Tag Archives: Chris Bourque

CANTLON: (SAT) PACK LOSE IN HERSHEY

      VERSUS      

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HERSHEY, PA – After stealing one in Springfield the night before, the Hartford Wolf Pack couldn’t duplicate the same success in Hershey dropping a 4-2 decision to the Bears on Saturday night before 10,561 at the Giant Center.

The Bears took a lead at 7:57 of the first period when Travis Boyd intercepted Pack starting goaltender, Brandon Halverson’s, clearing attempt from behind the net. Boyd came along the right wing boards and deposited the puck into the open net for his eleventh goal of the season and gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. It was the 33rd time out of 49 games played that the Pack’s opposition has scored the game’s first goal.

The Bears added to their lead on a gorgeous play at 18:11. Continue reading

MUSICO RETURNS TO MIND THE NET FOR GREENVILLE

Swamp Rabbits Sign Goaltender P.J. Musico

Greenville brings second-year goaltender back to the Upstate after brief stint with Fort Wayne

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (24-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that free agent goaltender P.J. Musico has been signed by the team. The second-year netminder began the season with the Swamp Rabbits and begins his third stint with the team since turning pro.

Musico was traded to the Fort Wayne Komets on December 29th after playing one game with the Swamp Rabbits this season. In his only game, the netminder made 35 saves in a 5-3 victory against the Wheeling Nailers on November 27th. He owned a 1-2-1-0 record, 3.46 goals against average, and .884 save percentage with the Komets in five appearances.

Musico began his professional career with the Swamp Rabbits last season and led the team with seven victories despite making just 13 appearances. Overall, he posted a 7-3-1 record with a 2.35 goals-against-average and .925 save percentage. He earned a victory in his pro debut against South Carolina on Oct. 23 and notched his first pro shutout on Nov. 25 with a 26-save effort at Norfolk. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK SEASON ENDS

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS     Manchester

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – When the Calder Cup Playoffs started there were sixteen team and for 15 of them, their first game will end with a loss. On Wednesday night, that loss came home and greeted the Wolf Pack after the Manchester Monarch’s completed their sweep of the Eastern Conference Finals series with a 3-1 win to advance to the Calder Cup Finals.

The Monarchs will play the winner of the Western Conference final currently going on between the Grand Rapids Griffins and the Utica Comets. That series is tied at one game each.

For the Wolf Pack, this was just the second time in the team’s playoff history that they have been swept. The only other time it happened was in a 1999 series with the Providence Bruins who went on to win the Calder Cup. Continue reading

GRENIER: PACK ELIMINATED BY MONARCHS

rp_hartfordwolfpackpuck_thumb.jpg      VERSUS      Manchester

Manchester Monarchs 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, May 27, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack dropped Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night to the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, by a score of 3-1.  The loss knocks Hartford out of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Hartford’s lone goal came from Ryan Haggerty.  The goal was assisted by Oscar Lindberg and Carl KlingbergYann Danis had 28 saves on 31 shots.

Manchester had goals from Nic Dowd, Adrian Kempe, and Brian O’Neill.  J-F Berube stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: MONARCHS RULE GAME TWO OF ECF

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Manchester

Manchester Monarchs 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Manchester, NH, May 23, 2015 – Michael Mersch scored a hat trick, and Sean Backman had two goals and an assist, for the Manchester Monarchs Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Arena, in a 7-4 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack in Game Two of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.

Manchester now leads the series two games to none. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK DROP OPENER OF ECF TO MONARCHS

Hartford Wolf Pack revised      VERSUS      Manchester Monarchs

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

After a deadlocked first, the Manchester Monarchs got two goals in the second period and that was enough to hold off the comeback attempt by the Hartford Wolf Pack edging them out 3-2 and taking Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals Thursday night at the Verizon Wireless Center.

Entering the third frame down a pair of goals, the Wolf Pack fought their way back into the contest and caught a break to get that close.

Just after killing off a Brady Skjei minor penalty, the Pack broke out of their own zone with Mat Bodie feeding Chris Bourque on the right wing. The swift skating Bourque came across the blue line on the right wing side, hesitated a second and drilled a shot wide to the short-side. The puck came off the back boards to the left wing side where, Bodie, who was pinching in, got to it first ahead of the Monarchs’ Colin Miller. Bodie then fired a shot that beat Jean-Sebastian Berube on the short-side as the Monarchs’ starting netminder was late getting over to his right at 6:03.

Ultimately though, it was too little too late for the visitors. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK DROP FIRST GAME OF ECF

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS       Manchester

Manchester Monarchs 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Manchester, NH, May 21, 2015 – Michael Mersch scored two goals, including the second-period game-winner, Thursday night at Verizon Wireless Arena, to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 3-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, in the opener of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.

Oscar Lindberg and Mat Bodie had the Wolf Pack goals, and Chris Bourque assisted on both.  Yann Danis made 22 saves in the Hartford net.  Nic Dowd scored the other Monarch goal and J-F Berube made 24 saves.

The Monarchs dominated the opening shift, and would score just 35 seconds into the series.  Mersch got his seventh of the postseason, jamming a rebound past Danis, after he stopped a shot from the left point by Andrew Bodnarchuk. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK SHOCK BEARS IN OT OF GM 5 – TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD

rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg    VERSUS    Hershey

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Chris Mueller’s shorthanded goal in overtime, his second goal of the game, gave the Hartford Wolf Pack a come from behind 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears in Game Five of the Best-of-Seven series in front of 6,391 at the Giant Center Wednesday night.

The win gave the Pack a three-games-to-two lead in the series and gave the team the opportunity to eliminate the Bears Friday night at the XL Center in Game 6 at 7pm.

Chad Nehring made the winning play possible.

The center first blocked a Jon Landry left point shot, then intercepted a Casey Wellman pass meant for Landry and started a rush back up ice.

Going up the left wing, Nehring launched a shot stick-side on Bears goaltender Phillipp Grubauer. The puck rebounded and Nehring followed it in and took it away from Landry. Nehring came out the left side of the net, passed the biscuit to Mueller who in turn flipped it high to the glove side for his fifth of the playoffs at 11:39. The goal came just 26 seconds after the Pack was hit with, “Too Many Men,” bench minor. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: “FIND-A-WAY” WOLF PACK WIN IN OT – TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD

Hartford Wolf Pack revised    VERSUS    Hershey Bears

Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Hershey Bears 4 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, May 13, 2015 – Chris Mueller scored his second goal of the game shorthanded at 11:32 of overtime Wednesday night at Giant Center, to give the Hartford Wolf Pack a 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears and a three-games-to-two lead in the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.

The Wolf Pack will go for the knockout punch in the series Friday night at the XL Center, in Game Six.

Mueller also tied Game Five for the Wolf Pack with 3:24 left in the third period and had an assist as well.  Chris Bourque added a goal and two assists.  Garrett Mitchell and Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist each for Hershey. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: May 12-17, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack’s best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Hershey Bears is tied at two games apiece, after the Wolf Pack took Game Four Monday night, 3-1, in a second consecutive Wolf Pack off-site home game played at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, due to scheduling conflicts at the XL CenterOscar Lindberg led the way in the Game-Four victory, with his first North American pro playoff goal and two assists.  The Bears had won the previous two games in the series, 2-1 Sunday at the DCU Center and 6-4 Friday night in Hershey, after the Wolf Pack posted a 2-1 overtime win in Game One Wednesday night on the road.  Lindberg (1-4-5) and Chris Bourque (2-3-5) are tied for the series scoring lead, and fellow Wolf Pack forward Joey Crabb has lit the lamp in the last three games (3-0-3). Continue reading