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CHAIMOVITCH: AHL RULE CHANGES FOR 2015-16

ahl-logo_thumbBY: Jason Chaimovitch, VP Communications, AHL

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors has concluded its 2015 Annual Meeting, held this week at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Chaired by AHL President and CEO David Andrews, the four days of meetings, which concluded Thursday, saw the approval by the Board of the following items to be implemented beginning in 2015-16:

Playing Schedule/Standings
• The 2015-16 regular season will consist of 1,120 games, played between Oct. 9 and Apr. 17. All teams will play 76 games each with the exception of the clubs which joined the AHL in January as part of the creation of a Pacific Division (Bakersfield, Ontario, San Diego, San Jose, Stockton); those five teams will play 68 games each.

• Teams will receive two points for a win and one point for an overtime or shootout loss. The top four teams in each division ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) will qualify for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, with one exception in each conference: if the fifth-place team in the Atlantic or Central Division finishes with a better points percentage than the fourth-place team in the North or Pacific Division, it would cross over and compete in the other division’s bracket.

• The 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs will feature a divisional playoff format, leading to conference finals and ultimately the Calder Cup Finals.

• The division semifinals are best-of-five series; all subsequent rounds are best-of-seven.

Rule 85 (“Overtime”) 
• During the regular season, the sudden-death overtime period will be five minutes (5:00) in length.

• Full playing strength will be 3-on-3 (plus goaltenders) for the entire period.

• Overtime will be preceded by a “dry scrape” of the entire ice surface.

• Teams will change ends at the start of overtime.

• If the game is still tied following overtime, a winner will be determined by a three-player shootout.

Rule 79 (“Video Review”) 
• A team may use a “coach’s challenge” to initiate an official video review; only those situations which are subject to review by rule may be challenged.

• A team may only request a coach’s challenge if it has its timeout available, and the coach’s challenge must be effectively initiated prior to the resumption of play.

• If the coach’s challenge does not result in the original call on the ice being overturned, the team exercising such challenge will be charged with a timeout.

Rule 76.4 (“Face-offs”) 
• For all face-offs (excluding center ice), the defending player shall place his stick on the ice first; for face-offs at center ice, the visiting player shall place his stick on the ice first.

In operation since 1936, 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, and for the 14th year in a row, more than 6 million fans attended AHL games across North America in 2014-15.

FUEHRING: ROADIES ANNOUNCE 2015-2016 SCHEDULE

greenville-road-warriors_thumb16ROAD WARRIORS UNVEIL 2015-16 SCHEDULE

Home opener set for Friday, October 23 against South Carolina

BY: Alan Fuehring, Greenville Rd Warriors 

Greenville, SC The Greenville Road Warriors, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are proud to unveil their 2015-16 regular season schedule. For the second consecutive year, the Road Warriors will begin the season in Orlando on Saturday, October 17, before returning to the Upstate for the home opener on Friday, October 23 against the South Carolina Stingrays.

The ECHL schedule is comprised of 72 games: 36 home and 36 away. Once again, the Road Warriors will boast a family and fan-friendly schedule that has 27 of the team’s 36 home games being played on a Friday night, Saturday night, or Sunday afternoon. Greenville’s home schedule will also feature seven Thursday night home games, one Monday night game and one Tuesday night contest. 

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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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Wolf Pack playoff tickets are available at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.

To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.

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

rp_hartfordwolfpackpuck_thumb.jpg     VERSUS      Albany

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