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Apr
01

Hellberg stops 20 in Pack’s shutout win over Hershey

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Hershey Bears 0

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, March 31, 2017 – Magnus Hellberg made 20 saves Friday night at the XL Center in the Hartford Wolf Pack’s first shutout of the season, a 3-0 win over the Hershey Bears.

Michael Joly, John Gilmour and Nicklas Jensen scored the Wolf Pack goals.

Joly would net the only goal the Wolf Pack would need just 3:55 into the game. Jensen sent Joly streaking down the left side of the ice to create a one-on-one opportunity. Joly continued his hot streak, scoring his fourth goal in the last three games, just past the right pad of Hershey goaltender Pheonix Copley (24 saves).

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Mar
27

Pack lose again

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Providence Bruins 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, March 26, 2017 – Taylor Beck and Michael Joly scored for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center, and Magnus Hellberg made 34 saves, but three second period goals by the Providence Bruins proved to be too much for Hartford to handle in a 5-2 loss.

The Wolf Pack struck first at 2:43 of the opening period. Steven Fogarty played the puck toward the front of the net, and it eventually made its way through Ty Ronning and on goal. Bruin goaltender Zane McIntyre (21 saves) made the stop, but Taylor Beck was there to rap in the rebound.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 3

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, March 25, 2017 – Michael Joly scored two goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist for the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night at the XL Center, in a 4-3 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Marek Hrivik added three assist for the Wolf Pack, who snapped an 0-8-1-0 drought.

After a scoreless first period, Joly got the Wolf Pack on the board with his first of the game at 8:49 of the second. Hrivik passed the puck out of the right-wing corner to Joly in the slot, and Joly fired a shot over Sound Tiger goalie Eamon McAdam’s shoulder.

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Providence Bruins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, March 24, 2017 – Taylor Beck scored the lone goal for the Hartford Wolf Pack Friday night at the XL Center, and Magnus Hellberg finished with a team season-high 46 saves, but the Providence Bruins’ three goals proved to be too much to overcome.

The first half of the first period between the Pack and Bruins was a defensive battle, as both teams combined for a total of eight shots.

Hartford had a quality chance early, as Michael Joly collected a loose puck behind Providence’s goal and dished it to a streaking Adam Chapie. Bruin goaltender Zane McIntyre, however, was up to the challenge and denied Chapie to keep the game scoreless.

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Mar
23

Ty Ronning joins Wolf Pack on ATO

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Ty Ronning

Ty Ronning, the Rangers’ 7th round pick in 2016, will be joining the Hartford Wolf Pack on an ATO for the rest of the season. Ronning wrapped up his fourth season in the WHL, finishing with a line of 25-28-53 in 68 games. That’s six goals off his totals from the prior year.

The 5’9″, 170 lb winger is Cliff Ronning’s son, and has been one of the more intriguing picks by the Rangers over the past years. Clearly skilled and fast, Ronning has the tools to make it to the NHL. The only issue is going to be his size, however that seems to be less of a barrier lately.

The Pack desperately needs an injection of youth, and it wouldn’t shock me to see Ronning sign an ELC this summer and join the Pack full time next year.

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Mar
22

Pack loses again to Baby Pens

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 21, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack’s frustrations against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins continued Tuesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, as the Wolf Pack fell to 0-7-0-0 on the year against the Penguins with a 5-2 loss.

Chris Brown and Marek Hrivik had goals for the Wolf Pack Tuesday, but former Wolf Pack Ryan Haggerty scored twice for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Tom Kostopoulos and Dominik Simon had two assists apiece.

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Mar
13

Bridgeport hands Pack fifth straight loss

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Bridgeport, CT, March 12, 2017 – Taylor Beck and Marek Hrivik had a goal and an assist each for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at Webster Bank Arena, but three Bridgeport Sound Tiger power-play goals were too much for the Wolf Pack to overcome in a 5-2 loss

John Landry, Michael Dal Colle and Andrew Rowe all scored on Bridgeport man advantages, and Devon Toews and Josh Winquist had two assists apiece for the Sound Tigers. Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves.

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Mar
12

Pack allow five straight in loss to Springfield

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Springfield Thunderbirds 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Springfield, MA, March 11, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack built 2-0 lead Saturday night at the MassMutual Center, but the Springfield Thunderbirds stormed back to score the final five goals of the game, for a 5-2 victory.

Steven Fogarty had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack Michael Joly assisted on both Hartford goals, and Jeff Malcolm made 40 saves in only his second AHL game of the year. Paul Thompson scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, for Springfield, and defenseman Ian McCoshen had a goal and an assist.

 

The first period was scoreless until there were only 53.6 seconds left in the frame. That is when the Wolf Pack’s Fogarty took a pass from the left-wing boards from Joly, got behind defenseman Matt MacKenzie and beat Thunderbird goaltender Sam Brittain (13 saves) between the pads with a backhand-to-forehand deke.

That goal gave the Wolf Pack a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes, despite a 16-9 shots disadvantage in the first period.

That same line would score again 5:38 into the second to double Hartford’s lead. Joly blocked a McCoshen pass behind the net and handed the puck to Fogarty on the left side. He fed to Adam Tambellini in slot, and his quick snap shot found the top corner on Brittain’s glove side.

The lead would evaporate in a span of 1:47 later in the period, however.

Thompson got Springfield on the board at 14:10 of the second, on a shot from the right-wing side, after Dryden Hunt got a cross-slot pass through from the left boards.

Anthony Greco then tied the game for the Thunderbirds at 15:57. Jared McCann set the play up from the left side, backhanding the puck towards the net, and Greco perfectly re-directed the feed, one-handed, high into the cage behind Malcolm.

Springfield carried that momentum into the third period and built on it, outshooting the Wolf Pack 15-1 in the third and scoring twice in the first 2:02.

Thompson gave the Thunderbirds their first lead of the game, with what would turn out to be the game-winning goal, just 36 into the final session. Chase Balisy got his second assist of the game with a pass from behind the net to Thompson at the left side of the slot, and Thompson flicked the puck in from close range.

Just 1:26 thereafter, at 2:02, on a very similar play, Zack Lynch made it a two-goal Springfield lead with his second goal in ten AHL games on the season. This time it was Kyle Rau feeding the puck from below the goal line to Lynch, who connected from in tight to Malcolm’s right.

McCoshen completed the scoring at the 8:17 mark, on a long slap shot from the middle of the blue line that went past Malcolm’s catching glove.

The Wolf Pack wrap up a three-game weekend Sunday afternoon, with a 3:00 PM visit to Bridgeport to battle the Sound Tigers. All of the action can be heard live on News Radio 1410 WPOP, and on-line at www.newsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio. Video streaming is available at www.ahllive.com.

The next Wolf Pack home game is Friday, March 24 vs. the Providence Bruins. That is a 7:15 PM game, and, as at all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period.

Tickets for all remaining Wolf Pack 2016-17 home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Season ticket information for the Wolf Pack’s 2016-17 AHL season can be found on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com. To speak with a representative about all of the Wolf Pack’s many attractive ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451.

Hartford Wolf Pack 2 at Springfield Thunderbirds 5
Saturday, March 11, 2017 – MassMutual Center

Hartford 1 1 0 – 2
Springfield 0 2 3 – 5

1st Period-1, Hartford, Fogarty 7 (Joly, Graves), 19:06. Penalties-Noonan Hfd (interference), 12:05; Weegar Spr (interference), 12:30.

2nd Period-2, Hartford, Tambellini 12 (Fogarty, Joly), 5:38. 3, Springfield, Thompson 13 (Hunt, Balisy), 14:10. 4, Springfield, Greco 10 (McCann, McCoshen), 15:57. Penalties-No Penalties

3rd Period-5, Springfield, Thompson 14 (Balisy, Weegar), 0:36. 6, Springfield, Lynch 2 (Rau, Acolatse), 2:02. 7, Springfield, McCoshen 4 (Hawryluk, McCann), 8:17. Penalties-Thompson Spr (high-sticking), 9:44; Graves Hfd (boarding), 10:26; Turgeon Spr (interference), 12:40; Jensen Hfd (unsportsmanlike conduct), 14:06.

Shots on Goal-Hartford 9-5-1-15. Springfield 16-14-15-45.
Power Play Opportunities-Hartford 0 / 3; Springfield 0 / 3.
Goalies-Hartford, Malcolm 0-2-0 (45 shots-40 saves). Springfield, Brittain 2-1-0 (15 shots-13 saves).
A-6,793
Referees-Chris Brown (86), Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Brent Colby (7), Frank Murphy (29).

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Mar
11

Pack allow 8, blown out by Baby Pens

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 8, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

Wilkes-Barre, PA, March 10, 2017 – Taylor Beck scored his first Hartford Wolf Pack goal Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, but that was the only bright spot for the Wolf Pack in an 8-1 loss to the Eastern Conference-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot led the way for the winning side with a goal and three assists, and Jean-Sebastien Dea, Kevin Porter and Barry Goers had a goal and two assists apiece.

The Penguins took control of the game in the first period, building a 3-0 lead through the first 20 minutes.

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Mar
06

Scranton scores three in third, downs Wolf Pack

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Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, March 5, 2017 – A three-goal second period for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins was too much for the Hartford Wolf Pack to overcome, as they fell 6-3 to the Penguins Sunday at the XL Center.

Nicklas Jensen had two goals for Hartford, and Matt Carey scored his fourth goal in the last four games. David Warsofsky and Jean-Sebastien Dea, though, had two goals and an assist each for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton

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