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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 20-26, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 20-26, 2015

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack wrapped up the regular season by winning two out of three games this past weekend, finishing the year 43-24-5-4 for 95 points, and capturing the Northeast Division title and the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff draw.  On Friday night the Wolf Pack squeaked past the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2, helped by a goal and an assist from Oscar Lindberg and 30 saves by Yann Danis.  Saturday night the Wolf Pack had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped in a 4-2 loss at Albany, but a Syracuse Crunch home loss to Bridgeport clinched the division crown for the Pack.  Chris Bourque scored his pro career-high 29th goal of the season, and added an assist, in Saturday’s game, and Lindberg scored his 28th of the season.  The regular-season finale for the Wolf Pack was Sunday in Bridgeport, and goals by Chris Mueller and Ryan Potulny 11 seconds apart late in the second period, and 27 saves by Jeff Malcolm, were good enough for a 2-1 win over the Sound Tigers. The Wolf Pack won seven of their final eight regular-season games, and went 13-3-0-1 in the last 17, and Bourque finished fifth in the AHL in points, and tied for fifth in goals, with 29-37-66 in 73 games. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK CLINCH FIRST AND THIRD

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Albany

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Sometimes, a loss can devastate a team and other times, it can bear fruit. For the Hartford Wolf Pack, Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Albany Devils in the New York capitol combined with the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 loss on their last game of the regular season to the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers secured the Northeast Division title and locked in the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates to the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The division title is the team’s fourth in franchise history and first since 2008-09.

The Wolf Pack will host the Providence Bruins in the, “Best-of-Five,” first round series that is likely to start Wednesday night because the XL Center is booked for a concert Thursday through Friday. If the Pack are to play home Saturday, it will take quite a bit of work to get the arena ready. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK LOSE BUT WIN DIVISION & THIRD SEED IN EAST

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Albany Devils

Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, April 18, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack had a season-high, six-game winning streak snapped Saturday night at the Times Union Center, in a 4-2 loss to the Albany Devils.

Despite the defeat, the Wolf Pack still clinched the Northeast Division title, as the Syracuse Crunch lost 4-2 at home to Bridgeport on Saturday.  The Wolf Pack will be the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference and will meet either the Providence Bruins or the Worcester Sharks in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs.

Mike Sislo scored a pair of power-play goals, including the game-winner with 5:58 remaining in the third period, for Albany Saturday, and Joe Whitney and Reece Scarlett assisted on both of Sislo’s goals.  Chris Bourque had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack, and Oscar Lindberg scored his 28th goal of the season. Continue reading

CANTLON: THE “FIND-A-WAY” WOLF PACK GET IT DONE AGAIN

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Bridgeport Sound Tigers

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – April 17, 2015... The Hartford Wolf Pack (42-23-5-4) behind timely goaltending from Yann Danis and a two point night and strong overall effort from Oscar Lindberg, upended the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2 in front of a boisterous and loud crowd of 6,388 at the regular season home finale at the XL Center Friday night.

Danis was superb all night stopping 30 of the 32 shots he faced, but was particularly sharp when he needed to be. His most important save came early in the third period when the one-time Sound Tiger stopped Johan Sundstrom on a shorthanded breakaway bid at the 1:34 mark.

“That was the big turning point tonight,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “We would have liked to generate more on the powerplay, but (the shorthanded breakaway) would have been a bit of a punch in the gut if they scored there, but Yann came up with the big save.” Continue reading

CRAWFORD: FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK’S FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT PACKED WITH PRIZE GIVEAWAYS

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Fans will Receive Souvenir Cups, have Chance to Win Dozens of Free Gifts

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, April 15, 2015:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced promotional details for the Wolf Pack’s “Fan Appreciation Night” this Friday, April 17.

The Wolf Pack host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Friday at the XL Center in a 7:00 PM game, the Wolf Pack’s final regular-season home outing.  Every fan who attends the game will receive a free souvenir cup, which can be used to purchase $3 sodas at Friday’s game, as well as at every Wolf Pack home playoff gameContinue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 13-19, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (41-23-5-4, 91 pts.) swept three games this past weekend, clinching a 2014-15 playoff spot, moving into a first-place tie in the Northeast Division with Syracuse, and stretching a winning streak to a season-high five games.  The Pack punched their ticket to the postseason on Friday, with a 5-0 home win over Springfield that tied the Wolf Pack’s largest margin of victory of the year.  Danny Kristo had a pair of goals to lead the Hartford attack, and Yann Danis rang up his second Wolf Pack shutout with 31 saves.  On Saturday night the Pack won their sixth straight at home, edging the Albany Devils 2-1.  Oscar Lindberg’s 26th goal of the season was the game-winner in that one.  Then on Sunday in Providence, Dylan McIlrath had a goal and an assist, and Danis stopped 30 shots, as the Wolf Pack took a 4-1 decision from the Bruins.  Danis got the call in all three of the weekend’s matchups, and allowed a total of only two goals on 88 shots.  Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK WIN AGAIN, MOVE INTO 3RD IN CONFERENCE

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Providence

Hartford Wolf Pack -4 at Providence Bruins -1
Sunday, Apr. 12, 2015, 3:05 p.m. ET
Dunkin Donuts Center – Providence, RI
Wolf Pack: 41-23-5-4 (91 pts)
Bruins: 40-24-7-2 (89 pts)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Providence, RI, April 12, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack won a season-high fifth straight game, and moved into a tie for first place in the Northeast Division, Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, defeating the Providence Bruins by a score of 4-1.

The win improved the Wolf Pack’s record to 41-23-5-4 for 91 points and pulled the club even with the Syracuse Crunch for the division lead, after the Crunch fell 2-1 to the Utica Comets in Utica.

Defenseman Dylan McIlrath had a goal and an assist in Sunday’s win for the Wolf Pack, who were outshot 31-19.  Yann Danis made 30 saves in his fourth straight start.  Justin Vaive and Ryan Haggerty also scored for Hartford, and Tyler Brown added an empty-net goal.  Steve Eminger scored the only Providence goal and Jeremy Smith stopped 15 shots.

“We just stuck with it,” McIlrath said.  “We knew coming in here this is a tough place to play, we haven’t had much success.  We just wanted to play a simple road game, obviously guys were tired, end of the three-in-three (three-game weekend), and we just did what we needed to do to win.” Continue reading