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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Utica Comets 3
By Chris Kohler
The Comets got on the board first, after Hartford’s Chris Brown fired a shot that hit the post and rebounded into Utica possession. The Comets’ Andrey Pedan collected the puck and fired an outlet pass to Borna Rendulic, who took the puck the length of the ice and snuck it past Halverson at 3:33 of the first period.
For those who may not follow me on Twitter, I have been improving on the draft trends that I made last year. For this current season I decided to include every player playing in Major Junior, not just the draft eligibles. Thanks to the wonderful work by @3Hayden2 (creator of prospect-stats.com), I have been able to make more comprehensive views. I only have the OHL completed right now, but I’ll have the other leagues up soon.
Before looking at the players, it’s important to understand how these should be read. The visual consists of numerous parts. First, we have the basic information about the player. It is very important to look at the age when we are looking at how they perform. An older player should be expected to be great in Juniors, as they play against younger and less developed kids. But a draft eligible kid (18 years old) performing strongly can make for an interesting potential sneak pick in the mid rounds.