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CANTLON: PACK PREPARE FOR THE END OF THE SEASON

CANTLON: Pack Prepare For the End of the Season

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Hartford Wolf Pack begin the last month of the regular season with five games remaining on their schedule. Their record sits at the .500 mark at 31-31-5-3. Their last three-games-in-three days starts Friday night with their last visit of the season to the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island to battle the Bruins.

There are also a pair of weekend dates.

Saturday the team plays a team they are undefeated against this season. They take on the league’s top-ranked Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the XL Center at 7 pm. Yale goalie Alex Lyon could be there, but he has been on a recall shuttle for the past month. The Phantoms also feature former UCONN defenseman, David Drake, who picked up a point in AHL debut last week.

Between Providence, Lehigh Valley, and the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Wolf Pack have a combined record of 12-4-1-2.

On Sunday at 5 pm, the Springfield Thunderbirds and the Pack will play their final contest. The Pack is 4-5-1-1 against their I-91 rivals.

The Pack’s combined record against the rest of the division, which includes the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, the Charlotte Checkers, the Thunderbirds, and Hershey Bears is 11-20-3-1. Continue reading

CANTLON: NCAA TOURNAMENT – (FRI) FRIARS EDGE CLARKSON

CANTLON: NCAA TOURNAMENT – (FRI) FRIARS EDGE CLARKSON

#2  VS. #3 

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BRIDGEPORT, CT – In a grind it out defensive duel, the second-seeded Providence Friars prevailed 1-0 over the third-seeded Clarkson Golden Knights, advancing them to the East Regional final against the Notre Dame  Fighting Irish tomorrow night at 6 pm at the Webster Bank Arena.

Notre Dame leads the series between the two schools 8-5-2 and the winner advances to the Frozen Four in St. Paul, MN.

“They kicked our butts last year and we have a lot of familiarity with them from when they were in Hockey East last year,” Providence College head coach, Nate Leaman, said. “I was impressed watching them tonight. They have a good transition game.” Continue reading

TOSTI: FORWARD JOHNO MAY SIGNS FIRST PRO DEAL WITH SWAMP RABBITS

TOSTI: Forward Johno May Signs First Pro Deal with Swamp Rabbits

Club inks 6-foot-5 rookie forward from American International College ahead of a weekend homestand

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 today that forward Johno May signed his first pro contract with the club and has been added to the active roster. May has played the last four seasons at American International College, logging over 140 games.

May, 24, finished his senior season at AIC earlier this month and ended his tenure with 60 points (22G, 38A) in 143 games. The 6-foot-5 forward net three goals and added a pair of assists this season. May’s most productive offensive season with the Yellow Jackets came as a freshman when he ranked third on the roster with 30 points (7G, 23A). His team-best 23 assists that season ranked second in school history while his overall tallies came in as the eighth best total. The following year, May posted a career-high nine goals and was fourth on the club with 17 points (9G, 8A).

The Mahtomedi, Minnesota native missed only seven games in four seasons. His best single-game performances came in his first year, collecting three points in contests against Airforce and Michigan. May recorded three multi-goal games in his career and earned recognition as Atlantic Hockey Conference Rookie of the Week.

Before enrolling at AIC, May played parts of two seasons in the NAHL with the Minnesota Wilderness, Janesville Jets, and Bismark Bobcats. In 78 games from 2012-2014, he collected 36 points (12G, 24A). May also played three seasons at Mahtomedi High School in Minnesota before turning to junior hockey.

May joins the Swamp Rabbits for the team’s weekend series against the Jacksonville Icemen at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The pair of games begins with Golf Night presented by Golf for Greenville on Friday at 7 p.m.

CRAWFORD: PACK GET CLOSE BUT LOSE IN OT AT SPRINGFIELD

CRAWFORD: PACK GET CLOSE BUT LOSE IN OT AT SPRINGFIELD

      VERSUS      

Springfield Thunderbirds 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 4 (OT)

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Springfield, MA, March 2, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack battled back from 3-0 and 4-1 deficits against the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at the MassMutual Center, only to lose 5-4 in overtime.

Curtis Valk’s second goal of the game 29 seconds into overtime gave the Thunderbirds the win after the Wolf Pack had scored three times in the third period, outshooting Springfield 19-1 in the frame.  Vinni Lettieri scored twice in the third for Hartford, and Lias Andersson and Adam Tambellini had a goal and an assist apiece in the game.  Dan DeSalvo had two assists.

Chase Balisy and Bobby Farnham had a goal and an assist each for the Thunderbirds, and Dryden Hunt had three assists. Continue reading

CANTLON: HUSKIES CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON AGAINST THE MINUTEMEN

CANTLON: Huskies Close OuT Regular Season Against the Minutemen

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hockey East and college hockey season is often a blip and its done.

UCONN (15-17-2 overall,11-12-1 HEA) closed out its 2017-18 regular season by losing a heartbreaking 3-2 game to UMASS-Amherst (14-17-2 overall, 8-13-2 HEA).

The Huskies saw their season-high, seven-game winning streak end. The Huskies chance to finish above .500 in Hockey East and hit the .500 mark in their overall record fell short in a rocky, uneven effort.

The loss, which came in the final two minutes after they had tied the game after pulling goaltender, Tanner Creel, occurred just 12 seconds later.

“It was certainly a disappointing loss for our team,” remarked head coach Mike Cavanaugh. “It’s a really good reminder. If you don’t play a full 60-minutes you leave it up in the air whether you’re going to win the hockey game or not. Going into the playoffs, it’s a great lesson for us. It takes you just one game like that to put you behind the eight ball in the playoffs and your season is over.” Continue reading

WILD TIMES BREWING AT MSG, IN MORE WAYS THAN THE OBVIOUS

NEW YORK RANGERS vs. MINNESOTA WILD
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
Rangers: 27-29-5 (59 pts)
Wild: 33-20-7 (73 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers

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

TONIGHT’S GAME

The Rangers play their 62nd game of the 2017-18 season and conclude a back-to-back set tonight, Feb. 23, against the Minnesota Wild at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts are concluding their ninth back-to-back set of the season. Following the conclusion of tonight’s game, the Rangers have two more back-to-back sets in 2017-18 (Mar. 2 at Calgary and Mar. 3 at Edmonton; Mar. 30 vs. Tampa Bay and Mar. 31 at Carolina). Continue reading

TOSTI: IMPORTANT POINTS AVAILABLE FOR SWAMP RABBITS AT HOME 

TOSTI: Important Points Available for Swamp Rabbits at Home

Swamp Rabbits looking to manufacture win over Gladiators on Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering Night presented by Michelin.

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Tues, Feb. 20 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. Atlanta Gladiators ListenWatch – Twitter

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBITS TAILS
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (20-28-3-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, return home for one home game against the Atlanta Gladiators (26-26-1-2) before hitting the road for five games in two weeks. The puck drops at 7 p.m. tonight as the Swamp Rabbits and Gladiators meet for the tenth time this season. Greenville is 3-5-1-0 against Atlanta after beginning the year 3-0 against the Glads. Greenville has dropped the last five games and is looking to battle back into playoff position, currently, eight points behind the Orlando Solar Bears with 20 games remaining. Atlanta rests in third place with a three-point advantage over Orlando in the South Division. The I-85 rivals will finish the regular season against one another at Infinite Energy Arena on Apr. 7. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE ROSTER MOVES

Brandon Halverson Returned by the NY Rangers, Drew Fielding Released, Desmond Bergin Signed to PTO

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

HARTFORD, February 18, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury today announced three Wolf Pack player moves.

The parent New York Rangers have returned goaltender Brandon Halverson to the Wolf Pack, and the Wolf Pack have released netminder Drew Fielding from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement and signed defenseman Desmond Bergin to a PTO.

Halverson made his NHL debut with the Rangers in Saturday’s game at Ottawa, playing 12:33 in relief of Henrik Lundqvist and allowing one goal on six shots.  In three games with the Wolf Pack prior to being recalled on Friday, Halverson was 1-2-0, with a 3.68 goals-against average and an 89.2% save percentage.  The 2014 second-round (59th overall) Ranger draft pick has also seen action in 22 ECHL games this season with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, going 7-11-2 with a 3.87 GAA and a 90.0% save percentage.

Fielding served as the Wolf Pack’s backup in last night’s 3-2 shootout win at Lehigh Valley, after signing his PTO earlier in the day.  Fielding returns to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL, for whom the third-year pro is 12-7-1, with a 3.33 goals-against average, an 89.3% save percentage and two shutouts, in 22 games this season.

Bergin returns to the Wolf Pack from the Thunder, on his second PTO this season.  The second-year pro out of Harvard University made his AHL debut February 9 at Syracuse, going scoreless with one shot on goal in a 4-3 shootout win for the Wolf Pack over the Crunch, after signing his original PTO the day before.  In 45 ECHL games with Adirondack, the 5-11, 190-pound Bergin has 10 goals and 22 assists for 32 points, along with 16 penalty minutes.  He leads Thunder defensemen in points, goals, and assists, ranks third overall on the team in assists, and is tied for fourth among ECHL defensemen in goals.

The Wolf Pack finish a six-game road trip this afternoon in Bridgeport, taking on the Sound Tigers in a 3:00 PM game.  All of the action 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 Friday, February 23, a 7:15 PM contest vs. the Hershey Bears at the XL Center.  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.

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE PLAYER MOVES

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE PLAYER MOVES

Chris Nell Reassigned to Wolf Pack, Alexandar Georgiev Recalled by NY Rangers, Desmond Bergin Released

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, February 10, 2018:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Chris Drury today announced three Wolf Pack player transactions.

The parent New York Rangers have reassigned goaltender Chris Nell to the Wolf Pack from the Kansas City Mavericks of the ECHL and have recalled netminder Alexandar Georgiev from the Wolf Pack, and the Wolf Pack has released defenseman Desmond Bergin from his Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Nell, a rookie out of Bowling Green University, has seen action in ten games with the Wolf Pack this season, going 5-5-0 with a 3.27 goals-against average and an 89.4% save percentage.  He was reassigned December 11 to the ECHL’s Adirondack Thunder, for whom he was 1-3-0 in five appearances, with a 3.75 GAA and an 88.5% save percentage before being moved on to the Mavericks January 5.  In four games with Kansas City, the 6-1, 190-pound Green Bay, WI native was 3-1-0, with a 2.50 GAA and a 90.8% save percentage.

A free-agent signee by the Rangers March 23, 2017, the 23-year-old Nell also played four games with the Wolf Pack at the end of his college season last year and compiled a 1-3-0 record with a 4.02 GAA and an 88.1% save percentage.

Georgiev earns his second call-up of the season to the Rangers, sporting a 12-11-6 record in 31 appearances with the Wolf Pack, with a 2.97 goals-against average, a 90.8% save percentage and two shutouts.  He has been the goaltender of record in each of the Wolf Pack’s games in their current 8-0-1-0 streak and has a 1.76 GAA, a 94.8% save percentage and two shutouts over that span.

A rookie from TPS Turku of Finland’s SM-liiga, Georgiev was signed as a free agent by the Rangers July 19, 2017.

Bergin, a second-year pro out of Harvard University, returns to the Adirondack Thunder of the ECHL after making his AHL debut with the Wolf Pack last night at Syracuse.  Bergin was scoreless with one shot on goal in the Wolf Pack’s 4-3 shootout win over the Crunch, after signing his PTO on Thursday.  In 42 games with the Thunder this season, he has ten goals and 21 assists for 31 points.

The Wolf Pack continue a stretch of six straight games, and eight out of ten, on the road tonight, when they travel to Hershey, PA to battle the Bears.  Faceoff is 7:00 PM and all of the action 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 also against Hershey, Friday, February 23, a 7:15 PM contest at the XL Center.  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 on-line 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.

TOSTI: SOUTH DIVISION MATCHUP PITS SWAMP RABBITS AGAINST GLADIATORS

Tosti: South Division Matchup Pits Swamp Rabbits Against Gladiators

 Greenville travels to Duluth, Georgia for the second straight week riding the momentum from home victory.

DATE TIME OPPONENT FOLLOW
Sat, Jan. 13 7:05 p.m. (ET) at Atlanta Gladiators ListenWatch – Twitter

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

RABBIT TALES
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (18-16-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, travel down I-85 tonight to face off against the Atlanta Gladiators (17-19-1-2) at 7:05 p.m. tonight. Greenville won a 4-2 decision last night against Orlando while the Gladiators dropped a 3-1 contest to the South Carolina Stingrays. Atlanta trails Greenville by two points in the South Division standings for third place. Rookie Evan Jasper has notched a team-leading eight points (3G, 5A) in four games against the Gladiators this season. Continue reading