BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
The Albany Devils overcame a two goal deficit and erupted for five goals in the third period, including an empty netter and were able to hold off a late charge by the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack and get the win 5-3 before 4,578 at the Times Union Center Sunday afternoon.
The Pack record drops to 34-22-5-4 (77 points) but remain in the sixth spot in Eastern Conference playoff hunt as the Portland Pirates were knocked off by both the league and conference best record holding, Manchester Monarchs, 3-1. The Springfield Falcons also lost, dropping their home game to the Northeast Division leading Syracuse Crunch, 4-1. The Worcester Sharks who sit in the ninth spot were idle.
The Pack did not lose any ground on the Providence Bruins who they still trail by two points as the Baby B’s lost to the St. John’s IceCaps, 3-2.
The Pack will have an opportunity to make up those two points when they host the Bruins this coming Friday night at the XL Center. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, Sports, XL Center
Tagged Academy Award, Advanced Audio Coding, Albany, Albany Devils, Binghamton, Brandon Burlon, Connecticut, Connecticut Whale, Darcy Zajac, Hartford, National Collegiate Athletic Association, New York, Oklahoma, Scott Clemmensen, Scott Timmins, Tim Sestito, Times Union Center, Tulsa, University of Connecticut, XL Center
BY: Bob Crawford Hartford Wolf Pack
Albany, NY, March 22, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack took a 2-0 lead into the third period Sunday at the Times Union Center, only to see the Albany Devils score five times in the third and hand the Wolf Pack a 5-3 defeat.
The loss snapped a run of five games with at least a standings point (4-0-0-1) for the Wolf Pack, who fell to 34-22-5-4 (77 points) on the season.
The Devils scored three times on power plays in the third period, against a Hartford penalty-killing unit that had been 26-for-28 in the previous seven games.
“When you play PK (penalty kill) it’s tough to score goals, and they get a chance to score goals, so that’s probably the story of this loss,” said Wolf Pack forward Carl Klingberg, who had a goal and an assist in the game. “I thought we played a good game, though, when we were not playing PK.” Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, Sports
Tagged Albany, Albany Devils, American Hockey League, Binghamton, Blair Jones, Carl Klingberg, Chris Bourque, Connecticut, Connecticut Whale, Hartford, New York, Norfolk Admirals
Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Binghamton Senators 3
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
Binghamton, NY, March 14, 2015 – Ryan Haggerty scored two goals, and Yann Danis made 37 saves, Saturday night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-3 win over the Binghamton Senators.
The win was the Wolf Pack’s second straight after a six-game losing streak (0-5-1-0), and lifted the 32-21-5-3 (72 pts.) Wolf Pack back into a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Hartford jumped past both Worcester and Springfield and into seventh place in the conference, one point ahead of the Falcons and two points up on the Sharks.
Oscar Lindberg had the second-period game-winning goal for the Wolf Pack, and Chris Mueller also scored. Defensemen Conor Allen and Michael Kostka had two assists apiece. Shane Prince had a goal and an assist for the Senators, and Carter Camper had a pair of assists. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, ECHL, Greenville Road Warriors, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, XL Center
Tagged Andrew Ebbett, Binghamton, Binghamton Senators, Brandon Manning, Brett Hextall, Connecticut Whale, Dylan McIlrath, Eastern Conference (NBA), New York, XL Center, Yann Danis
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
AHL TRADE DEADLINE DAY
The AHL trading period ended at 3pm on Monday
While the AHL Trading deadline doesn’t get as much coverage – well, no coverage is probably more accurate – as the big boys in the NHL did a week ago, it’s still important nonetheless.
It’s important to note that no players who have NHL deals can be traded, they can be loaned to another team. Those players who are on the last year of their deals could be moved, and of course as the college and junior hockey’s regular seasons and playoffs are ending, starting players can sign Amateur Try-Out’s or ATO’s with AHL clubs and would be eligible for the post season.
It’s the last time that teams will have to make upgrades to personnel to improve their chances of making the AHL Calder Cup playoffs that start in a little over a month from now. Contract players can come in after the deadline but they would be ineligible for the playoffs.
The struggling Wolf Pack have definite needs as they’re on an 0-5-1 streak in their last six. Among those needs? Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, NHL, XL Center
Tagged ABC4, Atlantic Division (NHL), Bayside, Binghamton, Boston University, Brendan Bell, Brian Dumoulin, Connecticut Whale, New York, Queens, Salt Lake City, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack (30-21-5-3, 68 pts.) have lost three straight in regulation for the first time this season, after dropping a trio of games this past weekend. The Pack jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period Friday night in Worcester, only to see the Sharks strike for five second-period goals and hand the Wolf Pack a 5-2 loss. A crowd of 7,192, the fifth lower-bowl sellout in the last seven home games, was on hand Saturday at the XL Center for a matinee between the Wolf Pack and the AHL-leading Hershey Bears, and the Wolf Pack outshot the visitors 37-20. A pair of Hershey goals in the third period, though, broke a 3-3 and gave the Bears a 5-3 victory. The Wolf Pack struck first in Sunday’s visit to Atlantic Division-leading Manchester, on an early goal by Dylan McIlrath, but the Monarchs eventually held sway in a 5-3 verdict.
AHL – EASTERN CONFERENCE STANDINGS
* = Division leaders are seeded 1, 2, and 3 in Conference standings.
Eight teams in each conference qualify for the playoffs: the three division winners will be seeded first through third in order of points, and the next five teams in order of points will be seeded fourth through eighth. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, XL Center
Tagged American Hockey League, Andrew Ebbett, Avon Old Farms, Binghamton, Brad Thiessen, Chicago, Connecticut Whale, Dany Sabourin, Matt Murray, New York, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
BY: George Bell, Hartford Wolf Pack
Hartford, CT, February 22, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack absorbed a loss at home on Sunday to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, by a score of 4-1. It was just the fifth time in the last 20 games (12-5-2-1) that the Wolf Pack were unable to gain a point in the standings. The team seemed to be visibly suffering from their grueling travel schedule of late, something Coach Ken Gernander pointed to as the reason for several miscues.
“Once you go down against a team like that, they’re solid defensively,” Gernander said after the game. He expressed that his team was worn down from their late arrival last night in Hartford but, like every team in the American league, they had to find a way to grind through the hard traveling schedule. Continue reading
Posted in AHL, Hartford Wolf Pack, Hockey, Madison Square Garden, New York Rangers, NHL, Sports, XL Center
Tagged American Hockey League, Andrew Ebbett, Binghamton, Brendan Bell, Connecticut Whale, Lehigh Valley, Matt Murray, New York, Pennsylvania, Tom Kostopoulos, Wilkes-Barre, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins