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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: February 20-26, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Feb. 20-26, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (19-28-3-2, 43 pts., .413) started a three-game weekend with a 3-2 win at Lehigh Valley this past Friday night, in the front end of a back-to-back set in Allentown, but lost the rematch Saturday evening, 6-4.  The weekend concluded with a 4-2 home defeat at the hands of the Springfield Thunderbirds on Sunday.  Brandon Halverson made a Wolf Pack season-high 42 saves, including 23 in the third period, in Friday’s win, and Justin Fontaine stretched a personal season-high point-scoring streak to seven games (5-4-9) with 2-2-4 in the three tilts.

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This week:

It’s another three-games-in-three-days set for the Wolf Pack this weekend, as the club continues a stretch of playing six out of seven games at home.  The Hershey Bears visit the XL Center on Friday night for a 7:15 PM game, and then the Wolf Pack head to Springfield on Saturday night for a 7:05 date with the Thunderbirds.  On Sunday the Binghamton Senators make their only regular-season visit to Hartford, for a 5:00 faceoff. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS PUCKS AND PAWS RETURNS FOR ANOTHER SEASON

Swamp Rabbits’ Pucks and Paws Returns For Another Season

Special game benefiting Greenville County Animal Care featuring local artist, Joe Everson

BY: Briant Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are excited to host this season’s Pucks and Paws game on Saturday, February 18, 2017, at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

The fundraiser will benefit various animal rescue organizations including Greenville County Animal Care who offers animal adoptions and affordable spay and neutering operations. The County owned animal shelter is moving the Greenville community toward becoming a no-kill community. Members of the players’ families will be posted at each entrance to accept pet food donations on behalf of Greenville County Animal Care at the beginning of the game. Other rescue organizations featured for the game include Last Chance Animal Rescue and Lucky Pup Rescue.

“The Greenville community is so dog-friendly and this has become a fan favorite for our dog-loving fans and friends,” said Chris Lewis, President of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. “There are so many local organizations trying to give homeless dogs, and animals in general, another chance at life, and we are proud and passionate about helping those efforts in any way that we can.”

Fans are encouraged to bring their four-legged friends to participate in game day activities. Dogs will be allowed into the game, free of charge, and there will also be bathroom stations at each entrance. Activities will include a Small Dog Race on the ice for dogs under 35 pounds and the Simba Cam, where fans lift their dogs in the stands during timeouts – like the movie, “Lion King.”

Throughout the game, dogs and their owners will have the chance to win dog-related prizes including a free four-week group obedience class from Astro Kennels, $100 gift certificate to Upstate Dog Academy, and a free portrait of your dog by the Swamp Rabbits’ Official Artist, Joe Everson. Dog-free areas are available for the game and information can be obtained by contacting the Swamp Rabbits at 864-674-7825.

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TOSTI: (SAT) RABBITS REFLECT THE SUN – WIN THIRD STRAIGHT

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Swamp Rabbits Knock Off Solar Bears with Third Straight Win

Greenville stops Solar Bears in tracks and overtakes South Division rival for second in the standings.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (26-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, were propelled to a 5-2 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears (24-17-5-2) tonight by their forward, Michael Joly, and goaltender, Mackenzie Skapski. The rookie forward scored two goals in the game while the third year netminder made 37 saves. Greenville leap-frogged Orlando in the South Division standings and are 6-4-1-0 against the Solar Bears this season.

Joly has been the most dynamic goal scorer for the Swamp Rabbits this season. The rookie from Gatineau, QC has scored 14 goals in 19 games for the Swamp Rabbits and is tied for second on the team. The QMJHL standout scored his first goal of the game battling for the puck in front of the net. A shot from Justin DaSilva rattled in front of the crease and Joly batted the puck into the net off a defenseman. At that point, Greenville was ahead 2-1 headed into the second period. Continue reading

PACK WIN IN SPRINGFIELD WITH A FLAIR

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Springfield Thunderbirds 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Springfield, MA, February 10, 2017 – Adam Tambellini scored all three Hartford Wolf Pack goals, for his first professional hat trick, Friday night at the MassMutual Center, in a 3-2 Wolf Pack victory over the Springfield Thunderbirds.

The Wolf Pack won despite being outshot 34-16, as Brandon Halverson made 32 saves.  Steven Kampfer added a pair of assists for Hartford.

Jace Hawryluk had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds, and Denis Malgin also scored for Springfield.

The win improved the Wolf Pack’s record to 18-25-3-2 for 41 points and lifted Hartford to within two points of the sixth-place Thunderbirds in the Atlantic Division. Continue reading

TOSTI: ALDERSON RETURNS FROM AHL TO RABBITS

Brandon Alderson Returns from AHL

Swamp Rabbits scoring threat re-joins the team ahead of three-game week against South Division opponents

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23-18-4-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today that forward Brandon Alderson has been returned to the Swamp Rabbits by the Syracuse Crunch. Alderson played eight games in the AHL for Syracuse while on loan. Additionally, the Swamp Rabbits have added Ryan de Melo from the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (SPHL) as an emergency backup goaltender.

Alderson earned his second call-up of the season and sixth of his pro career on January 16th. At the time of his call-up, Alderson was tied for the team lead with 11 goals and ranked third on the team in scoring with 22 points (11G, 11A). The Oakville, ON native recorded a point in 11 straight games (8G, 10A) from November 13th to January 11th, a career best and the longest streak of the season for Greenville. His seven multi-point games are the second most on the team.

The fourth-year pro began his career in the AHL with the Adirondack Phantoms and has compiled 144 AHL games since his rookie season. In those contests, Alderson earned 32 points (17G, 15A). He made his ECHL debut on November 28th, 2014 with Reading against Greenville. Alderson has compiled 64 points (29G, 35A) in 96 ECHL games after earning an assist in his debut. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 23-29, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 23-29, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (15-23-3-1, 34 pts., .405) played their third three-game weekend of the season this past week, and finished the set with a 5-2 win at Providence Sunday, after home losses to Toronto Friday and Rochester Saturday.  Boo Nieves scored twice in Friday’s game, but the Wolf Pack were hampered by four second-period goals against in a 7-4 defeat to the Marlies.  Hartford had a good start in Saturday’s contest, outshooting the Americans 14-6 in the first period and taking a 1-0 lead on a goal by Marek Hrivik, but Rochester would go on to get the next three scores.  The Wolf Pack were quick out of the gate Sunday against the P-Bruins as well, and this time made it hold up.  The Pack outscored the Bruins 3-0 in the first period, and a three-goal Hartford win was keyed by Chris Brown’s two goals and a goal and two assists each from Hrivik and Mat Bodie.  Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 17-22, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 17-22, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, HartfordWolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (14-21-3-1, 32 pts., .410) reached the halfway point of their season this past week, winning two out of three road games.  The week began with a 3-1 victory at Rochester on Wednesday night, keyed by two goals from Nicklas Jensen and a 31- save performance by Brandon Halverson.  In the first of back-to-back games in St. John’s, Newfoundland Friday night, the Wolf Pack downed the IceCaps 2-1 in overtime, with Chris Brown netting the OT game-winner.  St. John’s held the Wolf Pack off in the rematch Saturday night, though, prevailing 4-2.  Jensen upped his team-leading goal total to 18 with a power-play strike in that game.

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TOSTI: RABBITS DROP FIRST OF WEEKEND ACTION IN SOUTH CAROLINA

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Swamp Rabbits Drop Weekend Opener to Stingrays

Greenville battles late on the road, but can not beat Milner and South Carolina in North Charleston

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

North Charleston, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits (17-13-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, fell to the South Carolina Stingrays (18-11-1-1) tonight 3-0 ending Greenville’s two-game win streak. The Swamp Rabbits are 3-6-0-0 in nine games against the Stingrays this season.

The Swamp Rabbits third period effort attempted to spoil the shutout for Parker Milner with a game-high 11 shots on net. Milner saved all Greenville’s 20 shots in the game for his first shutout of the season. Three separate shots caught the South Carolina netminder looking behind him after hitting the post. Milner has won nine of his last ten starts in net.

The Stingrays opened the scoring in the first period in transition. Olivier Archambault netted his fifth goal of the season, collecting the puck at center ice and moving in on a breakaway. Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK AND HUSKIES WEEKEND PREVIEW

Pack Start a Major Weekend of Three Games

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – There have been several critical points in the first half of the Hartford Wolf Pack’s 20th anniversary season. Maybe none more so than this coming weekend. It could decide if the season can be redeemed or if it will sadly lead to becoming the team’s worst in franchise history.

The Pack, who seemed to be gaining some momentum with a season-high four game winning streak, have lost any gained momentum and confidence with their current four-game losing streak.

The only difference between their earlier floundering and their current play is that in this slide, they have played well, but right now, the bounces have not fallen in their favor.The team is dead last in the division and the conference with a record of 11-18-3-1 (26 points). Continue reading

TOSTI: RABBITS MAKE A TRADE

Forward Collin Valcourt Acquired by Swamp Rabbits<

Greenville secures third-year pro from Alaska Aces in exchange for future considerations

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SCThe Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced that they have completed a trade in conjunction with the Alaska Aces for forward Collin Valcourt. The Swamp Rabbits have acquired the left winger in exchange for future considerations. Valcourt joins the Swamp Rabbits ahead of a three-game weekend against South Carolina and Tulsa.

Valcourt signed with the Alaska Aces ahead of the 2016-17 season and played in the team’s season opener against the Colorado Eagles. Since then, Valcourt has been on injured reserve for the ensuing 29 games of the Aces’ schedule. However, the Red Deer, AB native finished last season with Alaska, playing in 37 games.

His 26 points (10G, 16A) ranked sixth on the team, while his +5 rating led the team. Six of Valcourt’s 10 goals were scored on the power play, which also led all Alaska skaters. Alaska signed Valcourt after he earned four assists in his first 11 ECHL games with the Quad City Mallards. Valcourt’s ECHL career totals consist of 40 GP, 30 PTS (10G, 20A) and 135 PIMs. Continue reading