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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.
Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Hershey Bears 2 (SO)
Hershey, PA, October 25, 2015 – Nick Tarnasky scored twice, and the Hartford Wolf Pack recovered from surrendering a tying goal with 12.1 seconds left in regulation, in a 3-2 shootout win over the Hershey Bears Sunday at Giant Center.
That was the second of back-to-back games between the two clubs, after the Wolf Pack dropped a 3-2 overtime decision in Hershey Saturday night in the first of the pair of battles.
After Jakub Vrana tied the score for the Bears with goaltender Justin Peters on the bench for an extra attacker, Brian Gibbons and Marek Hrivik scored in the shootout, and Wolf Pack goaltender Jeff Malcolm, making his first appearance of the season, stopped two of Hershey’s three shooters.
Quick note: No goal breakdown from last night’s game. I passed a significant work certification exam and was celebrating.
Hershey Bears 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2 (OT)
Hershey, PA, October 24, 2015 – Former Hartford Wolf Pack forward Chris Bourque’s power-play goal at 2:50 of overtime gave the Hershey Bears a 3-2 win over the Wolf Pack Saturday night at Giant Center, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams.
The overtime loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the Wolf Pack, who got goals from Jayson Megna and Shawn O’Donnell. Travis Boyd had a goal and an assist for Hershey, and defenseman Ryan Stanton also scored.
“This is a tough building to play in,” O’Donnell said, “it’s a good hockey team over there. Obviously we’d like to get the two (points), but we’ll take the one.”
Syracuse, NY, October 23, 2015 – Adam Tambellini had the Hartford Wolf Pack’s first two-goal game of the season Friday night at the War Memorial Arena, in a 4-3 victory over the Syracuse Crunch.
Defenseman Ryan Graves added a goal and an assist, his first pro points, for the Wolf Pack, who won their fourth straight game, and Chad Nehring’s empty-net goal ended up being the game-winner.
“Those were some good plays made by a couple of guys,” Tambellini said of his two scores, “(I was) lucky to get in a good shooting spot and let it go.”
The Wolf Pack grabbed an early lead in the first period, on Graves’ first pro goal, a goal from the left point at 3:33. After a faceoff win by Travis Oleksuk, Ryan Bourque dropped the puck to Graves, and his shot went through a Tyler Brown screen and got by the catching glove of Crunch goaltender Adam Wilcox (29 saves).
Last night, two good friends and I piled into a car for the two-hour trip to Hartford to see the Wolf Pack play the Utica Comets. The Comets are the affiliate team of the Vancouver Canucks, and made it to the Calder Cup finals last year before losing in five games to the LA Kings affiliate. The Pack were looking for their second win of the season, and found it in shutout fashion.
I will admit that I do not ever follow prospects (unlike Josh, whose knowledge amazes me), which is not something I’m proud of, but it was really enjoyable to spend an evening up close and personal with the future of the organization. Going in, I was most excited to check out Brady Skjei and, if possible, try to persuade him to come down to the Garden in time for today’s Rangers game. That being said, I’m very glad to have had some exposure to the “baby Rangers.”
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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Providence Bruins 3 (OT)
By Chuck Packard
Hartford, CT, October 14, 2015 – Adam Tambellini’s first professional goal, a power-play tally at 2:21 of overtime, gave the Hartford Wolf Pack its first win of the season, 4-3 over the Providence Bruins, Wednesday night at the XL Center.
After the Bruins’ Austin Czarnik was called for hooking 1:09 into the extra session, Tambellini took a pass from Raphael Diaz and fired a shot from the right-wing side through a screen, and the puck squeezed through Bruin goaltender Zane McIntyre and into the net.
The Wolf Pack struck first 6:17 minutes into a choppy first period, on a goal scored by Travis Oleksuk, with the lone assist going to Tyler Brown.
A holding penalty against Chad Nehring put the Bruins on a power play with 7:30 left in the first, but the Wolf Pack was able to successfully kill the penalty. At the end of the period the Wolf Pack led 1-0, but trailed 16-9 in shots.
St. John’s IceCaps 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1
By Phil Oxnard
Hartford, CT, October 10, 2015 – Jeremy Gregoire’s shorthanded goal was the game-winner, and Dustin Tokarski made 30 saves, as the St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-1Saturday night at the XL Center, in the AHL season opener for both teams.
Chad Nehring scored the only Wolf Pack goal, and Magnus Hellberg stopped 27 shots in the Hartford net.
Both teams started aggressively in the first period with both teams taking a penalty at 4:08, Hartford’s Chris Summers and St. John’s Angelo Miceli taking two minutes for roughing and cross-checking, respectively. The Ice Caps scored on the ensuing 4-on-4 at 4:34, with Bud Holloway scoring off of the rebound of a shot by Mark Barberio.