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CANTLON: (FRI) PACK POUNDED BY HIGH FLYING THUNDERBIRDS

CANTLON: (FRI) PACK POUNDED BY HIGH FLYING THUNDERBIRDS

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA Garry Valk’s two goals and Henrik Haalapa’s three assists paced the Springfield Thunderbirds to a 5-3 Friday night over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Mass Mutual Center.

The Thunderbirds (2-8-0-1) got the two-goal advantage early in the third period erasing all the gains the Wolf Pack (4-6-0-1) had made in the second period.

Haapala earned his third assist sending Valk from center ice, going wide down the right wing. Ryan Graves made a poor decision going to the inside while trying to use all of his 6’5 range to try to steer him off. Valk had the inside position and when goaltender Alexander Georgiev went to the ice, Valk went upstairs to the short-side just inside the post giving the T-Birds a 4-2 lead.

“We’re in the offensive zone, lose a faceoff and they go down ice and score?” a clearly frustrated Pack Head Coach Keith McCambridge said. “That just can’t happen. They were the desperately motivated team trying to get back in the mix of things (last place in the AHL with three points).”  Continue reading

RANGERS SWEEP THROUGH FLORIDA CONTINUES WITH ATTEMPT TO CAGE PANTHERS

NEW YORK RANGERS at FLORIDA PANTHERS
Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
BB&T Center – Sunrise, FL
Rangers: 5-7-2 (12 pts)
Panthers: 4-7-1 (9 pts)  

BY: The New York Rangers

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

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 15th game of the 2017-18 season tomorrow, Nov. 4, against the Florida Panthers at BB&T Center (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in six of their last eight games (4-2-2 record over the span). In addition, the Rangers have won their last two games and four of their last six contests (4-2-0 record).  Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK LOOK TO BATTLE IN ANOTHER FULL WEEKEND

CANTLON’S CORNER: Pack Look to Battle IN Another Full Weekend

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – While the 2017-18 hockey season is still young, the Hartford Wolf Pack enter the second month of play. In the first month, the team demonstrated flashes of its potential after the overhauled hockey team went 4-5-0-1 (9 pts), good for fifth place in the Atlantic Division.

“We have started to change the culture on how we want things run day-to-day here. We have made some strides in a short month of October. We added a few pieces last weekend with (Tony) DeAngelo, then Ryan Sproul and added (Adam) Cracknell for that game against Bridgeport.

“You can’t plug it in and away you go. It doesn’t work that way. Sound Tiger pieces like (Josh) Ho-Sang and (Alan) Quine had played together and were familiar with each other. Our new pieces were not familiar with each other.

“This is a very good division top-to-bottom and it’s going to be taking care of the small things, and we had too many odd-man rushes early,” Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said of his squad’s start following last weekend a 5-1 loss.

The team fared better in Lehigh Valley where they were playing against a quick skating and offensively potent Phantoms team.

“We got back to playing better against a very good club,” McCambridge said. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 30-November 5, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Oct 30-November 5, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (4-5-0-1, 9 pts., .450) battled through a second straight three-game weekend this past week, playing two of those games on the road.  The busy stretch began with a 5-1 home loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night, and then the Wolf Pack hit the road for their first visit of the season to Allentown, PA. That was where, on Saturday night, Hartford snapped a 0-3-0-1 drought, and put an end to a six-game Lehigh Valley win streak, with a 5-4 triumph over the Phantoms.  Cole Schneider scored the game-winning goal with 1:43 left in the third period and had two assists, and Filip Chytil also had a goal and two helpers.  The Wolf Pack then went on to Hershey on Sunday and dropped a tight 4-3 decision to the Bears, despite Steven Fogarty scoring his first two goals of the year.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 9-15, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Oct. 9-15, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack opened their 2017-18 season by splitting a pair of home games this past weekend.  In Friday night’s season opener vs. the Charlotte Checkers, the Wolf Pack built leads of 1-0, 3-1 and 4-2, but the Checkers came back with three goals in the final 10:18 of the third period for a 5-4 win.  On Sunday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Hartford grabbed its first win of the season, defeating the Phantoms 2-1 in a shootout.  Adam Tambellini scored the only Wolf Pack regulation goal in that game, and also had the only score of the shootout, and Chris Nell made 28 saves and went 3-for-3 in the shootout. 

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

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CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF SEASON VOLUME 13

Wolf Pack Off Season Volume 13

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Just when there seemed like there might be a lull for a bit in the heat of the summer, there comes LOTS of hockey news this week starting with the Hartford Wolf Pack rounding out the coaching staff. 

PACK NAME NEW ASSISTANT COACH

The Wolf Pack announced the hiring of Joe Mormina as the sixth assistant coach in team history.

Mormina comes to Hartford after coaching as an Assistant with Mercyhurst University Lakers (AHA) located in Erie, PA. Mormina was there for one season following his retirement as a player.

Standing 6’6, Mormina played 670 AHL games with six teams including Manchester, Albany, Adirondack, Syracuse, Rochester and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, where he was named Captain. He logged 31 career goals, 120 assists, 151 points, and 837 PM. Over an eleven-year professional career, he played one game in the NHL and that came with the Carolina Hurricanes. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: JOE MORMINA NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF THE AHL’S HARTFORD WOLF PACK

JOE MORMINA NAMED ASSISTANT COACH OF THE AHL’S HARTFORD WOLF PACK

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

NEW YORK, August 1, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team named Joe Mormina Assistant Coach of the Rangers’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Mormina, 35, joins the Rangers organization after serving one season as the Assistant Coach at Mercyhurst University. Under Mormina’s guidance, three Mercyhurst defensemen averaged at least 0.50 points per game during the 2016-17 season. In addition to helping players on the ice, Mormina worked in a player development role during his one season at Mercyhurst.

Before beginning his coaching career, the Montreal, Quebec, native played 11 seasons of professional hockey (2005-06 – 2015-16). Mormina skated in 670 career AHL games with the Manchester Monarchs, Albany River Rats, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Adirondack Phantoms, Syracuse Crunch, and Rochester Americans, registering 31 goals and 120 assists for 151 points, along with a plus-36 rating and 837 penalty minutes. He also helped his team advance to the playoffs in eight of his 11 seasons in the AHL, and he skated in 69 AHL playoff games in his career. Mormina established a career-high with a plus-37 rating in 2008-09, and he ranked second in the AHL in plus/minus rating during the season. Mormina also skated in one NHL game during his career, as he helped Carolina earn a win on February 14, 2008. Mormina was originally a selection by Philadelphia in the sixth round, 193rd overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Mormina played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Colgate University (2001-02 – 2004-05). He skated in 141 collegiate career games, registering 16 goals and 40 assists for 56 points, along with 156 penalty minutes. In his final collegiate season in 2004-05, Mormina helped Colgate finish in third place at the ECAC Hockey Tournament. He was a selection to the ECAC All-Tournament Team.

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON NOTEBOOK – WEEK TWO

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON NOTEBOOK – WEEK TWO

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTWhile the lights may be out in Hartford, there is still plenty of hockey going on still in the ECHL, AHL, and NHL.

AHL PLAYOFFS

The Hershey Bears have a three-games-to-two lead in their playoff series with the Providence Bruins after the weekend’s action. On Thursday night, Hershey won a 2-1 OT thriller with, who else but ex-Hartford Wolf Pack, Chris Bourque scoring both goals. The team got the win despite registering just 15 shots on goal. Bears’ goalie Pheonix Copley stopped 39 of 40 Bruins shots. The series is a 2-3-2 format with Game 4 on Friday going to the Bruins in a reversal of the score from the previous night and their own 2-1 win.  In Game 5 on Sunday in Providence, it took OT to get a result again, and Hershey won again as Madison Bowey scored 1:58 into overtime to give the Bears a 3-2 win.

Meanwhile, back in Thursday’s game, Bourque got his first goal early in the third and then the second, the game winner, the other came at 7:23 in overtime both on the powerplay. The Bears evened up their series with Providence at one with Travis Boyd scoring the overtime game-winner in Game 2. Continue reading

RANGERS BEATEN BY SENATORS – SEASON OVER

  Game Summary                           OTT: C. Anderson (W) NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)             Event Summary

–        SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 39 shots on goal in tonight’s game, as 15 of 18 skaters recorded at least one shot on goal.

–        KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 2-for-2 (4:00) on the penalty kill in tonight’s contest. Dating back to the regular season, New York did not allow a power-play goal in 13 of its final 17 games. In addition, the Blueshirts did not allow a power play goal against in each of their final five games.

–        HITTING MACHINE – New York was credited with 30 hits in tonight’s contest. The Rangers registered 30 or more hits in each of their 12 playoff games this year, and as of the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Blueshirts lead the NHL in hits in the 2017 Playoffs (499). Continue reading

RANGERS TAKE CONTROL IN SOLID GAME FOUR WIN

 Game Summary                    OTT: C. Anderson (L) M. Condon (ND)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)  Event Summary

–        LEADING THE WAY – Over 262:54 of game time through the first four contests of the Second Round, the Rangers have led for 149:56, have been tied for 108:47, and have trailed for 4:11.

–        SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE – Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, eight of the 15 playoff series the Rangers have played in were tied at two games apiece through the first four games. The Blueshirts have posted a 5-2 series record in series in which they were in a tie at two games apiece over the span. Both of the Rangers’ two playoff series this year have been tied through four games. Continue reading