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rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK RETURN JEFF MALCOLM TO GREENVILLE

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Former Yale Eli Backed up for Wolf Pack for Last four Games

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, November 30, 2015:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has returned goaltender Jeff Malcolm to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Malcolm, a third-year pro out of Yale University, did not see any game action in his latest stint with the Wolf Pack, but served as the Pack’s backup netminder for the last four games, after being recalled from the Swamp Rabbits November 20.  Malcolm has made three appearances for the Wolf Pack this season, playing a total of just over 151 minutes.  He is 1-1-0 and has allowed six goals on 64 shots, for a 2.38 GAA and a 90.6% save percentage.

In five ECHL games with the Swamp Rabbits this season, Malcolm is 3-1-1, with a 2.56 goals-against average and a 92.0% save percentage.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is this Friday night, December 4, when they will host the Hershey Bears at the XL Center in a 7:15 PM game.  At all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

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.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 30-December 6, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (8-11-2-0, 18 pts., .429 pts. percentage) fell short in a pair of Atlantic Division games on Thanksgiving weekend.  On Black Friday at home vs. Springfield, the Pack outshot the Falcons 36-21, but were unable to solve Falcon goaltender Nicklas Treutle, who posted a 2-0 shutout.  Then on Saturday night at Bridgeport, the Wolf Pack got an early goal from Luke Adam and a second-period tally from Jayson Megna, but were touched up for a hat trick by the Sound Tigers’ Joe Whitney, in a 5-2 defeat.

This week:

The Wolf Pack play their fourth three-game weekend of the season, starting with a home game this Friday vs. the Hershey Bears.  The new Friday-night Wolf Pack faceoff time this year is 7:15 PM.  The Pack then hit the road for a pair of contests, visiting the AHL-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for a 7:05 game Saturday night and then returning to Bridgeport Sunday at 5:00, for another crack at the Sound Tigers.  Continue reading


rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpgWOLF PACK RETURN JACK COMBS TO GREENVILLE

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Seventh-year Pro Played one Game with Pack

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, November 24, 2015:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has returned forward Jack Combs to its ECHL affiliate, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

Combs, a 27-year-old seventh-year pro, was scoreless in one game with the Wolf Pack after being recalled from the Swamp Rabbits last Monday.  Combs leads the Greenville club in points, with five goals and seven assists for 12 points in 13 games.  The 5-11, 200-pound St. Louis, MO native signed an AHL contract with the Wolf Pack August 5.

The Wolf Pack’s next action is this Friday, November 27, when they celebrate “Black Friday”, with the Springfield Falcons visiting the XL Center for a 7:15 PM game.  Fans will have a chance to win some of the holiday season’s hot gift items at the game, and it will be a “Flashback Friday” as well, with the Wolf Pack wearing “throwback” blue jerseys modeled on the design from the Pack’s inaugural season of 1997-98.  Plus, that night will feature the Wolf Pack’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss”, with fans invited to bring soft toys to be chucked onto the ice when the Pack score their first goal of the game.  All of the toys collected will be donated to Toys for Tots.

This Friday is also the first chance this season to take advantage of the Wolf Pack’s popular Friday-night food and beverage discount.  Once again this season, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at every Friday Wolf Pack home game, through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

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.


rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS       Leghi Valley Phantoms

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack won their second straight game by playing a strong defensively, got timely saves and made an early lead hold up as they downed the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-1 Saturday night before 4,225 at the XL Center.

The Pack return to action Sunday afternoon at 3PM when they face the Utica Comets for the second time this weekend.

The Pack shut down the Phantoms with a team defense that held them to just five shots on goal in the third. They Pack used their power play to get a two-goal lead late in order to clinch the win. Continue reading



XL CenterBY: Gerry Canlton, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The byzantine process with the future of the XL Center continues apace, but a true final work product is finally at hand that allows a proposal to be formed and presented to the legislature.

The CRDA (Capital Regional Development Authority) finally got back the numbers and architectural renderings from SCI Architects who released nine months ago what was thought to be the final report back in February.

That went to overtime for revisions and full-scale numbers breakdown on the $250 million dollar proposal, land acquisition costs and its demolition costs. The $500 million dollar option has been taken off the table.

These are part of the steps towards securing the necessary funding. There are no guarantees in any of this.

(See renderings after the jump)

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UCONN      VERSUS      Quinnipiac_Bobcats.svg

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – When playing the number third-ranked hockey team in the country and that same team has the nation’s best power play, staying out of the penalty box would be a priority.

For the UCONN Huskies, they put the #3 ranked Quinnipiac Bobcats on the power play nine times and gave up four power play goals, three of which came on a seven-minute power play, and the Bobcats went on to win 6-2 Tuesday night in front of 5,746 at the XL Center.

The powerplay allowed Quinnipiac, who began a five-games-in-nine-days stretch, to remain unbeaten and untied (11-0-0 overall, 4-0-0 ECACHL). The loss dropped UCONN (3-9-0 overall, 1-6-0 HEA) to their seventh consecutive loss and eight of their last nine.

UCONN spent 13:42 of straight penalty killing in the second period. It started early and undid the superbly played first period the Huskies had against Quinnipiac.

“It was a crazy game,” Quinnipiac’s head coach Rand Pecknold said. “I haven’t been in one like that in awhile.”

Quinnipiac went back to their number one goalie Mike Garteig and

Quinnipiac came out on fire in the second period scoring two goals in a 13-second span all coming in just the first 64 seconds of play. The first goal came on the powerplay as a result of a lazy Kasperi Ojantakanen cross-checking penalty that came just six seconds into the period.

The Bobcats caught a break as the left point shot of Landon Smith went wide, caromed off the backboards and out in front of the net to of all people, Sam Anas, the top scorer of the Bobcats.

Anas quickly backhanded his second of the game and eighth of the season past Rob Nichols, who had no idea where the puck was and was off balance as he was still reacting to the first shot attempt that came at the 51-second mark.

”Sam has been a scorer for us,” Pecknold said. “He scored a variety of different places like on that goal. He was in the right spot.”

At 1:04, Defenseman Connor Clifton, an Arizona Coyote draft pick, screamed off the right wing on a loose puck from a Husky turnover and snapped his third of the season over Nichols’ glove hand.

“I think we could have survived at that point,” Huskies head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “I do….I think we could have gotten back to playing well.”

Anas felt that was the turning point.

“The real turning point was the Connor Clifton goal that got us up 3-2. After that goal, there was that lull in the game the referees trying to figure out the call. We didn’t look back after (that).”

The play was first called to be video reviewed for what seemed like a clearly legal goal. The officials conferenced at the penalty box area because behind the play a scrum had broken out at the Huskies bench and apparently, they were looking to make calls with a video review.

This review, unheard of to check a video for penalties, led to a five-minute delay.

Pecknold, even after the game, was thoroughly perplexed by the events. “Amazing, in 25 years of coaching it was unbelievable. It was amazing what was going on and what transpired. I won’t comment any further on the officials.”

UCONN forward Patrick Kirtland was able to shed some light. “They told me they were trying to figure out who to call a penalty on. That’s as much as they would say to me.” the team captain stated.

Speaking with a college hockey official between the second and third period, they were unable to decipher what had happened on the ice or the officials response.

The play was chippy and physical, and the young buck Huskies were trying to knock off the top dog in the neighborhood.

The penalty call came from the back referee, Michael Baker, who hit Evan Richardson with a holding call on what seemed like a good defensive play where he rubbed out the Bobcats forward.

On the delayed penalty, as Richardson was coming around the net, he crosschecked Quinnipiac defenseman and captain, Soren Jonzzon, in the head. The hit earned a major penalty and game misconduct.

“The referees had warned both benches after the third goal. They don’t want any more of the garbage. Then Evan crosschecks the kid in the head. It was clear as day,” said Cavanaugh.

The game turned completely in Quinnipiac’s favor from that point on.

This was the third consecutive game that Quinnipiac had a major penalty to work with for its highly skilled offense.

“I’m not unhappy with the calls,” Cavanaugh said. “I am unhappy with our lack of discipline. We let our emotions take over and get away from us.”

Travis St. Denis scored his eighth goal all alone on the right wing. The goal came 50 seconds after the penalty call and beat Nichols glove side high to make it 4-2.

Tim Clifton was in front and had Chase Priskie’s shot go off his skate at 4:26 for his eighth goal of the season.

The Bobcats sealed the victory in the third period when Scott Davidson sent a beautiful drop pass while surrounded by three Huskies. The pass was left to defenseman Luke Shiplo, who was all alone and snapped a perfect wrist shot high stick side on Nichols at 9:19 for his first of the season.

Garteig faced just seven shots over the final two periods of play.

Despite trying to break an extended losing streak and playing one of the top-ranked teams in the country, the Huskies showed no fear early to the mighty Bobcats.

They grabbed a 1-0 lead on the power play as defenseman James Masonius came from the left point and fired a low, hard slapshot on Quinnipiac second string goalie Sean Lawrence, who was making the start. The shot beat him cleanly to the short side at 1:12.

The Huskies got some good PK work from Cory Ronan, and then a solid chance from the backline as Ryan Segalla’s shot was turned aside by Lawrence at 7:54. The Huskies almost got a gift goal as Masonius simple dump-in was mishandled by Lawrence at 8:29.

Anas put a wonderful redirect that just missed the short side on Nichols before the Huskies got their 2-0 lead.

Huskies defenseman Johnny Austin took a pass then patiently held onto the puck as Bobcats’ Kevin McKernan over committed. Masonius hit Max Kallter with a smooth pass, and the right-handed shooting Kalter ripped one from atop the right wing faceoff circle that beat Lawrence along the ice stick side. The Husky faithful thought they might be seeing not only an end to their streak but Quinnipiac’s as well.

Quinnipiac’s top-ranked power play has been flying at 32.7%. They got back into the game and struck back with a perfect three-way scoring play. The goal was started by Travis St. Denis at the left point, sent a pass down to Landon Smith at the right side of the net and one-timed the pass to Anas, who was ten feet out at dead center. He wasted little time shooting as the puck hit the tape of his stick at 16:47 for his seventh of the year and narrowed the Huskies lead to 2-1.


Richardson’s penalty makes him automatically suspended for their next game against Boston College next Tuesday.

For a Tuesday night, not exactly a traditional night for hockey, attendance was a healthy 5,476.

Quinnipiac is the number one offensive team in the nation. UCONN is tied with Western Michigan for 48th in overall team defense out of 60 Division I teams.

Nick Ellis heir apparent to Jon Gillies on the defending NCAA champion Providence Friars was named Hockey East Player of the Week with 73 of 77 shots in a pair of ties. The Friars have tied a school record unbeaten nine-game unbeaten streak.

The two teams that call the XL Center home, the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack and UConn Huskies are a combined 0-13 the past three weeks.

Jacob Poe is from Arlington, Texas and was part of last year’s Huskies squad, has signed a deal with the Allen Americans (ECHL) just 45 minutes from his hometown.

Jeremy Germain, son of ex-New Haven Nighthawk/New Haven Knights defenseman Eric Germain, is from Hamden. Germain played prep hockey at Choate in Wallingford and had committed to Princeton Tigers (ECACHL) next fall. Presently, Germain plays for the Chilliwack Chiefs (BCHL).

His late grandfather, Jim Armstrong played for the New Haven Blades (EHL) in the late 1960’S and coached Quinnipiac at the Division II level from 1980-1994 when the school went by the nickname the Braves.

Germain was drafted by his father’s former Nighthawk teammate Sylvain Couturier GM of the QMJHL Acadie-Bathurst Titan in last summer’s QMJHL Draft.

UCONN, Quinnipiac, and Yale all at one time have looked at Germain over the years.


rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Wilkes Barre

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 6 (OT)

BY: Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, November 15, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack broke out to a 5-1 first period lead over the AHL-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday at the XL Center, only to give up five goals in the second period in what would turn out to be a 7-6 overtime loss.

Scott Wilson’s second goal of the game won it for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 34 seconds into overtime after former Penguin Jayson Megna had scored with 1:09 remaining in regulation to tie the contest at six.  The Wolf Pack are now 0-6-1-0 in their last seven games but snapped a franchise-record streak of six straight regulation defeats.

Ryan Bourque had two goals for the Wolf Pack, and Chad Nehring added a goal and two assists.  Kevin Porter also scored twice for the Penguins, who also got four assists from Conor Sheary.

“There was some good things that happened tonight,” Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander said, “but it gets a little bit lost right now. But I guess that’s where we start next week.”

The Pack started out strong in the first with a quick goal by Marek Hrivik at 1:44, off a turnover forced by teammate Brady Skjei, followed by another goal by Hartford’s Nick Tarnasky at 2:44, off an assist from Tyler Brown.

Following the two quick goals, a heated brawl broke out between Tarnasky and the Penguins’ Tyler Biggs at 2:45, resulting in seven minutes in penalties for both.

The Wolf Pack scored its third goal of the first period at 9:51, a tap-in for Bourque with assists by Chad Nehring and Travis Oleksuk.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton found their answer at 10:45, with a goal from captain Tom Kostopolous, assisted by Dominik Uher and Oskar Sundqvist, bringing the score to 3-1.

At 15:02, Bourque scored his second goal of the night, and his fourth of the season, with a one-timer on a high flying puck, increasing the Pack’s lead to three.

In the second period, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton brought out replacement goalie Tristan Jarry, pulling a Matt Murray after five goals against on 14 shots. The Penguins started the new period fresh, with Kael Mouillierat scoring a goal at 1:58.

At 10:53, Hartford’s Petr Zamorsky was called for interference, giving the Penguins a power play. They quickly converted it into a goal, with Derrick Pouliot firing one in from the blue line, through a Kostopoulos screen.

At 12:26, The Wolf Pack had a power play opportunity following a high-sticking penalty on Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Steve Olesky.  Tt was The Penguins who capitalized, however, getting a shorthanded goal at 13:34 off a breakaway by Kevin Porter.

After Wolf Pack starting goaltender, Mackenzie Skapski stopped a Carter Rowney penalty shot at 14:21,

Wilson tied the game at five at the 15:03 mark, on a wraparound to Skapski’s left.

Coach Gernander said about the difference between the first and second periods, “That’s what we stressed before the game, managing the puck and not turning it over, making them play a 200-foot game. We were pretty effective that way in the first period, and in the second period we had some turnovers.”

With just under two minutes to go in the second, Porter scored his second of the period unassisted, after breaking up a Skapski pass attempt, giving the Penguins their first lead of the game.

The third period started with Magnus Hellberg taking Skapski’s place in the Hartford net.  Hellberg held the Penguins off the scoresheet in the third, and with the teams skating four-on-four, Megna took a pass from fellow former Penguin Brian Gibbons and beat Jarry at 18:51 to send the game to overtime.

A Chris Summers hooking penalty carried over into the extra frame, though, and just as Summers was stepping out of the penalty box, Wilson camped out in front of Hellberg and wrapped in the rebound of a Sheary shot, giving Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its 11th straight win.

Gernander said of the Wolf Pack’s quest to get out of its current funk, “It’s an ongoing process… We’re constantly trying to change things, put pieces in place. But it’s an ongoing thing each season.”

The Wolf Pack are now off until this Friday night, November 20 when they travel to Utica to take on the Comets.  Faceoff is 7:00 PM and all of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The next home game for the Wolf Pack is this Saturday night, November 20, a 7:00 contest vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.  The first 2,000 fans into the XL Center will receive a free, full-color Wolf Pack calendar, presented by Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.  There will also be a Thanksgiving food drive at that game, and at the Pack’s home game the next day, Sunday, November 22 vs. Utica.  Any fan who donates five or more non-perishable food items will receive a buy-one-get-one-free voucher redeemable for any 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game.

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 www.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.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 7 (OT) at Hartford Wolf Pack 6
Sunday, November 15, 2015 – XL Center

W-B/Scranton 1 5 0 1 – 7
Hartford 5 0 1 0 – 6

1st Period-1, Hartford, Hrivik 2 (Skjei), 1:39. 2, Hartford, Tarnasky 4 (Brown, Summers), 2:44. 3, Hartford, Bourque 3 (Oleksuk, Nehring), 9:51. 4, W-B/Scranton, Kostopoulos 4 (Uher, Sundqvist), 10:45. 5, Hartford, Bourque 4 (Summers, Nehring), 15:02. 6, Hartford, Nehring 4 (Brown, Graves), 19:32. Penalties-Biggs Wbs (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 2:44; Tarnasky Hfd (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 2:44; Adam Hfd (slashing), 5:00; Oleksy Wbs (hooking), 17:00; Graves Hfd (interference), 19:49.

2nd Period-7, W-B/Scranton, Mouillierat 4 (Kostopoulos, Sheary), 1:58. 8, W-B/Scranton, Pouliot 3 (Sheary, Wilson), 11:10 (PP). 9, W-B/Scranton, Porter 1 (Kuhnhackl), 13:34 (SH). 10, W-B/Scranton, Wilson 8 (Sheary, O’Neill), 15:03. 11, W-B/Scranton, Porter 2   18:04. Penalties-Pouliot Wbs (boarding), 6:08; Adam Hfd (roughing), 6:08; Zamorsky Hfd (interference), 10:53; Oleksy Wbs (high-sticking), 12:26.

3rd Period-12, Hartford, Megna 3 (Gibbons, Adam), 18:51. Penalties-Nehring Hfd (slashing), 9:22; Erixon Wbs (cross-checking), 16:52; Summers Hfd (hooking), 18:34.

OT Period-13, W-B/Scranton, Wilson 9 (Sheary, Dea), 0:34. Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-W-B/Scranton 7-21-6-3-37. Hartford 14-6-10-0-30.
Power Play Opportunities-W-B/Scranton 1 / 5; Hartford 0 / 3.
Goalies-W-B/Scranton, Murray 8-1-0 (14 shots-9 saves); Jarry 4-0-0 (16 shots-15 saves). Hartford, Skapski 0-1-0 (28 shots-22 saves); Hellberg 5-6-0 (9 shots-8 saves).
Referees-Michael Mullen (18), Olivier Gouin (66).
Linesmen-Mike Baker (11), Paul Simeon (66).