) this season. New York defeated the San Jose Sharks, 4-0, in its last contest on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. The Devils have lost each of their last two games, and enter the’s contest with a 3-2-0 record (6 pts). The Devils were defeated by San Jose, 4-2, in their last contest on Saturday at Prudential Center. Continue reading