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Hartford Wolf Pack revisedBY: Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, October 10, 2015 – Jeremy Gregoire’s shorthanded goal was the game-winner, and Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves, as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-1Saturday night at the XL Center, in the AHL season opener for both teams.

Chad Nehring scored the only Wolf Pack goal, and Magnus Hellberg stopped 27 shots in the Hartford net.

Both teams started aggressively in the first period with both teams taking a penalty at 4:08, Hartford’s Chris Summers, and St. John’s Angelo Miceli taking two minutes for roughing and cross-checking, respectively. The Ice Caps scored on the ensuing 4-on-4 at 4:34, with Bud Holloway scoring off of the rebound of a shot by Mark Barberio.

The Wolf Pack had a power play at 16:33 after Nikita Scherbak was sent to the box for hooking, but they couldn’t get the puck in the net for the rest of the period.

“We’re a young team, we’re testing the waters here, and I really like what I saw. We’re hungry,” said new Wolf Pack captain Ryan Bourque.

Despite three Wolf Pack power plays in the second period, Hartford could not score, and the IceCaps’ Gregoire scored his short-hander at 17:43, putting St. John’s up 2-0.

An apparent Wolf Pack goal at 4:13 was disallowed due to a player guiding the puck into the net with his hand.

The Wolf Pack’s Nehring scored the team’s first goal of the regular season at 6:32 of the third, by deflecting teammate Petr Zamorsky’s slap pass into the net, making the score 2-1.

Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander said about the goal, “I think it was Zamorsky’s vision, we worked on that high redirect, he had his head up and he was waiting for that lane to open up to get his body in that lane. It was a nice tip by Chad and it started with a good forecheck by Brownie [Tyler Brown] and Bourquie [Bourque].”

About his goal, Nehring said, “We had a good cycle going there, and the puck went up to the point D-to-D and they were blocking a lot of shots tonight, so I came a little higher and found a lane for our D man, got my stick up there, and Z [Zamorsky] made a nice play.”

With two minutes left in the game, the Wolf Pack pulled Hellberg from net to try to even up the score, but the IceCaps capitalized at 18:53 with an empty-net goal from Charles Hudon.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is back at the XL Center this Wednesday, October 14, a 7:00 PM game vs. the Providence Bruins.  All Wednesday-night home games throughout the season are “Winning Wednesdays, meaning that if the Wolf Pack win, each fan can redeem his or her ticket for a complimentary ticket to the Pack’s next home game (some restrictions apply).

Tickets for all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

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.

St. John’s IceCaps 3 at Hartford Wolf Pack 1
Saturday, October 10, 2015 – XL Center

St. John’s 1 1 1 – 3
Hartford 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, St. John’s, Holloway 1 (Barberio, Dumont), 4:34. Penalties-Miceli Stj (cross-checking), 4:08; Summers Hfd (roughing), 4:08; Scherbak Stj (hooking), 16:33.

2nd Period-2, St. John’s, Gregoire 1 (Hanley), 17:43 (SH). Penalties-McCarron Stj (interference), 6:37; Hudon Stj (hooking), 14:57; Ellis Stj (cross-checking), 16:05; Hudon Stj (roughing), 19:45; Adam Hfd (cross-checking), 19:45; Summers Hfd (roughing), 19:45.

3rd Period-3, Hartford, Nehring 1 (Zamorsky, Bodie), 6:32. 4, St. John’s, Hudon 1 (Carr), 18:53 (EN). Penalties-Barberio Stj (slashing), 1:50.

Shots on Goal-St. John’s 8-13-9-30. Hartford 10-11-10-31.
Power Play Opportunities-St. John’s 0 / 1; Hartford 0 / 5.
Goalies-St. John’s, Tokarski 1-0-0 (31 shots-30 saves). Hartford, Hellberg 0-1-0 (29 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Cameron Voss (78).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Derek Wahl (46).


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gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT – When you come up to the XL Center Saturday night, make sure you buy a game program; you’re going to need one.

The 19th edition of the Hartford Wolf Pack (one more than the Hartford Whalers, but who’s counting) is unveiled tomorrow night at the XL Center. Game time is set for 7pm.

The team that skated into the hearts of Pack fans everywhere last spring with a thrilling run to the AHL conference finals has changed significantly in the off-season. Twelve members of that group have left and scattered across the hockey playing universe. There are, however, some skilled and popular players from that group who will be returning and mixing with a new cast. The new group includes many with good skills sets. How Head Coach Ken Gernander and his staff make it all fit together is still to be determined. Continue reading


cam talbot     VERSUS     NHL: Vancouver Canucks at Phoenix Coyotes

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, 8:00 p.m. ET
Gila River Arena – Glendale, AZ
Rangers: 32-16-5 (69 pts)
Coyotes: 20-29-7 (47 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

The Rangers continue their four-game road trip against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena (8:00 p.m. ET —TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has posted a 2-0-0 record on its road trip thus far, and has recorded a point in six of the last seven games (5-1-1). The Blueshirts have won 25 of their last 35 games (25-9-1), including 23 of their last 32 games (23-8-1) and 21 of their last 28 contests (21-6-1). The Rangers have also earned at least one point in 36 of their last 49 games (31-13-5), including 29 of their last 39 games (26-10-3). New York has posted a 32-16-5 record this season (69 pts), following a 6-3 win against the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday, Feb. 12 in Colorado. The Coyotes have posted a 20-29-7 record this season (47 pts) after a 4-2 home loss to San Jose Friday. Continue reading


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