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Pack Drop Close One 3-2 to Sound Tigers

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – Despite a strong third period, the Hartford Wolf Pack came up short in a 3-2 loss before 5,000 in attendance at the Webster Bank Arena to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday afternoon.

For the intra-state and franchise rival Sound Tigers, it was their regular season home finale.

The Pack record falls to 24-43-4-2 (54 points) and a league worst, .370 winning percentage. The Sound Tigers improves to 44-26-3-1 (92 points). The Sound Tigers are in a battle with the Hershey Bears and the Providence Bruins for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Both Bridgeport and Hershey have two games left with the Bears holding a one-point lead on the Sound Tigers (93 to 92). The Bears are also ahead by .06 percentage points with Hershey at .628 and Bridgeport at .622. Providence has 95 points but also have a game-in-hand on both teams as they sit in third place.

The Wolf Pack awoke in the third period putting pressure on the Sound Tigers after another middle frame misfortune that put the Pack down 3-0 in a short amount of time.

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT –  The two final two home games of the season for the Hartford Wolf Pack highlight this three-in-three weekend. Friday night it’s the Springfield Thunderbirds at 7:15 pm and the dreaded Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the AHL’s best team, closes out the hockey season at the XL Center on Saturday night.

The Pack’s home record, like so many other stats in this highly forgettable season, is the worst in the AHL.  This weekend, the Pack home record is 12-22-2 at the XL Center. They hope to give their fans something to cheer for heading into the six months of hockey hibernation.

“We’re very disappointed that we didn’t make the playoffs. The least we can do is give our fans a couple of wins this weekend and down the stretch to give them reasons to cheer for us,” goaltender Magnus Hellberg said.

The final four games of the regular season are all on the road. Two of them are in the area. Sunday afternoon the team travels downstate to Bridgeport to challenge the Sound Tigers and next Saturday they head up I-91 to play in Springfield. Another rallying point is for the Wolf Pack in its 20

If the team is looking for another cause to rally around in this 20th anniversary season, is not to finish dead last in the AHL. They’ll need to find wins and on Fan Appreciation Night Saturday, they will have their hands full with the Penguins in town. Continue reading



Pack Get Walked Over By Penguins 5-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON – The Hartford Wolf Pack struggles on the road continued as they lost their eighth straight game (0-7-1) 5-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Mohegan Sun Arena Tuesday night.

On the road, the Pack is 11-17-2- for the season.

The Wolf Pack overall record fell to 21-36-4-4 and the team limps back home to the Connecticut capital and will play a tough three-in-three weekend. Friday night the Providence Bruins come to Hartford and will return Sunday. In between, the Pack will squeeze in the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday. Continue reading



  1. Tim Gettinger, LW, Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL) – Gettinger agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with the Rangers on Mar. 16. The Rangers’ fifth-round pick (141st overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft also recorded two points (one goal, one assist), in three games last week. Gettinger recorded a point in nine of the final 12 games of the regular season, tallying 14 points (eight goals, six assists) over the span. Gettinger established OHL career-highs in games played (62), goals (31), assists (23), points (54), and plus/minus rating (plus-26) this season. Gettinger ranked third on the Greyhounds in goals and shots on goal (204) and ranked fourth in plus/minus rating in 2016-17. Sault Ste. Marie faces Flint in the first round of the OHL Playoffs.
  2. Ryan Gropp, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) – Gropp tallied a point in all three games last week, registering four points (three goals, one assist) and a plus-two rating in the three contests. The Rangers’ second-round pick (41st overall) in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft finished the 2016-17 regular season with a seven-game point streak (four goals, six assists over the span). In addition, Gropp recorded a point in 27 of the final 29 regular season games, tallying 54 points (24 goals, 30 assists) over the span. Gropp also recorded a point in 32 of the final 35 contests, registering 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists) in those 35 games. Gropp led Seattle in goals (35) and points (84), ranked second on the team in assists (49), and ranked fifth in plus/minus rating (plus-25) this season. In addition, he established WHL career-highs in goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating in 2016-17. Seattle faces the Tri-City Americans in the first round of the WHL Playoffs.
  3. Tyler Wall, G, UMass-Lowell River Hawks (NCAA) – Wall posted a 2-0 record, along with a 2.00 GAA and a .934 SV% to help UMass-Lowell win the Hockey East Tournament. The Rangers’ sixth round pick (174th overall) in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft earned a win in each of his final four appearances in the tournament, posting a 1.78 GAA and a .935 SV% in those contests, and he was named to the Hockey East All-Tournament Team. In the final game of the tournament, Wall stopped 38 of 41 shots he faced to help UMass-Lowell defeat Boston College, 4-3. In 35 appearances this season, Wall has posted a 25-9-1 record, along with a 2.10 GAA, a .917 SV%, and 1 SO. He is tied for second in the NCAA – and leads all freshmen goaltenders – in wins this season.

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WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 20-26, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (21-36-4-2, 48 pts., .381) came up just short in a pair of games in Hershey this past weekend, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Bears on Friday night and dropping a 6-4 decision on Saturday, despite battling back from a 4-0 deficit to make the score as close as 5-4.  Matt Carey scored in both games for the Wolf Pack, and Taylor Beck had a goal and two assists Saturday night, after chipping in two helpers on Friday.




Pack Head to Hershey for The Weekend

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTThe Hartford Wolf Pack officially are eliminated from the Calder Cup playoffs. They will, however, get to play the role of spoiler for the rest of the regular season.

The Pack will get their first shot at that as they head into the lion’s den this weekend to play the Hershey Bears on both Friday and Saturday nights. The Bears find themselves in a mad dash with both the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Providence Bruins as the three teams battle it out to make it to the post-season.

The AHL affiliates of the Washington Capitals (Hershey), The New York Islanders (Bridgeport) and the Boston Bruins (Providence), respectively, each have 77 points. The Sound Tigers (37-21-2-1) and Bruins (34-18-5-4) both have a .631 winning percentage while the Bears (33-18-83) trail with at .621.

With fifteen games remaining on the schedule, the Wolf Pack, sadly, are nestled dead last among 30 teams with a 21-35-3-2 record (47 points), a hugely disappointing .385 winning percentage. Continue reading



BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

NEW YORK, March 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) on an emergency basis.

Hellberg, 25, has appeared in 31 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting an 11-11-5 record, along with a 2.91 GAA and a .902 SV%. He has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his last nine AHL starts, dating back to Dec. 26. Hellberg stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced and earned a win in his last start with the Wolf Pack on Feb. 26 vs. Binghamton.

The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in three career NHL games with Nashville and the Rangers. Hellberg made his debut with the Blueshirts on Dec. 20, 2015, vs. Washington. He has appeared in one game with the Rangers in 2016-17, stopping all four shots he faced in the third period on Jan. 17 vs. Dallas.



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, March 14, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg was recalled by the Rangers on an emergency basis on Mar. 11. He has appeared in one game with the Rangers this season, stopping all four shots he faced in the third period on Jan. 17 vs. Dallas. The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in 31 games with the Wolf Pack in 2016-17, posting an 11-11-5 record, along with a 2.91 GAA and a .902 SV%. He has allowed two goals or fewer in six of his last nine AHL starts, dating back to Dec. 26. Hellberg stopped 26 of 27 shots he faced and earned a win in his last start with the Wolf Pack on Feb. 26 vs. Binghamton.


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – The match Sunday afternoon between the Hartford Wolf Pack and Bridgeport Sound Tigers was a tale of two teams going in very opposite directions.

Bridgeport was opportunistic in their scoring and pulled away for a 5-2 victory Sunday afternoon at the Webster Bank Arena. On the weekend the Wolf Pack were outscored 18-5 and have given up the most goals in the AHL with 222.

“At the end of the day, its win and losses and we didn’t get our wins (this weekend),” Ken Gernander, a clearly irritated Pack head coach, said.

The Wolf Pack are dead last in the AHL with a record of 21-35-3-2 (47 points) and .392 winning percentage. The team was coming off two stinging losses and have now lost five in a row. They are 2-9 over their last 11 games and came to the Park City to play the Sound Tigers who remain in the thick of the playoff hunt.

On Thursday, this Wolf Pack squad was a buoyant group ready for the challenge of an AHL weekend three-games-in-three-days, but what they had aspired for never materialized.

“Not even close,” remarked Chris Summers. He didn’t mince his words, “Seems everything right now, our PK isn’t working, our powerplay isn’t working for us. Say what you want about puck bounces, we’re a beaten team after this weekend.”

Bridgeport’s record improves to 32-26-2-1 (77 points). The Sound Tigers are battling the Providence Bruins and Hershey Bears for the right to play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – the AHL’s best team – or the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in the first round of the AHL Atlantic Division semifinals.

As has happened in the last two games, the second period was the undoing for the Wolf Pack.

The Sound Tigers scored on the powerplay as goalie Jaroslav Halak started the break-out by chipping the puck up to Josh Winquist, who carried the puck through center and into the Wolf Pack zone. Winquist got the shot off and starting netminder, Mackenzie Skapski made the initial save on, but Michael DelColle buried the rebound at 7:54.

“Winquist played really well for us,” Sound Tigers head coach Brent Thompson said. “He doesn’t get the credit sometimes that he deserves. He has some good vision and patience and on that play, he showed it.”

Gernander gave Halak his props.

“He is an NHL goalie. They’re not fooling anybody in that perspective. Our goalies are learning and developing. Maybe they should take note of what is transpiring up at the other end (of the ice). That’s an NHL goalie in a minor league situation and that’s how he plays. ‘Maybe, I can aspire to that as far as my play is concerned,’” Gernander stated.

The Sound Tigers expanded their lead from 2-0 to 3-0 just 54 seconds later.

Veteran Bracken Kearns outmuscled the Pack’s John Gilmour and banged in his 13th goal of the season off of a rebound of Kane Lafranchise shot.

“Seems to be the theme for the weekend,” Summers said. “For whatever chances we had, our chances in the first period, we didn’t capitalize on them and they turn around and score a couple of quick ones on us we thought we could have had. A true character team fights through that. I don’t think we’re playing as an entire team.”

The quick pace of opponents scoring can’t be overlooked.

“It takes away any chance of momentum. If you have five ‘Grade A’ chances before you, you have to be able to rebound. The ability to bounce back from a goal, whether we thought it was a good goal or not, is not there right now,” Summers said. “You make any excuses you want, but the fact is we’re not playing very good hockey right now and that was very evident this weekend. We’re not in sync and playing as five-man units.”

Summers is one of the few players in the plus category on the roster at plus-4.

The Pack spoiled the Bridgeport shutout bid when they finally got some net-front presence which had been in complete absence up to that point.

Marek Hrivik scored just his third goal and point in his last 12 games when he banged in the rebound of Westport-native Mike Paliotta’s drive from the right point at 14:40. It was just the third shot of the period for the Pack. They’d finish the period with just five.

The Sound Tigers made it a 4-1 game in the last seconds of the second period.

Dan Catenacci was whistled for a late penalty. The Pack lost the draw and former Quinnipiac Bobcat, Devon Toews, who was at the right point, was able to send a diagonal cross-ice pass to wide open, ex-Pack, Andrew Rowe, who snapped the shot past Skapski for his ninth goal with 1.7 seconds left, just four seconds into the powerplay.

“It all goes back to winning one-on-one battles and decision making. It all sounds cliché, but that’s the difference and enough of this played out in-game and that was the end result,” Gernander said.

The first was period was fairly evenly played, but yet Bridgeport exited the period up 1-0.

The Sound Tiger goal came late on the power play.

After missing the first shot, Jon Landry took a short pass at the right point and Catenacci tried to block the shot but instead deflected the puck just enough to sail past Skapski at 18:53. It was Landry’s fourth of the season.

The Sound Tigers came out to and peppered the Wolf Pack with shots on goal. Skapski made stops on former UCONN player Brant Harris, who was making his Sound Tiger debut, just 36 seconds into the game. Kane Lafranchise was on the left wing and Ross Johnston was off to the right and both forced Skapski to make key stops.

Johnston was an early presence using his 6’5 frame to deliver a thundering hit on Tommy Hughes in the right wing corner that left him momentarily dazed.

The Pack tried some effective counter-attack led by Nicklas Jensen at 12:41 as he cut to the middle of the ice, but was stopped by Halak.

The Pack had their first power play nullified because of a “Too-Many-Men” on the ice penalty. Penalties like that, while on a power play no less, are indicative of how this season has gone for Hartford. 

“Our margin-of-error is rather slim,” Gernander said. “We need to convert when we have the opportunities. He (Halak) made good saves early.”


Gernander made two surprise scratches. Center Adam Tambellini (lower body is day-to-day) and defenseman Garrett Noonan (healthy). Boo Nieves (upper body is also day-to-day).

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The Bridgeport power play is 19th in the league at 16.4%. The Wolf Pack have slipped back to 12th at 17.8%.

The Pack is 2-21-0-1 when trailing after two periods this season.

On the PK the Pack is 28th in the AHL at 78.6% and the Sound Tigers are 22nd at 80.5%.

Paliotta missed 19 games before returning to the lineup last night in Springfield. Boo Nieves has missed 18 games to date.

UCONN alumni, Brant Harris, was fourth in the ECHL in scoring with the Florida Everblades. He had a strong game and was credited with just one shot, but had four or five quality looks.

Thompson’s hockey empire continues to grow. The ex-Wolf Pack defenseman and current Bridgeport head coach saw his eldest son Tage Thompson sign a three-year, entry-level deal, with the St. Louis Blues. He leaves UCONN after two years. He made his AHL debut in Chicago last night.

The youngest Thompson, Tyce, after Salisbury Prep was eliminated from the prep school playoffs by Dexter Academy in a 4-2 loss in the Elite 8 NEPSAC Division, has gone to play for Dubuque (USHL) in concluding their Jr. A season.

Greenwich native and Brunswick prep grad, John Hayden of Yale has signed a three-year, entry-level deal, with the Chicago Blackhawks who drafted him in the 3rd round 74th overall.


Jeff Malcolm Recalled to AHL by Hartford

Swamp Rabbits fourth-year goaltender earns second call-up of the season, joining Mackenzie Skapski in the American Hockey League.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced that goaltender Jeff Malcolm has been recalled by Hartford prior to tonight’s contest. The netminder received a call-up on December 27th, making this his seventh career AHL promotion.

The fourth-year netminder has seen action in 26 games this season, earning a 12-9-4-1 record, 3.47 goals against average, and .901 save percentage. Malcolm collected his 12th win of the season on Wednesday morning, making 35 saves against the Wichita Thunder. The Lethbridge, AB native has helped guide his squad to second place in the South Division.

The 6-foor-2 backstop made 26 saves in his only AHL appearance of the season, suffering a 3-2 loss against Providence. The NCAA product from Yale University has amassed a 15-13-0-0 record during his 32 AHL games with the Wolf Pack.

Malcolm was named to the 2015 All-Star Classic and has produced a successful ECHL career in Greenville. His career record of 47-30-7-4 has made him the second winningest goaltender in franchise history behind Jason Missiaen.

The former Bulldog won the 2013 NCAA National Championship, earning a 36-save shutout in the Frozen Four final against Quinnipiac University. It is the only championship the Bulldogs have won and was the school’s first appearance in the NCAA’s Frozen Four since 1952.

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