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The 2016-2017 season won’t just be the New York Rangers’ 90th anniversary, but it will also be our AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack’s 20th anniversary. Now I by no means am a die hard Wolfpack fan, but it is getting really frustrating to try to tune into their games only to see that the team for the most part isn’t all that great. Much of this can of course be attributed to the lack of draft picks, as well as having much of the talent in Europe. The lack of scoring is a huge issue for quite a few reasons.
Wolf Pack fans deserve as much as this organization can provide. A winning culture from top to bottom will only benefit the team, and it starts in the minors. Many of these fans who see young guys grow before many of us aren’t just watching to be our own fan scouts, they’re watching it because they love the sport of hockey. It’s easier to love it when you are winning.
Rangers prospect Ryan Graves has been elected to the AHL All Star Game, the lone representative from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Graves, in his rookie season with the Pack, has a line of 3-11-14 in 34 games with the Pack. The 6’4″, 220-lb defenseman was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Draft, and has made excellent strides the past few seasons.
Brady Skjei did not make the All Star team, but has the same number of points (2-12-14) in fewer games.
Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Utica Comets 2
Utica, NY, November 20, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack snapped an 0-6-1-0 drought with a 3-2 win over the Utica Comets Friday night, in the Wolf Pack’s first-ever visit to the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Luke Adam had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack, and Travis Oleksuk’s second-period goal was the game-winner. Mat Bodie opened the scoring with an early first-period power-play goal. Magnus Hellberg got the win in goal, but had to leave the game in the second period due to an apparent injury.
Brendan Gaunce scored both Utica goals, and Richard Bachman made 21 saves in the Comet net.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 7, Hartford Wolf Pack 6 (OT)
By Phil Oxnard
Hartford, CT, November 15, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack broke out to a 5-1 first period lead over the AHL-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday at the XL Center, only to give up five goals in the second period in what would turn out to be a 7-6 overtime loss.
Scott Wilson’s second goal of the game won it for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 34 seconds into overtime, after former Penguin Jayson Megna had scored with 1:09 remaining in regulation to tie the contest at six. The Wolf Pack are now 0-6-1-0 in their last seven games, but snapped a franchise-record streak of six straight regulation defeats.
Ryan Bourque had two goals for the Wolf Pack, and Chad Nehring added a goal and two assists. Kevin Porter also scored twice for the Penguins, who also got four assists from Conor Sheary.
Portland Pirates 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Portland, ME, November 13, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered its franchise-record sixth straight regulation loss Friday night at the Cross Insurance Arena, falling 3-2 to the Portland Pirates in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.
The Pirates defeated the Wolf Pack 6-2 on Wednesday night in Portland.
Wolf Pack goal-scoring leader Adam Tambellini tallied his fifth of the season, and captain Ryan Bourque also scored, but John McFarland had a goal and an assist to lead the Pirates, who also got scores from Sena Acolatse and Logan Shaw.
Mackenzie Skapski saw his first Wolf Pack action of the season in net and stopped 25 shots.
Portland Pirates 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Portland, ME, November 11, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack snapped a franchise-record streak of three straight shutouts-against Wednesday night at the Cross Insurance Arena, but couldn’t avoid a fifth consecutive loss, a 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Portland Pirates.
Logan Shaw scored twice for Portland, and Kyle Rau had a goal and two assists. Tanner Glass and Luke Adam both scored their first Wolf Pack goals, in the first of back-to-back games between the Wolf Pack and Pirates.
“As a group we’re working hard right now, but you can talk about bounces, obviously those aren’t coming across very often for us right now,” Wolf Pack captain Ryan Bourque said. “But ultimately we’ve just got to continue to grow each day and we’ve got to fight through this. It’s definitely a tough time for us as a team, but I think from this you can almost look at it as a positive and learn from it, so that down the road, if we do face adversity like this, we know how to handle it.”
The Hartford Wolf Pack have recalled goalie Mackenzie Skapski from the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and loaned goalie Jeff Malcolm to Greenville. Skapski was sent to Greenville on last week on a conditioning stint, rehabbing from surgery. Skapski is back with Hartford, where he will presumably split duties with Magnus Hellberg.
Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
Bridgeport, CT, November 8, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack were shut out for a third straight time, a first in franchise history, Sunday at Webster Bank Arena, losing 1-0 to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The Wolf Pack outshot the Sound Tigers 30-18, but could not solve Bridgeport goaltender Christopher Gibson. Jesse Graham’s late-second period goal was the only scoring. Magnus Hellberg made 17 stops in the Wolf Pack net.
The loss came on the heels of a 4-0 Wolf Pack home-ice setback vs. the Albany Devils Saturday night and a 5-0 home loss to the Toronto Marlies Wednesday.
Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
By Chuck Packard
Hartford, CT, November 7, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their second consecutive home shutout loss Saturday night at the XL Center, falling 4-0 to the Albany Devils.
Former Wolf Pack Yann Danis blanked his old team, making 24 saves, and Blake Coleman and Corey Tropp had a goal and an assist each for the Devils. The Wolf Pack were coming off of a 5-0 home loss to Toronto Wednesday.
The Wolf Pack started the game with an early power play, with Joseph Blandisi called for hooking at 1:48. The Devils were able to turn it around, however, and score a shorthanded goal just 2:53 into the game. The goal was scored by Mike Sislo on a 2-on-1 with Blake Pietila.
Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
By Phil Oxnard
Hartford, CT, November 4, 2015 – The Hartford Wolf Pack drew a crowd of 5,976 to their annual “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” school-day game Wednesday at the XL Center, but the Toronto Marlies spoiled the day with a 5-0 defeat of the Wolf Pack.
Marlies goaltender Garret Sparks dominated the net, saving all 30 shots against him, and former Yale Eli, and Milford, CT native, Mark Arcobello had a goal and an assist for Toronto.
Wolf Pack captain Ryan Bourque said, “Every team goes through this, so we’re just gonna come to work tomorrow and try to get better.”
The Wolf Pack defense started out strong, not allowing any shots in the first five minutes. Toronto had an opportunity on a power play at 4:23 when Hartford’s Tanner Glass was penalized for boarding, but Hartford’s defense stayed strong.