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Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, November 2, 2016 – A loud crowd of 4,029 saw the Hartford Wolf Pack fall to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-0 Wednesday at the XL Center, in the Wolf Pack’s “Sonar’s Edu-skate” school-day morning start game.
Anthony Stolarz stopped all 33 shots he faced in the Lehigh Valley net, and defenseman T.J. Brennan had a goal and two assists for the Phantoms.
Lehigh Valley dominated the opening minutes of the contest’s first frame, holding the Pack without a shot until the 3:25 mark. Even after killing an early power play, Hartford struggled to possess the puck for extended periods of time. Brennan was given a golden opportunity to capitalize on the Phantoms’ strong start, but his breakaway attempt was denied by Hartford net-minder Magnus Hellberg (26 saves).
Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Hershey Bears 2 (OT)
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, October 26, 2016 – Ryan Graves connected on a slap shot from the right point at 2:35 of overtime to lift the Hartford Wolf Pack to thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the Hershey Bears Wednesday night at the XL Center.
Following an up-tempo start, the contest remained scoreless until Hershey’s Tyler Lewington fired a wrist-shot over Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg’s right shoulder at 15:42 of the first period. Hartford finished the opening frame with seven shots, but were unable to capitalize, and went into the break trailing by a 1-0 score.
Hartford’s scoring drought came to end when Chris Brown crashed the Hersey net and deflected in a power play goal at 7:24. The goal, Brown’s first of the season, was assisted by Adam Tambellini and Calle Andersson. With the crowd still on its feet, Malte Stromwall notched his first North American professional goal just 55 seconds later, giving the Pack a 2-1 advantage.
St. John’s IceCaps 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, October 23, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their first home-ice loss of the season Sunday at the XL Center, falling 5-2 to the St. John’s IceCaps.
St. John’s opened the scoring just thirty-six seconds into the contest when Sven Andrighetto’s wrister found the back of the net. The Wolf Pack were quick to respond, however, as Marek Hrivik evened the score at the 1:27 mark. The goal, Hrivik’s second of the season, was assisted by right-winger Justin Fontaine. Less than a minute after Hrivik’s tally, IceCaps defenseman Joel Hanley beat Harford goalie Mackenzie Skapski at 2:16 to take back the lead.
Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4 (OT)
Allentown, PA, October 22, 2016 – Nicklas Jensen’s goal at 1:55 of overtime lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 5-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a wild game Saturday night at the PPL Center.
Corban Knight, Andy Miele, Mark Zengerle and Chris Conner all scored for Lehigh Valley, and ex-Yale Eli Alex Lyon, making his professional debut in goal for the Phantoms, stopped 29 shots.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Wilkes-Barre, PA, October 15, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their first loss of the 2016-17 season Saturday night at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, falling 6-2 to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, who were playing their first game of the year.
Jake Guentzel had a four-point night, with a goal and three assists, to lead the Penguin attack, and Oskar Sundqvist, Carter Rowney and David Warsofsky added a goal and an assist each. Nicklas Jensen and Matt Carey scored the Hartford goals.
Hartford Wolf Pack 6, St. John’s IceCaps 3
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, October 14, 2016 – In front of an energized home crowd of 6,971, the Hartford Wolf Pack began their 20th-anniversary 2016-2017 campaign with a 6-3 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps Friday night at the XL Center.
Hartford’s Adam Tambellini opened the scoring floodgates, when he found the back of the net just a minute and fifty-six seconds into the contest. The goal was assisted by defenseman Michael Paliotta and center Philip McRae and went unmatched for just over half the period.
The Hartford Wolf Pack have released their training camp roster, which opens tomorrow.
Goal (1): P.J. Musico
Defense (8): Desmond Bergin, Justin DaSilva, Troy Donnay, Spiro Goulakos, Joe Houk, Garrett Noonan, Matt Prapavessis, Sean Sullivan
Forwards (14): Brandon Alderson, Adam Chapie, Andrew Dommett, Reid Duke, Trevor Gerling, Michael Joly, Allan McPherson, Angelo Miceli, Ahti Oksanen, Mike Pereira, Matt Plesa, Nick Plesa, Peter Plesa, Tommy Thompson
The roster has some guys who were part of the first cuts from Rangers camp this week, along with guys on AHL contracts and ATO/PTO contracts. The roster will change as players are cut from the Rangers roster, so expect a lot of additions/subtractions in the coming days.
The Wolf Pack have added some depth to their lineup, signing forward Philip McRae to a contract. McRae’s name may sound familiar, as he’s the son of Minnesota North Stars and “The Mighty Ducks” star Basil McRae. Oh how Basil must have loved lining up next to Mike Modano for that movie.
McRae is on an AHL deal, so he won’t be at Rangers camp or be a Ranger at all, nor does he count against the 50 contract limit. He’s veteran depth for a very young Hartford team.
The 2016-2017 season won’t just be the New York Rangers’ 90th anniversary, but it will also be our AHL affiliate the Hartford Wolf Pack’s 20th anniversary. Now I by no means am a die hard Wolfpack fan, but it is getting really frustrating to try to tune into their games only to see that the team for the most part isn’t all that great. Much of this can of course be attributed to the lack of draft picks, as well as having much of the talent in Europe. The lack of scoring is a huge issue for quite a few reasons.
Wolf Pack fans deserve as much as this organization can provide. A winning culture from top to bottom will only benefit the team, and it starts in the minors. Many of these fans who see young guys grow before many of us aren’t just watching to be our own fan scouts, they’re watching it because they love the sport of hockey. It’s easier to love it when you are winning.
Rangers prospect Ryan Graves has been elected to the AHL All Star Game, the lone representative from the Hartford Wolf Pack. Graves, in his rookie season with the Pack, has a line of 3-11-14 in 34 games with the Pack. The 6’4″, 220-lb defenseman was selected in the 4th round of the 2013 NHL Draft, and has made excellent strides the past few seasons.
Brady Skjei did not make the All Star team, but has the same number of points (2-12-14) in fewer games.