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CANTLON: WOLF PACK WRAP UP DAY

Wolf Pack Wrap Up Day

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The XL Center arena was dark. The ice is gone. Almost no equipment remains in the locker room as the picture was that of a 2016-17  AHL season Hartford Wolf Pack clearly over. While it may be over for the players, for the off ice staff was still at work with their season-ending multiple tasks.

The only news of the day was that the New York Rangers will not be recalling as many players for the playoffs as there have in the past to be a part of the Black Aces squad. The Rangers are ready for a crucial Game 4 in their Best-of-Seven series with the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers find themselves down two games to none. Magnus Hellberg, who was recalled earlier in the week was on the bench in the place on Antti Raanta. Hellberg may remain the only recall, but that remains undetermined.

“The list is truly not finalized as of yet. There are several contractual and other matters that need to be ironed out, but I can say there will be very few players going to New York,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 17-23, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 17-23, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (24-46-4-2, 54 pts., .355) finished their 20th-anniversary 2016-17 season with a 6-3 loss Wednesday night at Albany, a 5-4 defeat in Utica Friday night and a 5-1 setback Saturday night at Springfield.  Nicklas Jensen scored his 30th goal of the season in Wednesday’s game, and then netted his 31st and 32nd Friday night, to finish second in the AHL in goals, just one behind league leader Wade Megan of the Chicago WolvesTaylor Beck had a pair of assists in Friday night’s game, giving him a total of 19 goals and 47 assists for 66 points in 56 games on the year between the Wolf Pack and the Bakersfield Condors, good for a tie for third in the AHL in assists and a tie for fourth in points.  Continue reading

KOHLER: PACK PLAY WELL BUT NOT ENOUGH TO BEAT PENS

     VERSUS      

W-B/S Penguins 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, April 8, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 35-27 Saturday night at the XL Center, but Penguin goaltender Casey DeSmith made 34 saves, as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton prevailed 2-1, in the Wolf Pack’s last home game of the season.

Adam Tambellini scored the only Wolf Pack goal, and Magnus Hellberg finished with 25 saves. Second-period Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goals by Patrick McGrath and Jean-Sebastien Dea proved decisive for the Penguins.

The Wolf Pack and Penguins opened up the game with a scoreless first period, despite four Hartford power-play chances. The Wolf Pack outshot Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 15-6 in the frame. Continue reading

CANTLON: JENSEN’S LATE GOAL GROUNDS T-BIRDS 4-3

   versus    

Jensen’s Late Goal Grounds T-birds 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Nicklas Jensen’s late goal allowed the Hartford Wolf Pack to slip past the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3  before 4,529 at the XL Center Friday night.

The winning play resulted from solid forechecking and was capped by Jensen’s spectacular effort.

Chris Brown, strong all night with solid physical play and a goal, helped with Philip McRae keep the puck in the Springfield zone for an extended shift. Jensen then did the rest.

Jensen took the puck, circled in the zone, which forced players like Tony Turgeon to chase him. Jensen zig-zagged at the left wing circle and drilled a shot high to the far side. The game-winning goal was his 29th and came at 17:39.

“It was the line before that did everything to set that up,” Jensen said. “They (the line centered by rookie Vinni Lettieri) had them hemmed in their end for about a minute-and-a-half. We got a good line change, and I knew those guys were out there for awhile. When you’re stuck out there, I knew they were out of gas. I just had that one guy to beat and got the shot off.” Continue reading

KOHLER: PACK WIN AT HOME OVER THUNDERBIRDS

       VERSUS      

Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Springfield Thunderbirds 3

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, April 7, 2017 – Nicklas Jensen’s goal with 2:21 remaining in the third period lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at the XL Center.

Rookie goaltender Chris Nell made 27 saves to post his first professional win for the Wolf Pack, and Marek Hrivik had a goal and an assist.  Chris Brown and Matt Carey also scored for Hartford.  Ed Wittchow, Tim Bozon, and Chase Balisy had the Springfield goals.

At 5:19 of the first period, the Thunderbirds took the early lead when Wittchow took a pass from Anthony Greco and fired a shot from the left point over the right shoulder of Nell to make the score 1-0.

Just 2:40 later, at 5:19, the Wolf Pack were able to respond and beat Springfield goalie Sam Brittain (22 saves).  Brown picked off a Paul Thompson pass just outside the Thunderbird blue line, to set up a one on one opportunity with the goalie that he converted with a perfect five-hole shot. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK LOSE A DEVIL OF A GAME IN ALBANY

      VERSUS      

Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, April 1, 2017Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at the Times Union Center, but Blake Pietila scored two power-play goals, including the third-period game-winner, for the Albany Devils in a 4-3 Albany victory.

Max Novak added a goal and an assist for the Devils, and Jacob MacDonald had three assists.  Marek Hrivik chipped in two assists for the Wolf Pack.

The two teams traded goals in the first period, the Devils scoring early and the Wolf Pack replying late.

Novak gave the Devils the game’s first lead 4:41 in, on a rebound.  MacDonald’s shot from the left point was stopped by Wolf Pack goaltender Chris Nell (26 saves), making his first pro appearance out of Bowling Green University, but the rebound came to Novak in front, and he poked it home. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK FIND A WIN IN HARTFORD

      VERSUS      

Wolf Pack End Losing Streak Hold Off Sound Tigers 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTIt wasn’t easy, but the Hartford Wolf Pack held off a late rally from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and won 4-3 and in the process ended their nine-game losing streak before an enthusiastic Saturday night crowd of 5,410 at the XL Center.

The game-winning goal restored a brief two-goal edge when Marek Hrivik sent a perfect backhanded cross-ice pass across the goal mouth to Michael Joly on the left wing. Joly got behind the check of Josh Holmstrom and beat goaltender Eamon MacAdam to the short side with his third of the season at 15:31.

Jenner did a great job getting an entrance on the play,” Joly, who tallied his first three-point AHL game, said. “We built some chemistry in the game and River made that pass I don’t know how. I was looking five-hole and was able to get it through.” Continue reading

CRAWFORD: (SAT) PACK DROP ANOTHER IN HERSHEY

      VERSUS      

Hershey Bears 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, March 18, 2017 – Paul Carey scored four goals Saturday night at Giant Center, to lead the Hershey Bears to a 6-4 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams in Hershey.

The Bears had defeated the Wolf Pack 4-3 in overtime Friday night in the opener of the two-game set.

Taylor Beck paced the Wolf Pack Saturday with a goal and two assists, and Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist.  Riley Barber added a goal and an assist for Hershey, and Chris Bourque and Travis Boyd had three assists apiece. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: March 6-12, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY:

March 6-12, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (21-32-3-2, 47 pts., .405) completed a four-game homestand this week, defeating the Springfield Thunderbirds in overtime, 4-3, on Wednesday night, but then dropping back-to-back matinees at the XL Center.  The Lehigh Valley Phantoms pulled out a 3-1 win over the Wolf Pack on Saturday, and then the Eastern Conference-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins downed the Pack by a score of 6-3 on Sunday afternoon.  Matt Carey scored in all three games for Hartford, extending a goal-scoring streak to a team season-high four games (4-1-5), and Nicklas Jensen netted his 24th and 25th goals of the season in Sunday’s game. Continue reading

KOHLER: PACK DOUBLED UP ON IN SUNDAY BATTLE WITH PENGUINS

      VERSUS      

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, March 5, 2017 – A three-goal second period for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins was too much for the Hartford Wolf Pack to overcome, as they fell 6-3 to the Penguins Sunday at the XL Center.

Nicklas Jensen had two goals for Hartford, and Matt Carey scored his fourth goal in the last four games.  David Warsofsky and Jean-Sebastien Dea, though, had two goals and an assist each for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

The Penguins were awarded the first power play of the game 1:32 in, as Ryan Graves was whistled for interference. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton took advantage of the penalty when Kevin Porter fired from the left-wing side and beat Wolf Pack starting goaltender Brandon Halverson through a screen, to make the score 1-0. Continue reading