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Goals and Fists Lead to Danbury Victory

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

Danbury, CT Nikolai Okhlobystin recorded two goals in a Gordie Howe hat trick, including the game-winning goal, as the Danbury Titans won their second in a row over the Cornwall Nationals by a 5-2 score on Saturday night at the Danbury Ice Arena. Nikita Ivandikov stopped 28 of 30 shots as the Titans retook sole possession of fourth place in the Federal Hockey League. Continue reading



BY: The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, February 3, 2017 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has assigned goaltender Magnus Hellberg to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Hellberg has appeared in 26 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 10-9-5 record, along with a 2.86 GAA and a .905 SV%. Hellberg has allowed two goals or fewer in five of his last six AHL appearances (3-2-1 record, 1.80 GAA, .939 SV% over the span).


Danbury Titans       VERSUS       Dayton Demolition

Danbury Sweeps Dayton, Await Opponent for Finals

BY: Zak McGinniss, Danbury Titans

DANBURY, CT The Danbury Titans, after finishing atop the FHL standings, are bound for the Commissioner’s Cup Finals after completing the sweep of the Dayton Demolition in the first round. Ryan Patsch scored twice and Alex Vazzano made 29 saves in the winning effort. Special teams were critical in the game, as every Dayton goal, and two of Danbury’s would come on the power play.

Danbury would score the first goal of the game once again with Tyler Gjurich connecting on the power play, snapping a shot over the glove of Dayton’s Josselin St. Pierre to give the Titans an early lead. Bryan Dallaire and John Scorcia tallied the assists in Gjurich’s 2nd of the post-season. Jacques Lamoureux would respond for Dayton with a power play goal of his own halfway through the period, scoring the first goal of the game for Dayton in each game. A much tighter affair than last night’s game, the period would end tied at one.

The Demolition would take their first and only lead of the series courtesy of Scott Kozlak’s power play goal 8:26 into the period. Ryan Patsch would knot it up just over three minutes later with a nearly identical shot to his goal last night. Dean Yakura’s power play goal four minutes later would give the Titans a lead they would not relinquish. The shots on goal became more skewed over the course of the period, with Danbury outshooting Dayton 23-8 in the frame.

With their backs against the wall and their season on the line, the Demolition would press things offensively looking for the equalizer. It was not to be, as Ryan Patsch’s unassisted goal with nine minutes remaining would prove to be the game-winner. Michael Dolman would make things interesting by scoring with 2:09 remaining and St. Pierre on the bench but a concerted defensive effort sealed the win for Danbury and punched their ticket to the Finals.

With the win, the Danbury Titans advance to the Commissioner’s Cup Finals in their first season of existence. They await the winner of the Danville and Port Huron series, which began today. That series will conclude with a Game 3, if necessary, to be played on Sunday, April 10th. Secure your tickets to watch the Titans in the Finals by calling 844-DT-HOCKEY, or by visiting danburytitans.com.


rp_hartfordwolfpacklogo_thumb1.jpg      VERSUS      Bridgeport
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – A breakaway goal from Matt Finn, his second tally of the game, was the difference as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers escaped Hartford with an important 3-2 victory on Sunday afternoon over the Wolf Pack before a healthy crowd of 5,611 at the XL Center.

The game-winner came as Finn came out of the penalty box, retrieved a lead pass sent off the boards byBen Holmstrom. Hartford’s Ryan Graves furiously tried to catch up to Finn, but with him in full stride, he came down the left wing and held the puck just long enough to get Pack netminder, Jeff Malcolm, to follow him before shooting across the grain to the open side of the net. For Finn, it was his third of the season a day after being recalled from the Missouri Mavericks (ECHL).

“A tough break,” Said the newest Pack captain, defenseman, Mat Bodie. “You have got to be aware when guys come out of the box. It went from a Grade A chance for us and right onto their stick (for the breakaway). We pressed hard at the end, but couldn’t get that tying goal.” Continue reading


Post Game NotesCapture2Box ScoreCapture2   Game Summary                                           CBJ: J. Korpisalo (L)   NYR: A. Raanta (W)    Event Summary


        WINNING WAYS – The Rangers extended their winning streak to three games and have won five of their last six contests (5-1-0). The Rangers have won 10 of their last 13 games (10-2-1), 11 of their last 15 games (11-3-1), and 13 of their last 18 games (13-4-1). The Blueshirts have earned at least one point in 20 of their last 28 games (18-8-2), including 19 of their last 26 games (17-7-2) and 18 of their last 24 games (16-6-2). Continue reading


gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings



There’s no real way to underestimate or understate the importance of this coming weekend’s three-games-in-three-nights are. Simply put, they are the three biggest games of the year.

“We need points and we need them in a hurry,” Chris Mueller said. Mueller is one of the three assistant captains for the Wolf Pack. “We’ve played well enough to win, like in the Hershey game, and it all starts with Springfield who are in our division just ahead of us in the standings and its starts there. With 18 games left we have to take it one game at a time and I like where our mindset is right now?”

The Pack have a record of 30-21-5-3 (or 68 points) sit in third place in the division two points behind the Springfield Falcons and six behind Northeast leader Syracuse Crunch. Continue reading


English: Czech Republic defenceman Tomáš Kaber...

English: Czech Republic defenceman Tomáš Kaberle in action against Russia at the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Seventeenth-year Pro Brings 984 Games of NHL Experience to Pack Lineup

BY: Bob Crawford, HFD Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, November 14, 2014: Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today that the Wolf Pack has signed defenseman Tomas Kaberle to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement.

Kaberle, 36, has sixteen years of North American pro hockey experience, and has played 984 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens. The 6-1, 212-pound native of Rakovnik, Czech Republic has amassed 563 career NHL points, with 87 goals and 476 assists, and won a Stanley Cup championship in 2010-11 with Boston. Continue reading


New-York-R-150x1501      VERSUS      Toronto-150x150

BY: Billy Pepitone, Exclusive to Howlings
(Purchase Billy’s incredible new Rangers-centric murder mystery book, ICE COLD here)

Coming off their 4-3 loss in Toronto Monday night, the New York Rangers mapped out a two-pronged plan to slow down the Maple Leafs in their Madison Square Garden rematch Wednesday night. The first order of business was to shut down the Leafs top gun Phil Kessel. Secondly, New York needed to eliminate the defensive breakdowns that plagued them in the previous meeting. While stopping Kessel proved easier said than done, the Rangers did commit far fewer mistakes in every zone and rode Henrik Lundqvist’s goaltending to a 3-2 shootout victory. Continue reading


Greenville Road WarriorsGREENVILLE, SC – The Greenville Road Warriors announced today that defenseman Cullen Eddy has been loaned to the team by the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League. Continue reading

WOLF PACK/WHALE WEEKLY: November 8-14, 2010


The Wolf Pack (4-8-2-1, 11 pts.) snapped a franchise-record nine-game winless streak (0-7-2-0) with a 7-1 pounding of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Sunday in GEICO Connecticut Cup action at the XL Center.  Prior to that seven-goal explosion, the Pack had been held to a total of 10 goals during the nine-game drought, which included a 4-1 home loss to Manchester Wednesday, a 3-2 defeat in Manchester Friday and a 4-1 road loss in Bridgeport on Saturday, in the first half of a home-and-home with the Sound Tigers.  Mats Zuccarello led the way for the Wolf Pack in Sunday’s rout, with the club’s first hat trick of the season and an assist, and totaled 4-2-6 in the week’s four games, and linemate Tim Kennedy chipped in three assists Sunday and had five total helpers in his three games on the week. 

This week:

It’s a light week for the Wolf Pack this week, with two home games before the squad plays five straight on the road.  The Pack plays its first game against a Western Conference opponent Tuesday night, when the Toronto Marlies invade the XL Center for a 7:00 game, and then the last home game for the Wolf Pack before the team is officially re-branded the Connecticut Whale is Saturday night at 7:00, with the Springfield Falcons in town. 

Tuesday, November 9 vs. Toronto at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

· This is the first game of the season for the Wolf Pack against a Western Conference opponent.  The Pack logged a 1-1-1-1 record in four contests vs. the Western Conference last season.

· The Marlies make their one-and-only regular season visit of the year to the XL Center for this game, which is the first of two on the year between the two clubs.  The Wolf Pack gained three out of a possible four points in a two-game season series last year, winning 6-1 in Hartford and dropping a 3-2 overtime decision in Toronto.

· This is the seventh all-time meeting between the Wolf Pack and Marlies.  The Pack are 3-2-0-1 previously against Toronto, and have won two of the three all-time matchups in Hartford.

· Head Coach Greg Gilbert’s Marlies are in the midst of a stretch of 10 straight road games, and are currently bringing up the rear in the North Division with a 4-6-0-2 record for 10 points, after a wild, 7-6 shootout loss at Oklahoma City Sunday.

· Toronto’s leading scorer, Nazem Kadri, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft by the parent Maple Leafs, is tied for third in the AHL in rookie points, with 5-6-11 in 12 games.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.CTwhale.com and www.wtic.com.  

Saturday, November 13 vs. Springfield at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

· This night will be a celebration of Wolf Pack history, it being the final home game before the franchise is officially re-branded the Connecticut Whale Saturday, November 27.

· The “Hartford Distributors/Bud Light All-time Wolf Pack Team”, which was chosen by a fan vote that ended Sunday, will be announced at this game.  Also, the first 3,000 fans into the game will receive a free Wolf Pack commemorative poster.

· The Wolf Pack are 0-1-1-0 in this year’s I-91 season series with the Falcons, including a 2-1 overtime loss October 29 in the only previous meeting at the XL Center, after going 6-2-2-0 in 10 games against Springfield last season.

· Springfield is unbeaten in regulation in its last four games (3-0-0-1) and stands in third place in the Atlantic Division, with a record of 7-4-0-1 for 15 points.

· Former Wolf Pack goaltender David LeNeveu stopped a total of 63 out of 66 Pack shots in the Falcons’ two victories over the Wolf Pack.

· Radio – live with Bob Crawford in HD on WTIC’s 96.5 HD 2 and on-line at www.CTwhale.com and www.wtic.com.  

Sunday, November 14 – “Wolf Pack Bowl-a-Thon” – AMF Silver Lanes, East Hartford, 11:00 AM

The Wolf Pack players will be bowling for Special Olympics Connecticut at AMF Silver Lanes in East Hartford, in the annual “Wolf Pack Bowl-a-Thon”.  The Pack players will be bowling alongside teams of four bowlers, who have collected pledges to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut Eastern Region.  A minimum pledge level of $200 is required for a team to enter, and the top fund-raising teams will win prizes, including the use of luxury suites at Wolf Pack home games.  Registration for the Bowl-a-Thon is available on-line at www.soct.org.  For further information, call (877) 660-6667.  There will be two sessions of bowling, the first starting at 11:00 AM and the second at 2:00 PM.  AMF Silver Lanes is located at 748 Silver Lane in East Hartford.

Recent Transactions:

Dov Grumet-Morris – released from Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack November 4.

Evgeny Grachev – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers November 8.

Pack Tracks:

Individual tickets for Wolf Pack/Whale home games are on sale now at the XL Center ticket office and all Ticketmaster locations. Tickets may also be charged by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at www.CTwhale.com.  Tickets start at $7 each at the XL Center ticket office on game day.

For information on Wolf Pack/Whale ticket packages, group sales and VIP packages, call (860) 728-3366

Once again this season, the Wolf Pack are partnering with WTIC Radio to air Wolf Pack hockey action.  All of the Wolf Pack’s regular-season and playoff games will air on 96.5 WTIC-FM’s HD 2 channel and will be streamed on-line at www.wtic.com. Select games will be carried live on the 50,000-watt AM powerhouse, WTIC NewsTalk 1080.

The AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack/Connecticut Whale is operated by Whalers Sports and Entertainment, a Hartford-based sports marketing and event firm founded by Howard Baldwin.  The team is the top player-development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers.

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