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Wolf Pack Wrap Up Day

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The XL Center arena was dark. The ice is gone. Almost no equipment remains in the locker room as the picture was that of a 2016-17  AHL season Hartford Wolf Pack clearly over. While it may be over for the players, for the off ice staff was still at work with their season-ending multiple tasks.

The only news of the day was that the New York Rangers will not be recalling as many players for the playoffs as there have in the past to be a part of the Black Aces squad. The Rangers are ready for a crucial Game 4 in their Best-of-Seven series with the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers find themselves down two games to none. Magnus Hellberg, who was recalled earlier in the week was on the bench in the place on Antti Raanta. Hellberg may remain the only recall, but that remains undetermined.

“The list is truly not finalized as of yet. There are several contractual and other matters that need to be ironed out, but I can say there will be very few players going to New York,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. Continue reading


GAME 3: Swamp Rabbits Move to North Charleston for Game 3

Greenville hits the road for the first time to continue South Division Semifinal matchup against South Carolina Stingrays

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Mon, Apr. 17 7:05 p.m. (EDT) at South Carolina Stingrays ListenWatchTwitter


The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, take their 2-0 series lead against the South Carolina Stingrays to North Charleston, SC. The Swamp Rabbits hit the ice at the North Charleston Coliseum tonight at 7:05 p.m. after playing on the coast eight times during the regular season. Greenville powered out to the lead in the series with a 6-3 win on Thursday before adding a 4-1 victory on Friday. Three Swamp Rabbits forwards contributing to the offensive surge now rank among the ECHL’s top-five postseason scorers. Greenville has taken over both games early, never surrendering the lead. In addition to the group of scorers, goaltender Jeff Malcolm has also been a star, delivering 73 saves in two games.


Forward Tyler Brown has tallied three goals in two games for Greenville and is among the ECHL’s top goal scorers in the playoffs. The winger scored twice on Friday night for the Swamp Rabbits after recording one multi-goal game during the regular season. The sixth-year pro is one goal shy of tying his regular season total. Brown missed the month of March recovering from injury before rejoining the lineup for the final two games of the regular season. The Hamilton, ON native is in his first Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance, but played 15 games in the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs (AHL). In those games, the 6-foot-1 forward collected two points (1G, 1A). Continue reading



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 14, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Steven Kampfer on a new contract.

Kampfer, 28, skated in 11 NHL games with Florida and the Rangers during the regular season in 2016-17, registering one goal and one assist for two points, along with six penalty minutes. He was credited with 23 hits in the 10 games he played with the Rangers, and he recorded at least two hits in eight of the 10 contests. Kampfer made his debut with the Blueshirts on Feb. 28 vs. Washington. He tallied his first assist/point as a Ranger on Mar. 7 at Florida and he recorded his first goal as a Ranger on Mar. 13 vs. Tampa Bay.

The 5-11, 192-pounder has skated in 144 career NHL games over parts of five seasons (2010-11 – 2011-12; 2014-15 – 2016-17) with Boston, Minnesota, Florida, and the Rangers, registering 10 goals and 15 assists for 25 points, along with a plus-seven rating and 62 penalty minutes. Kampfer has skated in 58 NHL games over the past two seasons, and he established a career-high in games played during the 2015-16 season with the Panthers (47).

Kampfer also skated in 43 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL) in 2016-17, registering four goals and 15 assists for 19 points, along with 44 penalty minutes. He was tied for third among Hartford defensemen in goals, assists, and points this season at the time he was recalled by the Rangers on Mar. 5. Kampfer established a single-game AHL career-high with three assists and tied a single-game AHL career-high with three points on Mar. 1 vs. Springfield.

The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native was acquired by the Rangers from Florida, along with a conditional draft pick, in exchange for Dylan McIlrath on Nov. 8, 2016.



Jensen’s Late Goal Grounds T-birds 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Nicklas Jensen’s late goal allowed the Hartford Wolf Pack to slip past the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3  before 4,529 at the XL Center Friday night.

The winning play resulted from solid forechecking and was capped by Jensen’s spectacular effort.

Chris Brown, strong all night with solid physical play and a goal, helped with Philip McRae keep the puck in the Springfield zone for an extended shift. Jensen then did the rest.

Jensen took the puck, circled in the zone, which forced players like Tony Turgeon to chase him. Jensen zig-zagged at the left wing circle and drilled a shot high to the far side. The game-winning goal was his 29th and came at 17:39.

“It was the line before that did everything to set that up,” Jensen said. “They (the line centered by rookie Vinni Lettieri) had them hemmed in their end for about a minute-and-a-half. We got a good line change, and I knew those guys were out there for awhile. When you’re stuck out there, I knew they were out of gas. I just had that one guy to beat and got the shot off.” Continue reading



Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, April 1, 2017Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at the Times Union Center, but Blake Pietila scored two power-play goals, including the third-period game-winner, for the Albany Devils in a 4-3 Albany victory.

Max Novak added a goal and an assist for the Devils, and Jacob MacDonald had three assists.  Marek Hrivik chipped in two assists for the Wolf Pack.

The two teams traded goals in the first period, the Devils scoring early and the Wolf Pack replying late.

Novak gave the Devils the game’s first lead 4:41 in, on a rebound.  MacDonald’s shot from the left point was stopped by Wolf Pack goaltender Chris Nell (26 saves), making his first pro appearance out of Bowling Green University, but the rebound came to Novak in front, and he poked it home. Continue reading



Pack Drop Second Game in Hershey 6-4

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HERSHEY, PA – The losses continue to pile up, but the Hartford Wolf Pack haven’t folded in a game where they were outplayed for long stretches.

A former Salisbury Prep player, Paul Carey, notched his first pro hat trick in a four-goal performance and three assists each by former Pack players, Chris Bourque and Travis Boyd, sunk Hartford as they suffered their seventh consecutive loss, dropping this one, 6-4.

The Pack got a three-point night from Taylor Beck and the loss had them drop their second in a row when visiting the Giant Center in Hershey and overall, their fifth straight to the Bears. Hershey won its league-best ninth straight at home. Continue reading



Hershey Bears 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, March 18, 2017 – Paul Carey scored four goals Saturday night at Giant Center, to lead the Hershey Bears to a 6-4 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams in Hershey.

The Bears had defeated the Wolf Pack 4-3 in overtime Friday night in the opener of the two-game set.

Taylor Beck paced the Wolf Pack Saturday with a goal and two assists, and Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist.  Riley Barber added a goal and an assist for Hershey, and Chris Bourque and Travis Boyd had three assists apiece. Continue reading



Hershey Playoff Hunting Rout Wolf Pack 6-1

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hershey Bears erupted for five goals in the second period and were led by Travis Boyd who scored a goal and added an assist to an important 6-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack before 6,072 at the XL Center.

The Bears improved to 27-16-8-3 (65 points) good for fifth place in the Atlantic Division were trying to gain ground on the Providence Bruins who hosted and eked out a 2-1 win over the red-hot Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Bears return home to play the Toronto Marlies at the Hershey Park Arena Saturday night.

“We played three good games last weekend, but only won one of the them. We had a plenty of chances and couldn’t score. Then we have a second period like that where we score five! Hopefully, that will kick start our offense and our team finishing chances because every game the rest of the year are big ones for us,” Boyd, the game’s first star said.

After a solid, well-played and scoreless first period, the Wolf Pack had an important five-on-three powerplay, but couldn’t score. Continue reading



Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 18, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 44-27, and had a 24-5 shots advantage in the third period, Saturday night at the PPL Center, but fell to the Phantoms 6-4, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

It was nearly a mirror image of the previous night’s game, which saw the Wolf Pack outshot 44-18, including 25-5 in the third, but prevailed by a score of 3-2.

Justin Fontaine had a goal and an assist for Hartford Saturday, and Steven Kampfer and Chris Brown had two assists apiece, but Danick Martel had the game-winning goal and an assist for Lehigh Valley, and Andy Miele and T.J. Brennan added a goal and an assist each. Continue reading



Hershey Bears 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, February 11, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack fell behind 2-0 to the Hershey Bears Saturday night at Giant Center and never quite recovered, losing 4-2.

Veterans Nicklas Jensen and Chris Summers scored for the Wolf Pack, who twice closed to within one goal.  Travis Boyd and Christian Djoos had first-period tallies for Hershey, and Paul Carey scored the eventual winner in the second period.  Riley Barber added an empty-net goal.

“I thought we got off to a slow start,” Summers said.  “Starts have been something that we’ve been focusing on, and for whatever reason, we just can’t seem to put that first ten minutes together.  I think that’s a pretty important piece of the game, and you see we get down early and it’s climbing our way back the rest of the game.”

Boyd got a break to open the scoring at 7:57 of the first, capitalizing on a mistake by Wolf Pack goaltender Brandon Halverson (18 saves).  Halverson stepped behind his net to try to clear the puck around the boards to his left, but Boyd cut the feed off and quickly rapped it into the vacated net before Halverson could get back. Continue reading