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CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD SHAWN O’DONNELL TO PTO

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK SIGN FORWARD SHAWN O’DONNELL TO PTO

Fifth-year Pro Played 128 Games with Wolf Pack from 2013-16

HARTFORD, January 18, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed forward Shawn O’Donnell to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

O’Donnell, who is in his fifth year of pro hockey out of St. Mary’s University, enters his second stint with the Wolf Pack.  In his previous action with the team, from 2013-14 through 2015-16, the 6-1, 192-pound O’Donnell logged 128 games, chalking up seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points, along with 208 penalty minutes.

This season, O’Donnell, a 29-year-old native of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has skated in 28 games with the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL, scoring 14 goals and adding 22 assists for 36 points, while serving 13 minutes in penalties.  Those numbers are good for second on the Cyclones team in assists and third in points.  Last year with Cincinnati, O’Donnell had 14 goals and 28 assists for 42 points, along with 37 PIM, in 47 games, placing him third on the club in points and assists.  He also suited up for six AHL games with the Milwaukee Admirals, going scoreless with 12 PIM.

In 134 career AHL games with the Wolf Pack and Admirals, O’Donnell has totaled seven goals and 11 assists for 18 points, plus 220 penalty minutes.  In 92 career ECHL contests with the Cyclones, the Greenville Road Warriors, and the Florida Everblades, he has amassed 32 goals and 58 assists for 90 points, along with 71 PIM.

The Wolf Pack are back home at the XL Center this Friday, January 19, when the Utica Comets visit for a 7:15 contest.  As at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period, presented by Dave & Buster’s.

Tickets for all 2017-18 Wolf Pack 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 campaign 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, or click here to request more info.

CANTLON: PACK BLASTED BY THUNDERBIRDS 5-1

CANTLON: PACK BLASTED BY THUNDERBIRDS 5-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

SPRINGFIELD, MA… The woes of the Hartford Wolf Pack continued in a matinee game played on “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.” The Pack suffered their third consecutive loss, and eighth in their last ten, and were beaten by the  Springfield Thunderbirds, who saw five different skaters register goals as they won their fourth straight, by the score of 5-1 at the MassMutual Center.

The Wolf Pack meanwhile, head back down I-91 to Hartford desperately seeking answers as they are now last in the Atlantic Division.

“I wouldn’t use the word spiraling about us,” Head Coach Keith McCambridge said afterward. “I wouldn’t say everything we did is going against us. I would say we’re a team that had two good games in Canada in Laval and Belleville where we couldn’t close it out and that hurt us. We had some tough travel up there (in a snowstorm from Laval to Belleville) and got in at 6:30 in the morning. At the end of the day, we weren’t playing hard enough or had good decision making against a team like Springfield that is playing very well and credit to them.”

Clearly, though, not enough things are working well right now. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK COME BACK ATTEMPT ON ROCKET FALLS SHORT ON REENTRY

CRAWFORD: PACK COME BACK ATTEMPT ON ROCKET FALLS SHORT ON REENTRY

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Laval Rocket 4, Hartford Wolf Pack

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Laval, Quebec, January 12, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack could not overcome a 3-0 first-period deficit Friday night at Place Bell and lost 4-2 to the Laval Rocket.

Former Wolf Pack forward Adam Cracknell scored twice for Laval, including the shorthanded game-winner, and Eric Gelinas had a goal and an assist.  Cole Schneider and Ryan Sproul had the Wolf Pack goals.

“We’re in a building where we know there’s going to be lots of electricity and excitement to start,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said.  “We’re developing guys to play in pressure situations like that, and I didn’t think that we responded well to the push that they had.  They played a physical game to start, got us on our heels, and some guys weren’t able to handle that.  I thought as the game got going, we found our traction, found our structure and were able to generate some scoring chances.”

The Wolf Pack fell behind on the game’s first shift when Cracknell scored only 26 seconds after the opening faceoff.  He took a feed from Daniel Audette and broke down the left side, getting past a couple of Wolf Pack defenders and putting a forehand shot up under the crossbar behind Wolf Pack goaltender Marek Mazanec (16 saves). Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK ORDERS A WIN – P-BRUINS DELIVER IT AT THE DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER

CRAWFORD: PACK ORDERS A WIN – P-BRUINS DELIVER IT AT THE DUNKIN DONUTS CENTER

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Providence Bruins 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Providence, RI, January 5, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack snapped a three-game losing streak Friday night, with a 3-2 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence.

The Wolf Pack built a 3-0 lead through the first two periods, and then withstood a two-goal Bruin rally in the third.  Marek Mazanec made 37 saves in the Hartford net, as the Wolf Pack were outshot by a margin of 39-25.

John Gilmour’s early second-period goal ended up being the game-winner, and Steven Fogarty and Chris Langkow also scored for the Wolf Pack.  Jordan Szwarz and Peter Cehlarik had the Providence goals.

The Wolf Pack opened the scoring just 1:20 into their first game of 2018, on Fogarty’s sixth goal of the season.  Anthony DeAngelo broke up a Tommy Cross clearing attempt along the boards, to the left of Bruin starting goaltender Zane McIntyre, and the puck came to Fogarty.  He darted toward the net and flicked a shot past McIntyre high to the glove side. Continue reading

CANTLON: (SAT 12/23) SOUND TIGERS DOWN WOLF PACK 5-1

Cantlon: Sound Tigers Down Wolf Pack 5-1

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT With three goals in the third period, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers pulled away from the Hartford Wolf Pack for a 5-1 victory and sending the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates to their fourth straight loss (0-3-0-1) before 3,508 at the XL Center.

The Wolf Pack were most effective with their offensive zone pressure early in the third period, but it was the Sound Tigers who scored and they never looked back.

After the Pack’s Filip Chytil couldn’t gain control of the puck at the blue-line, Connor Jones picked up a Mitchell Vande Sompel pass and came in off the right wing and snapped a shot that put the puck over the glove of Alexander Georgiev. It was one Georgiev would likely have wanted back. The goal came at 7:48.

Sound Tigers captain Ben Holstrom nailed his second in as many games against the Wolf Pack. Holstrom’s turnaround shot from the left wing faceoff dot took Ross Johnston clear around and then swung behind the net. Johnston, at 6’5, headed to the net and he had Niel Pionk screened. The shot eluded Georgiev at 10:43 and make it 4-1.

Then the coup-de-grace came on the powerplay.

Alan Quine took advantage of the shooter’s gift. Michael Del Colle’s shot rang off the crossbar went right to Quine’s stick. Quine just put the puck into a wide-open net for his first goal after being sent down by the Islanders on Wednesday.

“We saw our compete level in spurts. We had been building an identity to start the season, but we saw only flashes of it. Tonight there wasn’t enough consistency every shift. We didn’t do enough of the right things to come away with the two points.”

After the game, Pack captain Joe Whitney was succinct in his comments, “We didn’t work hard enough to win tonight. There is only one way to get out of this and that’s to work harder. We can’t do anything about it now, just get ready for  tomorrow night’s game.”

The second period the Pack could only manage nine shots that were far too spaced apart and the Sound Tigers were able to maintain puck possession and had some strong chances, but Georgiev was able to make the saves.

“In all three periods, they had more possession than we did. The turnovers we had caused us to give up too many odd-man rushes in the first period. You just can’t have that. Our goalie kept us in the game in stretches, but he is not one of the players I’m focused on, who didn’t play very well.”

The Wolf Pack had a golden chance on a power play when Adam Tambellini saw the puck passed right to him by a Sound Tiger but upon his shot, missed the net completely. A Dan Catanacci drop pass to Alexei Bereglazov was stopped and Gabriel FonFontaine jam attempt at the right side of the net was denied.

The Sound Tigers Josh Ho-Sang, just sent down by the Islanders, connected on his first shift. After Scott Kosmachuk couldn’t snag the puck in the Sound Tigers zone on the left wing wall, Ho-Sang took his Dal Colle’s pass at center ice and went down left-wing with on a two on one with Quine and took his time got around Neal Pionk snapped off a shot off the arm of Alexander Georgiev and into the net for a 1-0 Sound Tigers at 1:21.

The Pack top prospect back in the lineup Filip Chytil answered back. Defenseman Neal Pionk was patient with the puck before making a small deke that got him past his check. Pionk ripped a shot and Sound Tigers goalie Christopher Gibson made the save, but the rebound went right to Chytil who put it off Vande Sompel’s skate and past Gibson and in. For Chytil, it was his second of the season and tied the game at one at 10:16.

The Sound Tigers caught the Pack napping late and Kurt Lafranchise snapped a perfect headman pass to Travis St. Denis and the former Quinnipiac Bobcat went in uncontested. Georgiev came out to try to force a move and St. Denis did and went right around him and backhanded his second goal of the season into an open net at 18:40.

NOTES:

Wolf Pack lines

Dan Catenacci-Cole Schneider-Filip Chytil

Vinni Lettieri-Adam Tambellini-Scott Kosmachuk

Gilbert Fontaine-Joe Whitney-Adam Cracknell

Steven Fogarty-Dan DeSalvo-Ryan Gropp

Ryan Graves-Neal Pionk

Ryan Sproul-Alexei Bereglazov

Vince Pedrie-Tony DeAngelo

Because the Pack has eight defensemen, two will have to sit every game this weekend, John Gilmour and Brandon Crawley sat tonight.

Eric Selleck sat his first game for the Wolf Pack

Scott Kosmachuk was given a fighting major and game misconduct under Rule 46.2 with 3.3 seconds left in the game as he started throwing lefts at Parker Wotherspoon.

Vince Pedrie finished with a minus-3

Chytil clearly is playing less than 100% battling a lower-body injury.

McCambridge had a long postgame meeting with GM Chris Drury.

Hockey jersey of the night; Dan Girardi London Knights and Alex Ovechkin Russian national jersey.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: December 26-31, 2017

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: Dec 26-31, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (13-13-3-3, 32 pts., .500) climbed back to the .500 mark for the season this past week, by winning two out of three games.  The Wolf Pack scored its first overtime win of the season Wednesday night at Lehigh Valley, with Anthony DeAngelo netting the game-winner and adding an assist, and Caleb Herbert striking for a goal and an assist in his Wolf Pack debut.  Hartford then put up four goals in the third period Friday night at home vs. division-leading Providence, on the way to a 6-4 victory over the Bruins.  Gabriel Fontaine had the game-winning goal, a shorthanded goal, and an assist, and Scott Kosmachuk and Peter Holland both also had a goal and an assist each.  On Saturday at the XL Center, though, a Wolf Pack streak of nine straight games with at least a standings point (6-0-1-2) came to an end, in a 5-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

For the latest AHL standings, click here. Continue reading

DEVILS DOWN RANGERS IN OT

OFFICIAL GAME REPORTS   GOALIES
Game Summary                              NYR: H. Lundqvist (OT) NJD: C. Schneider (W)
Event Summary
Shootout Summary

POINT TAKEN – The Rangers extended their point streak to four games (3-0-1) and have earned at least one point in six of their last seven games (4-1-2 record over the span). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 22 of their last 29 games (18-7-4 record).

LEADING THE WAY – Over the Rangers’ current four-game point streak (dating back to Dec. 15 vs. Los Angeles), the Rangers have led for 136:19, have been tied for 108:04, and have only trailed for 2:33 in a total of 246:56 of playing time. Continue reading

RANGERS CHALLENGE LA TO SEE WHO’S KING ON FRIDAY

NEW YORK RANGERS at Los Angeles Kings
Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 16-12-3 (35 pts)
Kings: 20-9-3 (43 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

The New York Rangers’ 2017-18 Media Guide can be found via the following link: HERE

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 32nd game of the 2017-18 season and begin a back-to-back set tonight, Dec. 15, against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned a win in seven of its last 11 games (7-3-1 record), and the Rangers have outscored their opponents, 38-25, over the last 11 games. The Blueshirts have won 13 of their last 19 games (13-5-1 record) and 15 of their last 23 contests (15-7-1 record). In addition, the Rangers have earned at least one point in 18 of their last 25 games (15-7-3 record). Continue reading

O’REILLY: PACK FIND A WAY TO WIN, BEAT AMERICANS IN SO

O’REILLY: PACK FIND A WAY TO WIN, BEAT AMERICANS IN SO

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Rochester Americans 2 (SO) 

BY: Meghan O’Reilly, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, December 9, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack went to overtime for the fourth game in a row Saturday night at the XL Center and were ultimately able to walk away with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Rochester Americans.

Chris Nell made 28 saves in the Hartford net to get the win, while Rochester’s Linus Ullmark was credited with 24. Peter Holland scored two of the three goals for the Wolf Pack, and also scored in the shootout.

Holland opened the scoring at 12:26 of the first period, getting one around Ullmark for his first goal in four games with the Wolf Pack. Assists were given to Scott Kosmachuk and Cole Schneider.

The only scoring in the second period was a C.J. Smith goal at 13:20, a shot just past Nell’s glove side.

The Wolf Pack broke the 1-1 tie on a third-period power play. After Eric Cornel was called for high sticking when he hit Dan DeSalvo in the face at 5:28, Holland scored on the man advantage at 6:48. Anthony DeAngelo and Adam Tambellini were credited with the assists. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK BLOW LATE LEAD, LOSE IN SO TO BABY BRUINS

CRAWFORD: PACK BLOW LATE LEAD, LOSE IN SO TO BABY BRUINS

      VERSUS      Providence Bruins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (SO)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Providence, RI, December 8, 2017 – Cole Schneider had his first two-goal game in a Hartford Wolf Pack uniform Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, but the Wolf Pack could not hold a late lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Providence Bruins.

Schneider’s second of the game put the Wolf Pack up 3-2 at 2:13 of the third, but Jordan Szwarz tied the game for the Bruins with 39.9 seconds left, and goaltender Zane McIntyre on the bench for an extra attacker.

Ryan Graves scored his first goal of the year for the Wolf Pack in the first period, and Anthony D’Angelo had two assists.  Colby Cave had a goal and an assist for Providence, as did Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson. Continue reading