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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: June 1-7, 2015

bob-crawfordWOLF PACK WEEKLY: June 1-7, 2015

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack’s season ended Wednesday night, with a 3-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, in Game Four of the teams’ best-of-seven Eastern Conference Final series.  That result gave the AHL regular season-champion Monarchs a four-game sweep of the series, after Manchester had taken Game Three Tuesday night in Hartford by a score of 5-3.  The Monarchs won the first two games of the series at home, 3-2 on May 21 and 7-4 on May 23.  

Ryan Haggerty scored the Wolf Pack’s only goal in Game Four, and Oscar Lindberg had an assist, giving Lindberg 2-4-6 in the series’ four games.  That was good for a tie for the series scoring leadership with Manchester’s Brian O’Neill.  Joey Crabb’s nine-game point-scoring streak (5-5-10), which was the longest in the AHL postseason since 2010, was snapped in Game Four, and Chris Bourque finished with 4-13-17 in the Wolf Pack’s 15 playoff games, which tied him for the AHL lead in postseason assists at the time of the end of the Pack’s run.  Continue reading

GRENIER: PACK ELIMINATED BY MONARCHS

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Manchester Monarchs 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, May 27, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack dropped Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night to the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, by a score of 3-1.  The loss knocks Hartford out of the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.

Hartford’s lone goal came from Ryan Haggerty.  The goal was assisted by Oscar Lindberg and Carl KlingbergYann Danis had 28 saves on 31 shots.

Manchester had goals from Nic Dowd, Adrian Kempe, and Brian O’Neill.  J-F Berube stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced. Continue reading

GRENIER: MONARCHS’ FIREPOWER OVERRULES WOLF PACK

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Manchester Monarchs 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, May 26, 2015 – Nick Shore and Zach O’Brien had a goal and an assist each for the Manchester Monarchs Tuesday night at the XL Center, to lead Manchester to a 5-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack in Game Three of the teams’ best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Final series.

Manchester now leads the series three games to none, and the Wolf Pack will have to win Game Four of the series Wednesday night at home to avoid a sweep.

Chad Nehring, Danny Kristo and Joey Crabb scored the Wolf Pack goals, and Mat Bodie had two assists.  Adrian Kempe and Brian O’Neill also scored for the Monarchs, and J-F Berube made 17 saves.  Mackenzie Skapski stopped 29 shots in the Wolf Pack net, in his first pro playoff start. Continue reading

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

GRENIER: LIKE PARENT, LIKE AFFILIATE – HWP ADVANCE TO EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

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Hartford Wolf Pack 6, Hershey Bears 3

BY: Zack Grenier, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, May 15, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack advanced to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals Friday night at the XL Center, defeating the Hershey Bears 6-3 in Game Six of the teams’ best-of-seven, second-round playoff series.

The victory gave the Wolf Pack a four-games-to-two triumph in the series, and earned Hartford a matchup with the AHL regular-season champion Manchester Monarchs in the Conference Final.

Marek Hrivik led the way for the Wolf Pack in Game Six, scoring a hat trick, and Chris Bourque had three assists.  Joey Crabb notched the shorthanded game-winning goal and had an assist.  Yann Danis stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK SHOCK BEARS IN OT OF GM 5 – TAKE 3-2 SERIES LEAD

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Chris Mueller’s shorthanded goal in overtime, his second goal of the game, gave the Hartford Wolf Pack a come from behind 5-4 win over the Hershey Bears in Game Five of the Best-of-Seven series in front of 6,391 at the Giant Center Wednesday night.

The win gave the Pack a three-games-to-two lead in the series and gave the team the opportunity to eliminate the Bears Friday night at the XL Center in Game 6 at 7pm.

Chad Nehring made the winning play possible.

The center first blocked a Jon Landry left point shot, then intercepted a Casey Wellman pass meant for Landry and started a rush back up ice.

Going up the left wing, Nehring launched a shot stick-side on Bears goaltender Phillipp Grubauer. The puck rebounded and Nehring followed it in and took it away from Landry. Nehring came out the left side of the net, passed the biscuit to Mueller who in turn flipped it high to the glove side for his fifth of the playoffs at 11:39. The goal came just 26 seconds after the Pack was hit with, “Too Many Men,” bench minor. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: May 12-17, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack’s best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semifinal series with the Hershey Bears is tied at two games apiece, after the Wolf Pack took Game Four Monday night, 3-1, in a second consecutive Wolf Pack off-site home game played at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA, due to scheduling conflicts at the XL CenterOscar Lindberg led the way in the Game-Four victory, with his first North American pro playoff goal and two assists.  The Bears had won the previous two games in the series, 2-1 Sunday at the DCU Center and 6-4 Friday night in Hershey, after the Wolf Pack posted a 2-1 overtime win in Game One Wednesday night on the road.  Lindberg (1-4-5) and Chris Bourque (2-3-5) are tied for the series scoring lead, and fellow Wolf Pack forward Joey Crabb has lit the lamp in the last three games (3-0-3). Continue reading