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Dec
18

Wolf Pack win second in a row

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Hershey Bears 4

Hershey, PA, December 17, 2016 – Philip McRae’s third-period goal turned out to be the game-winner Saturday night at Giant Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack won their second straight game, defeating the Hershey Bears by a score of 5-4.

Leading 3-1 going into the third period, the Wolf Pack held on through a wild third in which the two teams combined for five goals.

The loss was only Hershey’s second in regulation on home ice all season (10-2-3-1), and only the Bears’ second in regulation in their last 14 overall (9-2-2-1).

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Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Syracuse Crunch 1 (SO)

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 16, 2016 – Adam Tambellini and Nicklas Jensen scored shootout goals, and Brandon Halverson made 26 saves and went 2-for-2 in the shootout, Friday night at the XL Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack broke an 0-4-0-1 streak with a 2-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch.

Brian Hart scored for Syracuse and Adam Wilcox made 28 saves.

“I thought we were tight defensively, they put a little bit of pressure on us in the third, and Halverson made some big saves,” Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander said. “We had some great individual efforts in the shootout, and overall lots of good signs.”

All the offense in regulation came in a 15-second span early in the first period.

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Dec
15

Wolf Pack give up six in loss to SWB

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 14, 2016 – Kevin Porter and Tom Sestito had a goal and an assist apiece, and Dominik Simon had four assists Wednesday night at the XL Center, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 6-2.

Nicklas Jensen and Chris Summers scored the Wolf Pack goals.

Despite a strong start, the Wolf Pack once again found themselves trailing after the first period.

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Dec
12

Wolf Pack lose in shootout, snap 10-game SO win streak

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Providence Bruins 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1 (SO)

Providence, RI, December 11, 2016 – A Hartford Wolf Pack streak of ten straight wins in shootouts came to an end Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins.

It was the first Wolf Pack shootout defeat since March 21, 2015, a 2-1 loss at Springfield.

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Dec
11

Second period dooms Pack against Toronto

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Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 10, 2016 – A four-goal second period propelled the Toronto Marlies past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-3, Saturday night at the XL Center.

The Marlies were quick to capitalize on the Pack’s early struggles, taking the game’s first lead at the 5:55 mark of the first period. Toronto’s Colin Greening was responsible for the score, depositing the rebound created by Brooks Laich shot past a diving Wolf Pack goaltender Brandon Halverson (30 saves).

With tensions still running high from last weekend’s hotly contested series in Toronto, Tanner Glass and Richard Clune dropped the gloves at 16:13. The fight, largely won by Glass, not only brought the home crowd to their feet, but also ignited Hartford coach Ken Gernander’s squad.

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Dec
08

Gilmour scores as Pack lose again

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Springfield Thunderbirds 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 7, 2016 – The Springfield Thunderbirds’ Joe Diamond and Tim Bozon both scored second period goals to propel the visiting Thunderbirds to a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday night at the XL Center in Hartford.

Despite taking just over four minutes to record their first shot on goal, the Wolf Pack managed to land several threatening attempts on Mike McKenna’s net in the game’s opening frame. Hartford’s best opportunity came when Matt Carey feed a cross-ice pass to an unmarked Boo Nieves, but like he did nine other times, McKenna came up with the save.

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Dec
05

Wolf Pack give up three in third, fall to Toronto

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Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Toronto, Ontario, December 4, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack had a 3-2 lead after two periods against the Toronto Marlies Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum, but Toronto scored three times in the third for a 5-3 win, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had taken the opener of the two-game set Saturday, winning 3-2.

Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack Sunday, and John Gilmour and Chris Brown also scored, but Kerby Rychel and Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and two assists each for the Marlies, and Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist.

Milan Michalek tied the score at three for Toronto 2:33 into the third period, poking the puck past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (32 saves), after he stopped a Colin Smith shot.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Toronto Marlies 2

Toronto, Ontario, December 3, 2016 – Marek Hrivik had a shorthanded goal and an assist, and Boo Nieves scored the third period game-winner Saturday night, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-2, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams at Ricoh Coliseum.

Magnus Hellberg made 27 saves in the Wolf Pack net, and Justin Fontaine also scored for Hartford. William Wrenn and Kasperi Kapanen had the Marlies’ goals, and Garret Sparks made 27 stops.

The win gave the Wolf Pack their first winning streak of the season, coming on the heels of Hartford’s 3-1 victory last Saturday at Lehigh Valley.

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Nov
27

Ryan Graves with two assists in Wolf Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1

Allentown, PA, November 26, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack finished the first quarter of their season with a 3-1 win Saturday night over the Atlantic Division-leading Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center.

The Wolf Pack (6-10-3-0, 15 pts.) built a 3-0 lead on goals by Nicklas Jensen, Matt Carey and Chris Brown, and Magnus Hellberg only allowed a late second-period goal by Phantom defenseman Samuel Morin.

Justin Fontaine and Ryan Graves had two assists each for the Wolf Pack, who had let a 3-1 third-period lead slip away the night before, in a 4-3 overtime loss at home to the Albany Devils.

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Nov
26

Wolf Pack blow third period lead, lose in OT

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Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (OT)

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, November 25, 2016 – Miles Wood’s goal at 1:43 of overtime completed an Albany Devil comeback Friday night at the XL Center, in a 4-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The Devils fought back from a 3-1 third-period deficit on goals by Kevin Rooney and Ben Sexton.

In front of a crowd of 4,909, Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander’s squad came out attacking in the game’s opening frame. After an early power play saw the Pack land five shots but ultimately come up empty-handed, Hartford’s Chris Brown finally broke the stalemate at the 9:55 mark. The right-winger found himself unmarked at the bottom of the left circle and sent a snap-shot off of Mackenzie Blackwood’s glove and into the back of Albany’s net, for Brown’s fourth tally of the year.

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