CANTLON’S CORNER: PACK OFF-SEASON REPORT -WEEK THREE
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – While the lights may be out for hockey in Hartford, and after a big shake-up hit last week for the Wolf Pack, the off-season continues to move forward.
AHL CALDER CUP PLAYOFFS
The conference finals are set. On the West Coast, the San Jose Barracuda will faceoff against the Grand Rapids Griffins. On the East Coast, the Providence Bruins will meet the Syracuse Crunch. Each series will play a 2-3-2 format.
Grand Rapids advanced after beating the Milwaukee Admirals in five games. The Griffins feature ex-Wolf Pack players Dylan McIlrath and Matt Ford.
San Jose disposed of San Diego in five games as well.
Despite being down three games to two to the Hershey Bears, Providence rallied and on Wednesday on the back of three goals in the second period, advanced to their first conference finals appearance since 2009.
The Bears led Providence after surviving a three-game set in Providence of trap hockey. While not pretty to watch, the Bears were held to just 44 shots over three games, but still managed to win two of them. The Bruins, after falling behind 2-0 in Game 6, came roaring back with the last four goals and forced the decisive seventh game Continue reading
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WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE SIX PREMIER 2017-18 HOME DATES
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Guaranteed Dates Include Opening Night October 6
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
HARTFORD, May 10, 2017: Spectra, operators of the XL Center and Hartford Wolf Pack, today announced six prime home game dates for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL season.
The Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 home opener is set for Friday, October 6, and in addition to that, the AHL has guaranteed the Wolf Pack five Saturday-night dates. Following is the full list of the guaranteed dates:
Friday, October 6
Saturday, November 4
Saturday, December 23
Saturday, January 27
Saturday, February 3
Saturday, March 31
Bookings are already available for Wolf Pack fan experience packages on these six-game dates. Among those opportunities is the singing of the National Anthem or “God Bless America”, and the chance for amateur teams to play games on the XL Center ice. Further information is available by contacting the Wolf Pack ticket sales office at (855) 762-6451.
The Wolf Pack’s entire 2017-18 game schedule, including opponents and start times for these six prime dates, will be announced as soon as the AHL schedule is fully finalized.
Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2017-18 AHL season can be found on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com. To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.
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CANTLON’S CORNER: FUTURE LOOKING BRIGHT FOR LETTIERI
BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings
HARTFORD, CT – Hockey and sports have always been a huge part of Vinni Lettieri’s life.
Lettieri took the first steps towards becoming a professional athlete when he signed an Amateur Try-Out (ATO) deal to play for the Hartford Wolf Pack for the last nine games of the regular season after the elimination of his college team, the Minnesota Golden Gophers, in the NCAA Regionals.
Lettieri played on several different combinations in Hartford including an extended stay with winger Chris Brown.
“It’s a great experience coming here to start to get a taste of pro hockey,” Lettieri said. “I have gone to several player development camps (two with the Rangers and one with Nashville), but this is my first real action. A guy like Brownie is a big body and gets the puck out of the corner. He has been helpful to remember the full cycle in the offensive zone. Sometimes coming out of college you get to a half cycle. There’s always something to learn.”
Shooting the puck has been his main strength. While he did not get that first pro goal, he did show a knack and fearlessness about putting the puck on net. Continue reading
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GAME 4: SWAMP Rabbits Look to Respond on the Road
Greenville’s 2-1 series lead on the line in North Charleston tonight as the puck drops for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal
BY: Brian Tosti, Greenville Swamp Rabbits
The Greenville Swamp Rabbits, proud ECHL affiliate of the New York Rangers and the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack, are back in action tonight for Game 4 of the South Division Semifinal in North Charleston, SC. After Greenville took a 2-0 advantage in the series, South Carolina responded on home ice to earn a 6-0 win last night. Parker Milner earned a shutout in the game and Rob Flick led the scoring charge with two goals. After last night’s contest, the teams are even with 10 goals each in the series. Greenville and South Carolina will see each other for the 18th time this season and the tenth time in the Low Country. The Swamp Rabbits completed the regular season with a 3-4-1-0 record in North Charleston and 5-7-1-1 overall mark against their intra-state rival. Greenville has only lost back-to-back playoff games seven times in franchise history and is 9-6-1 following a postseason loss. Continue reading
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WOLF PACK WEEKLY: April 17-23, 2017
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack (24-46-4-2, 54 pts., .355) finished their 20th-anniversary 2016-17 season with a 6-3 loss Wednesday night at Albany, a 5-4 defeat in Utica Friday night and a 5-1 setback Saturday night at Springfield. Nicklas Jensen scored his 30th goal of the season in Wednesday’s game, and then netted his 31st and 32nd Friday night, to finish second in the AHL in goals, just one behind league leader Wade Megan of the Chicago Wolves. Taylor Beck had a pair of assists in Friday night’s game, giving him a total of 19 goals and 47 assists for 66 points in 56 games on the year between the Wolf Pack and the Bakersfield Condors, good for a tie for third in the AHL in assists and a tie for fourth in points. Continue reading
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NEW YORK RANGERS at LOS ANGELES KINGS
Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017, 10:30 p.m. ET
STAPLES Center – Los Angeles, CA
Rangers: 45-25-4 (94 pts)
Kings: 35-31-7 (77 pts)
BY: The New York Rangers
The Rangers play their 75th game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set today, Mar. 25, against the Los Angeles Kings at STAPLES Center (10:30 p.m. ET – TV: MSG+; Radio: ESPN 1050 AM). The Rangers have earned at least one point in three of the last four games, four of the last six games, and six of the last nine contests. The Blueshirts have won 14 of their last 24 games (14-7-3), as well as 17 of their last 29 contests (17-9-3). The Rangers have posted a 45-25-4 record this season.
RANGERS VS. KINGS
- All-Time: 68-45-16-3 (38-20-6-1 at home; 30-25-10-2 on the road)
- 2016-17: Today’s game is the second of two meetings between the Rangers and Kings, and the only meeting between the two teams in Los Angeles. The Rangers have posted a 1-0-0 record (1-0-0 at home; 0-0-0 on the road) and defeated the Kings, 3-2, on Jan. 23 at MSG. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 36 of 38 shots he faced, and Mats Zuccarello tallied the game-winning goal in the third period.
- The Rangers have earned at least one point in nine of their last 12 games against the Kings, dating back to Dec. 17, 2008 (6-3-3).
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NEW YORK RANGERS at NEW JERSEY DEVILS
Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2017, 7:00 p.m. ET
Prudential Center – Newark, NJ
Rangers: 45-24-3 (93 pts)
Devils: 26-33-12 (64 pts)
BY: The New York Rangers
The Rangers play their 73rd game of the 2016-17 season and begin a back-to-back set tomorrow, Mar. 21, against the New Jersey Devils in a Metropolitan Division matchup at Prudential Center (7:00 p.m. ET – TV: MSG Network; Radio: ESPN 98.7 FM). The Blueshirts have won 14 of their last 22 games (14-6-2), as well as 17 of their last 27 contests (17-8-2). The Rangers have posted a 45-24-3 record this season.
RANGERS VS. DEVILS
- All-Time*: 114-89-27-8 (63-31-20-4 at home; 51-58-7-4 on the road) *Note: All-time record includes games against the Kansas City Scouts from 1974-75 – 1975-76 and the Colorado Rockies from 1976-77 – 1981-82
- 2016-17: Tomorrow’s game is the fourth of four meetings between the Rangers and Devils and the second of two meetings between the two teams in New Jersey. The Rangers have posted a 3-0-0 record (2-0-0 at home; 1-0-0 on the road) and defeated the Devils, 4-3, in overtime in the last meeting between the two teams on Feb. 25 in New Jersey. The Blueshirts have outscored the Devils, 12-5, in the three contests. Chris Kreider leads all skaters with three goals and five points in the season series, while Mats Zuccarello leads all skaters with three assists and a plus-six rating.
- The Rangers have earned at least one point in 15 of their last 19 games against the Devils, dating back to Mar. 19, 2013 (13-4-2 record). New York has also earned at least one point in 12 of its last 14 contests against New Jersey, dating back to Dec. 7, 2013 (10-2-2 record).
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Swamp Rabbits Celebrate Greenville
Fluor and team celebrate community with live auction, craft beer, & book drive
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 Wolfpack will host Celebrate Greenville presented by Fluor on Friday, March 31st. The evening will also feature Craft Beer Night, and a book drive benefiting Greenville Literacy Association.
The team will wear specially designed ‘Celebrate Greenville’ jerseys during the game that will be available for fans to purchase during a live auction after the game. 100% of the auction proceeds will benefit the Golf for Greenville tournament charities: Center for Developmental Services, Homes for Hope, Science on the Move and the Salvation Army of Greenville. The Swamp Rabbits will also be hosting a Craft Beer festival prior to the game. Fans 21 and older can enjoy a pre-game event with craft beer tastings from local and regional breweries in the Upstate, food pairings and a Swamp Rabbits souvenir from the event. Continue reading
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Titans Score Late, Defeat Dashers 3-2
BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings (with Tommy Pecoraro, Danbury Titans)
DANBURY, CT – Taylor Bourne broke a 2-2 tie with the game-winning goal midway through the third period as the Danbury Titans defeated the visiting Danville Dashers 3-2 before 913 at the Danbury Ice Arena on Sunday night.
Bourne contributed a goal and an assist and was named the game’s First Star. Danbury’s Ludlow Harris, Jr., the game’s Second Star, also had a goal and an assist while Dalton Jay added two helpers. For the Dashers, Andrew Harrison had a goal and an assist and was named the game’s Third Star.
Following Harrison’s goal midway through the third frame to knot the score at two, the very next shift, the Titans regained the lead for good as Bourne was at the right place at the right time, firing home a loose puck in the slot, to make it 3-2.
In what could be a preview of the upcoming Commissioner’s Cup Finals, the league’s two hottest teams went right at each other from the drop of the opening puck.
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Titans Hold Off River Drivers, Win 3-2
BY: Tommy Pecoraro, Danbury Titans
Danbury, CT – In what could be a Federal Hockey League playoff preview, Dalton Jay and Taylor Bourne each registered a goal and an assist, while Ryan Wilkinson added two helpers to lead the Danbury Titans to a crucial 3-2 win over the visiting Berlin River Drivers before 812 at the Danbury Ice Arena on Saturday night.
Both teams were looking to secure second place and home-ice advantage in the first round of the Commissioner’s Cup Playoffs. The playoffs start in three weeks. The Titans built a 3-1 lead and held on against a late Berlin charge to secure a 3-2 win.
In the third period, with the team nursing a 2-1 lead, the Titans got what would prove to be the game-winner at 7:55 of the third period.
Wilkinson was just barely able to avoid a huge center ice check from the River Drivers’ Vojtek Zemlicka. The puck got loose and was found by Jay who took it all the way to River Drivers’ netminder, Matt Kaludis (43 saves) and shot it over his shoulder to make it 3-1.
The River Drivers pressed to make it a one-goal game and were awarded a power play at 15:20 when Frankie Hart went off for holding. Tyler Howe deflected a shot in front of Titan goaltender, Bobby Bowden (23 saves) and made it 3-2.
BOXSCORE Continue reading
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