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St. John’s IceCaps 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, October 23, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their first home-ice loss of the season Sunday at the XL Center, falling 5-2 to the St. John’s IceCaps.
St. John’s opened the scoring just thirty-six seconds into the contest when Sven Andrighetto’s wrister found the back of the net. The Wolf Pack were quick to respond, however, as Marek Hrivik evened the score at the 1:27 mark. The goal, Hrivik’s second of the season, was assisted by right-winger Justin Fontaine. Less than a minute after Hrivik’s tally, IceCaps defenseman Joel Hanley beat Harford goalie Mackenzie Skapski at 2:16 to take back the lead.
Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4 (OT)
Allentown, PA, October 22, 2016 – Nicklas Jensen’s goal at 1:55 of overtime lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 5-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a wild game Saturday night at the PPL Center.
Corban Knight, Andy Miele, Mark Zengerle and Chris Conner all scored for Lehigh Valley, and ex-Yale Eli Alex Lyon, making his professional debut in goal for the Phantoms, stopped 29 shots.
While we are all enjoying the new version of the Rangers, I am also keeping tabs on the Rangers prospects not playing in the AHL at the moment. Since I’m sure many of you have heard how dominant Igor Shesterkin has been in Russia in the KHL, it might be prudent to remember there are other prospects in the system
Tyler Nanne – Nanne is a series of unfortunate events. While he was a good risk to take as a dynamic right handed defenseman, Nanne had a dangerous heart condition that kept him out of playing in the NCAA last year. With this, he decided to transfer from Ohio State to the University of Minnesota. NCAA rules stipulate he must sit out this season as well, though. Sitting out two years is not good news for any player. I think this is it for him and he won’t be signed by Rangers.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Wilkes-Barre, PA, October 15, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their first loss of the 2016-17 season Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, falling 6-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who were playing their first game of the year.
Jake Guentzel had a four-point night, with a goal and three assists, to lead the Penguin attack, and Oskar Sundqvist, Carter Rowney and David Warsofsky added a goal and an assist each. Nicklas Jensen and Matt Carey scored the Hartford goals.
Hartford Wolf Pack 6, St. John’s IceCaps 3
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, October 14, 2016 – In front of an energized home crowd of 6,971, the Hartford Wolf Pack began their 20th-anniversary 2016-2017 campaign with a 6-3 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps Friday night at the XL Center.
Hartford’s Adam Tambellini opened the scoring floodgates, when he found the back of the net just a minute and fifty-six seconds into the contest. The goal was assisted by defenseman Michael Paliotta and center Philip McRae and went unmatched for just over half the period.
The Hartford Wolf Pack have released their training camp roster, which opens tomorrow.
Goal (1): P.J. Musico
Defense (8): Desmond Bergin, Justin DaSilva, Troy Donnay, Spiro Goulakos, Joe Houk, Garrett Noonan, Matt Prapavessis, Sean Sullivan
Forwards (14): Brandon Alderson, Adam Chapie, Andrew Dommett, Reid Duke, Trevor Gerling, Michael Joly, Allan McPherson, Angelo Miceli, Ahti Oksanen, Mike Pereira, Matt Plesa, Nick Plesa, Peter Plesa, Tommy Thompson
The roster has some guys who were part of the first cuts from Rangers camp this week, along with guys on AHL contracts and ATO/PTO contracts. The roster will change as players are cut from the Rangers roster, so expect a lot of additions/subtractions in the coming days.
With all the focus on the World Cup of Hockey and Team USA’s dismal performance, it’s easy to forget that the Traverse City Tournament is underway. The Rangers have played twice, losing to Carolina in OT (4-3) and then beating Dallas in a shootout (5-4). As expected, the team is very efficient offensively, but is struggling to keep the puck out of their own net.
Against Carolina, goals were scored by Jimmy Vesey, Robin Kovacs, and Dylan Di Perna. Malte Stromall and Sergey Zborovskiy tallied assists. Brandon Halverson made 38 saves while managing a point. The Rangers were outshot 42-32 in this game.
The Rangers tweeted the lines for the first game of the Traverse City Tournament against Carolina:
The top two lines are certainly intriguing, looking forward to seeing they in action. As for the defense, well that leaves some room for improvement to say the least. John Gilmour and Calle Andersson make an intriguing top pair, but that’s about it for me. Surprised that Sean Day is a scratch as well.
Game time is 4pm, and will be streaming on the Detroit Red Wings site.
Following up with the great news yesterday that the Detroit Red Wings will be streaming all games for the tournament, be sure to check the schedule for the tournament to ensure you know when the Rangers will be playing. The Rangers have three games, starting tomorrow:
- Friday, 4pm versus Carolina
- Saturday, 3:30pm versus Dallas
- Monday, 3pm versus Minnesota
- Tuesday, game TBD
The Saturday game runs right up against Team USA’s opener against Europe, so there will be a lot of dual screens. The Rangers have a deep forward group, but are a little shaky on defense. It will be fun to watch the likes of Pavel Buchnevich, Sean Day, Robin Kovacs, Jimmy Vesey, and others though.
The Detroit Red Wings are coming through in the clutch for all those that want to watch the Traverse City Tournament. The Wings website (http://redwings.nhl.com/) will stream every single Traverse City Tournament game, regardless of team, for free. There are no geographical restrictions either. So if you want to watch, make sure you head on over there.
With all the World Cup of Hockey talk, the Traverse City Tournament has flown under the radar. The WCOH is the main culprit for this, but it’s also because before this year, there was no way to watch the games. The Red Wings are giving us all a treat. Well done, Detroit.