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Wolf Pack Wrap Up Day

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The XL Center arena was dark. The ice is gone. Almost no equipment remains in the locker room as the picture was that of a 2016-17  AHL season Hartford Wolf Pack clearly over. While it may be over for the players, for the off ice staff was still at work with their season-ending multiple tasks.

The only news of the day was that the New York Rangers will not be recalling as many players for the playoffs as there have in the past to be a part of the Black Aces squad. The Rangers are ready for a crucial Game 4 in their Best-of-Seven series with the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers find themselves down two games to none. Magnus Hellberg, who was recalled earlier in the week was on the bench in the place on Antti Raanta. Hellberg may remain the only recall, but that remains undetermined.

“The list is truly not finalized as of yet. There are several contractual and other matters that need to be ironed out, but I can say there will be very few players going to New York,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. Continue reading



Jensen’s Late Goal Grounds T-birds 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Nicklas Jensen’s late goal allowed the Hartford Wolf Pack to slip past the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3  before 4,529 at the XL Center Friday night.

The winning play resulted from solid forechecking and was capped by Jensen’s spectacular effort.

Chris Brown, strong all night with solid physical play and a goal, helped with Philip McRae keep the puck in the Springfield zone for an extended shift. Jensen then did the rest.

Jensen took the puck, circled in the zone, which forced players like Tony Turgeon to chase him. Jensen zig-zagged at the left wing circle and drilled a shot high to the far side. The game-winning goal was his 29th and came at 17:39.

“It was the line before that did everything to set that up,” Jensen said. “They (the line centered by rookie Vinni Lettieri) had them hemmed in their end for about a minute-and-a-half. We got a good line change, and I knew those guys were out there for awhile. When you’re stuck out there, I knew they were out of gas. I just had that one guy to beat and got the shot off.” Continue reading



Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, April 1, 2017Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at the Times Union Center, but Blake Pietila scored two power-play goals, including the third-period game-winner, for the Albany Devils in a 4-3 Albany victory.

Max Novak added a goal and an assist for the Devils, and Jacob MacDonald had three assists.  Marek Hrivik chipped in two assists for the Wolf Pack.

The two teams traded goals in the first period, the Devils scoring early and the Wolf Pack replying late.

Novak gave the Devils the game’s first lead 4:41 in, on a rebound.  MacDonald’s shot from the left point was stopped by Wolf Pack goaltender Chris Nell (26 saves), making his first pro appearance out of Bowling Green University, but the rebound came to Novak in front, and he poked it home. Continue reading



Hershey Bears 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, March 18, 2017 – Paul Carey scored four goals Saturday night at Giant Center, to lead the Hershey Bears to a 6-4 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams in Hershey.

The Bears had defeated the Wolf Pack 4-3 in overtime Friday night in the opener of the two-game set.

Taylor Beck paced the Wolf Pack Saturday with a goal and two assists, and Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist.  Riley Barber added a goal and an assist for Hershey, and Chris Bourque and Travis Boyd had three assists apiece. Continue reading



BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack scored two third-period goals to pull away from the Binghamton Senators for a 3-1 victory at the XL Center Sunday afternoon, ending the weekend on a sound note.

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Wolf Pack and sent the Senators to their fifth consecutive loss.

Steven Fogarty had the game-winning goal for the Pack taking advantage of three strong plays along the wall in all three zones. Steven Kampfer started the play followed by Chris Brown, returning to the lineup after missing two games with an injury, chipped the puck out to Tanner Glass who made a one-touch backhanded pass to send Fogarty on his way. Fogarty came down the right-wing uncontested and zipped his sixth of the season past Senator netminder, Chris Dreidger at 13:01. Continue reading



Hershey Playoff Hunting Rout Wolf Pack 6-1

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hershey Bears erupted for five goals in the second period and were led by Travis Boyd who scored a goal and added an assist to an important 6-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack before 6,072 at the XL Center.

The Bears improved to 27-16-8-3 (65 points) good for fifth place in the Atlantic Division were trying to gain ground on the Providence Bruins who hosted and eked out a 2-1 win over the red-hot Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Bears return home to play the Toronto Marlies at the Hershey Park Arena Saturday night.

“We played three good games last weekend, but only won one of the them. We had a plenty of chances and couldn’t score. Then we have a second period like that where we score five! Hopefully, that will kick start our offense and our team finishing chances because every game the rest of the year are big ones for us,” Boyd, the game’s first star said.

After a solid, well-played and scoreless first period, the Wolf Pack had an important five-on-three powerplay, but couldn’t score. Continue reading



Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 18, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 44-27, and had a 24-5 shots advantage in the third period, Saturday night at the PPL Center, but fell to the Phantoms 6-4, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

It was nearly a mirror image of the previous night’s game, which saw the Wolf Pack outshot 44-18, including 25-5 in the third, but prevailed by a score of 3-2.

Justin Fontaine had a goal and an assist for Hartford Saturday, and Steven Kampfer and Chris Brown had two assists apiece, but Danick Martel had the game-winning goal and an assist for Lehigh Valley, and Andy Miele and T.J. Brennan added a goal and an assist each. Continue reading



Hershey Bears 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, February 11, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack fell behind 2-0 to the Hershey Bears Saturday night at Giant Center and never quite recovered, losing 4-2.

Veterans Nicklas Jensen and Chris Summers scored for the Wolf Pack, who twice closed to within one goal.  Travis Boyd and Christian Djoos had first-period tallies for Hershey, and Paul Carey scored the eventual winner in the second period.  Riley Barber added an empty-net goal.

“I thought we got off to a slow start,” Summers said.  “Starts have been something that we’ve been focusing on, and for whatever reason, we just can’t seem to put that first ten minutes together.  I think that’s a pretty important piece of the game, and you see we get down early and it’s climbing our way back the rest of the game.”

Boyd got a break to open the scoring at 7:57 of the first, capitalizing on a mistake by Wolf Pack goaltender Brandon Halverson (18 saves).  Halverson stepped behind his net to try to clear the puck around the boards to his left, but Boyd cut the feed off and quickly rapped it into the vacated net before Halverson could get back. Continue reading



Rochester Downs Wolf Pack 4-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT Evan Rodrigues had two goals and Patrick Mullen’s three assists helped the Rochester Americans to a 4-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night before 5,779 on the back end of a hockey doubleheader at the XL Center.

The Pack’s inconsistent effort and lack of any offensive sustained pressure left Head Coach Ken Gernander less than enthused. “That all comes back to decision-making. When they’re clogging up the middle, you gotta come back deeper, put pucks behind them and be skating to them.”

Former UCONN Husky and the AHL’s third leading scorer, Cole Schneider, went down the left wing and gave Rochester a 4-1 lead when he beat Pack starting netminder, Magnus Hellberg, high to his stick side for his 17th of the season at 15:42. Continue reading



Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Utica Comets 3

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, February 3, 2017 – Justin Fontaine scored two goals, and Brandon Halverson had 33 saves in a 4-3 Hartford Wolf Pack victory over the Utica Comets Friday night at the XL Center.

Marek Hrivik and John Gilmour had three assists apiece for the Wolf Pack.  Darren Archibald scored twice for Utica.

The Comets got on the board first, after Hartford’s Chris Brown fired a shot that hit the post and rebounded into Utica possession. The Comets’ Andrey Pedan collected the puck and fired an outlet pass to Borna Rendulic, who took the puck the length of the ice and snuck it past Halverson at 3:33 of the first period.

The Wolf Pack had several quality chances, hitting three posts in the first period, in part due to four penalties committed by Utica. Continue reading