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TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Back in Action Against Solar Bears Tonight 

Greenville faces off with Orlando for the fifth of nine meetings this season.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Fri, Dec. 1 7:30 p.m. (ET) vs. Orlando Solar Bears ListenWatchTwitter

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (11-6-2-0), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, returned home to capture a win over the Florida Everblades last night in a shootout. Now, another team from the sunshine state makes the trip north to the Upstate as Greenville hosts the Orlando Solar Bears (6-9-3-0) tonight at 7:30 p.m. Greenville and Orlando have met four times this season, with the Swamp Rabbits winning three of the meetings. The Solar Bears battled back in their last showdown at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena to take their only win of the series. Since then, the fifth-place South Division team has rattled off a 3-1-1-0 record in its last five games.

Forward Caleb Herbert produced a league-leading 23 points in the month of November after scoring two goals and adding an assist last night. The center from Bloomington, Minnesota has the outright ECHL lead in scoring with 31 points (13G, 18A) in 19 games. It is the best start by a Greenville skater in franchise history and Herbert is the first skater to earn 30 points by Dec. 1 since the 2012-13 season. The last skaters to achieve 30 points by the start of December were Chad Costello (39), Jack Combs (34), and Michael Forney (30) while skating for the Colorado Eagles. Continue reading




Hershey Bears 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Meghan O’Reilly, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, November 25, 2017 – A late Adam Tambellini goal prevented a Hershey Bear shutout Saturday night at the XL Center, but Tambellini’s shot was the only one of 28 to get by Vitek Vanecek in a 4-1 Hershey win.

Tambellini’s goal came with 2:47 remaining in the third period and allowed the crowd of 4,571 finally to throw the toys they brought to the game for the Wolf Pack’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss”, which benefits Operation ELF and Toys for Tots.

By then, Hershey had built a 4-0 lead on goals by Mathias Bau, Riley Barber, Zach Sill and Mason Mitchell.  Hubert Labrie had two assists for Hershey.

Bau put the Bears on top only 3:18 into the game when he used Wolf Pack defenseman Ryan Sproul as a screen and fired about a 35-foot shot past Wolf Pack starting goaltender Chris Nell.

Barber made it a 2-0 Hershey lead with 1:33 remaining in the period, putting in a backhand shot after a bid by Lucas Johansen was redirected in front of Nell.

Sill then scored shorthanded at 7:08 of the second, with Colby Williams in the box for slashing.  Labrie’s shoot-in caromed off of the end boards, got away from Wolf Pack defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and came right to Sill in the slot.  He unloaded a quick shot that got through a surprised Nell.

Mason Mitchell then ended Nell’s night at 15:04, carrying the puck down the left side and beating Nell’s catching glove after a good Wolf Pack opportunity failed to click at the other end.

Alexandar Georgiev replaced Nell at that point, and Georgiev was able to hold the Bears off the rest of the way, but the Wolf Pack couldn’t solve Vanecek until Steven Fogarty set up Tambellini in front of the Hershey goal for Tambellini’s sixth of the year.

The Wolf Pack controlled much of the play in the third, outshooting the Bears 16-7, but could not recover from having fallen behind by four.

“We had a good push,” Hartford head coach Keith McCambridge said. “But at that point, the game is out of our reach.”

The Wolf Pack finish a three-game weekend Sunday afternoon in Springfield, taking on the Thunderbirds in a 3:05 PM game.  All of the action of that battle can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and online at newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming is available at ahllive.com.

The next home game for the Wolf Pack is this Wednesday night, November 29, also against the Thunderbirds.  That game faces off at 7:00, and is the next opportunity to take advantage of the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2017-18 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, online at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL season can be found online at hartfordwolfpack.com.  To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

Hershey Bears 4 at Hartford Wolf Pack 1
Saturday, November 25, 2017 – XL Center

Hershey 2 2 0 – 4
Hartford 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, Hershey, Bau 6 (Gustafsson, Labrie), 3:18. 2, Hershey, Barber 5 (Johansen, Gazley), 18:27. Penalties-Schneider Hfd (hooking), 4:24; Fogarty Hfd (hooking), 10:06; Peluso Her (roughing), 12:29; Sproul Hfd (tripping), 14:15.

2nd Period-3, Hershey, Sill 1 (Labrie), 7:08 (SH). 4, Hershey, M. Mitchell 1   15:04. Penalties-Williams Her (slashing), 6:58.

3rd Period-5, Hartford, Tambellini 6 (Fogarty, Pedrie), 17:13. Penalties-Lewington Her (slashing), 5:55; Siegenthaler Her (slashing), 8:27; Schneider Hfd (cross-checking), 8:27; Langlois Her (tripping), 17:34.

Shots on Goal-Hershey 17-6-7-30. Hartford 7-5-16-28.
Power Play Opportunities-Hershey 0 / 3; Hartford 0 / 4.
Goalies-Hershey, Vanecek 1-1-0 (28 shots-27 saves). Hartford, Nell 4-5-0 (22 shots-18 saves); Georgiev 3-5-3 (8 shots-8 saves).
Referees-Mackenzie Nichol (68), Evgenii Romasko (39).
Linesmen-Glen Cooke (6), Kyle Richetelle (47).


CANTLON: Vermont Drops Huskies 4-2.


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Saturday afternoon, it was a major penalty opportunity that undid the Huskies in a 4-2 loss to the University of Vermont (3-4-1 overall, 1-1-1 HEA). The team’s split the two-game series and left the Huskies (3-6-1 overall, 2-3-1 HEA) and still searching for a team identity in the early part of the college hockey season.

Vermont’s Craig Puffer received a game misconduct and a major penalty for a hit from behind, but UConn was unable to take advantage of the opportunity.

Vermont cut the lead on a rare goal; a shorthanded penalty shot tally.

A ghastly giveaway in the neutral zone allowed Ross Colton to streak away, and James Masonius hooked him. It didn’t seem like much of a hindrance, and he got the shot off, but the referees felt otherwise and awarded the penalty shot chance.

Colton didn’t miss on his second chance with a finish that hit just under the crossbar and popped the water bottle on Adam Huska at 4:01. Continue reading




Providence Bruins 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

By Meghan O’Reilly, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, November 4, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Providence Bruins 33-29 Saturday night at the XL Center, but could not beat Bruin goaltender Jordan Binnington in a 5-0 loss.

Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson, Kenny Agostino, and Colton Hargrove all had a goal and an assist apiece for Providence, and Zach Senyshyn and Josh Hennessy also scored.  Chris Nell started in goal for the Wolf Pack and took the loss, with four goals-against on 20 shots, and Alexandar Georgiev allowed one goal on nine shots in relief.

The Wolf Pack started out strongly, not letting the Bruins get a shot on net for the first six minutes and outshooting them 5-0 in those six minutes. Unfortunately for Hartford, the first shot Providence took found its way to the back of the net. Senyshyn, assisted by Hargrove, put the visitors up 1-0 with a goal off the rush from the right side at 5:13. Continue reading


  Game Summary                  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)        TBL: A. Vasilevskiy (OT)    Event Summary

–       POINT TAKEN – The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in six of their last eight games, dating back to Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh (4-2-2 record over the span). The Rangers have also earned a win in each of their last two games, in three of their last four games (3-1-0), and in four of their last six games (4-2-0).

–       ROAD WARRIORS – New York earned its first road win of the 2017-18 season. The Rangers are tied for first in the NHL – and lead Eastern Conference teams – in road wins since the start of the 2013-14 season (100).

–       WHAT A LINE – A member of the Chris KreiderMika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich line has registered four of the Rangers’ last six goals (dating back to the start of the third period on Oct. 31 vs. Vegas). Continue reading


   Game Summary                      ARI: A Hill (L)   NYR: O. Pavelec (W)                       Event Summary

–       POINT TAKEN – The Rangers have earned at least one point in four of their last five games, dating back to Oct. 17 vs. Pittsburgh (2-1-2 record over the span). The Blueshirts have also earned a win in two of their last three contests (2-1-0 record over the three games). The Rangers have earned at least one point in five of nine games at MSG in 2017-18.

–       WHAT A LINE – The Michael Grabner-Boo Nieves-Pavel Buchnevich line registered seven points (four goals, three assists) in tonight’s game, and at least one of the three players recorded each of the team’s final four goals in the contest.

–       HIGH FIVE – New York tied a single-game season-high with five goals in tonight’s contest.

–       GOALS GALORE – The Blueshirts have recorded at least three goals in four of their last five games, and have registered at least four goals in three of the contests. The Rangers have tallied 17 goals over the last five contests. In addition, the Rangers have averaged 3.04 goals per game at MSG since the start of last season (152 goals in regulation/overtime in 50 games over the span). Continue reading


Belleville Senators 5, Hartford WolfPack 1


BY: Meghan O’Reilly, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, October 20, 2017 – Despite outshooting the Belleville Senators 35-28 Friday night at the XL Center, the Hartford Wolf Pack could not get those shots in the net and fell 5-1.

The game was the first-ever meeting between the Wolf Pack and Senators, who are a new AHL franchise this year.

“We had enough chances to win the game but we didn’t put the puck in the net and it seemed like everything was bouncing their way,” said Wolf Pack forward Cole Schneider, who had the only goal for the Wolf Pack.

Head Coach McCambridge agreed saying, “We had some decent chances, but the difference was they were able to capitalize on theirs and we weren’t.” Continue reading


American Hockey League Hall of Fame announces Class of 2018

BY: Jason Chaimovich, AHL

The American Hockey League today announced the four people selected for induction into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018.

Honored by the AHL Hall of Fame Selection Committee as the 13th group of enshrinees are Jim Bartlett, Don Biggs, Brian Kilrea and Glenn Merkosky.

“The foundation of the American Hockey League for more than 80 years has been formed by those who excelled in making it what it is today,” said David Andrews, AHL President, and Chief Executive Officer. “The AHL Board of Governors is proud to unanimously endorse the Selection Committee’s recommendation for the induction of these four individuals into the American Hockey League Hall of Fame as the Class of 2018.”

The Class of 2018 will be honored as part of the festivities at the 2018 AHL All-Star Classic presented by Turning Stone Resort Casino, hosted by the Utica Comets. The American Hockey League Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony is scheduled for January 29, 2018, at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. Continue reading


  Game Summary                             NYR: H. Lundqvist (L)   CBJ: S. Bobrovsky (W)    Event Summary  

–       SHOOTING GALLERY – The Rangers registered 38 shots on goal in tonight’s game, and nine different Blueshirts recorded three or more shots on goal in the contest. The Blueshirts have recorded 30 or more shots on goal in four of five games thus far in 2017-18.

–       KILL ZONE – The Rangers were 3-for-3 (5:58) on the penalty kill in the contest and only allowed one shot on goal while shorthanded. New York has not allowed a power-play goal in two of its last three games (7-for-8; 87.5% over the span). The Rangers did not allow a power-play goal in 43 games last season.

–       CHALLENGE ACCEPTED – New York successfully challenged a goal due to goaltender interference in the first period of tonight’s game. The Rangers have successfully challenged two of three goals thus far in 2017-18 (66.7%), including both goals which were ultimately disallowed due to goaltender interference.

–       FIRST IN SCORE – The Rangers have registered the first goal of the game in two of the last three contests.

–       Henrik Lundqvist was selected as the Third Star of tonight’s contest, as he stopped 40 of 42 shots he faced in the game and made at least 10 saves in each period in the contest. He made at least 40 saves in a game for the 21st time in his NHL career; he has posted a 12-2-7 record, along with a 1.69 GAA, a .961 SV%, and 4 SO in those 21 contests. Lundqvist has allowed two goals or fewer in each of the last three games, posting a 1.36 GAA, a .959 SV% (94 saves on 98 shots), and 1 SO in those three contests.

–       Kevin Hayes registered the first goal of the game and recorded three shots on goal in tonight’s contest. Since Hayes entered the NHL in 2014-15, 106 of his 132 career NHL points have either been a goal or the primary assist on a goal (80.3% of his points have been primary points). He led the Rangers in road points last season (30; 11 goals, 19 assists). Hayes has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games against Columbus.

–       Morning Skate Schedule: The Rangers will not have a morning skate prior to tomorrow’s contest.

–       Next Game: Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 14 vs. New Jersey (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network)



BY: The New York Rangers 

NEW YORK, July 1, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free-agent forward Paul Carey.

          Carey, 28, skated in 55 games with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17, registering 24 goals and 31 assists for 55 points, along with a plus-14 rating and 29 penalty minutes. Carey established AHL career-highs in several categories during the past season, including goals, assists, points, plus/minus rating, power play goals (eight), and game-winning goals (six). He led the Bears in points per game (1.00) and game-winning goals, tied for the team lead in goals, ranked third in power play goals and shots on goal (122), ranked fourth in assists and points, and ranked fifth in plus/minus rating in 2016-17. Carey was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the week ending on March 19, 2017, as he registered eight points (six goals, two assists) in three contests during the week. He tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in four playoff contests with Hershey during the past season. In addition, Carey skated in six NHL regular season games and one NHL playoff game with Washington in 2016-17.

          The 6-1, 200-pounder has skated in 287 career AHL games over parts of six seasons (2011-12 – 2016-17), registering 79 goals and 103 assists for 182 points, along with a plus-six rating and 146 penalty minutes. Over the last two seasons (2015-16 and 2016-17), Carey has recorded 86 points (37 goals, 49 assists), including nine game-winning goals, and has posted a plus-16 rating in 99 AHL contests. He has also notched three points (two goals, one assist) in eight career AHL playoff games.

          Carey has played 32 career NHL games over parts of four seasons (2013-14 – 2016-17) with Colorado and Washington, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with a plus-two rating. He has not been assessed a penalty thus far in his NHL career. Carey made his NHL debut with Colorado on March 12, 2014, vs. Chicago, and he registered his first career NHL assist/point on February 16, 2015, vs. Arizona. He has also skated in four playoff contests in his NHL career.

          Prior to beginning his professional career, Carey played four seasons of collegiate hockey at Boston College (2008-09 – 2011-12), where he was teammates with current Rangers, Kevin Hayes, and Chris Kreider. Carey recorded 86 points (45 goals, 41 assists) in 147 career collegiate games, including 56 points (31 goals, 25 assists) and a plus-32 rating in 82 games over his final two seasons. Carey helped Boston College win the National Championship twice (2009-10 and 2011-12), the Hockey East Championship three times (2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12), and the Hockey East Regular Season Championship in 2011-12. He was also named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 2011-12, as he tallied two goals in the NCAA Semifinals against Minnesota and one goal in the National Championship Game against Ferris State.

The Boston, Massachusetts, native was selected by Colorado in the fifth round, 135th overall, of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.