Tag Archives: Calder Cup

CRAWFORD: PACK ASKING FOR FANS HELP WITH FIRE VICTIMS

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK ASK FOR FANS’ HELP IN AIDING NORTH END APARTMENT FIRE VICTIMS

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Donations will be Accepted at Pack Playoff Games Tonight and Saturday

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, April 22, 2015:  Global Spectrum, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced two Wolf Pack initiatives to help the victims of the recent massive apartment fire in Hartford’s North End that left 35 families homeless.

The Wolf Pack are asking fans attending the team’s first two home playoff games, tonight and this Saturday night, April 25 vs. the Providence Bruins, to bring donations to the games to help the affected families rebuild their lives.  Items that are desperately needed include: bus passes, gift cards for local stores and restaurants, toiletries, new or gently-used children’s spring and summer clothing, new underwear, school supplies and financial contributions (donation checks should be made out to Phillips Metropolitan CME Church, Memo: Fire Victims, and monetary donations are tax deductible).

All of the items and monetary donations collected at the two Wolf Pack playoff games will be turned over to the Phillips Metropolitan CME Church, which has established a resource center to assist the families affected by the fire.

In addition to the donation drive, the Wolf Pack and the Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation will donate tonight’s and Saturday night’s proceeds from the Wolf Pack 50/50 raffle to the assistance effort.

Tickets for the first two Wolf Pack playoff games are available at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK READY FOR PLAYOFFS STARTING TONIGHT

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgBY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT – The annual rite of spring is returning to Hartford-Wolf Pack playoff hockey.

The Pack prepare for Game One of the Calder Cup playoffs slated to begin Wednesday night at the XL Center against the Providence Bruins. Game Two will be played Saturday night also in Hartford while Game Three and if necessary, Game Four will be at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence on Sunday and Tuesday. If necessary, a Game Five  would be played at the XL Center on Friday May 1st. The games in Hartford all begin at 7pm while the two in Providence begin at 7:05.

“They’re a really good team. They have some NHL guys down (rookie Daniel Pasternak and David Warsofsky), so it’s a different team than we played (during the regular season) but hard work and grit can overcome the talent of your opponent,” veteran centerman Chris Mueller said. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 20-26, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 20-26, 2015

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack wrapped up the regular season by winning two out of three games this past weekend, finishing the year 43-24-5-4 for 95 points, and capturing the Northeast Division title and the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff draw.  On Friday night the Wolf Pack squeaked past the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2, helped by a goal and an assist from Oscar Lindberg and 30 saves by Yann Danis.  Saturday night the Wolf Pack had a season-high six-game winning streak snapped in a 4-2 loss at Albany, but a Syracuse Crunch home loss to Bridgeport clinched the division crown for the Pack.  Chris Bourque scored his pro career-high 29th goal of the season, and added an assist, in Saturday’s game, and Lindberg scored his 28th of the season.  The regular-season finale for the Wolf Pack was Sunday in Bridgeport, and goals by Chris Mueller and Ryan Potulny 11 seconds apart late in the second period, and 27 saves by Jeff Malcolm, were good enough for a 2-1 win over the Sound Tigers. The Wolf Pack won seven of their final eight regular-season games, and went 13-3-0-1 in the last 17, and Bourque finished fifth in the AHL in points, and tied for fifth in goals, with 29-37-66 in 73 games. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK CLOSE REGULAR SEASON ON HIGH NOTE – HEAD INTO PLAYOFFS WITH CONFIDENCE

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Bridgeport Sound Tigers

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – April 19, 2015: The Hartford Wolf Pack held off a late surge by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for a 2-1 win to close out the 2014-2015 regular season.

Having already claimed the Northeast Division Championship and the third seed in the upcoming Eastern Conference playoffs the day before, the Wolf Pack ended their season with a 43-25-5-4 record for 95 points. The team won seven of their last eight games, nine of their last eleven (9-2-0-0) and thirteen of their final seventeen (13-3-0-1).

Hartford’s post season activity begins Wednesday night at the XL Center with Game 1 of a best-of-five series against the Providence Bruins starting at 7pm. Game 2 will also be played at the XL Center and it’s slated for Saturday night. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK RUN FOR THE CUP BEINGS WEDNESDAY

cc15_primaryWOLF PACK TO FACE PROVIDENCE BRUINS IN FIRST-ROUND CALDER CUP PLAYOFF SERIES

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Best of Five Battle Starts Wednesday Night at XL Center

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, April 19, 2015:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today the schedule for the Wolf Pack’s first-round Calder Cup playoff series, which will feature the Wolf Pack against the Providence Bruins.

The Wolf Pack, who won the Northeast Division and are seeded third in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, will start the best-of-five series against the sixth-seeded Bruins this Wednesday, April 22 at the XL Center, with faceoff at 7:00 PM.  Game Two of the series will also be at the XL Center, this Saturday, April 25 at 7:00, before the series switches to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence for Game Three next Sunday, April 26.  Faceoff for that contest will be 7:05.  A Game Four, if it is necessary, would be in Providence Tuesday, April 28 at 7:05, and if the series went the full five games, a decisive Game Five would be Friday, May 1 at the XL Center, at 7:00.

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Wolf Pack playoff tickets are available at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

CANTLON: PACK CLINCH FIRST AND THIRD

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Albany

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Sometimes, a loss can devastate a team and other times, it can bear fruit. For the Hartford Wolf Pack, Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Albany Devils in the New York capitol combined with the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 loss on their last game of the regular season to the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers secured the Northeast Division title and locked in the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates to the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The division title is the team’s fourth in franchise history and first since 2008-09.

The Wolf Pack will host the Providence Bruins in the, “Best-of-Five,” first round series that is likely to start Wednesday night because the XL Center is booked for a concert Thursday through Friday. If the Pack are to play home Saturday, it will take quite a bit of work to get the arena ready. Continue reading

CANTLON: THE “FIND-A-WAY” WOLF PACK GET IT DONE AGAIN

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Bridgeport Sound Tigers

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – April 17, 2015... The Hartford Wolf Pack (42-23-5-4) behind timely goaltending from Yann Danis and a two point night and strong overall effort from Oscar Lindberg, upended the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3-2 in front of a boisterous and loud crowd of 6,388 at the regular season home finale at the XL Center Friday night.

Danis was superb all night stopping 30 of the 32 shots he faced, but was particularly sharp when he needed to be. His most important save came early in the third period when the one-time Sound Tiger stopped Johan Sundstrom on a shorthanded breakaway bid at the 1:34 mark.

“That was the big turning point tonight,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. “We would have liked to generate more on the powerplay, but (the shorthanded breakaway) would have been a bit of a punch in the gut if they scored there, but Yann came up with the big save.” Continue reading