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TOSTI: EX-PACK, BRODIE DUPONT, COMES TO SWAMP RABBITS

Swamp Rabbits Add Brodie Dupont from AHL

Greenville bolsters playoff roster with the veteran skater from Bakersfield ahead of Friday night rubber match with Stingrays.

BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits

Greenville, SC – The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, announced today the addition of forward Brodie Dupont. The veteran skater was acquired at the ECHL” trade deadline from the Norfolk Admirals but has skated on loan with the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors since February 23rd. Dupont collected 41 points (16G, 25A) in 40 games with Norfolk before his call up.

The Swamp Rabbits newest forward brings ten pro seasons and more than 500 games of professional hockey experience to Greenville. Dupont led the Admirals in scoring, averaging over a point per game at the time of his call-up. The Russell, MB native collected eight points (2G, 6A) in 21 AHL games with the Condors. The 6-foot-2 forward was named the Sher-wood Hockey/ECHL Player of the Week during the first week of January; unleashing eight points (3G, 5A) in three games. Continue reading

RANGERS PLAY SPIRITED GAME TO KNOT SERIES AT 2

              Game Summary                                                         MTL: C. Price (L)  NYR: H. Lundqvist (W)   Event Summary

        DOWN, BUT NOT OUT – The Rangers have won six of the last eight playoff games they have played when trailing in a series, dating back to Game 5 of the Second Round against Washington in 2015.

        SPLITTING THE DIFFERENCE – Since the start of the 2012 Playoffs, seven of the 14 playoff series the Rangers have played in through the first four games were tied at two games apiece. In those series knotted at two games after four played, the Blueshirts posted a 4-2 series record at two games apiece over the span. Continue reading

CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK BEGIN FINAL THREE

CANTLON’S CORNER: Pack begin Final Three

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

CROMWELL, CT –  The Hartford Wolf Pack began their final three games of the regular season in Albany Wednesday night in a 6-3 loss in their last visit to the Times Union Center. The parent New Jersey Devils are moving the team to Binghamton next fall.

Even with the season winding down, the level of expectation from head coach Ken Gernander has not diminished. “You watch people who are good athletes, whether it be football, basketball, baseball, a gold course or racquetball, they find a way to compete and that’s what our guys are being asked to do.”

Gernander will be giving each of their three goalies a final game for the 2016-17 season. Magnus Hellberg, who was returned from the New York Rangers on Tuesday and who is fresh off of earning his first NHL win against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday will get a game. Brandon Halverson, who was part of the 3-2 loss to the Sound Tigers in Bridgeport on Sunday and Chris Nell, who has recovered from his bout with the flu that ran through the team, will both get starts as well. Continue reading

RANGERS AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD GABRIEL FONTAINE

NYR AGREE TO TERMS WITH FORWARD GABRIEL FONTAINE

Rangers’ sixth-round pick in 2016 NHL Entry Draft signs entry-level contract

BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, April 10, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward, Gabriel Fontaine on an entry-level contract.

Fontaine, 19, skated in 59 regular season games with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) this season, registering 23 goals and 29 assists for 52 points, along with a plus-31 rating and 37 penalty minutes. He established QMJHL career-highs in several categories this season, including goals, assists, points, and plus/minus rating. Fontaine ranked third on the Huskies in goals, ranked fourth in points, and ranked fifth in plus/minus rating. He established single-game QMJHL career-highs with three goals and four points on Mar. 12 vs. Val-d’Or.

The 6-1, 191-pounder has skated in eight playoff games thus far with the Huskies this year, registering five goals and four assists for nine points, along with a plus-four rating and four penalty minutes. Fontaine leads the QMJHL in game-winning goals (three) and overtime goals (two) in the playoffs this year. He has tallied a point in each of the last five games, including a goal in each of the last four contests.

Fontaine has played four seasons in the QMJHL with Sherbrooke and Rouyn-Noranda (2013-14 – 2016-17), and he has recorded 117 points (47 goals, 70 assists) in 194 games. In 2015-16, Fontaine recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 20 playoff games to help the Huskies win the QMJHL Championship and advance to the Memorial Cup.

The Montreal, Quebec, native was a sixth-round (171st overall) pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft by the Rangers.  

RANGERS PLAYING FIRST OF LAST TWO OF THE REGULAR SEASON

NEW YORK RANGERS at OTTAWA SENATORS
Saturday, Apr. 8, 2017, 12:30 p.m. ET
Canadian Tire Centre – Ottawa, ON
Rangers: 47-27-6 (100 pts)
Senators: 43-27-10 (96 pts)

BY: The New York Rangers 

TOMORROW’S GAME

The Rangers play their 81st game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set tomorrow, Apr. 8, against the Ottawa Senators at Canadian Tire Centre (12:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). New York has earned at least one point in seven of the last ten games, eight of the previous 12 games, and 10 of the last 15 games. The Rangers have posted a 47-27-6 record this season. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 3-9, 2017

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 3-9, 2017

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, CT – The Wolf Pack (23-41-4-2, 52 pts., .371) registered their first shutout of the season Friday night at the XL Center, with Magnus Hellberg making 20 saves in a 3-0 blanking of Hershey.  Hartford then fell in Albany Saturday, though, 4-3, despite Nicklas Jensen’s second straight goal-and-an-assist game, and dropped a 4-1 decision Sunday to the Bruins in Providence.

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS

This week:

The Wolf Pack’s final two home games of the season are this Friday and Saturday nights.  The Springfield Thunderbirds come to town for a 7:15 PM game on Friday, and then it’s the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visiting on Saturday night at 7:00, for “Fan Appreciation Night”.  After that, the Wolf Pack start a season-ending stretch of four straight on the road with a Sunday-afternoon visit to Bridgeport (3:00). Continue reading

CANTLON: PACK FIND A WIN IN HARTFORD

      VERSUS      

Wolf Pack End Losing Streak Hold Off Sound Tigers 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CTIt wasn’t easy, but the Hartford Wolf Pack held off a late rally from the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and won 4-3 and in the process ended their nine-game losing streak before an enthusiastic Saturday night crowd of 5,410 at the XL Center.

The game-winning goal restored a brief two-goal edge when Marek Hrivik sent a perfect backhanded cross-ice pass across the goal mouth to Michael Joly on the left wing. Joly got behind the check of Josh Holmstrom and beat goaltender Eamon MacAdam to the short side with his third of the season at 15:31.

Jenner did a great job getting an entrance on the play,” Joly, who tallied his first three-point AHL game, said. “We built some chemistry in the game and River made that pass I don’t know how. I was looking five-hole and was able to get it through.” Continue reading

CANTLON: HUSKIES OF NORTHEASTERN ELIMINATE HUSKIES OF UCONN

      VERSUS      

Northeastern Power Play Propels Them Past UCONN 6-2

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BOSTON, MANortheastern University scored three powerplay goals late in the game to pull away from the UConn Huskies 6-2 on Saturday night. The loss eliminated UConn in the opening round of the Hockey East playoffs dropping the Best-Of-Three series with Northeastern, two games to none.

UConn’s season ends with a 13-16-8 record. Northeastern advances on to the next round and saw their record improve on the year to 18-13-5.

In a one-goal game, a call midway through the third period on one of the smallest players on the ice, UConn senior, Evan Richardson, by the referee at center ice about the action in the corner located more than 100 feet away, was a bit perplexing.

“(The ref’s) a real pro. He wouldn’t make the call if he didn’t feel it was earned.” Huskies’ head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “(The hit that caused the call) was behind the play and I haven’t looked at it yet. It was a good game until we took a five-minute major.”   Continue reading

CHAIMOVITCH: AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HALL OF FAME WELCOMES CLASS OF 2017

AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE HALL OF FAME

WELCOMES CLASS OF 2017

BY: Jason Chaimovitch, AHL – VP Communications

ALLENTOWN, Pa. … The American Hockey League today formally inducted four new members into its American Hockey League Hall of Fame.

The AHL Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony took place at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown as part of the festivities that are making up the 2017 Toyota AHL All-Star Classic presented by Capital BlueCross.

Honored for their outstanding achievements and contributions in the American Hockey League were Billy Dea, the league’s all-time ironman with a record 548 consecutive games played with the Buffalo Bisons; Bryan Helmer, a three-time Calder Cup champion and the highest-scoring defenseman in league history; Rob Murray, a respected leader who is one of seven players ever with 1,000 regular-season games played; and Doug Yingst, whose storied 34-year career in the Hershey Bears front office saw him oversee four Calder Cup champions as general manager.

John Bartlett, the television voice of the Montreal Canadiens on Sportsnet, served as the master of ceremonies for the event. Bartlett will join Alan May and Brendan Burke on the call of tonight’s AHL All-Star Challenge, airing live on Sportsnet ONE throughout Canada and on a comprehensive list of regional networks in the U.S.

In an effort to make the rich tradition of the American Hockey League available to the widest possible audience, the AHL Hall of Fame is housed on-line at ahlhalloffame.com and is accessible to fans worldwide with the click of a mouse as a member of the AHL Internet Network.

Formed in 1936 and now in its 81st season of operation, the AHL continues to serve as the top development league for all 30 National Hockey League teams. More than 88 percent of today’s NHL players are American Hockey League graduates.

CANTLON: (FRI) UCONN WIN IN FINAL 2016 HOME GAME

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BY: Gerry Canton, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT On the strength of two Tage Thompson goals and 22 saves from Adam Huska, the UConn Huskies defeated the UMASS-Amherst Minuteman 3-1 at the XL Center Friday night before a crowd of just 3,949.

UConn’s record improves to 6-6-6 overall (4-3-3-2 HEA) while UMASS-Amherst  drops to 4-9-2 overall (2-7-1 HEA).

The Huskies will play next in Prescott Valley, Arizona as they take part in the Sun Devil Classic on December 30th against the St. Cloud St. Huskies. The Huskies return home on January 7th where they will go head-to-head with Yale University in their first meeting ever between the two programs.

“We talked about finishing the first half on a high note and play a solid 60 minutes. We played well for 40 and change,” UConn head coach Mike Cavanaugh said. “We played well in the first and second, but in the third (period) we took some penalties. I’m proud of the guys that we held on and found a way to win.” Continue reading