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Dec
11

Second period dooms Pack against Toronto

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Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 10, 2016 – A four-goal second period propelled the Toronto Marlies past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-3, Saturday night at the XL Center.

The Marlies were quick to capitalize on the Pack’s early struggles, taking the game’s first lead at the 5:55 mark of the first period. Toronto’s Colin Greening was responsible for the score, depositing the rebound created by Brooks Laich shot past a diving Wolf Pack goaltender Brandon Halverson (30 saves).

With tensions still running high from last weekend’s hotly contested series in Toronto, Tanner Glass and Richard Clune dropped the gloves at 16:13. The fight, largely won by Glass, not only brought the home crowd to their feet, but also ignited Hartford coach Ken Gernander’s squad.

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Dec
08

Gilmour scores as Pack lose again

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Springfield Thunderbirds 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 2

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, December 7, 2016 – The Springfield Thunderbirds’ Joe Diamond and Tim Bozon both scored second period goals to propel the visiting Thunderbirds to a 4-2 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack Wednesday night at the XL Center in Hartford.

Despite taking just over four minutes to record their first shot on goal, the Wolf Pack managed to land several threatening attempts on Mike McKenna’s net in the game’s opening frame. Hartford’s best opportunity came when Matt Carey feed a cross-ice pass to an unmarked Boo Nieves, but like he did nine other times, McKenna came up with the save.

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Dec
08

Guest Post: Rangers future looks bright

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igor shestyorkin

The below is a guest post by Jake Weingarten (@TheJakeWeinz). He’s also got a good idea going, called Blueshirt Faithful, where anyone who wants to write a post about the Rangers is welcome to write on what they want, as often as they want. It gives a voice to people who don’t have/want a blog, but want to write here and there. His post below is a reminder that despite the slide, there is a bright future in New York.

 

The New York Rangers have become one of the NHL’s youngest forward corps. Most of the core group is under the age of 30, with the majority under the age of 25. They have also grown their minor league teams and have players from all around the world, which will help keep the youth infusion coming for years to come.

The Rangers have one of the oldest goalies in the league in Henrik Lundqvist, but they have some outstanding goalie prospects. Over the past few months, Rangers fans have gotten the attention of Russian goalie prospect Igor Shestyorkin. Shestyorkin, 20, has been playing for SKA of the KHL and has played some outstanding hockey. He was named KHL player of the month in October, he recorded 13 wins, 6 shutouts, and had a .950 SV%, and is the heir-apparent to The King. With college goalie prospects Tyler Wall (UMass-Howell) and Adam Huska (UConn) to add to Brandon Halverson and Mackenzie Skapski, goaltending is a major source of strength.

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Dec
05

Wolf Pack give up three in third, fall to Toronto

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Toronto Marlies 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Toronto, Ontario, December 4, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack had a 3-2 lead after two periods against the Toronto Marlies Sunday at Ricoh Coliseum, but Toronto scored three times in the third for a 5-3 win, in the second of back-to-back games between the two teams.

The Wolf Pack had taken the opener of the two-game set Saturday, winning 3-2.

Nicklas Jensen had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack Sunday, and John Gilmour and Chris Brown also scored, but Kerby Rychel and Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and two assists each for the Marlies, and Brendan Leipsic had a goal and an assist.

Milan Michalek tied the score at three for Toronto 2:33 into the third period, poking the puck past Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg (32 saves), after he stopped a Colin Smith shot.

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Toronto Marlies 2

Toronto, Ontario, December 3, 2016 – Marek Hrivik had a shorthanded goal and an assist, and Boo Nieves scored the third period game-winner Saturday night, as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-2, in the first of back-to-back games between the two teams at Ricoh Coliseum.

Magnus Hellberg made 27 saves in the Wolf Pack net, and Justin Fontaine also scored for Hartford. William Wrenn and Kasperi Kapanen had the Marlies’ goals, and Garret Sparks made 27 stops.

The win gave the Wolf Pack their first winning streak of the season, coming on the heels of Hartford’s 3-1 victory last Saturday at Lehigh Valley.

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Nov
27

Ryan Graves with two assists in Wolf Pack win

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1

Allentown, PA, November 26, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack finished the first quarter of their season with a 3-1 win Saturday night over the Atlantic Division-leading Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the PPL Center.

The Wolf Pack (6-10-3-0, 15 pts.) built a 3-0 lead on goals by Nicklas Jensen, Matt Carey and Chris Brown, and Magnus Hellberg only allowed a late second-period goal by Phantom defenseman Samuel Morin.

Justin Fontaine and Ryan Graves had two assists each for the Wolf Pack, who had let a 3-1 third-period lead slip away the night before, in a 4-3 overtime loss at home to the Albany Devils.

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Nov
26

Wolf Pack blow third period lead, lose in OT

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Albany Devils 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 3 (OT)

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, November 25, 2016 – Miles Wood’s goal at 1:43 of overtime completed an Albany Devil comeback Friday night at the XL Center, in a 4-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack.

The Devils fought back from a 3-1 third-period deficit on goals by Kevin Rooney and Ben Sexton.

In front of a crowd of 4,909, Wolf Pack coach Ken Gernander’s squad came out attacking in the game’s opening frame. After an early power play saw the Pack land five shots but ultimately come up empty-handed, Hartford’s Chris Brown finally broke the stalemate at the 9:55 mark. The right-winger found himself unmarked at the bottom of the left circle and sent a snap-shot off of Mackenzie Blackwood’s glove and into the back of Albany’s net, for Brown’s fourth tally of the year.

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Nov
21

Steven Fogarty delivers shootout winner for Wolf Pack

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Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Providence Bruins 3 (SO)

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, November 20, 2016 – For the second time in as many home games, Steven Fogarty notched the shootout winner for the Hartford Wolf Pack Sunday at the XL Center, in a 4-3 win over the Providence Bruins.

After a slow start saw Harford land just one shot in the first five minutes of play, the Pack’s offense caught fire at the 8:32 mark. Chris Brown put the Wolf Pack on the scoreboard when he collected Ryan Graves’ rebound that was bouncing in front of the net and swiftly deposited the puck past the near side of Providence goalie Anton Khudobin.

Just sixty-one seconds later, Matt Carey added to the Wolf Pack’s lead, corralling a Providence turnover and firing a snap shot over Khudobin’s blocker at 9:33. On the opposite end of the ice, Hartford’s defense was dominant, surrendering just six shots, all of which were saved by Magnus Hellberg.

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Nov
20

Four goal second dooms Wolf Pack

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Binghamton Senators 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 3

Binghamton, NY, November 19, 2016 – A four-goal second period carried the Binghamton Senators to a 6-3 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack Saturday night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.

Marek Hrivik and Tanner Glass had a goal and an assist each for the Wolf Pack, but Francis Perron scored twice for Binghamton, Jack Rodewald had a goal and two assists, and Kyle Flanagan chipped in three assists.

“We’ve got to find a way to come out of our own zone cleaner,” said Glass of the Wolf Pack’s second-period difficulties. “We had the puck in full possession a few times there and were not making the good first pass that it takes to come out cleanly, especially against a team that was forechecking the way they were.”

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Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Springfield Thunderbirds 2 (SO)

By Henry Lucey

Hartford, CT, November 16, 2016 – After falling behind 2-0, the Hartford Wolf Pack stormed back to beat the Springfield Thunderbirds, 3-2, Wednesday night at the XL Center. Nicklas Jensen scored twice for the Wolf Pack, and rookie center Steven Fogarty provided the shootout winner.

Both teams struggled to develop any offensive rhythm in the opening period. Hartford did not land their first shot on goal until the 4:25 mark, while it took Springfield just over six and half minutes to get a shot on Brandon Halverson’s net.

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