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CRAWFORD: PACK COME BACK ATTEMPT ON ROCKET FALLS SHORT ON REENTRY

CRAWFORD: PACK COME BACK ATTEMPT ON ROCKET FALLS SHORT ON REENTRY

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Laval Rocket 4, Hartford Wolf Pack

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Laval, Quebec, January 12, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack could not overcome a 3-0 first-period deficit Friday night at Place Bell and lost 4-2 to the Laval Rocket.

Former Wolf Pack forward Adam Cracknell scored twice for Laval, including the shorthanded game-winner, and Eric Gelinas had a goal and an assist.  Cole Schneider and Ryan Sproul had the Wolf Pack goals.

“We’re in a building where we know there’s going to be lots of electricity and excitement to start,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said.  “We’re developing guys to play in pressure situations like that, and I didn’t think that we responded well to the push that they had.  They played a physical game to start, got us on our heels, and some guys weren’t able to handle that.  I thought as the game got going, we found our traction, found our structure and were able to generate some scoring chances.”

The Wolf Pack fell behind on the game’s first shift when Cracknell scored only 26 seconds after the opening faceoff.  He took a feed from Daniel Audette and broke down the left side, getting past a couple of Wolf Pack defenders and putting a forehand shot up under the crossbar behind Wolf Pack goaltender Marek Mazanec (16 saves). Continue reading

TOSTI: GREENVILLE AND ORLANDO BUNDLE UP FOR SCARF GIVEAWAY NIGHT 

TOSTI: Greenville and Orlando Bundle Up for Scarf Giveaway Night

Swamp Rabbits looking to throw some shade over Solar Bears three-game winning streak and halt their slide.

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Fri, Jan. 12 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. Orlando Solar Bears ListenWatch – Twitter

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (17-16-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf from Pack, hit the ice tonight at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena at 7 p.m. Two points are on the line between the Swamp Rabbits and Orlando Solar Bears (16-16-4-1) who are both tied for third place in the South Division Standings. Greenville enters the contest with hopes of a fourth victory against Orlando this season. The Solar Bears won their last three games against Jacksonville and are 5-2-0-1 in their last eight games. The first 1,000 fans in the building tonight will also receive a free Swamp Rabbits Scarf.

STREAK WORTH BREAKING
This is the first time all season that the Swamp Rabbits have gone winless in three consecutive games. Greenville has responded with wins in response to losses this season, compiling an 8-5-1-1 record after falling in regulation. The team has never had a “pointless” week this season, earning at least one standings point in all 13 weeks of the ECHL season.

LEADERS OF THE PACK
Swamp Rabbits forward Caleb Herbert and Solar Bears forward Josh Winquist are both among the top-10 scorers in the ECHL this season. The club leaders have averaged over a point per game. Herbert has recorded 36 points (16G, 20A) and is +16 this season. Winquist is seventh in the league with 38 points (14G, 24A) and is dangerous on the power play with a league-leading 18 points on the man advantage. Despite his scoring on the power play, Winquist is -13 on the season and is one of only two of the ECHL’s top-10 scorers with a negative plus/minus.

LOG-JAM
Greenville is currently tied for third place with both Orlando and Atlanta with 37 points in the South Division Standings. The Swamp Rabbits have played fewer games than both the Solar Bears and Gladiators this season and hold a higher win percentage than their rivals. Including tonight, Greenville will play 13 straight games against South Division teams with five games against Atlanta. The Swamp Rabbits and Solar Bears have three more head to head contests this season, but will not meet again until Mar. 10.

NEXT STOP, GREENVILLE
Forward Shane Walsh joins the Swamp Rabbits from the Cincinnati Cyclones after Thursday afternoon’s trade for future considerations. The second-year pro has played 11 games this season, missing considerable time due to injury. As a rookie, the UMass alum earned 45 points (19G, 26A) in 71 games. Walsh played two games against the Swamp Rabbits last season, netting his last ECHL goal on Apr. 7, 2017 against the Swamp Rabbits. The 5-foot-10 forward has also gone nearly a year without taking a penalty, serving two minutes for his last infraction on Jan. 15, 2017 at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

CARROT BITES

  • Greenville has squared off 53 times against Orlando in franchise history compiling a 26-21-6 all-time record.
  • Forward Joe Basaraba leads Greenville against Orlando with nine points (2G, 7A) in five meetings.
  • Orlando forward Hunter Fejes scored four goals in Greenville during the opening weekend while skating for the Wheeling Nailers.
  • Greenville has been a comeback team, earning a league-leading nine wins when trailing after the first period.
  • Both Greenville and Orlando boast records over .500 on the road and sub .500 records at home.

SCARF GIVEAWAY NIGHT | TONIGHT, January 12 | 7:00 p.m.
The Swamp Rabbits are offering the first 1,000 fans a free Swamp Rabbits Scarf when they walk in the door TONIGHT. The Swamp Rabbits take the ice against the Orlando Solar Bears at 7 p.m. For tickets, visit SwampRabbits.com or grab a Bon Secours Family Fun Pack.

 

CRAWFORD: PACK ORDERS A WIN – P-BRUINS DELIVER IT AT THE DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER

CRAWFORD: PACK ORDERS A WIN – P-BRUINS DELIVER IT AT THE DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Providence Bruins 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Providence, RI, January 5, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night, with a 3-2 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence.

The Wolf Pack built a 3-0 lead through the first two periods, and then withstood a two-goal Bruin rally in the third.  Marek Mazanec made 37 saves in the Hartford net, as the Wolf Pack were outshot by a margin of 39-25.

John Gilmour’s early second-period goal ended up being the game-winner, and Steven Fogarty and Chris Langkow also scored for the Wolf Pack.  Jordan Szwarz and Peter Cehlarik had the Providence goals.

The Wolf Pack opened the scoring just 1:20 into their first game of 2018, on Fogarty’s sixth goal of the season.  Anthony DeAngelo broke up a Tommy Cross clearing attempt along the boards, to the left of Bruin starting goaltender Zane McIntyre, and the puck came to Fogarty.  He darted toward the net and flicked a shot past McIntyre high to the glove side. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT 12/23) SOUND TIGERS DOWN WOLF PACK 5-1

Cantlon: Sound Tigers Down Wolf Pack 5-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT With three goals in the third period, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers pulled away from the Hartford Wolf Pack for a 5-1 victory and sending the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates to their fourth straight loss (0-3-0-1) before 3,508 at the XL Center.

The Wolf Pack were most effective with their offensive zone pressure early in the third period, but it was the Sound Tigers who scored and they never looked back.

After the Pack’s Filip Chytil couldn’t gain control of the puck at the blue-line, Connor Jones picked up a Mitchell Vande Sompel pass and came in off the right wing and snapped a shot that put the puck over the glove of Alexander Georgiev. It was one Georgiev would likely have wanted back. The goal came at 7:48.

Sound Tigers captain Ben Holstrom nailed his second in as many games against the Wolf Pack. Holstrom’s turnaround shot from the left wing faceoff dot took Ross Johnston clear around and then swung behind the net. Johnston, at 6’5, headed to the net and he had Niel Pionk screened. The shot eluded Georgiev at 10:43 and make it 4-1.

Then the coup-de-grace came on the powerplay.

Alan Quine took advantage of the shooter’s gift. Michael Del Colle’s shot rang off the crossbar went right to Quine’s stick. Quine just put the puck into a wide-open net for his first goal after being sent down by the Islanders on Wednesday.

“We saw our compete level in spurts. We had been building an identity to start the season, but we saw only flashes of it. Tonight there wasn’t enough consistency every shift. We didn’t do enough of the right things to come away with the two points.”

After the game, Pack captain Joe Whitney was succinct in his comments, “We didn’t work hard enough to win tonight. There is only one way to get out of this and that’s to work harder. We can’t do anything about it now, just get ready for  tomorrow night’s game.”

The second period the Pack could only manage nine shots that were far too spaced apart and the Sound Tigers were able to maintain puck possession and had some strong chances, but Georgiev was able to make the saves.

“In all three periods, they had more possession than we did. The turnovers we had caused us to give up too many odd-man rushes in the first period. You just can’t have that. Our goalie kept us in the game in stretches, but he is not one of the players I’m focused on, who didn’t play very well.”

The Wolf Pack had a golden chance on a power play when Adam Tambellini saw the puck passed right to him by a Sound Tiger but upon his shot, missed the net completely. A Dan Catanacci drop pass to Alexei Bereglazov was stopped and Gabriel FonFontaine jam attempt at the right side of the net was denied.

The Sound Tigers Josh Ho-Sang, just sent down by the Islanders, connected on his first shift. After Scott Kosmachuk couldn’t snag the puck in the Sound Tigers zone on the left wing wall, Ho-Sang took his Dal Colle’s pass at center ice and went down left-wing with on a two on one with Quine and took his time got around Neal Pionk snapped off a shot off the arm of Alexander Georgiev and into the net for a 1-0 Sound Tigers at 1:21.

The Pack top prospect back in the lineup Filip Chytil answered back. Defenseman Neal Pionk was patient with the puck before making a small deke that got him past his check. Pionk ripped a shot and Sound Tigers goalie Christopher Gibson made the save, but the rebound went right to Chytil who put it off Vande Sompel’s skate and past Gibson and in. For Chytil, it was his second of the season and tied the game at one at 10:16.

The Sound Tigers caught the Pack napping late and Kurt Lafranchise snapped a perfect headman pass to Travis St. Denis and the former Quinnipiac Bobcat went in uncontested. Georgiev came out to try to force a move and St. Denis did and went right around him and backhanded his second goal of the season into an open net at 18:40.

NOTES:

Wolf Pack lines

Dan Catenacci-Cole Schneider-Filip Chytil

Vinni Lettieri-Adam Tambellini-Scott Kosmachuk

Gilbert Fontaine-Joe Whitney-Adam Cracknell

Steven Fogarty-Dan DeSalvo-Ryan Gropp

Ryan Graves-Neal Pionk

Ryan Sproul-Alexei Bereglazov

Vince Pedrie-Tony DeAngelo

Because the Pack has eight defensemen, two will have to sit every game this weekend, John Gilmour and Brandon Crawley sat tonight.

Eric Selleck sat his first game for the Wolf Pack

Scott Kosmachuk was given a fighting major and game misconduct under Rule 46.2 with 3.3 seconds left in the game as he started throwing lefts at Parker Wotherspoon.

Vince Pedrie finished with a minus-3

Chytil clearly is playing less than 100% battling a lower-body injury.

McCambridge had a long postgame meeting with GM Chris Drury.

Hockey jersey of the night; Dan Girardi London Knights and Alex Ovechkin Russian national jersey.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: December 26-31, 2017

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Dec 26-31, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (13-13-3-3, 32 pts., .500) climbed back to the .500 mark for the season this past week, by winning two out of three games.  The Wolf Pack scored its first overtime win of the season Wednesday night at Lehigh Valley, with Anthony DeAngelo netting the game-winner and adding an assist, and Caleb Herbert striking for a goal and an assist in his Wolf Pack debut.  Hartford then put up four goals in the third period Friday night at home vs. division-leading Providence, on the way to a 6-4 victory over the Bruins.  Gabriel Fontaine had the game-winning goal, a shorthanded goal, and an assist, and Scott Kosmachuk and Peter Holland both also had a goal and an assist each.  On Saturday at the XL Center, though, a Wolf Pack streak of nine straight games with at least a standings point (6-0-1-2) came to an end, in a 5-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

For the latest AHL standings, click here. Continue reading

O’REILLY: PACK FIND A WAY TO WIN, BEAT AMERICANS IN SO

O’REILLY: PACK FIND A WAY TO WIN, BEAT AMERICANS IN SO

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Rochester Americans 2 (SO) 

BY: Meghan O’Reilly, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, December 9, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack went to overtime for the fourth game in a row Saturday night at the XL Center and were ultimately able to walk away with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Rochester Americans.

Chris Nell made 28 saves in the Hartford net to get the win, while Rochester’s Linus Ullmark was credited with 24. Peter Holland scored two of the three goals for the Wolf Pack, and also scored in the shootout.

Holland opened the scoring at 12:26 of the first period, getting one around Ullmark for his first goal in four games with the Wolf Pack. Assists were given to Scott Kosmachuk and Cole Schneider.

The only scoring in the second period was a C.J. Smith goal at 13:20, a shot just past Nell’s glove side.

The Wolf Pack broke the 1-1 tie on a third-period power play. After Eric Cornel was called for high sticking when he hit Dan DeSalvo in the face at 5:28, Holland scored on the man advantage at 6:48. Anthony DeAngelo and Adam Tambellini were credited with the assists. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK BLOW LATE LEAD, LOSE IN SO TO BABY BRUINS

CRAWFORD: PACK BLOW LATE LEAD, LOSE IN SO TO BABY BRUINS

      VERSUS      Providence Bruins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (SO)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Providence, RI, December 8, 2017 – Cole Schneider had his first two-goal game in a Hartford Wolf Pack uniform Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, but the Wolf Pack could not hold a late lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Providence Bruins.

Schneider’s second of the game put the Wolf Pack up 3-2 at 2:13 of the third, but Jordan Szwarz tied the game for the Bruins with 39.9 seconds left, and goaltender Zane McIntyre on the bench for an extra attacker.

Ryan Graves scored his first goal of the year for the Wolf Pack in the first period, and Anthony D’Angelo had two assists.  Colby Cave had a goal and an assist for Providence, as did Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SUN) PACK DROP ANOTHER ONE TO SPRINGFIELD

CANTLON: (SUN) Pack Drop Another One to Springfield

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By: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA Thomas Schermitsch’s early third-period goal turned out to be the game-winner as the Springfield Thunderbirds upended the Wolf Pack 4-2 in a Sunday mid-afternoon meeting at the Mass Mutual Center.

The loss left the Pack (7-8-2-1) with their third straight loss (all divisional). The team is 1-4-2-0 in their last six (3-5-2-0 in their last 10). The Pack is tied with Springfield with 17 points each in the Atlantic Division and in the conference. The Wolf Pack maintain a slight edge in percentage points (.405 to .386) with two fewer losses, holding on to seventh place in the division to avoid being cellar dwellers. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 27-December 3, 2017

CRAWFORD: WP WEEKLY: Nov 27-Dec 3, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (7-11-2-1, 17 pts., .405) played three games over the Thanksgiving weekend, resulting in a 7-3 loss at Bridgeport on Friday night, a 4-1 home defeat vs. Hershey on Saturday and a 4-2 setback in Springfield on Sunday.  Adam Cracknell scored his first two Wolf Pack goals in Friday’s game, Adam Tambellini had the only Hartford tally on Saturday and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced in Sunday’s contest.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

This week:

The Wolf Pack have a Wednesday-night home date with their I-91 rivals the Springfield Thunderbirds this week at 7:00 PM and then head west for a two-game road trip.  The Pack will be in Rochester on Friday night for a 7:05 game, and then will make their lone visit of the year to Toronto on Saturday.  Faceoff for that game is 4:00. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SUN) LAVAL TRIPS PACK IN OVERTIME 3-2

CANTLON: (SUN) Laval Trips Pack In OT 3-2

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Daniel Audette’s wrist shot in overtime gave the Laval Rocket a 3-2 win on the road over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center on Sunday afternoon.

“I like our game for 63 minutes. After last night’s game, Daniel (Audette) came down with a nice shot because (Alexander Georgiev) played very well against us. It had to be the right shot to beat him,” Laval’s head coach and ex-Wolf, Pack Sylvain Lefebvre, said. Continue reading