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CANTLON: WOLF PACK CONTINUE ROAD PLAY BEFORE COMING HOME

CANTLON: Wolf Pack Continue Road Play Before Coming Home

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack are not standing pat as their roster has undergone more shuffling. The team continues to struggle to find some consistency, but while they are no longer occupying the last place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 8-12-3-1 (20 pts), they head into a three-games-in-three-days weekend. They will visitProvidence and then host Rochester on Saturday night before heading up I-91 to battle with Springfield on Sunday afternoon.

Since their last home date in Hartford, the team has added Dawson Leedahl who was recalled from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, and they traded Adam Cracknell ($675K one-way) to Laval for Peter Holland ($650K – NHL / $300K – AHL). Then on Tuesday, the Rangers claimed goalie Marek Mazanec on waivers from Nashville. Mazanec was playing for HC Slovan Bratislava (Slovakia-KHL).

Mazanec signed a one-year deal with New York ($650K – NHL / $150K – AHL) played mostly for Milwaukee last year and few games for Nashville, the 6’4 Czech Republic native was on a two-way deal in the summer with Nashville. By agreement the contract was terminated, so he would be allowed to sign in Slovakia.

As part of the CBA, upon returning to North America, every player in Europe must go through waivers first.   Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS BACK IN ACTION AGAINST SOLAR BEARS TONIGHT 

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Back in Action Against Solar Bears Tonight 

Greenville faces off with Orlando for the fifth of nine meetings this season.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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RABBIT TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (11-6-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, returned home to capture a win over the Florida Everblades last night in a shootout. Now, another team from the sunshine state makes the trip north to the Upstate as Greenville hosts the Orlando Solar Bears (6-9-3-0) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Greenville and Orlando have met four times this season, with the Swamp Rabbits winning three of the meetings. The Solar Bears battled back in their last showdown at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to take their only win of the series. Since then, the fifth-place South Division team has rattled off a 3-1-1-0 record in its last five games.

START FOR THE AGES
Forward Caleb Herbert produced a league-leading 23 points in the month of November after scoring two goals and adding an assist last night. The center from Bloomington, Minnesota has the outright ECHL lead in scoring with 31 points (13G, 18A) in 19 games. It is the best start by a Greenville skater in franchise history and Herbert is the first skater to earn 30 points by Dec. 1 since the 2012-13 season. The last skaters to achieve 30 points by the start of December were Chad Costello (39), Jack Combs (34), and Michael Forney (30) while skating for the Colorado Eagles. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) RIVER HAWKS BLANK HUSKIES

CANTLON: River Hawks Blank Huskies

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The UConn Huskies most effective offensive pressure of the game came during the final 2:07 of regulation but it couldn’t produce a game-tying goal and led to a tough 1-0 defeat to visiting UMASS-Lowell Saturday afternoon at the XL Center.

The Huskies pulled goalie Adam Huska upon taking their timeout. The team’s most golden opportunity of the several they had was off the stick of Ed Wisocky from the right point. He zipped a perfect pass to Maxim Letunov who made a gorgeous redirect at the open left side of the net just went wide of the post.

“If we had any puck luck, we would be a scary team. We will take one going off a shin pad at this point. We certainly had enough opportunities at the net, its gotta eventually turn,” UCONN head coach Mike Cavanaugh said with the hope the hockey gods would answer his petitions.

Max Kalter had two quality offensive zone draw wins during the frenetic final two minutes. The wins allowed UConn to keep the pressure on UML. Cory Ronan got stopped and Johnny Austin’s left point drive in the waning seconds got tipped aside by the stick of Hernberg. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT) UCONN EDGES RIT 2-1

CANTLON: UCONN Edges RIT 2-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – It wasn’t pretty, but the UCONN Huskies (5-10-2 overall, 3-6-1 HE) picked up a non-conference 2-1 win over RIT (6-5-1 overall, 6-2-0 AHA) on Saturday afternoon before an announced crowd of 3,395 at the XL Center.

Both goalies were the difference in the third period.

Sophomore Adam Huska (21 saves) kept RIT off the board with a series of late saves as the visitors pushed right to the UCONN net for the equalizer.

With 3.1 seconds left, Huska stopped Myles Powell’s backhand attempt from just ten feet out.

The RIT Tigers‘ Liam Kerins had another quality chance with 36.9 seconds left on a right wing side. Huska cut the angle down and made the save.

At the other end of the ice, junior netminder, Christian Short, (32 saves) prevented UCONN from adding to their lead by giving his RIT teammates a chance to try to tie the game.

Short, who played his prep school hockey at Canterbury Prep (New Milford), used all of his 6’4-frame in that effort.

On a two-on-one break, Short smothered Miles Gendron’s shot from the right wing with two minutes to go. Just 1:27 earlier, Max Kalter’s rebound shot was taken away by Short to keep RIT alive. The Huskies’ Zac Robbins backhanded attempt at 12:16 was kicked to the corner and Huska shortly thereafter rejected Alden Dupuis’s bid.

The game’s play was adversely affected by a whistle-happy refereeing combination of Michael Baker and Jack Millea who managed to accrue 24 minutes of penalties out of the first 40-minutes making five-on-five hockey a luxury for both teams.

All the scoring occurred in the first period.

RIT scored the game’s first goal. The Huskies coverage down-low fell short as junior Abbott Girduckis was able to circle the net from the right-wing to the left side. Girduckis found teammate Erik Brown wide-open on the right-wing. Brown deposited his ninth goal of the season into the back of the net at 9:25.

UCONN tied the game at one on the powerplay.

At 13:37, Philip Nyberg posted his first goal of the season from the right point. Nyberg was helped by a perfect screen in front set by Jesse Schwartz.

Schwartz scored the eventual game-winner also on the power play late in the first period. Schwartz was on the doorstep and pounced on a rebound of Maxim Letunov’s shot set up by a great cross-ice feed from freshman Evan Wysocky, at 16:42.

The second period was devoid of any sustained action because of the excessive refereeing.

UCONN finishes its busy November schedule of hockey with a Hockey East matchup with Northeastern Tuesday night at the XL Center at 7 pm

NOTES:

The RIT roster featured just three American-born players (New York, California, and Michigan) with the rest coming from Canada. One player comes from Quebec, with eight from Ontario, seven from Alberta, one from Saskatchewan and one from British Columbia.

Conversely, UCONN has just two Canadians. They have one from Ontario (Schwartz) and one from Quebec (Karl El-Mir).

The World Junior camps start in two weeks for the heralded Christmastime tournament that will be held in Buffalo this year and in Vancouver and Victoria BC, Canada the following year. The US will look to defend its gold medal with UCONN likely to lose Adam Huska to Slovakia as he is age eligible since he will not be turning 20 until May.

CRAWFORD: (SAT) PACK LEAVE SMOKE TRAIL IN FRONT OF COMETS

Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Utica Comets 1

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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Utica, NY, November 18, 2017 – A pair of rookies, Filip Chytil, with two goals, and Vinni Lettieri, with a goal and two assists, led the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-1 win over the Utica Comets Saturday night at the Adirondack Bank Center.

Another first-year pro, Gabriel Fontaine, also scored for the Wolf Pack, posting his first pro point, as Hartford snapped a 0-1-2-0 streak.

“I thought we were able to produce a lot of chances from our speed,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said.  “I thought that game was probably one of our fastest, with regards to coming through the neutral zone, getting on the puck in the offensive zone, and our execution being cleaner on our breakouts.  And the one thing that really jumps out is the third period, being able to do a really good job playing with the lead.”

The Wolf Pack controlled much of the play in the first period, outshooting the Comets 15-6, but Utica got the first goal of the game. Continue reading

TOSTI: (FRI) GREENVILLE SETS FRANCHISE RECORD WITH EIGHTH CONSECUTIVE VICTORY

Greenville Sets Franchise Record with Eighth Consecutive Victory

Swamp Rabbits roll over the Solar Bears 4-1 tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to continue spectacular win-streak.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe force was truly strong with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (9-3-1-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Greenville jumped out to a quick lead in the first period and never relinquished the advantage, topping the Orlando Solar Bears (2-8-2-0) 4-1 on Star Wars Night in front of over 4,700 fans. The Swamp Rabbits collected the team’s eighth straight victory, overtaking the franchise record from the inaugural season in 2010-11.

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CRAWFORD: (FRI) PACK DOUBLED UP ON BY AMERICANS

Rochester Americans 4, HRtd Wolf Pack 2

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BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Rochester, NY, November 17, 2017 – C.J. Smith had two goals and two assists Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial, to lead the Rochester Americans to a 4-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The loss was the first in regulation in five games for the Wolf Pack, who had been 2-0-2-0 in their previous four games.  Ryan Sproul had his first Wolf Pack goal and added an assist, and fellow defenseman John Gilmour also scored for Hartford.  Brendan Guhle and Hudson Fasching had the other Rochester goals, and Colin Blackwell had two assists. Continue reading

RANGERS LOOK TO GET BACK ON THE WINNING ROAD TONIGHT

NEW YORK RANGERS at COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS
Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Nationwide Arena – Columbus, OH
Rangers: 9-8-2 (20 pts)
Blue Jackets: 11-7-1 (23 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play their 20th game of the 2017-18 season tonight, Nov. 17, against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Nationwide Arena (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts have won six of their last seven games (6-1-0 record) and eight of their last 11 contests (8-3-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 13 games (8-3-2 record). Continue reading

CANTLON: (SUN) LAVAL TRIPS PACK IN OVERTIME 3-2

CANTLON: (SUN) Laval Trips Pack In OT 3-2

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Daniel Audette’s wrist shot in overtime gave the Laval Rocket a 3-2 win on the road over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Sunday afternoon.

“I like our game for 63 minutes. After last night’s game, Daniel (Audette) came down with a nice shot because (Alexander Georgiev) played very well against us. It had to be the right shot to beat him,” Laval’s head coach and ex-Wolf, Pack Sylvain Lefebvre, said. Continue reading

RANGERS AND BLACKHAWKS IN BATTLE OF THE TWO BEST PIZZA CITIES

NEW YORK RANGERS at CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 8:00 p.m. ET
United Center – Chicago, IL
Rangers: 9-7-2 (20 pts)
Blackhawks: 8-8-2 (18 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

The NYR’s 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 19th game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Nov. 15, against the Chicago Blackhawks in an Original Six matchup at United Center (8:00 p.m. ET – TV: NBCSN; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Blueshirts enter the contest with a six-game winning streak and have also won eight of their last 10 contests (8-2-0 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 10 of their last 12 games (8-2-2 record). Continue reading