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BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, January 16, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg, 25, has appeared in 25 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-4 record, along with a 2.91 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in four of his last five appearances, including one goal in two of those contests (3-2-0 record, 1.80 GAA, .942 SV% over the span).

The 6-6, 209-pounder has appeared in 176 career AHL games over five seasons (2012-13 – 2016-17), posting an 82-65-13 record, along with a 2.45 GAA, a .915 SV%, and 13 SO. In his first season with the Wolf Pack in 2015-16, Hellberg posted a 30-20-3 record, along with a 2.40 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 3 SO in 53 appearances. He established AHL career-highs in appearances and wins last season, and he became the first Wolf Pack goaltender to register 30 wins in one season since 2004-05 (Jason LaBarbera).

Hellberg has appeared in two NHL games in his career. He appeared in one game with the Rangers last season, making his debut with the Blueshirts on Dec. 20, 2015, vs. Washington.

The Uppsala, Sweden, native was acquired by the Rangers from Nashville in exchange for a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft on July 1, 2015.



St. John’s IceCaps 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

St. John’s, Newfoundland, January 14, 2017 – Late third-period goals for the St. John’s IceCaps 1:29 apart, by David Broll and Anthony Camara, sent the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 4-2 defeat Saturday night at Mile One Centre, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had defeated the IceCaps the night before, winning 2-1 in overtime.

Steven Kampfer and Nicklas Jensen scored power-play goals for the Wolf Pack Saturday, and Brandon Halverson made 30 saves.  Max Friberg and Alexandre Ranger had the other St. John’s goals, and Tom Parisi added two assists.  Former Wolf Pack Yann Danis was the winner in net, with 24 stops. Continue reading



Hartford Wolf Pack 2, St. John’s IceCaps 1 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

St. John’s, Newfoundland, January 13, 2017 – Chris Brown’s goal at 2:07 of overtime gave the Hartford Wolf Pack a 2-1 win over the St. John’s IceCaps Friday night at Mile One Centre, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams in St. John’s.A

On the winning play, Brown, who had been denied on a chance moments earlier by IceCap goaltender Charlie Lindgren, re-gathered the puck, cut across the middle of the zone and down the slot, and fired a hard snap shot cleanly past Lindgren on the stick side.

“It’s just, get pucks on net and hopefully they go in,” Brown said.  “The first one, I had a couple of rebounds and they just didn’t go in.  But [Mat Bodie] made a great read, setting a nice little pick for me, and I kind of walked down and just shot it.  And fortunately, it went in.” Continue reading



Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Rochester Americans 1

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Rochester, NY, January 11, 2017 – Nicklas Jensen scored twice, and Brandon Halverson made 31 saves Wednesday night at the Blue Cross Arena, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Rochester Americans by a score of 3-1.

Matt Carey also scored for the Wolf Pack, who snapped a two-game losing streak, and John Gilmour had two assists.  Cole Schneider scored the only Rochester goal.

“Great team effort for the win,” Jensen said.  “I think we controlled most of the game.  They had 10, 15 minutes in the second period when they had some chances and had some [offensive] zone time, but in the long run, I think we played a really solid game, solid defense.  We boxed out really well, stuff we talked about before the game, and even if they had o-zone time, it was on the outside.   We’re really happy about how we played defensively, and that’s what transferred into our offense tonight.” Continue reading



BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Playing a near-perfect road game, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers ground their way to a 2-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack and ended a mini-three-game losing streak.

The Pack (12-19-3-1) head to Providence for a 3 pm face-off with the Bruins tomorrow afternoon.

“What could have been better? I’m not crazy about certain aspects of our game. We didn’t generate enough offense. On the offensive side, we didn’t have (second and third efforts), but I thought on the back side, we certainly did,” a dejected head coach, Ken Gernander said of his squad who were outshot by nearly two to one margin, 30-17. Continue reading



BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Strong games from Magnus Hellberg (31 saves) in net and Chris Brown helped the Wolf Pack (12-18-3-1) break a four-game losing streak and beat the AHL’s best road team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 2-1 before a crowd of 4.920 at the XL Center Friday night.

“That was a great team win and our goaltender played fantastic tonight,” Brown, the game’s second star, said of the game’s first star. “All four lines contributed.”

The Pack are back in action tomorrow night as part of a hockey doubleheader against Bridgeport at 7:30 pm with UCONN challenging Yale in a non-conference meeting for the Huskies at 3 pm is the opening game. Continue reading



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



Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1

BY: Chris Kohler, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 6, 2017 – Magnus Hellberg made 31 saves, and Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Brown scored goals 1:23 apart in the second period Friday night at the XL Center, to carry the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 2-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The victory snapped a season-high streak of four straight regulation losses for the Wolf Pack.

The Phantoms got off to an early lead just a little more than a quarter into the first period, after the Wolf Pack tested Phantom goalie Anthony Stolarz with several shots.  Jordan Weal netted the game’s first goal for the Phantoms at 5:43, assisted by Danick Martel and T.J. Brennan. Continue reading



Albany Devils 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Henry Lucey, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, December 31, 2016Ben Sexton provided the third-period winner Saturday night, as the Albany Devils defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 3-1 at the XL Center.

The Devils wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in their second trip to the XL Center. Just thirty-two seconds into the contest, Albany’s Jan Mandat intercepted a pass by Hartford’s John Gilmour and connected on a turn-around shot from the right side to give the Devils an early 1-0 advantage.

After a slow start, the Pack soon found their rhythm, playing the majority of the period in Albany’s defensive zone, but Hartford was never able to capitalize.

Two of Hartford’s best chances to level the score came after Vojtech Mozik was booked for holding at the 6:10 mark. With a man-advantage, the Pack sent two strong snap-shots at Albany’s net, but Devils netminder, Ken Appleby came up with a pair of glove saves, to keep Ken Gernander’s squad off the scoreboard. Continue reading



BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA – Another hard working effort from the Hartford Wolf Pack roster but once again the results don’t reflect it.

Friday night, the Wolf Pack dropped a 3-2 decision on the road to the Springfield Thunderbirds in their first visit of the season to the Mass Mutual Center before a crowd of 5,732.

“I was happy with the effort,” Head Coach Ken Gernander stated afterward. “We battled and competed in all three zones, but with our margin of error right now, we gotta squeeze some of those mistakes out.”

The game-winning tally came on one of those hiccups and the Thunderbirds capitalized on it.

At 4:37 of the third period, Jared McCann was alone on the right wing. The Thunderbirds came into the Pack zone on an odd man break-in and Anthony Greco, who was on the puck all night, put a perfect backhand pass from the left wing over to McCann’s stick. McCann put a small deke on Pack starting goalie, Brandon Halverson and slipped a backhander inside the left post for his fourth of the season and his first point since December 16th. Continue reading