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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.

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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

CANTLON: (SAT) THUNDERBIRDS SCORE LATE DROP WOLF PACK, 5-4

CANTLON: (SAT) THUNDERBirds Score Late Drop WOLF Pack, 5-4

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – In a hard-fought divisional game, the visiting Springfield Thunderbirds scored with just 4.9 seconds remaining in regulation to earn a 5-4 win and drop the Hartford Wolf Pack to their third straight regulation loss.

The Pack record falls to 13-15-3-3 (32 points) and remains in seventh place.

Ryan Sproul lost control of the puck behind the Pack net resulting from an untimely handoff by Anthony DeAngelo. The puck went right to the Thunderbirds’ Jayce Hawryluk on the left side of the net. Hawryluk then spotted Curtis Valk open on the right side. Valk dished off a pretty pass to Josh Brown as the d-man was charging hard off the right point. Brown wired his first goal of the season past Alexander Georgiev for the game-winner.

The win was just the third of the season for the T-Birds whose record improves to 14-19-1-1 (30 points) stranding them in 8th and last place in the Atlantic Division.

“A tough one with the amount of chances we generated on 48 shots (season high). We deserved a better fate,” said head coach Keith McCambridge. “Their goalie played outstanding, was really good and conceivably you think you would get at least a point. We really should have had two. We have to learn to play in pressure situations. It only is going to get more magnified the higher you to get to NHL.”  Continue reading

CRAWFORD: THUNDER STRIKE AT 19:55 RAINS ON PACK PARADE

CRAWFORD: THUNDER STRIKE AT 19:55 RAINS ON PACK PARADE

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Springfield Thunderbirds 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Hartford, CT, December 30, 2017 – Defenseman Josh Brown’s goal, his first of the season, with 4.9 seconds left capped a wild third period Saturday night at the XL Center and gave the Springfield Thunderbirds a 5-4 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

With the game appearing headed for overtime, Jayce Hawryluk and Curtis Valk combined to work the puck loose low in the offensive zone for the Thunderbirds, and Valk passed to the right-wing circle to Brown, who quickly unloaded a hard shot that beat Wolf Pack goaltender Alexandar Georgiev for the winner.

That was after Bobby Farnham’s second goal of the game had tied the game at four with 5:06 left in the third.

The Wolf Pack had taken the lead on a power-play goal by Neal Pionk, his first professional goal, at 9:39, a drive from the left circle that squeezed through the legs of Thunderbird netminder Samuel Montembeault, who faced 48 shots in the game, including 23 in the third period. Continue reading

TOSTI: SWAMP RABBITS HOST BEAST FOR PAIR OF WILD GAMES 

TOSTI: Swamp Rabbits Host Beast for Pair of Wild Games 

Greenville continues at home tonight, looking to tame Brampton before the New Year.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

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Thurs, Dec. 28 7:00 p.m. (ET) vs. Brampton Beast ListenWatchTwitter

RABBITS TAILS

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits (15-12-2-1), proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, and the Brampton Beast (13-11-1-2) meet tonight at 7 p.m. for just the second time in franchise history. The Swamp Rabbits are amid a five-game homestand at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena and will host the Beast for the first time ever. The non-division contest is the start of a two-game mini-series to wrap up the 2017 calendar year. Greenville earned a point in their last game, falling 3-2 in the shootout against the South Carolina Stingrays. Brampton is looking to bounce back after dropping a 6-2 decision to the Wheeling Nailers, the clubs first loss in four games. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: (SAT) PACK FINDING THEIR WINGS IN WIN OVER T-BIRDS

CRAWFORD: (SAT) PACK FINDING THEIR WINGS IN WIN OVER T-BIRDS

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Springfield Thunderbirds 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1 (SO)

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Springfield, MA, December 16, 2017 – A Hartford Wolf Pack offense that scored a season-high seven goals against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night at home could only manage one Saturday night at the MassMutual Center, in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Marek Mazanec made 42 saves in his third straight start in the Hartford net, and Ryan Gropp scored the only Wolf Pack goal.  Samuel Montembeault got the win in goal for Springfield, stopping 32 shots in regulation in overtime and going 3-for-3 in the shootout.  Bobby Farnham scored the only Thunderbird goal, and Francois Beauchemin had the only goal of the shootout. Continue reading

O’REILLY: PACK STARTING TO GAIN MOMENTUM IN WIN OVER T-BIRDS

O’REILLY: PACK STARTING TO GAIN MOMENTUM IN WIN OVER T-BIRDS

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Springfield Thunderbirds 3

BY: Meghan O’Reilly, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hartford, CT, December 10, 2017 – Vinni Lettieri had two goals and an assist Sunday at the XL Center, to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 5-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.

With the victory, the Wolf Pack are now 3-0-1-1 in their last five games, the team’s longest streak without a regulation loss of the season.

Marek Mazanec made 17 saves in the game, in his Wolf Pack debut, while Springfield goaltender Evan Cowley had 28. The Wolf Pack outshot the Thunderbirds 33-20.  Steven Fogarty scored a shorthanded goal for the Wolf Pack, and Dawson Leedahl and Scott Kosmachuk also scored.  John Gilmour added two assists.  Juho Lammikko had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds.  Continue reading

CANTLON: (SUN) THUNDERBIRDS DROP WOLF PACK INTO LAST PLACE

CANTLON: Thunderbirds Drop Wolf Pack Into Last Place

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Springfield Thunderbirds (9-13-1-0) got goals from three different players as they dropped the Hartford Wolf Pack to their fourth straight loss Sunday, 3-1 before an announced crowd of 1,625 at the XL Center.

The loss drops the Pack into the bottom of the Atlantic Division and the conference.

The Pack record is 7-12-2-1 (17 points) and when trailing after two periods this season their record is 0-11-1-0. In the last four games, 17 different players have scored against the Wolf Pack.

No matter how you describe it, things are tough right now in Wolf Pack-land.

“We’re getting pucks into high percentage areas and we’re missing the net and not creating those chances for rebounds and that’s the execution part of things. We have to bear down and finish in those areas,” Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said regarding one of the several things that seem to be ailing the Wolf Pack these days.

The Pack has had a heavy schedule of late, but McCambridge isn’t using that as an excuse.  Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: November 27-December 3, 2017

CRAWFORD: WP WEEKLY: Nov 27-Dec 3, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (7-11-2-1, 17 pts., .405) played three games over the Thanksgiving weekend, resulting in a 7-3 loss at Bridgeport on Friday night, a 4-1 home defeat vs. Hershey on Saturday and a 4-2 setback in Springfield on Sunday.  Adam Cracknell scored his first two Wolf Pack goals in Friday’s game, Adam Tambellini had the only Hartford tally on Saturday and Alexandar Georgiev stopped 35 of the 38 shots he faced in Sunday’s contest.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

This week:

The Wolf Pack have a Wednesday-night home date with their I-91 rivals the Springfield Thunderbirds this week at 7:00 PM and then head west for a two-game road trip.  The Pack will be in Rochester on Friday night for a 7:05 game, and then will make their lone visit of the year to Toronto on Saturday.  Faceoff for that game is 4:00. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: (SUN) PACK DOUBLED UP BY T-BIRDS

CRAWFORD: (SUN) PACK DOUBLED UP BY T-BIRDS     VERSUS    

Springfield Thunderbirds 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

 BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Springfield, MA, November 26, 2017 – Thomas Schemitsch’s early third-period goal ended up the game-winner Sunday at the MassMutual Center, in a 4-2 Springfield Thunderbird win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Schemitsch gave the Thunderbirds a 3-1 lead at 4:46 of the third, on a shot from low in the right-wing circle that got past the glove side of Wolf Pack goaltender Alexandar Georgiev (35 saves), who had made a sparkling stop on Alexandre Grenier seconds earlier. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK THRASHED BY SOUND TIGERS

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK THRASHED BY SOUND TIGERS

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack 

Bridgeport, CT, November 24, 2017 – Adam Cracknell scored his first two Hartford Wolf Pack goals Friday night at Webster Bank Arena, but the Bridgeport Sound Tigers broke open a close game with three third-period scores on their way to a 7-3 win.

Josh Holmstrom, Seth Helgeson, Casey Bailey and Scott Eansor all had a goal and an assist each for Bridgeport, which outshot the Wolf Pack 37-21 in the game, with a combined 26-13 advantage over the final two periods.  Steven Fogarty had the other Hartford goal.

“I thought there were blocks of that game where we were able to create some offense, get our defensemen involved, in the first period,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said, “but the second period, spending too much time on our heels, in our own zone.  We get ourselves close in the game, 4-3 game going into the third period, and then they’re just at will getting to the front of the net and being able to bury those second-chance opportunities.  This is a divisional opponent that we see a lot of, and have seen a lot of.  We have to find ways to win these games.”

The two clubs combined for three goals in the first period, and they all came in a span of 2:50 starting at the 4:17 mark.  That is Helgeson gave the Sound Tigers a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the season.  The defenseman Helgeson’s shot from the left point went through a screen and inside the goal post on the glove side of Wolf Pack goaltender Alexandar Georgiev.

Hartford got that goal back only 33 seconds later, at 4:50, as Fogarty scored from the bottom of the right circle, putting a shot over Sound Tiger netminder Christopher Gibson’s glove-side shoulder, off of a pass from below the goal line by Ryan Gropp.

Bridgeport grabbed the lead back, though, at 7:07, with Eansor notching his team-leading eighth of the season.  Eansor forced a turnover just outside the Wolf Pack blue line and broke 2-on-1 with Travis St. Denis.  Using St. Denis as a decoy, Eansor fired a shot from about 30 feet out that went past Georgiev low on the glove side.

The Sound Tigers upped their advantage to 3-1 at 2:25 of the second period, as Mitch Vande Sompel unloaded a shot from the right point and Ben Holmstrom deflected it through Georgiev’s legs.

Cracknell scored his first goal in 12 games with the Wolf Pack at 6:47, making the score 3-2.  Cracknell got to a loose puck in the right-wing corner and sent it toward the front of the goal, and Gibson, who had come out of his crease to play the puck, had it go off of his stick, as he retreated, and into the net.

Josh Holmstrom put Bridgeport back up by two just 1:35 later, at 8:22, on his first goal of the year.  Helgeson put the puck wide of the net from the left point, and Connor Jones picked up the carom behind the goal and found Holmstrom wide open at the right side of the goal mouth.

The Wolf Pack got a late one, though, to cut the margin to 4-3, and it was Cracknell getting his second of the game with 56.7 seconds showing on the clock. From the right point, John Gilmour fed Vince Pedrie on the left point, and Cracknell tipped Pedrie’s quick snap shot past Gibson.

The third period, however, was almost all Bridgeport, and the Sound Tigers effectively put the game away with a pair of goals 42 seconds apart starting at the 5:44 mark.

Sebastian Aho scored his seventh of the year at 5:44 after Ryan Bourque won a puck battle in the right-wing corner.  He passed to Aho at the point, and he worked his way up the slot before ripping the puck in for a 5-3 Bridgeport lead.

Then, at 6:26, St. Denis increased the margin to 6-3 with his fifth goal of the year.  A pass from below the goal line by Ross Johnston went off of Wolf Pack defenseman Neal Pionk’s stick right to St. Denis in the slot, and he backhanded it through Georgiev.

Bailey completed the scoring on a power play at 10:51, with Adam Chapie off for hooking.  Georgiev stopped a shot from the top of the right circle by Michael Dal Colle, but, with Johnston and Eansor occupying defenders in front of the goal, the rebound came to Bailey on the left side, and he put it into the net.

The Wolf Pack are back home at the XL Center on Saturday night, hosting the Hershey Bears in

a 7:00 game.  That is a “Red Out” night at the XL Center, as the first 4,500 fans will receive a free red Wolf Pack t-shirt, courtesy of CT-DOT.  Also, that’s the night of the Wolf Pack’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss”, presented by County Wide Mechanical Services.  Fans are asked to bring soft toys to the game, to toss onto the ice when the Pack scores their first goal, and the toys collected will be donated to Operation ELF and Toys for Tots.

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.

Hartford Wolf Pack 3 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7
Friday, November 24, 2017 – Webster Bank Arena

Hartford 1 2 0 – 3
Bridgeport 2 2 3 – 7

1st Period-1, Bridgeport, Helgeson 1 (Stevens, Dal Colle), 4:17. 2, Hartford, Fogarty 4 (Gropp, Chapie), 4:50. 3, Bridgeport, Eansor 8   7:07. Penalties-Chapie Hfd (hooking), 15:59.

2nd Period-4, Bridgeport, B. Holmstrom 4 (Vande Sompel, J. Holmstrom), 2:25. 5, Hartford, Cracknell 1   6:47. 6, Bridgeport, J. Holmstrom 1 (C. Jones, Helgeson), 8:22. 7, Hartford, Cracknell 2 (Pedrie, Gilmour), 19:03. Penalties-Lafranchise Bri (interference), 3:25; Dal Colle Bri (slashing), 15:39.

3rd Period-8, Bridgeport, Aho 7 (R. Bourque, C. Bailey), 5:44. 9, Bridgeport, St. Denis 5 (Johnston), 6:26. 10, Bridgeport, C. Bailey 3 (Eansor, Johnston), 10:51 (PP). Penalties-C. Jones Bri (interference), 2:25; Chapie Hfd (hooking), 9:06.

Shots on Goal-Hartford 8-5-8-21. Bridgeport 11-12-14-37.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 3; Bridgeport 1 / 2.
Goalies-Hartford, Georgiev 3-5-3 (37 shots-30 saves). Bridgeport, Gibson 6-4-0 (21 shots-18 saves).
A-4,326
Referees-Evgenii Romasko (39).
Linesmen-Luke Galvin (2), Petr Hejna (76).