BRUCE Landon Officially Retires
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
SPRINGFIELD, MA – You couldn’t have written a better ending to a great fair tale story.
Bruce Landon, the true face of Springfield hockey for the past 40 years, ended his career in the city to which he admits he owes everything to. Hartford also played a pivotal role in his planting roots over the border.
Almost with a sense of poetic justice in mind, the Thunderbirds and Wolf Pack close out the 2016-17 season at the same time as Landon closed his career as Springfield defeated Hartford, 5-1. Continue reading
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Four Returned To Rabbits for Post Season
Recent call-ups finish the weekend in AHL and rejoin Greenville ahead of first round matchup against South Carolina.
BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forwards Brandon Alderson, Allan McPherson, Angelo Miceli, and defenseman Joe Houk have been returned to the Swamp Rabbits by the AHL’s Texas Stars. The four skaters joined Texas during a weekend series in Charlotte, NC against the Charlotte Checkers.
Alderson skated in two games for the Stars and recorded an assist. The winger earned three call-ups and played in 13 AHL contests this season between the Stars, Hartford Wolf Pack, and Syracuse Crunch. The 6-foot-4 skater has played 146 career AHL contests and earned 33 points (17G, 16A) over parts of five seasons. The Oakville, ON native ended the regular season second on the team in scoring with 55 points (26G, 29A) in 45 games. In the final 25 games of the ECHL season, Alderson recorded 33 points (15G, 18A) in 25 games. Only six ECHL skaters tallied more points in that stretch.
Miceli earned an assist on Texas’ lone goal on Sunday afternoon. The second-year pro earned his first AHL call-up of the season after tallying 77 points (22G, 55A) in 68 ECHL games. The center from Montreal, QC ended the regular season one point shy of Greenville’s franchise record set by Justin Bowers in 2012. Miceli’s efforts this season led the Swamp Rabbits and finished ninth in the ECHL. The 5-foot-10 skater earned Sher-Wood Hockey / ECHL Player of the Week in March and led Greenville with 22 multi-point performances. Continue reading
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 21, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack’s frustrations against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continued Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, as the Wolf Pack fell to 0-7-0-0 on the year against the Penguins with a 5-2 loss.
Chris Brown and Marek Hrivik had goals for the Wolf Pack Tuesday, but former Wolf Pack Ryan Haggerty scored twice for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Tom Kostopoulos and Dominik Simon had two assists apiece.
“They’ve got a really good team,” Brown said of the Penguins. “They’ve got a lot of depth, and they proved that tonight. They capitalized on a lot of Grade A opportunities. I was proud of the guys for battling in the third. I thought we had a really good third period, did some really good things, and hopefully, we can build off of that momentum of positive play.”
The first period was high-scoring, with the teams combining for five goals, and the Penguins came out of it with a 3-2 lead. Continue reading
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Titans Hold Off River Drivers, Win 3-2
BY: Tommy Pecoraro, Danbury Titans
Danbury, CT – In what could be a Federal Hockey League playoff preview, Dalton Jay and Taylor Bourne each registered a goal and an assist, while Ryan Wilkinson added two helpers to lead the Danbury Titans to a crucial 3-2 win over the visiting Berlin River Drivers before 812 at the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday night.
Both teams were looking to secure second place and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Commissioner’s Cup Playoffs. The playoffs start in three weeks. The Titans built a 3-1 lead and held on against a late Berlin charge to secure a 3-2 win.
In the third period, with the team nursing a 2-1 lead, the Titans got what would prove to be the game-winner at 7:55 of the third period.
Wilkinson was just barely able to avoid a huge center ice check from the River Drivers’ Vojtek Zemlicka. The puck got loose and was found by Jay who took it all the way to River Drivers’ netminder, Matt Kaludis (43 saves) and shot it over his shoulder to make it 3-1.
The River Drivers pressed to make it a one-goal game and were awarded a power play at 15:20 when Frankie Hart went off for holding. Tyler Howe deflected a shot in front of Titan goaltender, Bobby Bowden (23 saves) and made it 3-2.
BOXSCORE Continue reading
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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 8, Hartford Wolf Pack 1
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 10, 2017 – Taylor Beck scored his first Hartford Wolf Pack goal Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, but that was the only bright spot for the Wolf Pack in an 8-1 loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Defenseman Derrick Pouliot led the way for the winning side with a goal and three assists, and Jean-Sebastien Dea, Kevin Porter, and Barry Goers had a goal and two assists apiece.
The Penguins took control of the game in the first period, building a 3-0 lead through the first 20 minutes. Continue reading
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BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans
DANBURY, CT — The Titans scored all four of their goals in the second period en route to a 4-1 victory over the St Clair Shores Fighting Saints on Saturday night at the Danbury Ice Arena. Nikita Ivandikov stopped 29 of 30 shots for Danbury as he improved to 14-13 on the season and the Titans kept pace in the Federal Hockey League playoff race.
A scoreless first period which saw the Titans outshoot the Saints 12-5 gave way to more offensive pressure from the home team. Taylor Bourne would break the deadlock with his 22nd goal of the season 4:38 into the middle period, with assists from Matt Graham and Dalton Jay. With the goal, Bourne moves into a tie with Jay for the team lead in goals. Matt Coleman potted the eventual game-winner less than 2 minutes later on a breakaway from Mike Dolman and John Scully. Halfway through the period Taylor Love was left alone in the slot and fed a pass from Graham to make it 3-0. Then, with only 1:39 remaining, Graham found the back of the net himself, with Jay and Vadim Subbitnikov on the helpers. Continue reading
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WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 6-12, 2017
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack (17-25-3-2, 39 pts., .415) split a pair of non-divisional home games this past weekend, coming back from being down 1-0 and 2-1 to defeat the Utica Comets, 4-3, on Friday night and then falling 4-2 to the Rochester Americans Saturday evening. Justin Fontaine had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, Friday night, and John Gilmour and Marek Hrivik both had three assists, and Fontaine scored a shorthanded goal in Saturday’s game.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGSThis week:
The Wolf Pack start a run of four straight on the road with visits to Springfield Friday night (7:05 PM faceoff) and Hershey Saturday (7:00).
Friday, February 10 at the Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida) at the MassMutual Center, 7:05 PM
- The Thunderbirds come into the week three points ahead of the Wolf Pack for sixth place in the Atlantic Division, after stopping a three-game skid with a 5-2 win at Bridgeport Saturday night.
- This is the Wolf Pack’s first look at the Thunderbirds since December 30, when they lost 3-2 in their only previous trip to Springfield, and only the teams’ fourth meeting of the season. The Thunderbirds have won the last two, after a 3-2 shootout win by the Wolf Pack in the first encounter November 16 in Hartford.
- Winger Kyle Rau, who has played in 24 NHL games with the parent Florida Panthers this year, had a hat trick for Springfield Saturday in Bridgeport, in the Thunderbirds’ 5-2 victory over the red-hot Sound Tigers.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at iheart.com and on iHeartRadio. Video streaming at ahllive.com.
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