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CANTLON: (SAT) ST. JOHN’S CRUSHED BY PACK

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hartford Wolf Pack, riding a far stronger effort than Friday night’s battle with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, beat the visiting St. John’s Ice Caps 4-1 before the season’s best attendance of 9,544 at the XL Center and head into the AHL All Star break having won nine of their last ten games.

The Wolf Pack record now stands at 23-20-2-0 (48 points) for sixth place in the Atlantic Division and ninth spot in the conference just percentage points behind the Utica Comets. St. John’s record is 19-16-6-3 (47 points) for fifth place in the North Division and slipped to eleventh place in the conference standings.

“We were much improved and I was happier with the effort and that was more indicative how we can play and how want them to play,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said.

The Wolf Pack showed a more vigorous effort in the second period than in the first and benefited from a big early save, and added two goals and the TKO was underway.

Jeff Malcolm, in net for the Wolf Pack, stopped one of the AHL’s top rookie scorers, Michael McCarron, who was on the door step early, took a pass from Bud Holloway, their leading overall scorer, from behind the net to keep the Icecaps off the board. Continue reading

OXNARD: PACK WINNING STREAK OVER

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By Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 29, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack’s eight-game winning streak, the second-longest in team history, was snapped Friday night at the XL Center in a 4-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The streak ended one win short of the franchise record set by the 2004-05 Wolf Pack, who won their first nine games of that season.

Sound Tigers netminder Jean-Francois Berube saved 27 of 28 shots against him. Taylor Beck scored twice, increasing his season tally to 13.  Chris McCarthy had the only Wolf Pack goal and Magnus Hellberg made 24 saves.

Coach Ken Gernander wasn’t enthusiastic about the team’s performance, saying, “I think there were times we didn’t run the proper routes, I think there were times we needed to go in and cover pucks. We gave a first effort, not a second and third effort.” Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK MAKE IT SEVEN STRAIGHT

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Four different goal scorers and a little Mother Nature helped The Hartford Wolf Pack in posting a 4-1 victory over the Portland Pirates, their seven straight win, Sunday afternoon at the XL Center in front of 3,207.

The Pack record improves to 21-19-2 (44 points) are now in fifth place in the Atlantic Division. They jump over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers  by one point whose Sunday game in Hershey against the Bears was postponed because of the snow. The Wolf Pack have moved up to ninth place, three points behind the Providence Bruins for the last playoff spot. The Pack have climbed out from the bottom of the conference.

“We had a pretty favorable situation to begin with them having a game with Wilkes-Barre last night and having to travel today and with our game being postponed, we were a pretty fresh team. Three-in-three, as we know, can be difficult. We made the most of advantageous situation,” head coach Ken Gernander stated.

Magnus Hellberg had yet another strong outing making thirty saves and almost half of them came in the third period. Mother Nature’s event on Saturday forcing the postponement of the Bridgeport game gave the Pack an extra day’s rest. They were completely fresh while the Pirates were playing on three games in three days after a pair of home games against the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins. Continue reading

OXNARD: PACK SNEAK PAST DEBBIES IN OT

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Albany Devils 3 (OT)

BY: Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 10, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack closed out a three-game weekend of home games, and a six-game homestand, with 4-3 overtime win against the Albany Devils on Sunday at the XL Center.

Netminder Magnus Hellberg saved 31 of the 34 shots against him. Mat Bodie scored just 19 seconds into the overtime period, securing the win.

On the first shift of overtime, a Ryan Bourque pass sent Bodie unchecked down the slot in the Albany zone.  With time to wind up, Bodie hammered a slap shot past Albany goaltender, and former Wolf Pack, Yann Danis for the winner.

“That was just all him [Bourque],” Bodie said of the winning play.  “I wasn’t really calling for it, he had two guys who were pretty close to him, but he made a great play. I had tons of lane to the net, I just picked my shot and hit it.”

It was Hartford that struck first after a long possession at 4:59 of the first period, when Marek Hrivik deflected a shot by teammate Brady Skjei, and then knocked the carom out of the air and into the net. Continue reading

PACKARD: (FRIDAY) FALCONS SNEAK BY PACK

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Springfield Falcons 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Phil Oxnard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 8, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack battled back from a 2-0 deficit against the Springfield Falcons Friday night at the XL Center to tie the game at two, but a Craig Cunningham goal with only 55.6 seconds remaining in the third period sent the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 defeat.

Chris McCarthy and Nick Tarnasky scored in the second period for the Wolf Pack, and Jeff Malcolm made 26 saves.  Ross Mauermann had both of the other Springfield goals, and Eric Selleck assisted on both.

Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander said of the close loss, the Wolf Pack’s third straight defeat, “Unfortunately, close isn’t where we need to be.  We need to find another level or bring something more, because we’ve got to start getting wins.” Continue reading

PACKARD: PENGUINS STYMIE PACK IN 3-2 LOSS

 

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Chuck Packard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 3, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack fought back from a 3-0 deficit against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday at the XL Center, but the comeback fell short in a 3-2 defeat.

Bryan Rust scored his second goal of the weekend, the eventual game winner, for the Penguins, and Casey Desmith took home his first AHL victory with 22 saves. Other Penguin goals were scored by Jean-Sebastien Dea and Dominik Simon.

The Wolf Pack’s Magnus Hellberg made 31 saves in the loss, and Chad Nehring scored his 12th goal of the season with six seconds remaining in the game. Nick Tarnasky accounted for the other Wolf Pack goal.

The first period of the game scoreless until the last 12 seconds, when a ricochet off Tom Kuhnhackl’s skate set up Simon’s 12th goal of the season.

“We had maybe fits and starts, but certainly not sixty minutes of the type of hockey we wanted to play,” said Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander.

Simon’s goal set up an explosive first minute of the second period, in which Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to score twice more.

Just 41 seconds into the second period Dea scored a goal assisted by Adam Clendening, beating Hellberg over his glove side shoulder. The Penguins quickly followed up 15 seconds later with an unassisted goal, scored by Rust.

GAME SUMMARY Continue reading

PACKARD: PACK HAVE A DEVIL OF A TIME WITH ALBANY

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Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Chuck Packard, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 2, 2016 – Matt Lorito scored two goals, including the game-winner, and Scott Wedgewood made 30 saves Saturday night at the XL Center, as the Albany Devils defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 4-3.

Reid Boucher chalked up a goal, his 12th of the season, for Albany, and Chad Nehring of the Wolf Pack put up both a goal and an assist in the loss.  Jeff Malcolm made 28 saves in the Hartford net.

The game was ruled by the power play, with four of the seven goals being scored when one of the teams was a man up.

The first goal came halfway through the first during a four-minute high-sticking double minor on Albany’s Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond. Nehring found the back of the net at 11:21, assisted by Adam Tambellini and Ryan Graves.

The game’s second goal followed close on the heels of the first, on the second half of the double minor. Ryan Bourque found a loose puck bouncing in front of the net and scored at 12:42. He was assisted by Nehring and Graves, his second assist of the night. Continue reading