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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).

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Hartford Wrap

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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.

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Wolf Pack drop season opener to St. John’s

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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.

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Wolf Pack announce opening night roster

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The Wolf Pack have announced their opening night roster. Their season begins tonight against the St. John’s Ice Caps:

Goal (2): Magnus Hellberg, Jeff Malcolm

Defense (8): Calle Andersson, Mat Bodie, Raphael Diaz, Ryan Graves, Tommy Hughes, Brady Skjei, Chris Summers, Petr Zamorsky

Forwards (12): Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, Tyler Brown, Brian Gibbons, Marek Hrivik, Jayson Megna, Chris McCarthy, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Adam Tambellini

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Wolf Pack sign forward Alex Krushelnyski

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The Wolf Pack have signed forward Alex Krushelnyski to an AHL deal, and assigned him to the Utah Grizzlies in the ECHL. Krushelnyski played three games for Norfolk in the AHL last year (scoreless) and 62 games for Utah (17-40-57). Krushelnyski finished up his senior year at Colorado College in 2014. Krushelnyski will be a top line guy for Utah, and a depth forward for Hartford, should he be called up.

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Wolf Pack cut another nine from camp

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The Hartford Wolf Pack have cut nine more players from camp:

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (3): Josh Nicholls, Michael St. Croix, Michael Kantor

Loaned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (2): Jack Combs, Kodie Curran

Released from training camp tryout and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (1): Justin Da Silva

Released from training camp tryout and joining Missouri (ECHL):
Goaltender (1): Josh Robinson

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The Hartford Wolf Pack trimmed their training camp roster by 12 players this past weekend:

Reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL):
Defensemen (2): Troy Donnay, Samuel Noreau

Released from training camp tryouts and joining Greenville (ECHL):
Forwards (4): Domenic Alberga, Scott Fleming, Brad McGowan, Paul Rodrigues
Defensemen (3): Tyler Elbrecht, Sean Escobedo, Davis Vandane
Goaltenders (1): Alex Vazzano

Released from training camp tryouts:
Forwards (2): Luke Curadi, Stefano Momesso

It’s no real surprise that Donnay and Noreau, the only two signed to ELCs from the cut list, were sent to the ECHL. The Pack’s defense is loaded this year, and while both defensemen are huge, they have glaring holes in their respective games. Noreau spent most of last year in the ECHL, while Donnay was an overager in the OHL.

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Wolf Pack open camp with 43 players

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The Hartford Wolf Pack open camp today with 43 players on the roster. The official press release says 36, but doesn’t include the seven players who were cut yesterday. Here’s the full list from the press release:

Goal (5): Cedrick Desjardins, Jeff Malcolm, Josh Robinson, Mackenzie Skapski, Alex Vazzano

Defense (11): Calle Andersson, Brett Bellemore, Kodie Curran, Justin DaSilva, Troy Donnay, Tyler Elbrecht, Sean Escobedo, Tommy Hughes, Sam Noreau, Davis Vandane, Petr Zamorsky

Forwards (20): Domenic Alberga, Tyler Brown, Jack Combs, Luke Curadi, Scott Fleming, Marek Hrivik, Michael Kantor, Alex Krushelnyski, Chris McCarthy, Brad McGowan, Stefano Momesso, Chad Nehring, Richard Nejezchleb, Josh Nicholls, Shawn O’Donnell, Travis Oleksuk, Paul Rodrigues, Michael St. Croix, Adam Tambellini, Nick Tarnasky

Goalie Magnus Hellberg, forwards Luke Adam, Ryan Bourque, and Brian Gibbons, and defensemen Brady Skjei, Mat Bodie and Chris Summers were not on the press release, but will be joining the Wolf Pack for camp.

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A few prospect notes to round out your Friday:

  • Calle Andersson, the Rangers 4th round pick in 2012, will leave Sweden and play in Hartford next year. I said that Andersson could be a sleeper, and coming over to North America shows he is ready for the next step in his development.
  • Cameron Askew, Jerret Smith, and Mark Simpson are three players that will be invited to play on the Rangers Traverse City Tournament team this year. Credit to Adam Herman for consolidating that information.
  • The Wolf Pack have re-signed forward Shawn O’Donnell. The 27-year-old will provide nice forward depth for the Pack.
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