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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 17-22, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 17-22, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, HartfordWolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (14-21-3-1, 32 pts., .410) reached the halfway point of their season this past week, winning two out of three road games.  The week began with a 3-1 victory at Rochester on Wednesday night, keyed by two goals from Nicklas Jensen and a 31- save performance by Brandon Halverson.  In the first of back-to-back games in St. John’s, Newfoundland Friday night, the Wolf Pack downed the IceCaps 2-1 in overtime, with Chris Brown netting the OT game-winner.  St. John’s held the Wolf Pack off in the rematch Saturday night, though, prevailing 4-2.  Jensen upped his team-leading goal total to 18 with a power-play strike in that game.


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Had one Assist in Three Games

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, January 10, 2017:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has released forward Brandon Alderson from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement, and returned him to the Wolf Pack’s ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Summoned from Greenville last Monday, Alderson skated in three games with the Wolf Pack, registering one assist, one minor penalty, a +1 and three shots on goal.  In 17 games with the Swamp Rabbits, the fourth-year pro has ten goals and nine assists for 19 points, plus 20 penalty minutes.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 11, when they continue a stretch of four straight road games with a visit to Rochester to take on the Americans.  Faceoff is 7:05 PM.  All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The Wolf Pack’s next home game is Friday, January 20 vs. the Toronto Marlies at 7:15.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 that night, through the start of the second period.  Also, the first 2,000 fans will receive a Wolf Pack 20th anniversary poster, compliments of Bud Light, as part of the Wolf Pack’s “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend”.

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 www.hartfordwolfpack.com 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 www.hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.



Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 7, 2017 – Bracken Kearns’ second-period goal held up as the game-winner for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday night, in a 2-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center.

Ryan Graves had the only Wolf Pack goal of the game, and Michael Dal Colle also scored for Bridgeport.  Jaroslav Halak started the game in the Sound Tiger net and stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced, before having to leave the game due to an injury.  Stephon Williams was forced to stop only two shots in relief.  Brandon Halverson made 28 saves for the Wolf Pack.

Dal Colle opened the scoring at the 14:42 mark of the first period, moving down the left side in the Wolf Pack zone and using defenseman Steven Kampfer as a screen, to fire a shot past Halverson’s catching glove. Continue reading



BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – A slow start by the Hartford Wolf Pack and timely goaltending by the Albany Devils’ Ken Appleby and a late goal gave Albany a 3-1 win at the XL Center Saturday night. The loss ended the 2016 year on a sour note for the Wolf Pack who have now lost three in a row as the team approaches the midway point of the AHL season.

Albany raises its record to 18-13-0-1 (37 points) and they find themselves tied with the St. John’s IceCaps and the Syracuse Crunch for second place. Meanwhile, the Pack drop to 11-17-3-1 (26 points) putting them dead last in the Atlantic Division. They’re also dead last in the Eastern Conference and tied for the worst record in the league with the Charlotte Checkers, who play in Winnipeg tomorrow afternoon.

The Pack made several solid efforts to win in the third period, but it was Albany who got the game winner. Continue reading



Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Wilkes-Barre, PA, January 3, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack got third-period goals from Steven Fogarty and Tanner Glass Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, but could not come all the way back from a 3-0 deficit, losing 3-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Chad Ruhwedel had the game-winning goal and an assist for the Penguins, who also got goals from Teddy Blueger and Josh Archibald.  Tristan Jarry got the win in net with 25 saves.  Fogarty also had an assist for the Wolf Pack, and Brandon Halverson stopped 32 shots in the Hartford net.

After being outshot by a combined margin of 28-10 in the first two periods, the Wolf Pack had a 17-7 shots advantage in the third. Continue reading


WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Jan. 3-8, ’17

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (11-17-3-1, 26 pts., .406) finished out the calendar year of 2016 with a pair of close losses, falling 3-2 in Springfield on Friday night, despite a 32-17 shots advantage, and dropping a 3-1 decision to Albany at home on New Year’s Eve.  Steven Fogarty, in his first game back from a nine-game injury absence, scored his second goal of the season Friday, and Chris Brown, back in the lineup after missing seven contests with an injury, had an assist.


This week:

The Wolf Pack begin 2017 with a visit to Wilkes-Barre, PA to battle the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Tuesday night.  That game faces off at 7:05 PM, and after that, the Wolf Pack have a three-game weekend on tap.  Hartford hosts the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night at 7:15, and then the Bridgeport Sound Tigers come to the XL Center on Saturday night for a 7:30 game.  The weekend concludes with the Wolf Pack in Providence at 3:05 on Sunday.

Tuesday, January 3 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh) at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, 7:05 PM

  • The Penguins are coming off of their first back-to-back regulation losses of the season, a 5-2 home defeat to Providence Friday night and a 3-2 setback in Binghamton Saturday, but still sport the best record in the AHL, at 21-7-3-0 for 45 points and a .726 points percentage.
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton scoring leader Jake Guentzel (18-16-34 in 26 GP) earned CCM/AHL Rookie of the Month honors for December, with 11-6-17 in ten games during the month.  Guentzel leads the AHL in goals and is tied for second in points and plus/minus (+17).
  • The Penguins have won all three of this year’s head-to-head matchups with the Wolf Pack, including a 6-2 victory October 15 in the only previous meeting in Wilkes-Barre.  That was the Penguins’ season opener and the second game of the year for the Wolf Pack.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at iheart.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at ahllive.com. 

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Another hard working effort from the Hartford Wolf Pack roster but once again the results don’t reflect it.

Friday night, the Wolf Pack dropped a 3-2 decision on the road to the Springfield Thunderbirds in their first visit of the season to the Mass Mutual Center before a crowd of 5,732.

“I was happy with the effort,” Head Coach Ken Gernander stated afterward. “We battled and competed in all three zones, but with our margin of error right now, we gotta squeeze some of those mistakes out.”

The game-winning tally came on one of those hiccups and the Thunderbirds capitalized on it.

At 4:37 of the third period, Jared McCann was alone on the right wing. The Thunderbirds came into the Pack zone on an odd man break-in and Anthony Greco, who was on the puck all night, put a perfect backhand pass from the left wing over to McCann’s stick. McCann put a small deke on Pack starting goalie, Brandon Halverson and slipped a backhander inside the left post for his fourth of the season and his first point since December 16th. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: December 19-27, 2016


December 19-27, 2016

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (9-14-3-1, 22 pts., .407) played three of the top teams in the Eastern Conference this past week, and won two of the three games.  After a 6-2 loss Wednesday at home to the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Wolf Pack won back-to-back games, starting with a 2-1 shootout victory vs. the North Division pacesetters, the Syracuse Crunch, Friday at the XL CenterAdam Tambellini scored the only Wolf Pack goal in regulation in that one, and also scored in the shootout, and Brandon Halverson made 26 saves and was 2-for-2 in the shootout.  Then on Saturday night at Hershey, the Wolf Pack handed the Bears only their second regulation loss in 19 home games on the year, prevailing by a score of 5-4.  Philip McRae had the game-winning goal, and added an assist, in that contest, and Matt Carey and Ryan Graves had two assists apiece.  Continue reading



The AHL Best Penguins Rout Pack 6-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – A super moon with an orange glow hung over Hartford—it was a bad omen.

A three-goal second period allowed the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to pull away from the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-2 before a franchise-worst regular season crowd of just 1,352 at the XL Center on Wednesday night. The loss was the Pack’s fifth straight loss, the second longest streak of the season.

The Penguins have the AHL’s best record at 17-5-3-0 (37 points). The Wolf Pack hold the AHL’s second worst record at 7-14-3-1 (18 points). As of Thursday, the Pack, factoring in the crossover rule, are 13 points out of the last playoff spot.

The Pack will play their last home game before Christmas against the Syracuse Crunch on Friday. Continue reading



BY: Gerry Canton, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Six Toronto Marlies had multiple point games as a second-period collapse by the Wolf Pack allowed the Marlies to pull away for a 5-3 victory dropping the Pack to its third straight loss.

“I thought we battled hard all night the goal early in the second period and they got some powerplay goals. Not much to say about that. We had to kill off some significant amount of penalty time. In my mind’s eye, we battled hard,” Pack head coach Ken Gernander said.

Mistakes and a bad ten-minute span threw everything good the Pack had done out the window. Continue reading