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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 16-22, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 16-22, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (6-7-2-0, 14 pts., .467 pts. percentage) rediscovered their offensive touch this week but wins remained elusive.  The Pack dropped both ends of a back-to-back set against the Portland Pirates in Portland, falling 6-2 on Wednesday night and 3-2 on Friday.  Then, in a wild affair Sunday at the XL Center, the Wolf Pack raced to a 5-1 first-period advantage over the AHL-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, only to surrender five second-period goals to the visitors and ultimately lose 7-6 in overtime.  Captain Ryan Bourque had two goals in that game, and also scored in Friday’s contest, and Chad Nehring added a goal and two assists. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 9-15, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (6-6-1-0, 13 pts., .500 pts. percentage) endured a frustrating week this past week, suffering three shutouts-against.  Toronto Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks stopped 30 Wolf Pack shots Wednesday at the XL Center, in the Pack’s “Sonar’s Edu-skate” school-day game, and the Marlies broke open a close game with four third-period goals on the way to a 5-0 win.  Former Wolf Pack Yann Danis then blanked the Pack for the Albany Devils Saturday night at the XL Center, stopping all 24 shots he faced in a 4-0 verdict.  On Sunday in Bridgeport, the Wolf Pack outshot the Sound Tigers 30-18 but could not solve Bridgeport netminder Christopher Gibson, who led the Sound Tigers to a 1-0 squeaker of a victory.

This week:

The Wolf Pack head to Portland for a two-game series with the Pirates, 7:00 PM games this Wednesday and Friday.  After a rare Saturday night off, the club returns to the XL Center Sunday, hosting the AHL-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 4:00 PM. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 2-8, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: Nov. 2-8, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack played their second straight three-game weekend this past week and registered one win in the three games.  The Pack suffered their first road regulation loss of the season Friday night at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, falling to the Penguins by a score of 4-1.  Back home on Saturday night, the Wolf Pack knocked off the Providence Bruins 2-1 in overtime, with Brian Gibbons scoring the winner only 21 seconds into the extra session.  On Sunday at home vs. Rochester, Petr Zamorsky and Calle Andersson both scored their first North American pro goals, but the Americans prevailed 3-2, snapping a four-game Wolf Pack home winning streak.


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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Two goals in the third period, including a game-breaking shorthanded goal with just minutes left in regulation, propelled the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to a 4-1 win at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza Friday night.

After the Pack took a 1-0 lead, the Penguins responded scoring four unanswered goals in their sixth straight win. This game was the first of six meetings between the two teams.

The crushing goal came with on a late Pack powerplay when they were down by just a goal with a faceoff in the Penguins zone.

The Wolf Pack won the ensuing draw, but Jayson Megna, the ex-Penguin, had a great chance, but goalie Matt Murray robbed him with a left pad save. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 26-November 1, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack played their first three road games of the season this past weekend and took five out of a possible six points, with a regulation win, a shootout victory and an overtime loss.  In Friday night’s first away outing, the Pack got its first two-goal game of the year from Adam Tambellini, and a goal and an assist from fellow rookie Ryan Graves, to complete a sweep of their two-game season series with the Syracuse Crunch with a 4-3 triumph.  Then it was off to Hershey, PA for a pair of games against the Bears, the first of which the Wolf Pack lost in overtime Saturday night, 3-2.  Ken Gernander’s team battled back Sunday, though, for a 3-2 shootout win, as Nick Tarnasky struck for his multiple-point game in a Wolf Pack uniform with two goals, and Jeff Malcolm made 24 saves in his first appearance of the season.  The Pack is now 5-0-1-0 in its last six games since a season-opening loss vs. St. John’s.

CaptureThis week:

The Wolf Pack play their second straight three-game weekend this week, finishing a stretch of four straight road games Friday night at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (7:05 PM faceoff) before returning home to the XL Center for a pair of contests.  The Providence Bruins return to Hartford for a Halloween-Night battle Saturday at 7:30, and then the Rochester Americans visit on Sunday for a 5:00 start. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 19-25, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 19-25, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack swept three home games this past week, improving their record on the year to 3-1-0-0.  On Wednesday night against Providence the Pack notched its first win of the season, as Adam Tambellini’s first pro goal, an overtime power-play strike, gave Hartford a 4-3 victory over the Providence Bruins.  Magnus Hellberg then posted the Wolf Pack’s first shutout of the season Saturday night, stopping 30 Utica Comet shots in a 3-0 Hartford triumph.  The Pack completed the perfect week on Sunday against Syracuse, with Brian Gibbons tallying a goal and an assist, and Ryan Bourque netting the power-play game-winner, in a 5-2 defeat of the Crunch. Continue reading




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U. Minnesota-Duluth Product has Played 203 Games in three Years with Worcester

 BY: Bob Crawford,m Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, September 3, 2015:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Travis Oleksuk.

A fourth-year pro out of the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the 6-0, 200-pound Oleksuk has spent his first three seasons with the Worcester Sharks.  In 2014-15, the Thunder Bay, Ontario native skated in 69 games for the Sharks, notching ten goals and 17 assists for 27 points, along with 18 penalty minutes.  In four playoff games, Oleksuk had one assist and two PIM.

Oleksuk, 26, has amassed 32 goals and 48 assists for 80 points, as well as 50 PIM, in 203 career AHL games with Worcester, including a 19-goal, 40-point season in 74 games in 2013-14, numbers good for second on the Shark club in points, goals and assists (21).

Originally signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks March 30, 2012, Oleksuk spent four seasons at UMD, winning an NCAA title as a junior in 2010-11.  In 134 career games in a Bulldog uniform, he totaled 45 goals and 70 assists for 115 points and served 73 minutes in penalties.


The Wolf Pack open their 19th season of AHL play at the XL Center Saturday, October 10, hosting the St. John’s IceCaps in a 7:00 PM game.  Tickets for opening night, and all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games, go on sale Tuesday, September 15 at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

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.