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CANTLON’S CORNER: WHALER ALUMNI NIGHT AT YARD GOATS

CANTLON’S CORNER:

WHALER ALUMNI NIGHT AT YARD GOATS

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTLast Saturday night, the baseball’s local entrant in the Eastern League, the Hartford Yard Goats, paid tribute to the Hartford Whalers by giving them a tribute night on their home field, Dunkin’ Donuts Park.

The Yard Goats brought in not only former Whalers but professional hockey players from Connecticut. It was a major success all the way around. Players, fans, and media members all enjoyed a well-handled event that was promoted by the team the entire week.

The Yard Goats did everything first class. There was a charity luncheon at noon. A pre-game autograph signing session, and a first pitch toss, as well as numerous videos, played throughout the park on the concourse TV screens, by the clubhouse and on the giant left field scoreboard. Of course, “Brass Bonanza” was played every time the Yard Goats scored.

One of the engineers of the event who put it together just over the past few months was former Whaler, Bob Crawford. He stayed and raised his kids in Connecticut after his playing days ended and he’s kept his pulse on hockey here. He was proud to be involved in any Whaler alumni event.                  (Bob Crawford)

“The Yard Goats have been professional about this since Day One. Having been around sports, from the playing and business side of things, this was a first-class event. We started a bit late, and we had to scramble around to get phone numbers, but once we asked guys if their schedule allowed for it, they were ready and willing to come.”

For Crawford, this is just the beginning, not the end or a one-off event.

“We talked with guys just today at the luncheon, and we’re already ready for next year. Now we’ll have the time to incorporate more players, ideas, and events surrounding this. This was meant to start something and keep the Whaler name going in this community, which you can see from this turnout, but it’s to help charities we care about and promote hockey in Connecticut. This is a very good first step to use the good things to keep this in the community and expand it.”

When asked about his favorite memory of his time playing in Hartford, Crawford didn’t hesitate, “The games with the Bruins and Canadians were always big. Watching the team, the year I got here (1983) when they were coming off a season when they were the worst team in the NHL the year before. They would rebuild and progress to become one of the better teams in the conference, and I left just before they hit their peak. It was fun to see that transformation and the community support and pride then.”

His partner, the past twenty years in developing junior hockey in Connecticut, was also a big part of this day. Dan McCarthy, who, like Crawford, is a fellow Canadian, but who recently became a US citizen, was a former pro hockey player in New Haven and Springfield. He scored four goals in his five NHL games has been very active in hockey in the state was blown away by the event.

“I have been to a few events like this. The Yard Goats went above and beyond and ran this as it’s supposed to be first class. I am not a former Whaler player but did play some pro hockey and to be a part of this was a thrill to see some guys I grew up with and played against…It was an amazing day for me.”

McCarthy and his wife Lori, who worked in minor league baseball with the New Haven Ravens, are both enthusiastic supporters of minor league sports in Connecticut. McCarthy was particularly impressed with the work of the Yards Goats’ Dean Zappalorti, who serves as the Executive Director of Corporate Partnership.

“Dean and his entire staff are to be congratulated. They did well by us, the fans and the Hartford community. To keep the Whaler name and the community thriving, its great events like this, that will help things grow for everybody in this area.” Continue reading

TOSTI: GAME 4: SWAMP RABBITS LOOK TO RESPOND ON THE ROAD

GAME 4: SWAMP Rabbits Look to Respond on the Road

Greenville’s 2-1 series lead on the line in North Charleston tonight as the puck drops for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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RABBIT TALES

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are back in action tonight for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal in North Charleston, SC. After Greenville took a 2-0 advantage in the series, South Carolina responded on home ice to earn a 6-0 win last night. Parker Milner earned a shutout in the game and Rob Flick led the scoring charge with two goals. After last night’s contest, the teams are even with 10 goals each in the series. Greenville and South Carolina will see each other for the 18th time this season and the tenth time in the Low Country. The Swamp Rabbits completed the regular season with a 3-4-1-0 record in North Charleston and 5-7-1-1 overall mark against their intra-state rival. Greenville has only lost back-to-back playoff games seven times in franchise history and is 9-6-1 following a postseason loss. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS COMPLETE HUGE ROSTER MOVE

Swamp Rabbits Complete Huge Roster Move

Reinforcements join Swamp Rabbits from Hartford for post-season push in four-player transaction

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forward Adam Chapie and goaltender Mackenzie Skapski have been reassigned by the New York Rangers from Hartford to Greenville. In addition, defenseman Garrett Noonan has been loaned by Hartford to Greenville. In another transaction, goaltender Brandon Halverson has been reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Swamp Rabbits to the Wolf Pack.

The trio of players from Hartford rejoins the Swamp Rabbits with five games remaining in the regular season. Greenville ranks second in the South Division, seeking to solidify a spot in the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK LIGHTNING STRIKE IN OT QUIETS THUNDERBIRDS

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Buchnevich Leads Pack Past Thunderbirds in OT

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Pavel Buchnevitch scored two goals including the overtime game-winner for the Hartford Wolf Pack as they edged the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3 Wednesday night before an announced crowd of 1,788 at the XL Center.

Buchnevich’s game-winner was a pure sniper’s goal. The Wolf Pack were looking too often for the perfect shot while on the four-on-three power play advantage.

The Russian rookie took Adam Tambellini’s pass as the duo rotated positions on the right wing. Buchnevich wired the shot just over Thunderbirds’ goalie Reto Berra’s left shoulder and off the crossbar at 4:45. For Buchnevich, it was his third of the year. Continue reading

RANGERS BATTLE CAPS AT THE GARDEN

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. WASHINGTON CAPITALS
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 40-20-2 (82 pts)
Capitals: 41-13-7 (89 pts)

 BY: New York Rangers

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 63rd game of the 2016-17 season tomorrow, Feb. 28, against the Washington Capitals in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won nine of their last 12 games (9-2-1), as well as 12 of their last 17 contests (12-4-1). The Rangers have posted a 40-20-2 record this season. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: UCONN HOCKEY SEASON REVIEW

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT As the second year of the University of Connecticut playing in Hockey East comes to a close with a two-game sweep by the University of Vermont a lot was accomplished, and yet a lot more seems to be on the horizon.

Head coach Mike Cavanaugh was clear on his objectives when he joined UConn from Boston College, where he was an assistant to Jerry York for ten years.

“I told players we’re building something here, and I care about three things; Graduating players, Making them better men, and to compete for trophies. I expect that (seniors) Shaun (Paul), Patrick (Kirtland), Joey (Ferriss) and Kyle (Huson) will graduate with a 3.0 or higher and in my eyes will graduate as better men. We just didn’t get the trophy for them.”

Cavanaugh made a promise to those outgoing seniors and his other former players. Continue reading

FUEHRING: ROAD WARRIORS WEEKLY REPORT – Week 18: February 23 – March 1

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Week 18: February 23 – March 1

 BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors

LAST WEEK’S RECAP

Overall Picture: The Greenville Road Warriors (28-21-3), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, had high hopes entering last weekend’s doubleheader at South Carolina, but lost ground in the playoff race with a pair of setbacks in North Charleston.

Things started extremely well on Saturday when Josh Nicholls scored twice in the opening six minutes of the contest, but the Stingrays bounced back with five unanswered goals in a 5-2 loss at the North Charleston Coliseum. South Carolina’s Rob Ricci scored twice and Andrew Rowe notched three assists, while Road Warriors’ goaltender Jason Missiaen stopped 18 shots in the setback. In addition, the game included three fights and a total of 52 penalty minutes. Bretton Cameron, Sam Noreau and Michael St. Croix each dropped the gloves for Greenville.  Continue reading

FUEHRING: ROADIES FLATTENED BY STINGRAYS

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NICHOLLS SCORES TWICE IN 5-2 LOSS TO SOUTH CAROLINA

Stingrays snap Road Warriors’ win streak on Saturday

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Road Warriors 

North Charleston, SCJosh Nicholls scored twice in the opening six minutes on Saturday, but the Greenville Road Warriors (28-20-3), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, surrounded five unanswered goals in a 5-2 setback against the South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charleston Coliseum.

The loss snapped Greenville’s three-game win streak and dropped the club to 12-11-3 away from the Bon Secours Wellness Arena this season. In addition, it was the 11th consecutive head-to-head contest that the Stingrays have earned at least one point against the Warriors (8-0-3).

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GRENIER: PACK BEDEVIL ALBANY

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BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, December 11, 2014 – Chris Bourque scored two goals, and Justin Vaive had a goal and an assist, Thursday night at the XL Center, to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-2 victory over the Albany Devils.

Marek Hrivik had two assists for Hartford, and Cedrick Desjardins made 32 saves.  Reid Boucher and Rod Pelley scored the Devil goals, and Eric Baier had two assists.  Continue reading

CRAWFORD: SKAPSKI LEADS HARTFORD IN SHOOTOUT WIN

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Albany Devils 3 (SO)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, November 26, 2014 – Mackenzie Skapski made 36 saves, including one on a penalty shot in overtime, and went 3-for-3 in the shootout, as the Hartford Wolf Pack pulled out a 4-3 shootout win over the Albany Devils Wednesday night at the Times-Union Center.

The Wolf Pack led 3-1 in the third period, but a pair of Joe Whitney goals, the second with only 1:58 left, tied the game for Albany.

Danny Kristo scored in regulation for the Wolf Pack, and also had the only goal of the shootout.  The Wolf Pack also got goals from Justin Vaive and Joey Crabb.  Chris Bourque had two assists.  Darcy Zajac scored the other Albany goal, and Raman Hrabarenka had two assists.  Continue reading