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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


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


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)


gerry-150x130BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings


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


hartford-wolf-pack-logo-150x133      VERSUS      norfolk-admirals

Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Norfolk Admirals 0

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Norfolk, VA, January 17, 2015 – Mackenzie Skapski made 19 saves for his second shutout of the season Saturday night at Norfolk Scope, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Norfolk Admirals 3-0, for a sweep of a back-to-back series between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had won the first of the two Friday night at Scope, 3-2 in overtime.

Chris Bourque’s second-period power-play goal was the only offense the Wolf Pack would need, and Marek Hrivik scored early in the third.  Chris Mueller created the final margin with an empty-net goal.  Jason LaBarbera, the former Wolf Pack star, had a strong night in the Admiral net, stopping 25 of the 27 shots he faced. Continue reading


hartford-wolf-pack-logo-150x133       VERSUS      norfolk-admirals

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Norfolk, VA, January 16, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack went to overtime for a franchise record-tying fourth straight game Friday night at Norfolk Scope, and Ryan Haggerty’s 3-on-3 goal at 4:10 of OT gave the Wolf Pack a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals.

Haggerty also had an assist for the Wolf Pack, who also got a goal and an assist from Ryan Bourque.  Danny Kristo also scored for Hartford, and former Admiral Yann Danis made 38 saves.  Emerson Etem had a goal and an assist for the Admirals, who tied the game with only 1:20 left in the third period to force overtime, and Dave Steckel also scored.  Ex-Wolf Pack Jason LaBarbera stopped 30 shots.

“Any time we have a goaltending effort like that and you give up a lead, it’s always good to battle back in front of our goalie and be able to get the win,” Haggerty said. Continue reading

WOLF PACK WEEKLY: January 12-18, 2015

bob-crawfordBY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

The Wolf Pack (20-12-3-2, 45 pts.) gave their fans some extra entertainment this past week with three overtime games, winning two of the three to reach a high-water mark for the season of eight games above .500.  Dylan McIlrath’s first career pro overtime goal gave the Pack a 3-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch Friday night at the XL Center, and Marek Hrivik scored his first OT goal as a pro Saturday night in Springfield, as the Wolf Pack notched their first win in three tries against the Falcons, 4-3.  That triumph was Ken Gernander’s 300th AHL coaching win, making him one of only three individuals in league history (Bruce Boudreau and Frank Mathers are the others) to amass 300 coaching victories and at least 300 points as a player. The third time to OT was not a charm on Sunday, though, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers handed the Wolf Pack a 4-3 home defeat, despite Chris Bourque’s goal and an assist.  With the 2-0-1-0 performance on the week, the Pack now have at least a standings point in 12 of their last 15 games (9-3-1-2). Continue reading