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CANTLON: (SAT) PACK LOSE IN HERSHEY

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HERSHEY, PA – After stealing one in Springfield the night before, the Hartford Wolf Pack couldn’t duplicate the same success in Hershey dropping a 4-2 decision to the Bears on Saturday night before 10,561 at the Giant Center.

The Bears took a lead at 7:57 of the first period when Travis Boyd intercepted Pack starting goaltender, Brandon Halverson’s, clearing attempt from behind the net. Boyd came along the right wing boards and deposited the puck into the open net for his eleventh goal of the season and gave the Bears a 1-0 lead. It was the 33rd time out of 49 games played that the Pack’s opposition has scored the game’s first goal.

The Bears added to their lead on a gorgeous play at 18:11. Continue reading

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

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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CRAWFORD: PACK DROP FIRST GAME OF ECF

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Manchester Monarchs 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Manchester, NH, May 21, 2015 – Michael Mersch scored two goals, including the second-period game-winner, Thursday night at Verizon Wireless Arena, to lead the Manchester Monarchs to a 3-2 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, in the opener of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.

Oscar Lindberg and Mat Bodie had the Wolf Pack goals, and Chris Bourque assisted on both.  Yann Danis made 22 saves in the Hartford net.  Nic Dowd scored the other Monarch goal and J-F Berube made 24 saves.

The Monarchs dominated the opening shift, and would score just 35 seconds into the series.  Mersch got his seventh of the postseason, jamming a rebound past Danis, after he stopped a shot from the left point by Andrew Bodnarchuk. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: “FIND-A-WAY” WOLF PACK WIN IN OT – TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Hershey Bears 4 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, May 13, 2015 – Chris Mueller scored his second goal of the game shorthanded at 11:32 of overtime Wednesday night at Giant Center, to give the Hartford Wolf Pack a 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears and a three-games-to-two lead in the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.

The Wolf Pack will go for the knockout punch in the series Friday night at the XL Center, in Game Six.

Mueller also tied Game Five for the Wolf Pack with 3:24 left in the third period and had an assist as well.  Chris Bourque added a goal and two assists.  Garrett Mitchell and Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist each for Hershey. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK DOMINATES WHILE BEARS HIBERNATE, SERIES EVENS

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Hershey Bears 1

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Worcester, MA, May 11, 2015 – Oscar Lindberg had a goal and two assists for the Hartford Wolf Pack Monday night, leading the Wolf Pack to a 3-1 win over the Hershey Bears in Game Four of the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series, which is now tied at two games apiece.

The game was the second of two in the series played at the DCU Center in Worcester, due to scheduling conflicts at the XL Center.

Joey Crabb and Ryan Haggerty also scored for the Wolf Pack, and Chris Bourque had two assists.  Yann Danis stopped 22 out of 23 Hershey shots.  The only Bear goal was scored by Jon Landry, and Philipp Grubauer made 29 stops in the Bear net. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK HIBERNATE ALLOW HERSHEY TO TAKE GM 2, EVEN SERIES 1-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hershey, PA6,087 screaming Hershey Bears fans saw their team roar back and erase two, two-goal deficits while scoring the game’s last four goals and beat the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack 6-4 at Giant Center in Hershey, PA in Game Two of their best-of-seven series.

The series is now even at a game apiece.

The Bears comeback included scoring the game’s last four straight goals. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK WASTE 3-1, 4-2 LEADS – LOSE GM 2 – SERIES TIED 1-1

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Hershey Bears 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, May 8, 2015 – Tim Kennedy and Jim O’Brien both scored twice for the Hershey Bears Friday night at Giant Center, in a 6-4 Hershey victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack that earned the Bears a split in the first two games of the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round series.

The Wolf Pack had won the series opener Wednesday night in Hershey, 2-1 in overtime.

The Wolf Pack had leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in Game Two, but the Bears scored the last four goals of the contest.

Defenseman Nate Schmidt added a goal and two assists for Hershey, and Chris Conner had two assists.  Chris Bourque and Mat Bodie had a goal and an assist each for the Wolf Pack, and Shawn O’Donnell had two assists. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: EX-BEAR BOURQUE BURIES HERSHEY WITH OT WINNER

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Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Hershey Bears 1 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, May 6, 2015Chris Bourque, a former Hershey Bear, beat his old team for the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday night at Giant Center, scoring at 16:47 of overtime to give the Wolf Pack a 2-1 victory over the Bears, in Game One of the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.

On the winning goal, Oscar Lindberg picked up the puck in the right-wing corner of the Hershey zone and moved around to the opposite side of the net.  He then fed the puck to Bourque, who beat his check down the slot and snapped a quick, low shot past Bear goaltender Philipp Grubauer (41 saves).

“Joe (Joey Crabb) made a great play keeping the puck in the zone, he batted it out of the air and our defenseman threw it behind the net,” Bourque said of the winning play.  “I was in the corner, I let it go to [Lindberg] and kind of curled up, went through the slot and Oscar made an unbelievable pass to me, and I just buried it.” Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: YOUTH TO BE TESTED AGAINST THE BEARS

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Hartford, CT The Hartford Wolf Pack are a prototypical AHL team these days. The New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates are trying to find that right blend of youth and experience to prepare the younger guys for the rigors of the NHL and to build character for the battles of the post season.

Going into Hershey Wednesday night to face a Bears team, the Pack have one of their best assets, experience, in three-time Calder Cup winner, ironically enough, all with Hershey in Chris Bourque. They also have defenseman Mat Bodie, an NCAA champion with Union College a year ago, going into a trial by fire in his first pro playoff campaign.

Bourque knows the power of the Bears home rink, the Giant Center. It’s mystique is a major part of their home advantage. For Bourque, he’s now facing them as an opponent for a third time.

“I have a lot of great memories in that building. It’s always great to go back there and play. The last two playoff years I played against Hershey, so it’s nothing new for me going back there, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.” Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: May 4-10, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack captured their best-of-five, first-round playoff series with the Providence Bruins in dramatic fashion Friday, prevailing in the winner-take-all Game Five at home, 3-2 in overtime.  Tommy Hughes’ first pro playoff goal at 4:35 of the extra session was the series winner, after Chris Mueller’s second goal of the game, scored on a power play with 46 seconds left in regulation and goaltender Yann Danis on the bench for an extra attacker, tied the score at two.  The Wolf Pack had forced Game Five with a 2-1 road win in Game Four Tuesday night, with Tyler Brown scoring the third-period game-winner and Danis making 28 saves.

Full Speed Ahead

“Full Speed Ahead” is the official Wolf Pack playoff slogan.  This comes from the ship U.S.S Hartford, which served as Admiral David Farragut’s flagship during the Civil War. During the battle of Mobile Bay, while on the deck of the Hartford, Farragut famously said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”.

The Wolf Pack 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs are presented by Amtrak. Continue reading