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CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK DO THREE-IN-THREE

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack return to the XL Center for some home cooking and another weekend of three-games-in-three-days where incredibly, they can pick up some ground in an effort to make a run at the eighth and final playoff spot.

Friday at 7:15 pm they will host a heated rival, the Toronto Marlies. The Pack lost 5-3 in their last meeting back on December 10th in what was a chippy affair.

The Rochester Americans come to town on Saturday night with the AHL’s third leading scorer in UCONN grad, Cole Schneider (34-15-22-37). The Amerks also feature ex-Pack (and Bridgeport Sound Tiger) Justin Vaive, ex-CT Whale Tim Kennedy, and Alexander Nylander, the youngest son of former Hartford Whaler and New York Ranger, Michael Nylander. The younger Nylander coming off a strong WJC tourney for Team Sweden. Then. on Sunday afternoon, the Pack makes the trek to Providence to face the Bruins and close out the weekend.

Despite being in last place in the division and conference, the Pack are just eight points behind Bridgeport, who are currently holding the final playoff spot. The Pack are tied for the lowest winning percentage with the Rockford IceHogs at .410, but the Pack sit 29th in the league with one more win at 14-21-3-1. Continue reading

KOHLER: SOUND TIGERS TRIP UP PACK 2-1

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 7, 2017 – Bracken Kearns’ second-period goal held up as the game-winner for the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday night, in a 2-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the XL Center.

Ryan Graves had the only Wolf Pack goal of the game, and Michael Dal Colle also scored for Bridgeport.  Jaroslav Halak started the game in the Sound Tiger net and stopped 14 of the 15 shots he faced, before having to leave the game due to an injury.  Stephon Williams was forced to stop only two shots in relief.  Brandon Halverson made 28 saves for the Wolf Pack.

Dal Colle opened the scoring at the 14:42 mark of the first period, moving down the left side in the Wolf Pack zone and using defenseman Steven Kampfer as a screen, to fire a shot past Halverson’s catching glove. Continue reading

LUCEY: (SAT) PACK LOSE IN TORONTO

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Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Henry Lucey, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, December 10, 2016 – A four-goal second period propelled the Toronto Marlies past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-3, Saturday night at the XL Center.

The Marlies were quick to capitalize on the Pack’s early struggles, taking the game’s first lead at the 5:55 mark of the first period. Toronto’s Colin Greening was responsible for the score, depositing the rebound created by Brooks Laich shot past a diving Wolf Pack goaltender Brandon Halverson (30 saves).

With tensions still running high from last weekend’s hotly contested series in Toronto, Tanner Glass and Richard Clune dropped the gloves at 16:13. The fight, largely won by Glass, not only brought the home crowd to their feet but also ignited Hartford coach Ken Gernander’s squad.

Playing with a man-advantage, after the referee ruled that Clune instigated the fight, Wolf Pack captain Mat Bodie received a beautiful backhanded pass from Ryan Graves and the puck through the legs of Toronto netminder Jhonas Enroth (24 saves) to level the score at the 18:05 mark. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: WOLF PACK OFF-SEASON WEEK 10

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – This past week and the week ahead are perhaps the business and maybe even the most important couple of weeks for teams in the National Hockey League. It’s not an exaggeration to say that many times Championships are won and lost as the General Managers build their respective teams and their farm system during this time frame. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: BRUCE LANDON HALL OF FAME BOUND

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Bruce Landon Elected to the AHL Hall of Fame

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Springfield, MA – A long bus ride in 1969 from Kingston, Ontario to Springfield, Massachusetts was Bruce Landon’s first journey to his personal paradise.

Then a goaltender, who was drafted in the fourth round by the Los Angeles Kings, was brimming with confidence. Landon would begin his Ph.D-like education in the grueling world of minor league professional hockey that has now sent him on a journey to Syracuse, New York, where this coming January, along with three other gentlemen, he will be a member of the AHL Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2015.

Landon competed hard in a world of professional hockey where the compensation numbers of that day would shock many of the young rookies who began their pro hockey careers this month. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: “HARTFORD HOCKEY HERITAGE WEEKEND” THIS FRI/SAT

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WOLF PACK CELEBRATE “HARTFORD HOCKEY HERITAGE WEEKEND” THIS FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

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Saturday’s Game vs. Springfield Close to a Lower-Bowl Sellout

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, January 27, 2015:  The Hartford Wolf Pack will honor 40 years of pro hockey history in Hartford with a “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend” celebration at the team’s home games this Friday and Saturday, January 30 and 31.

The Wolf Pack host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the XL Center on Friday night, and the Springfield Falcons visit on Saturday night.  Both games face off at 7:00 PM. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: XL CENTER CELEBRATES 40th ANNIVERSARY

NE Whaler Winning Goal at HCC Openergerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT –  “It was 40 years ago today, the Civic Center brought us the harpoon and Kelly green, It was all ours to see-pretty, new and clean, So let me introduce to you the New England Whalers band…”

Having gotten a little caught up in the spirit of the moment, apologies to John, Paul, George and Ringo.

On January 11, 1975, The Hartford Civic Center Coliseum (nee XL Center) opened it’s doors to professional hockey and the WHA’s New England Whalers.

The then new building and new team put the Hartford on the map. No longer would they be seen as just a rest stop midway between Boston and New York, but it became a metropolis with its own hometown team. Continue reading

CANTLON: UCONN BEATS BC AT XL

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings 

HARTFORD, CT – The house was rockin’ Wednesday night as the UCONN Huskies, behind the stellar goaltending of Rob Nichols, knocked off the #3 ranked Boston College Eagles 1-0 before a raucous crowd of 8,089 at XL Center.

Nichols, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas, was as hot as a Dallas summer day, turning away numerous quality scoring chances for the Eagles making 35 saves in all.

The lone goal of the game that eluded the Eagles’ Thatcher Demko, the NHL drafted goalie by the Vancouver Canucks, was a gorgeous perfect shot. Continue reading

SONAR AND THE ALS CHALLENGE

Capture6BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher, Howlings

A quick note on a Thursday…
“Sonar,” the lovable mascot of the Hartford Wolf Pack, accepted the challenge posed by the Worcester Sharks mascot, “Fin,” to help raise awareness of ALS.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS, is defined as, “A disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement.” ALS is also known by another name, “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
As you’ll see in the video posted on the Wolf Pack’s Facebook page, Sonar is up to the challenge and calls out several other mascots along the way. “Screech” of the team’s I-91 rival, Springfield Falcons; “Storm” of the Pack’s in-state rival, Bridgeport Sound Tigers and “Rocky” of the AA affiliate of the Minnesota Twins Major League Baseball team, the New Britain Rock Cats.

DROPPING THE GLOVES

Capture31-150x150BY: Mitch Beck, Publisher – Howlings

Okay, call me crazy, but I had an idea today that I thought would be fun and something that I thought could make the site more appealing.

Let’s have a fight…

Okay… I don’t mean to show up at Howlings headquarters and cold-cock me one in the head…I mean a more civilized fight…and about something we can all be excited about…Rangers / Wolf Pack / Road Warriors hockey. Continue reading