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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Springfield Thunderbirds 3 (OT)

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, March 1, 2017Pavel Buchnevich’s second goal of the game, a power-play strike with 16.4 seconds left in overtime, gave the Hartford Wolf Pack a 4-3 win over the Springfield Thunderbirds Wednesday night at the XL Center.

Brandon Halverson made 26 saves in the Hartford net to get the win, and Matt Carey and Dan Catenacci also scored for the Wolf Pack. Steven Kampfer had three assists. Chase Balisy tied the game for the Thunderbirds with 19.4 seconds remaining in regulation, and Dryden Hunt and Jace Hawryluk had the other Springfield goals. Reto Berra made 34 saves.

The Thunderbirds opened the scoring only 4:51 into the first period. Hunt fired a shot that Halverson managed to reject. Hunt, however, was able to follow his shot and convert on the rebound opportunity to make the score 1-0.

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Feb
27

Fogarty, Jensen seal Pack’s 3-1 win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Binghamton Senators 1

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, February 26, 2017 – Magnus Hellberg totaled 26 saves Sunday at the XL Center, and goals from Matt Carey, Nicklas Jensen and Steven Fogarty sealed a 3-1 win for the Hartford Wolf Pack over the Binghamton Senators.

Fogarty’s and Jensen’s goals both came in the third period, which proved to be the difference in the contest.

The first period began as an intense defensive battle. The Senators outshot the Pack 14-8 in the period, but goalies Hellberg, who had 13 saves in the period, and the Senators’ Chris Driedger, with eight saves, did well to keep the contest close.

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Feb
26

Pack get shutout in Springfield

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Springfield Thunderbirds 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 0

Springfield, MA, February 25, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Springfield Thunderbirds 32-23 Saturday night at the MassMutual Center, but could not beat goaltender Mike McKenna, who got his first shutout of the season in a 2-0 Thunderbird win.

Chase Balisy’s first-period power-play goal was the only offense the Thunderbirds would need, and Dryden Hunt scored an empty-net goal. Brandon Halverson made 21 saves in the Hartford net.

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Feb
25

Five goal second dooms Hartford

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Hershey Bears 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 1

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, February 24, 2017 – The Hershey Bears exploded for five goals in a span of 9:26 in the second period Friday night at the XL Center, on the way to a 6-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Ryan Graves scored the Wolf Pack’s goal, but Stan Galiev had a pair of goals for the Bears, and Travis Boyd and Liam O’Brien added a goal and an assist each.

The Wolf Pack began the game with strong defensive effort, as they did not allow a shot on goal for the first eight minutes of the opening period.

The Pack had the first power play chance of the game, after former Wolf Pack captain Ryan Bourque was called for hooking at 8:48.

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Springfield Thunderbirds 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, February 19, 2017 – Justin Fontaine and Steven Kampfer scored first-period goals for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center, but goaltender Mike McKenna and the Springfield Thunderbirds were able to fend off Hartford’s offensive attack for the remainder of the game, to earn a 4-2 victory.

The Thunderbirds did not take long to open the scoring, as just 1:07 into the contest, Mackenzie Weegar fired a shot from right point, off of a pass from Jayce Hawryluk, that found its way past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (23 saves).

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Feb
19

Pack dominate shots, but give up six to Lehigh Valley in loss

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Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 4

Allentown, PA, February 18, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack outshot the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 44-27, and had a 24-5 shots advantage in the third period, Saturday night at the PPL Center, but fell to the Phantoms 6-4, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

It was nearly a mirror image of the previous night’s game, which saw the Wolf Pack outshot 44-18, including 25-5 in the third, but prevail by a score of 3-2.

Justin Fontaine had a goal and an assist for Hartford Saturday, and Steven Kampfer and Chris Brown had two assists apiece, but Danick Martel had the game-winning goal and an assist for Lehigh Valley, and Andy Miele and T.J. Brennan added a goal and an assist each.

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Feb
18

Halverson stops 42 in Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 2

Allentown, PA, February 17, 2017 – Brandon Halverson made a Hartford Wolf Pack season-high 42 saves Friday night at the PPL Center, as the Wolf Pack defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 3-2, despite being outshot 44-18.

The game was the first of a back-to-back set between the two teams in Allentown.

Philip McRae had the third-period game-winning goal for the Wolf Pack, and added an assist, and Marek Hrivik and Nicklas Jensen also had Wolf Pack goals. Mark Alt and Scott Laughton scored for the Phantoms in the third, in which Lehigh Valley outshot Hartford 25-5.

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Feb
12

Slow start dooms Pack against Hershey

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Hershey Bears 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

Hershey, PA, February 11, 2017 – The Hartford Wolf Pack fell behind 2-0 to the Hershey Bears Saturday night at Giant Center and never quite recovered, losing 4-2.

Veterans Nicklas Jensen and Chris Summers scored for the Wolf Pack, who twice closed to within one goal. Travis Boyd and Christian Djoos had first-period tallies for Hershey, and Paul Carey scored the eventual winner in the second period. Riley Barber added an empty-net goal.

“I thought we got off to a slow start,” Summers said. “Starts have been something that we’ve been focusing on, and for whatever reason we just can’t seem to put that first ten minutes together. I think that’s a pretty important piece of the game, and you see we get down early and it’s climbing our way back the rest of the game.”

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Feb
11

Tambellini notches hat trick in Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Springfield Thunderbirds 2

Springfield, MA, February 10, 2017 – Adam Tambellini scored all three Hartford Wolf Pack goals, for his first professional hat trick, Friday night at the MassMutual Center, in a 3-2 Wolf Pack victory over the Springfield Thunderbirds.

The Wolf Pack won despite being outshot 34-16, as Brandon Halverson made 32 saves. Steven Kampfer added a pair of assists for Hartford.

Jace Hawryluk had a goal and an assist for the Thunderbirds, and Denis Malgin also scored for Springfield.

The win improved the Wolf Pack’s record to 18-25-3-2 for 41 points and lifted Hartford to within two points of the sixth-place Thunderbirds in the Atlantic Division.

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Feb
05

Depleted Pack fall to Rochester

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Rochester Americans 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Chris Kohler

Hartford, CT, February 4, 2017 – Justin Fontaine scored shorthanded for the Hartford Wolf Pack, and Philip McRae had a power-play goal, Saturday night at the XL Center, but Evan Rodrigues’ two scores led the Rochester Americans to a 4-2 victory.

The loss snapped a two-game Wolf Pack winning streak.

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