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CRAWFORD: PACK CRUSHED BY SOUND TIGERS IN 2ND PRESEASON GAME

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Worcester, MA, September 30, 2017 – Dan Catenacci’s goal with 2:53 left in the game saved the Hartford Wolf Pack from being shut out by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, but the Sound Tigers cruised to a 7-1 win in the Wolf Pack’s second of two preseason games.

Travis St. Denis had two goals and an assist for Bridgeport, and Matt Gaudreau scored twice.  John Stevens and Casey Bailey had a goal and an assist apiece.  Christopher Gibson made 30 saves in the Sound Tiger net.

The Sound Tigers got the only goal of the first period at 13:42, just ten seconds after they finished a penalty kill.  Yannick Turcotte sent Gaudreau off on a breakaway, and Gaudreau slipped a backhand shot in behind Wolf Pack starting goaltender Brandon Halverson (21 saves).

Bridgeport then exploded for four goals in the second frame, starting with another breakaway score at 8:24, this one shorthanded.  Again it was Turcotte making the pass, as his feed led Stevens in all alone.  Halverson got a big piece of Stevens’ shot, but could not keep it out of the net. Continue reading

CANTLON: WOLF PACK SHUTOUT IN PRE-SEASON OPENER

WOLF PACK SHUTOUT IN PRE-SEASON OPENER

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BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT The Hartford Wolf Pack were shutout in their pre-season opening contest for the 2017-18 season 2-0 by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The game started at noon and was closed to the general public.

With lineups on both sides comprised mostly of players destined for their ECHL clubs, the game sadly mirrored in last year’s edition of the Wolf Pack.

In the first five minutes, the Wolf Pack were forced to kill two penalties including a 17-second five-on-three. Even after The Pack had killed the penalties, they found themselves pinned in their zone.

“We got in trouble early to do some penalty killing. That got us back on our heels,” the Pack’s new head coach, Keith McCambridge said. “Once we got past that, we were able to get ourselves going a bit.” Continue reading

CRDA RELEASES PICTURE OF COMPLETED XL CENTER FLOOR

Here’s your first look at the new floor in the XL Center after all the work to repair the ice. It now needs to cure for the next 30 days…

CRDA PROVIDES PROGRESS PICTURES OF XL CENTER RENOVATION

CRDA PROVIDES PICTURES OF XL CENTER RENOVATION PROGRESS

BY: Mitch Beck, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT Last week, Gerry Cantlon gave Howlings readers an in-depth report (Find it HERE) on the latest happenings with the renovation work currently going on at the XL Center.

Gerry was just provided ten pictures by the CRDA detailing the progress on those repairs.

Here they are:

    

CANTLON: WOLF PACK WRAP UP DAY

Wolf Pack Wrap Up Day

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The XL Center arena was dark. The ice is gone. Almost no equipment remains in the locker room as the picture was that of a 2016-17  AHL season Hartford Wolf Pack clearly over. While it may be over for the players, for the off ice staff was still at work with their season-ending multiple tasks.

The only news of the day was that the New York Rangers will not be recalling as many players for the playoffs as there have in the past to be a part of the Black Aces squad. The Rangers are ready for a crucial Game 4 in their Best-of-Seven series with the Montreal Canadiens. The Rangers find themselves down two games to none. Magnus Hellberg, who was recalled earlier in the week was on the bench in the place on Antti Raanta. Hellberg may remain the only recall, but that remains undetermined.

“The list is truly not finalized as of yet. There are several contractual and other matters that need to be ironed out, but I can say there will be very few players going to New York,” Head Coach Ken Gernander said. Continue reading

CANTLON: JENSEN’S LATE GOAL GROUNDS T-BIRDS 4-3

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Jensen’s Late Goal Grounds T-birds 4-3

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – Nicklas Jensen’s late goal allowed the Hartford Wolf Pack to slip past the Springfield Thunderbirds 4-3  before 4,529 at the XL Center Friday night.

The winning play resulted from solid forechecking and was capped by Jensen’s spectacular effort.

Chris Brown, strong all night with solid physical play and a goal, helped with Philip McRae keep the puck in the Springfield zone for an extended shift. Jensen then did the rest.

Jensen took the puck, circled in the zone, which forced players like Tony Turgeon to chase him. Jensen zig-zagged at the left wing circle and drilled a shot high to the far side. The game-winning goal was his 29th and came at 17:39.

“It was the line before that did everything to set that up,” Jensen said. “They (the line centered by rookie Vinni Lettieri) had them hemmed in their end for about a minute-and-a-half. We got a good line change, and I knew those guys were out there for awhile. When you’re stuck out there, I knew they were out of gas. I just had that one guy to beat and got the shot off.” Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK LOSE A DEVIL OF A GAME IN ALBANY

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Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Albany, NY, April 1, 2017Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday at the Times Union Center, but Blake Pietila scored two power-play goals, including the third-period game-winner, for the Albany Devils in a 4-3 Albany victory.

Max Novak added a goal and an assist for the Devils, and Jacob MacDonald had three assists.  Marek Hrivik chipped in two assists for the Wolf Pack.

The two teams traded goals in the first period, the Devils scoring early and the Wolf Pack replying late.

Novak gave the Devils the game’s first lead 4:41 in, on a rebound.  MacDonald’s shot from the left point was stopped by Wolf Pack goaltender Chris Nell (26 saves), making his first pro appearance out of Bowling Green University, but the rebound came to Novak in front, and he poked it home. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: (SAT) PACK DROP ANOTHER IN HERSHEY

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Hershey Bears 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Hershey, PA, March 18, 2017 – Paul Carey scored four goals Saturday night at Giant Center, to lead the Hershey Bears to a 6-4 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams in Hershey.

The Bears had defeated the Wolf Pack 4-3 in overtime Friday night in the opener of the two-game set.

Taylor Beck paced the Wolf Pack Saturday with a goal and two assists, and Ryan Graves had a goal and an assist.  Riley Barber added a goal and an assist for Hershey, and Chris Bourque and Travis Boyd had three assists apiece. Continue reading

CANTLON: (FRI) PACK NO MATCH FOR BEARS AT XL

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Hershey Playoff Hunting Rout Wolf Pack 6-1

BY: Gerry Cantlon, Howlings

HARTFORD, CT – The Hershey Bears erupted for five goals in the second period and were led by Travis Boyd who scored a goal and added an assist to an important 6-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack before 6,072 at the XL Center.

The Bears improved to 27-16-8-3 (65 points) good for fifth place in the Atlantic Division were trying to gain ground on the Providence Bruins who hosted and eked out a 2-1 win over the red-hot Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

The Bears return home to play the Toronto Marlies at the Hershey Park Arena Saturday night.

“We played three good games last weekend, but only won one of the them. We had a plenty of chances and couldn’t score. Then we have a second period like that where we score five! Hopefully, that will kick start our offense and our team finishing chances because every game the rest of the year are big ones for us,” Boyd, the game’s first star said.

After a solid, well-played and scoreless first period, the Wolf Pack had an important five-on-three powerplay, but couldn’t score. Continue reading

CRAWFORD: PACK IN THE PHANTOM ZONE SATURDAY

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack

Allentown, PA, February 18, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 44-27, and had a 24-5 shots advantage in the third period, Saturday night at the PPL Center, but fell to the Phantoms 6-4, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

It was nearly a mirror image of the previous night’s game, which saw the Wolf Pack outshot 44-18, including 25-5 in the third, but prevailed by a score of 3-2.

Justin Fontaine had a goal and an assist for Hartford Saturday, and Steven Kampfer and Chris Brown had two assists apiece, but Danick Martel had the game-winning goal and an assist for Lehigh Valley, and Andy Miele and T.J. Brennan added a goal and an assist each. Continue reading