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The 2018 World Juniors are officially underway in Buffalo, and that means we get first hand looks at 2017 first rounders Lias Andersson (Sweden) and Filip Chytil (Czech Republic). Chytil contributed a goal and an assist in Czech’s surprising 5-4 win over Russia. Andersson notched two goals in Sweden’s 6-1 demolition of Belarus. He also had an assist, but it hasn’t hit the official game score. These tournaments are notoriously bad at keeping good stat sheets, so it’s unlikely he gets credit.

I didn’t watch the games in the middle of the day, the great Euro prospect extraordinaire Alex Nunn did, and he was kind enough to make some gifs. Here are some of the highlights.

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Bridgeport Sound Tigers 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, December 23, 2017 – A Hartford Wolf Pack streak of nine straight games without a regulation loss ended Saturday at the XL Center, in a 5-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Christopher Gibson came within 1:28 of a shutout in the Bridgeport net, making 22 saves, and Casey Bailey and Devon Toews had a goal and an assist apiece. Ryan Sproul had the only goal for the Wolf Pack, who were 6-0-1-2 in their previous nine games.

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Dec
23

Four goal third lifts Pack over Providence

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Hartford Wolf Pack 6, Providence Bruins 4

By Ben Harff

Hartford, CT, December 22, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack erased a 3-2 deficit with four third-period goals Friday night at the XL Center, on their way to a 6-4 win over the first-place Providence Bruins.

The victory was the Wolf Pack’s fifth in their last six games, and they now have at least a standings point in nine straight (6-0-1-2).

Scott Kosmachuk, Eric Selleck and Gabriel Fontaine all scored in the third period for Hartford, and Vinni Lettieri added an empty-net goal.

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Dec
21

DeAngelo nets winner, Gropp/Fontaine also score in Pack’s OT win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4 (OT)

Allentown, PA, December 20, 2017 – Anthony DeAngelo’s goal at 1:40 overtime gave the Hartford Wolf Pack their first OT win of the season Wednesday night at the PPL Center, a 5-4 victory over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

The Wolf Pack, who are now 3-0-0-0 in head-to-head competition vs. the Phantoms on the season, stretched a season-high streak of games without a regulation loss to eight (5-0-1-2).

The winning goal came after Lehigh Valley’s Chris Conner missed the net on a 2-on-1, and Peter Holland sent DeAngelo and Scott Kosmachuk away on a 2-on-1 break for the Wolf Pack. DeAngelo kept the puck on the right side and snapped a shot that cleanly beat Phantoms goaltender Dustin Tokarski on his stick side.

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Dec
17

Gropp scores as Pack lose in shootout

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Springfield Thunderbirds 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1 (SO)

Springfield, MA, December 16, 2017 – A Hartford Wolf Pack offense that scored a season-high seven goals against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday night at home could only manage one Saturday night at the MassMutual Center, in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Springfield Thunderbirds.

Marek Mazanec made 42 saves in his third straight start in the Hartford net, and Ryan Gropp scored the only Wolf Pack goal. Samuel Montembeault got the win in goal for Springfield, stopping 32 shots in regulation in overtime and going 3-for-3 in the shootout. Bobby Farnham scored the only Thunderbird goal, and Francois Beauchemin had the only goal of the shootout.

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Dec
16

Fontaine nets two as Pack explode for seven goals in win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 7, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 3

By Ben Harff

Hartford, CT, December 15, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack exploded for a season-high seven goals Friday night at the XL Center, in a 7-3 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The win was the Wolf Pack’s third straight, and stretched a streak of games with at least a standings point to six (4-0-1-1).

John Gilmour and Gabriel Fontaine led the way with two goals apiece, and Scott Kosmachuk had a goal and two assists. Peter Holland added three assists, and Marek Mazanec made 31 saves, for his second victory in two Wolf Pack starts.

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The Rangers have officially loaned Filip Chytil to the Czech Republic for the World Juniors. This was a foregone conclusion for a while, but this is the official announcement from the team. Chytil will likely be a big part of the Czech team.

Lias Andersson will also play in the tournament, likely serving as the captain for Sweden. It’s been a while since we’ve had two high profile players in the tournament. Should be a fun watch.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Springfield Thunderbirds 3

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, December 10, 2017 – Vinni Lettieri had two goals and an assist Sunday at the XL Center, to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 5-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds.

With the victory, the Wolf Pack are now 3-0-1-1 in their last five games, the team’s longest streak without a regulation loss of the season.

Marek Mazanec made 17 saves in the game, in his Wolf Pack debut, while Springfield goaltender Evan Cowley had 28. The Wolf Pack outshot the Thunderbirds 33-20. Steven Fogarty scored a shorthanded goal for the Wolf Pack, and Dawson Leedahl and Scott Kosmachuk also scored. John Gilmour added two assists. Juho Lammikko had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds.

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Dec
10

Holland nets two in Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Rochester Americans 2 (SO)

By Meghan O’Reilly

Hartford, CT, December 9, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack went to overtime for a fourth game in a row Saturday night at the XL Center, and were ultimately able to walk away with a 3-2 shootout victory over the Rochester Americans.

Chis Nell made 28 saves in the Hartford net to get the win, while Rochester’s Linus Ullmark was credited with 24. Peter Holland scored two of the three goals for the Wolf Pack, and also scored in the shootout.

Holland opened the scoring at 12:26 of the first period, getting one around Ullmark for his first goal in four games with the Wolf Pack. Assists were given to Scott Kosmachuk and Cole Schneider.

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Providence Bruins 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (SO)

Providence, RI, December 8, 2017 – Cole Schneider had his first two-goal game in a Hartford Wolf Pack uniform Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, but the Wolf Pack could not hold a late lead and lost 4-3 in a shootout to the Providence Bruins.

Schneider’s second of the game put the Wolf Pack up 3-2 at 2:13 of the third, but Jordan Szwarz tied the game for the Bruins with 39.9 seconds left, and goaltender Zane McIntyre on the bench for an extra attacker.

Ryan Graves scored his first goal of the year for the Wolf Pack in the first period, and Anthony D’Angelo had two assists. Colby Cave had a goal and an assist for Providence, as did Jacob Forsbacka Karlsson.

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