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CRAWFORD: PACK RUN FOR THE CUP BEINGS WEDNESDAY

cc15_primaryWOLF PACK TO FACE PROVIDENCE BRUINS IN FIRST-ROUND CALDER CUP PLAYOFF SERIES

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Best of Five Battle Starts Wednesday Night at XL Center

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

HARTFORD, April 19, 2015:  Hartford Wolf Pack general manager Jim Schoenfeld announced today the schedule for the Wolf Pack’s first-round Calder Cup playoff series, which will feature the Wolf Pack against the Providence Bruins.

The Wolf Pack, who won the Northeast Division and are seeded third in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, will start the best-of-five series against the sixth-seeded Bruins this Wednesday, April 22 at the XL Center, with faceoff at 7:00 PM.  Game Two of the series will also be at the XL Center, this Saturday, April 25 at 7:00, before the series switches to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence for Game Three next Sunday, April 26.  Faceoff for that contest will be 7:05.  A Game Four, if it is necessary, would be in Providence Tuesday, April 28 at 7:05, and if the series went the full five games, a decisive Game Five would be Friday, May 1 at the XL Center, at 7:00.

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CANTLON: PACK CLINCH FIRST AND THIRD

Hartford Wolf Pack      VERSUS      Albany

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

Sometimes, a loss can devastate a team and other times, it can bear fruit. For the Hartford Wolf Pack, Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Albany Devils in the New York capitol combined with the Syracuse Crunch 4-2 loss on their last game of the regular season to the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers secured the Northeast Division title and locked in the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliates to the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

The division title is the team’s fourth in franchise history and first since 2008-09.

The Wolf Pack will host the Providence Bruins in the, “Best-of-Five,” first round series that is likely to start Wednesday night because the XL Center is booked for a concert Thursday through Friday. If the Pack are to play home Saturday, it will take quite a bit of work to get the arena ready. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 6-12, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (38-23-5-4, 85 pts.) won two of their three games this week, pulling off third period comebacks at home both Friday and Saturday nights, against two of the AHL’s top teams.  The Wolf Pack dropped a 4-3 decision at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Wednesday night, and were down by two goals three separate times in Friday night’s home battle with Northeast Division-leading Syracuse.  A season-high five-goal outburst in the third period, though, led by a pair of Marek Hrivik goals, propelled the Pack to a 6-4 win over the Crunch.  Then on Saturday night against the AHL leaders, the Manchester Monarchs, the Wolf Pack rebounded from a 2-0 third-period deficit, on a pair of Oscar Lindberg goals in the last 5:05 of regulation, and eventually won in a shootout, 3-2.  The two victories lifted the Wolf Pack to a season-best 15 games over the .500 mark, and to within four points of Syracuse for first place in the Northeast. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK BLOW 3-GOAL LEAD – SURRENDER 5-IN THIRD

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BY: Bob Crawford Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, March 22, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack took a 2-0 lead into the third period Sunday at the Times Union Center, only to see the Albany Devils score five times in the third and hand the Wolf Pack a 5-3 defeat.

The loss snapped a run of five games with at least a standings point (4-0-0-1) for the Wolf Pack, who fell to 34-22-5-4 (77 points) on the season.

The Devils scored three times on power plays in the third period, against a Hartford penalty-killing unit that had been 26-for-28 in the previous seven games.

“When you play PK (penalty kill) it’s tough to score goals, and they get a chance to score goals, so that’s probably the story of this loss,” said Wolf Pack forward Carl Klingberg, who had a goal and an assist in the game.  “I thought we played a good game, though, when we were not playing PK.” Continue reading

CANLTON: PACK KNOCKED OFF FROM WILKES BARRE

hartford-wolf-pack-logo-150x133       VERSUS      Wilkes Barre

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT - Andrew Ebbett found his Hartford magic again in overtime Saturday night.

During the four-on-four portion of overtime, on Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton’s second shot of the period, defenseman Brian Dumoulin sprung Ebbett free for a clean breakaway. Ebbett fired his thirteenth of the season via Wolf Pack netminder Yann Dani’s five-hole at 2:27 to give his Penguins a 3-2 overtime win.

The Penguins record is now 31-18-2-4 (68 points). They are tied with the Wolf Pack in points, but take the fifth spot in the conference on the tie breaking basis of having won one more game. The Penguins also have the third best conference road record to 12-8-3-3.

Ebbett scored twice last week the Penguins victory when the game was played in Pennsylvania. Continue reading

RANGERS: LUNDQVIST INJURED, TALBOT IN NET, SKAPSKI RECALLED

Mackenzie SkapskiBY: The New York Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the team has recalled goaltender Mackenzie Skapski from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Skapski, 20, has appeared in 24 games with the Wolf Pack this season, posting a 12-7-3 record, along with a 2.38 GAA, a .914 SV%, and 2 SO. He is tied for fifth among AHL rookie goaltenders in shutouts, is tied for sixth among AHL rookie goaltenders in GAA, is tied for eighth among AHL rookie goaltenders in wins, and is tied for ninth among AHL rookie goaltenders in SV%.

The 6-3, 191-pounder posted a personal three-game winning streak in his last three contests with the Wolf Pack (1.34 GAA, .943 SV%, 1 SO), and he helped Hartford earn at least one point in each of his last five appearances (4-0-1 record, 2.14 GAA, .911 SV%, 1 SO over the span). Skapski registered a 7-3-2 record, along with a 2.22 GAA, a .920 SV%, and 1 SO in his last 12 AHL appearances, and he allowed two goals or fewer in eight of those 12 contests. He made his AHL debut on Oct. 24 vs. Albany, and he posted his first career AHL win/shutout while making his first career AHL start on Oct. 26 vs. Norfolk.

The Abbotsford, British Columbia native was originally selected by the Rangers in the sixth round, 170th overall, of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

(Photo Courtesy of Chris Rutsch, Hartford Wolf Pack)

CANTLON’S CORNER: LOTS OF MID WEEK NOTES

gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

BOURQUE ENJOYING THE ALL STAR GAME

The old adage that, “It never gets old,” certainly applies for All Star appearances.

For the Hartford Wolf Pack’s Chris Bourque, in his first season representing the team and the starting lineup nod is something he does not take for granted.

“I am very proud to represent the organization,” The elder of the two Bourque’s on the Pack roster said with a wide grin. “It really is an honor to be selected, especially by the fans. I’m sure my wife and mother might have voted for me more than once.”

Bourque did appear in the AHL All-Star Game twice before as a member of the Hershey Bears, but the veteran forward knows the selection isn’t about just one guy. “I have to thank my teammates and linemates. Joey (Crabb), Oscar (Lindberg) and I have started to develop some real chemistry and we’re buzzing real good out there. My success comes from playing with them. The coaching staff, the training and equipment staff are a big part of this as well.” Continue reading