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Jan
22

Pedrie nets OT winner, Georgiev stops 43 in Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 1, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 0 (OT)

By Nick Ward

Hartford, CT, January 21, 2018 – Vince Pedrie’s overtime goal lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack past the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 1-0, Sunday at the XL Center.

Alexandar Georgiev stopped 43 Penguin shots in the game, for the Wolf Pack’s first shutout of the season and the first of Georgiev’s North American pro career. His counterpart, Anthony Peters, made 21 stops in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton net.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Utica Comets 2 (OT)

Hartford, CT, January 19, 2018 – Filip Chytil’s goal at 1:10 of overtime lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-2 win over the Utica Comets Friday night at the XL Center, after the Wolf Pack had let a 2-0 third-period lead slip away.

Defenseman Ryan Sproul scored both of the Wolf Pack’s goals in regulation, one in the first period and one in the second, and Reid Boucher and Dylan Blujus scored for Utica in the third. Alexandar Georgiev got the win in net for the Wolf Pack, in relief of an injured Marek Mazanec, and Richard Bachman made 28 saves in the Comet goal.

“All the little details that you need to win hockey games, to have success, were in place tonight,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said. “I thought our leadership group did a really good job on the bench and in the (locker) room, and in how they played the game. And being able to play a consistent, full-effort game was one that we’ll definitely build off of.”

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anthony deangelo

Admin note: Yes, this post mentioned politics for a hot second to build the post. That will be the only mention in this post or in the comments. Do not get into political wars in the comments. 

Even before playing in his first game, Rangers fans were divided on Tony DeAngelo. One quick look at his Twitter feed showed his political views, which instantly put him on the wrong side of at least half the fan base. Beyond his off-ice views, DeAngelo has had a history of on-ice behavior issues. He’s abused refs, used slurs on teammates, and overall been disliked as he’s grown. The on-ice issues are the biggest concern.

Heck, even before people had a chance to research DeAngelo, he was already off to a bad start. The Rangers did not make a good trade, landing a question mark defenseman and a #7 pick in exchange for both Derek Stepan and Antti Raanta. Most people, including myself, expected more in return. In short, the trade itself put more scrutiny on DeAngelo, albeit unfairly, because he’s 50% of the return for a fan favorite.

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anthony deangelo

The New York Rangers are not a good hockey team. Aside from their run in November, which was largely due to a regression in SH%, the Blueshirts aren’t even a .500 team. They’ve hemorrhaged shots like they’re getting paid to do so, and they are basically playing uninspired hockey. The last time we saw this happen, one that didn’t result in the firing of a coach, the Rangers recalled Carl Hagelin. That team went on a run to the Eastern Conference Final.

In theory, a shot of youth could get the team going. I say in theory because we’d still need to see the coach actually willing to play a rookie in a key role. Heck, he won’t even play the team’s third highest scorer in the top-six on a consistent basis. But let’s say this is Bizarro World, and Alain Vigneault will allow any kid that is recalled to play to their strengths, which kids could actually make an impact?

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Springfield Thunderbirds 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

Springfield, MA, January 15, 2018 – A three-goal second period propelled the Springfield Thunderbirds to a 5-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Monday at the MassMutual Center, in a Martin Luther King Day holiday matinee.

Dryden Hunt, Chase Balisy and Curtis Valk all scored in the second for the Thunderbirds, who outshot the Wolf Pack 25-2 in the middle frame. The victory was Springfield’s fourth straight, and the Wolf Pack suffered its third consecutive loss, coming off of a road trip Friday and Saturday nights to Laval and Belleville.

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Jan
14

Three goal third downs Pack

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Belleville Senators 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Belleville, Ontario, January 13, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack took a 2-1 lead in the third period Saturday night against the Belleville Senators, but the Senators responded with a pair of quick scores and defeated the Wolf Pack, 4-2.

Mike Blunden had the game-winner for Belleville, and added an empty-net goal, and Colin White and Jim O’Brien also scored for the Senators, in the Wolf Pack’s first-ever visit to Yardmen Arena. Scott Kosmachuk and Filip Chytil scored the Hartford goals.

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Jan
13

Former Pack Cracknell scores twice as Laval tops Hartford

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Laval Rocket 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Laval, Quebec, January 12, 2018 – The Hartford Wolf Pack could not overcome a 3-0 first-period deficit Friday night at Place Bell, and lost 4-2 to the Laval Rocket.

Former Wolf Pack forward Adam Cracknell scored twice for Laval, including the shorthanded game-winner, and Eric Gelinas had a goal and an assist. Cole Schneider and Ryan Sproul had the Wolf Pack goals.

“We’re in a building where we know there’s going to be lots of electricity and excitement to start,” Wolf Pack head coach Keith McCambridge said. “We’re developing guys to play in pressure situations like that, and I didn’t think that we responded well to the push that they had. They played a physical game to start, got us on our heels, and some guys weren’t able to handle that. I thought as the game got going, we found our traction, found our structure and were able to generate some scoring chances.”

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Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1 (SO)

Bridgeport, CT, January 10, 2018 – Marek Mazanec made a team season-high 46 saves for the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday night at the Webster Bank Arena, in a 2-1 shootout win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Mazanec also went 3-for-3 in the shootout, and rookie forward Ryan Gropp had the shootout’s only goal, on his first career pro shootout attempt. Peter Holland scored a shorthanded goal for the only Wolf Pack tally in regulation, and Travis St. Denis had the only Bridgeport score. Kristers Gudlevskis made 25 saves for the Sound Tigers, who outshot the Wolf Pack 47-27.

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Jan
08

Pack get crushed by Utica

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Utica Comets 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Ben Harff

Hartford, CT, January 7, 2018 – Reid Boucher scored a hat trick and added an assist for the Utica Comets, and Michael Carcone had a goal and two assists, in a 5-1 Utica victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center.

Utica opened the scoring 4:35 into the first period, when Boucher, in his first game back from a recall stint with the parent Vancouver Canucks, ripped a shot in the top corner past the glove hand of Wolf Pack goaltender Alexandar Georgiev. Assists were credited to David Dziurzynski and Jalen Chatfield.

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Jan
07

Gropp scores in Pack loss

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Quick note: No recap from last night. None of us were available to write one. Sorry.

Syracuse Crunch 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Ben Harff

Hartford, CT, January 6, 2018 – Connor Ingram stopped 31 Hartford Wolf Pack shots, including a late-third-period penalty shot, Saturday night at the XL Center, as the Syracuse Crunch defeated the Wolf Pack, 3-2.

Mitchell Stephens scored the game-winner late in the second period for Syracuse, and Dennis Yan and Erik Condra had the other Crunch goals. Joe Whitney and Ryan Gropp scored for the Wolf Pack, and Marek Mazanec made 28 saves.

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