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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.
The Rangers have assigned goalie Mackenzie Skapski to the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Skapski has not seen any action thus far due to injury. With Magnus Hellberg playing well in Hartford, Skapski needs playing time to rehab his injury, and the ECHL is the only logical choice at the moment.
My guess is that Skapski will be back in the AHL relatively soon.
Rochester Americans 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
By Phil Oxnard
Hartford, CT, November 1, 2015 – Defensemen Petr Zamorsky and Calle Andersson both scored their first North American pro goals for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center, but Cal O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for the Rochester Americans, and former Wolf Pack Bobby Sanguinetti’s second-period goal was the game-winner, in a 3-2 Rochester victory.
Jeff Malcolm made only his second appearance of the season in goal for the Wolf Pack and made 22 saves. Nathan Lieuwen was the winner in the Amerk goal, also with 22 stops.
Despite the loss, Malcolm expressed his excitement about getting to work with his team, “Our younger group is great,” the former Yale Eli said. “They work hard, they’re very energetic, they bring a lot to the locker room. I’m really excited for them.”
Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Providence Bruins 1 (OT)
By Chuck Packard
Hartford, CT, October 31, 2015 – Brian Gibbons scored 21 seconds into overtime Saturday night at the XL Center, to give the Hartford Wolf Pack a 2-1 win over the Providence Bruins.
More than 45 minutes of scoreless hockey followed the teams’ trading goals in the first period, but on the first shift of overtime, Gibbons knocked the puck away from Providence’s Max Talbot and slipped it through the pads of goaltender Zane McIntyre.
Gibbons was happy with the quick turnaround by the Pack, after a 4-1 defeat at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the night before.