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CANTLON: Charlotte Takes On Wolf Pack in Sunday Matinee


BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The  Hartford Wolf Pack playoff hopes may have come to an end on Sunday.

For the Pack to make the playoffs, it will nearly take a miracle for it to happen. A shocking second-period collapse saw the visiting Charlotte Checkers score four times to pick up two points in a 4-3 win. The Wolf Pack record drops to 26-27-5-3 (60 points) four points behind the fifth-place Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Charlotte jumps to a nine-point lead.

The Wolf Pack needed at least four points this weekend but got only one after two regulation losses and one in overtime. The Pack played well throughout points of the game registering 35 shots. They got themselves to within a goal and generated a number of scoring opportunities against the Checkers, but the odious end of the second period permeated the Wolf Pack effort making a close 4-3 game feel like a 7-1 shellacking.

The second half of the second period, particularly during a minute and 57-second span where they surrendered three goals, left for the second intermission trailing 4-2 and left a Sunday afternoon crowd of 4,802 sitting in utter disbelief as the Pack collapsed.

The four-goal outburst of the second period started at 7:06.

Andrew Poturalski intercepted a bad pass by Filip Chytil and sent a lead pass to Warren Foegele who split the defensive combo of Ryan Sproul and Chris Bigras and beat the goaltender, Charles Williams, who was making his first AHL start. Foegele went with a forehand shot through Williams five-hole for his 24th goal of the season.

The deluge of goals began at 14:49.

While on a power play, Checkers’ defenseman, Brandon Kichton, took a shot from the right point. The puck seemed to be deflected by either Alexei Saarela or Nicolas Roy, though neither got credit for the goal. Saarela and Roy both got assists on a goal where the puck sailed right over Williams’ shoulder.

“We knew they had a good power play and on the faceoff, we mismanaged pucks (on their first goal) and then we let the game get out of our grasp,” said a shockingly calm McCambridge.

Sixteen-seconds later, Clark Bishop was alone at the right side and snagged a rebound of a Foegele shot and buried it on the open right side giving Charlotte a 3-2 lead. It was Foegele’s seventh of the year. Nick Schilkey started the play at the right side of the net out working to get the puck to a wide-open Foegele.

The coup de grace came 1:41 later as Greg McKegg attempted a wraparound shot, lsent the puck right to the AHL’s top goal scorer, Valentin Zykov, who scored his league-leading 28th goal past a shellshocked Williams, who was flat on his stomach with his bewildered teammates standing around.

McCambridge had no choice at that point but to get out the hook and for the second time in three games pulled his goalie. McCambridge inserted Chris Nell.

“Certainly a frustrating part, no doubt, but I liked our energy. We came out well and corrected some of the mistakes from the night before. That block of time took the game away from us. You want to be on the right side of momentum swings in a game. We weren’t in this case.”

It could have been worse. The AHL’s fourth-leading scorer, Andrew Miller, a former Yale Bulldog, wasn’t in the lineup for Charlotte.

Unlike the night before, the Pack scored on a five-on-three man-advantage midway through the third, to make it a closer game, maybe even enough to steal some of the thunder back from Charlotte.

At the left side of the net, Scott Kosmachuk got the puck to Boo Nieves at the right and he jammed his fifth of the season at 11:06.

“I liked how we fought back got it close, but we couldn’t close it out,” said McCambridge.

The Pack shot itself in the foot with while trying to get an extra attacker onto the ice, Nell got hit in the foot with the puck causing a rare for the situation, Too-Many-Men on the ice penalty.

“We had somebody who wasn’t sharp and jumped on the ice. As a player you lose focus for five seconds…” said McCambridge curtly.

Vinni Lettieri had a late draw with 15 seconds left. He won it cleanly but someone was out of position and that allowed the puck to sail 180 feet back the wrong way, all the way back to the Wolf Pack goal line.

The Pack’s offensive woes got a boost early in the second period.

Chytil was sprung free by Lettieri with a beautiful rush up the left wing side. They raced past Charlotte defenseman Trevor Carrick and Chytil whistled his first goal in ten games to the far side on Alex Nedeljkovic at 30 seconds for a 2-0.

“With Fil, you get worried if he’s not generating chances and he has been doing that the last few games and that was a high skill play by him.”

The first period each team dealt with the effects of playing three-games-in-three-days. It took awhile before thee was any flow to the game.

The Wolf Pack’s two best chances before their first goal came from Lettieri shorthanded and later, with 5:48 left in the period, Daniel Catenacci was on a two-on-one shorthanded and fed Steve Fogarty that Alex Nedejlkovic stopped in net for the visitors.

Sandwiched between the special team’s chances was a Chris Bigras chance at 14:01 off a strong rush with a break-in that saw his backhand attempt stopped.  Ryan Gropp, who missed the last three games to injury, was behind the goal line and tried a nice pool player’s bank-shot and then Gabriel Fontaine had a clean breakaway denied.

The toughest of the twelve shots Williams stopped came off the stick of Schilikey and Nicolas Roy on his doorstep.

The Wolf Pack finally tallied late in the first on a superb drop pass by defensemen, Brendan Smith. He crossed the blue line and cut to the middle and left it for Adam Tambellini on the right wing. From the top of the faceoff circle, Tambellini snapped one to the far side of Nedjelokovic for his 13th goal at 18:08.

“A very good, quick-release shot by Tambo. He does well in high-traffic areas and Brendan made a good pass to him,” remarked McCambridge.

The Wolf Pack are not only losing points in the playoff hunt in part due to an offensive power outage in the past three weeks.

Tambellini has four points in his last ten games and two games in which he earned a goal and an assist. Boo Nieves has just a goal and three assists in his last ten. Chytil had just one assist in ten games and Cole Schneider has two goals and two assists in his last ten

John Albert has no points in the ten games he has played since coming from Hershey in a four-player deal. Albert was on the fourth line last night and he’s making $225K in the AHL this season. He sat out for the first time.


The two-team battle next weekend in Charlotte at the Bojangles Coliseum on Friday and Saturday.

Pack scratches included; Brandon Crawley (upper body day to day), Dan DeSalvo (healthy), Joey Leach (healthy), goalie Brandon Halverson (knee day to day) and goalie Marek Mazanec (groin week to week).

Last four players on the ice where Lettieri, Fontaine, Kosmachuk, and Chytil during the pre-game skate.

Assistant captains were Schneider, Fogarty, and Kosmachuk.

Line Combinations


Smith Pedrie

On penalty shots, The Wolf Pack are 3-for-17 in their last 20 dating back to February 14, 2012, when J.T. Miller now with Tampa Bay, scored.

Up in St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH, the New England Prep High School tourney Finals are taking place today.

In the Open Division, Salisbury Prep played Kimball Union losing 3-2.

Salisbury advanced shutting out Westminster Prep (Simsbury) 3-0 and knocking off Dexter Academy 3-1.

In the NEPSAC Large Division Brunswick Prep (Greenwich) took on Thayer Academy winning 4-3 in OT. Their path came with two shutouts over Williston 2-0 and Northfield/Mt. Hermon 5-0.

In the Small Division Gunnery Prep (Washington) fell short losing in the semi-finals to Lawrence Academy 3-2 in overtime after beating Canterbury Prep (New Milford) 4-2 in the quarterfinals.

The winner was Lawrence Academy 5-4 in OT over New Hampton School from New Hampshire coached by Hamden native and former Taft head coach Dan Murphy.




Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Charlotte Checkers 2 (SO)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, January 26, 2018 – Adam Tambellini and Filip Chytil scored shootout goals, and Boo Nieves had a goal and an assist in regulation, Friday night at the XL Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack won their season-high fourth straight, a 3-2 shootout victory over the Charlotte Checkers.

Charlotte came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to tie the game, the first of a two-game series between the two clubs, but the Wolf Pack won the shootout, 2-1, with Alexandar Georgiev stopping two of three Checker shooters.

A line of Nieves with Tambellini and Scott Kosmachuk combined for five points, with Tambellini scoring a goal and Kosmachuk contributing two assists.

Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said that the trio, “Had lots of speed, and real good awareness by Boo and [Kosmachuk], and a really nice finish by Tambellini.”

“Our line has a lot of good chemistry,” Nieves said.  “We spend a lot of time off the ice, and I think that helps, and once we get into a real good flow in the game I think we’re hard to stop.”

After a scoreless first period, Nieves got the Wolf Pack on the board on a 5-on-3 power play at 7:20 of the second.  A drive from the left circle by John Gilmour hit Nieves in front of the net, and he was able to corral the loose puck and slip it past Charlotte goaltender Alex Nedeljkovic.

“The shot (by Gilmour) actually hit me in the belly,” Nieves said, “but, as the old cliché goes, good things happen when you go to the net.”

The Checkers tied the score at 14:50, on defenseman Josiah Didier’s first goal of the season.  Didier took a drop pass from Andrew Poturalski and slapped a quick shot past Georgiev.

Just 1:03 later, though, at 15:53, Tambellini gave the Wolf Pack back the lead with his eighth of the season.  Nieves and Tambellini exchanged the puck, and Tambellini snapped a Nieves pass into the net on Nedeljkovic’s stick side.

The Checkers would get the only goal of the third period, a power-play strike by Valentin Zykov at 4:20.  With Gilmour off for delay of game, Andrew Miller fed a pass from the right circle across the slot to Zykov, and his lightning-quick release gave Georgiev no chance.

The tie held up through the rest of regulation and overtime, and both of the shootout’s first two attempts, by Tambellini and Zykov, found the net.  Chytil then scored on the Wolf Pack’s second shot, and that would turn out to be the difference, as neither Aleksi Saarela nor Nicolas Roy, the Checkers’ last two shooters, could beat Georgiev.

The Wolf Pack and Checkers go right back at each other Saturday night at the XL Center, on “Stick it to Cancer Night”, presented by Jefferson Radiology.  Faceoff is 7:30, and 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.

Charlotte Checkers 2 at Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (SO)
Friday, January 26, 2018 – XL Center

Charlotte 0 1 1 0 – 2
Hartford 0 2 0 0 – 3

1st Period- No Scoring. Penalties-Zborovskiy Hfd (hooking), 3:48; Pedrie Hfd (tripping), 7:15; Chelios Cha (slashing), 10:04.

2nd Period-1, Hartford, Nieves 3 (Gilmour, Kosmachuk), 7:20 (PP). 2, Charlotte, Didier 1 (Poturalski), 14:50. 3, Hartford, Tambellini 8 (Nieves, Kosmachuk), 15:53. Penalties-Gauthier Cha (holding), 6:16; Chelios Cha (tripping), 7:09; Crawley Hfd (hooking), 10:18; Kichton Cha (kneeing), 11:50; Brown Cha (holding), 18:07.

3rd Period-4, Charlotte, Zykov 22 (Miller, Poturalski), 4:20 (PP). Penalties-Gilmour Hfd (delay of game), 2:58; Nieves Hfd (slashing), 7:54.

OT Period- No Scoring. Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Charlotte 1 (Zykov G, Saarela NG, Roy NG), Hartford 2 (Tambellini G, Chytil G, Gropp NG).
Shots on Goal-Charlotte 7-8-6-2-0-23. Hartford 5-12-3-1-1-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 1 / 5; Hartford 1 / 5.
Goalies-Charlotte, Nedeljkovic 17-7-1 (21 shots-19 saves). Hartford, Georgiev 8-11-5 (23 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Alex Garon (64), Guillaume Labonte (35).
Linesmen-Travis Gawryletz (67), Brent Colby (7).



Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Utica Comets 2 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Hartford, CT, January 19, 2018 – Filip Chytil’s goal at 1:10 of overtime lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-2 win over the Utica Comets Friday night at the XL Center, after the Wolf Pack had let a 2-0 third-period lead slip away.

Defenseman Ryan Sproul scored both of the Wolf Pack’s goals in regulation, one in the first period and one in the second, and Reid Boucher and Dylan Blujus scored for Utica in the third.  Alexandar Georgiev got the win in net for the Wolf Pack, in relief of an injured Marek Mazanec, and Richard Bachman made 28 saves in the Comet goal.

“All the little details that you need to win hockey games, to have success, were in place tonight,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said.  “I thought our leadership group did a really good job on the bench and in the (locker) room, and in how they played the game.  And being able to play a consistent, full-effort game was one that we’ll definitely build off of.” Continue reading


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