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mitch-headshot-10-13t-150x126BY: Mitch Beck, Editor of Howlings

So I was told that when I’m analytical and critical of the New York Rangers they do better.

Well, despite not being superstitious, I want to do my part to help them in their efforts to come back from their 3-0 games deficit with Game Four coming up on Wednesday night. SO, with the hopes of helping them keep this thing alive, and with the fact that should they lose and be eliminated, fans will be rightfully reading the better known analysts and experts, I thought I would do my part and jump the gun a bit and give you my take on who should stay and who should go when it’s all over.

Besides, is there anything that people who love the Rangers like to do more than argue this stuff…

One little side note to all the Hartford Wolf Pack/New York Rangers-bashers who use every excuse they can to undermine the GREAT success that the franchise has had on the ice in the Connecticut state capitol, of the 24 players on the Ranges playoff roster, NINE of them have played for the Wolf Pack. That’s 37.5% of that team comes from Hartford and they are playing for an NHL Championship. That is a TREMENDOUS accomplishment for Ken Gernander and the coaching staff in Hartford. Continue reading


2014allstar.0_standard_400.0BY: Jason Chaimovitch, American Hockey League

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. … In the first international contest in AHL All-Star history, the American Hockey League All-Star team posted a 7-2 victory over Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League in the 2014 AHL All-Star Game at a sold-out Mile One Centre on Wednesday night.

Forwards Brandon Pirri of the Rockford IceHogs and Mike Hoffman of the Binghamton Senators recorded three points each to lead the AHL side. Pirri, who won the American Hockey League’s scoring title in 2012-13, netted two goals and an assist and was named the Assante Wealth Management Most Valuable Player; Hoffman, who is second in the league in scoring so far in 2013-14, added a goal and two assists and was the AHL player of the game.

Ryan Strome of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers scored twice, while Joe Whitney of the Albany Devils and Brian Gibbons of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins registered two assists each. Jake Allen of the Chicago Wolves (14 saves) and Dustin Tokarski of the Hamilton Bulldogs (20 saves) combined to stop 34 of 36 shots by Färjestad, the nine-time Swedish league champions who became the first SHL club ever to play in North America.

Magnus Nygren and Rickard Wallin scored for Färjestad, which got 23 saves on the night from the goaltending duo of Frederik Pettersson-Wentzel and Pekka Tuokkola. Forward Christian Berglund was selected as Färjestad’s player of the game.

The road to the 2014 Calder Cup Playoffs continues when the American Hockey League’s 78th season resumes on Friday.

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2014allstar.0_standard_400.0BY: Gerard Cantlon, Special to Howlings

The first meeting between the AHL and a European team was a big hit in St. John’s, Newfoundland Tuesday night in the AHL Skills competition.

Jason Jaffray, the AHL All-Star captain from the hometown St. John’s Ice Caps completed the AHL All-Stars rally to win the skills competition 18-17. It was a gorgeous forehand breakaway shot on a sprawled out Farjestad BK goalie, Frederik Pettersson-Wentzel, in the last round of the sudden death shootout and was the the only goal, as Jaffray went top shelf to end the competition and sending the packed house home happy.

The two teams will meet tonight at 7pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) in the AHL All-Star Game at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s. Continue reading



By: BRUCE BERLET, Special to Howlings

No controversy Saturday afternoon as the record-setting Norfolk Admirals won their first Calder Cup title in a dominating fashion that earmarked their play throughout the season.

Defenseman Mike Kostka, an early-season acquisition whose goal shouldn’t have ended Game 3 in overtime, scored twice and standout rookies/linemates Tyler Johnson and Corey Conacher combined for two goals and six assists as the Admirals rolled to a 6-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies and a four-game sweep of the Calder Cup finals before a second straight sellout of 8,084 at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.  Continue reading


BY: BRUCE BERLET, Special to Howlings

There’s an old saying, “It’s better to be lucky than good.” What happens though when you’re both?

Everyone in the hockey world knows how good the Norfolk Admirals are.

Thursday night the Admirals also turned into the luckiest – in more ways than one. Continue reading


BY: BRUCE BERLET, Special to Howlings



At this rate, the Connecticut Whale will have more wins over the Norfolk Admirals in the last four months of the American Hockey League season than the other 28 teams combined.

The Admirals improved to a staggering 41-3 since Feb. 5 on Saturday night as Richard Panik had a goal and an assist and Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves in a 4-2 victory over the visiting Toronto Marlies for a 2-0 lead in the Calder Cup finals before a sellout of 8,661, the largest playoff crowd in Norfolk team history.

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BY: BRUCE BERLET (Special to Howlings)

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – The “real” Norfolk Admirals showed up at Webster Bank Arena on Wednesday night, put the Connecticut Whale on the brink of elimination in their Eastern Conference semifinal and then celebrated with a rousing rendition of “We Are Young” by Janelle Monae in the post-game locker room.

The Admirals demonstrated why they won a North American professional hockey record 28 consecutive games to close the regular season to finish 55-18-1-3 for 113 points, 14 more than runner-up Oklahoma City, champions of the Western Conference. Four of the Admirals’ wins came against the Whale, who showed plenty of spunk in winning the series opener 3-2 in overtime in Virginia and then getting even with a convincing 4-1 victory on Sunday night at the XL Center in Hartford, ending the Admirals’ 16-game winning streak on the road since Feb. 5.  Continue reading