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Rochester Americans 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Rochester, NY, November 11, 2016 – Defenseman Taylor Fedun had four points, with a goal and three assists, and Justin Kea scored twice Friday night at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial, as the Rochester Americans defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-2.
“We definitely thought we had that one,” Brown said. “It should have been a win, and it was tough. We had too many big mistakes that cost us goals. We’ve got to sharpen up and be ready to play [Saturday].”
While the Rangers have started the season on fire offensively, the news is a little more mixed down in the AHL where several Ranger prospects are getting acclimatised to the pro ranks.
The Wolfpack, as a whole, have started poorly and are rooted to the bottom of the Atlantic division with a 3-6-1 record, all the while letting in more goals than the Titanic took on water (44 at last count). The poor play generally has seen McKenzie Skapski demoted to the ECHL and Brandon Halverson brought up in his place.
Looking at the prospects that are in Hartford, the most promising performances have come from a pair of defensemen in Ryan Graves and John Gilmour who both have five points thus far. Indeed, Graves has really stood out as he’s thrown a ton of rubber on net, leading the ‘Pack in shots (35). While Marek Hrivik and Nicklas Jensen lead the team in points with 9 and 7 respectively neither players’ play thus far will have made the Rangers take much notice.
In light of Mackenzie Skapski’s recent struggles in the AHL (0-4-4, 5.17 GAA, .848 SV%), the Rangers have sent him to the ECHL’s Greenville Swamp Rabbits. Brandon Halverson, the Rangers second round pick in the 2014 draft, has been recalled to the Hartford Wolf Pack. Halverson has a 3-1-0 record with Greenville, sporting a 1.70 GAA and a .943 SV%.
It’s a little troubling that Skapski has now been sent to the ECHL in each of the last two seasons. It was expected that he would be slow to return after major hip surgery in the summer of 2015, so starting slowly in the ECHL then may not have been too surprising. However the slow start to the season is worrying for the 22-year-old goalie.
Even with Skapski’s struggles, the Rangers have incredible depth at the goaltender position in the system. Hopefully, this is just a blip on the radar for Skapski.
Providence Bruins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Providence, RI, November 5, 2016 – Steven Fogarty scored his first pro goal Saturday night, but that was the lone bright spot for the Hartford Wolf Pack in a 6-2 loss to the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.
Peter Cehlarik had two goals and an assist for Providence and defenseman Alex Grant added a goal and two assists. Dan Vladar made 35 saves, as the Wolf Pack outshot their hosts 37-29. Philip McRae scored the other Hartford goal.
“I thought there was times in the game when we were playing pretty well,” Fogarty said, “but they controlled the majority of it and they capitalized on their opportunities. And any time a team gets chances like that they’re going to score, especially in this league.”
Hartford Wolf Pack
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, November 4, 2016 – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers’ Adam Pelech scored fifty seconds into overtime Friday night at the XL Center, sending the Hartford Wolf Pack to 3-6-0-0 on the season with a 5-4 loss.
The majority of the game’s opening period proved to be painfully symbolic of the Pack’s recent struggles. Harford had difficulty getting shots through on net, and were unable to convert on multiple power play opportunities.
Following a Wolf Pack turnover, Bridgeport’s Michael Dal Colle put the Sound Tigers on the scoreboard with a vicious slap shot that beat a heavily screened Magnus Hellberg at 12:18.
Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4, Hartford Wolf Pack 0
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, November 2, 2016 – A loud crowd of 4,029 saw the Hartford Wolf Pack fall to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4-0 Wednesday at the XL Center, in the Wolf Pack’s “Sonar’s Edu-skate” school-day morning start game.
Anthony Stolarz stopped all 33 shots he faced in the Lehigh Valley net, and defenseman T.J. Brennan had a goal and two assists for the Phantoms.
Lehigh Valley dominated the opening minutes of the contest’s first frame, holding the Pack without a shot until the 3:25 mark. Even after killing an early power play, Hartford struggled to possess the puck for extended periods of time. Brennan was given a golden opportunity to capitalize on the Phantoms’ strong start, but his breakaway attempt was denied by Hartford net-minder Magnus Hellberg (26 saves).
A bit of a surprise this afternoon, as Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Rangers have placed defenseman Calle Andersson on unconditional waivers with the intention of mutually terminating his contract. Andersson was the Rangers’ 4th round pick in 2012, and had some pretty good upside as a smooth skating Swedish defenseman.
After a full season in Hartford last year, Andersson has skated in just four of Hartford’s games this year. The 22-year-old defenseman will likely head back to the Swiss league, where he last played.
Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Hershey Bears 2 (OT)
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, October 26, 2016 – Ryan Graves connected on a slap shot from the right point at 2:35 of overtime to lift the Hartford Wolf Pack to thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over the Hershey Bears Wednesday night at the XL Center.
Following an up-tempo start, the contest remained scoreless until Hershey’s Tyler Lewington fired a wrist-shot over Wolf Pack goaltender Magnus Hellberg’s right shoulder at 15:42 of the first period. Hartford finished the opening frame with seven shots, but were unable to capitalize, and went into the break trailing by a 1-0 score.
Hartford’s scoring drought came to end when Chris Brown crashed the Hersey net and deflected in a power play goal at 7:24. The goal, Brown’s first of the season, was assisted by Adam Tambellini and Calle Andersson. With the crowd still on its feet, Malte Stromwall notched his first North American professional goal just 55 seconds later, giving the Pack a 2-1 advantage.
St. John’s IceCaps 5, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, October 23, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack suffered their first home-ice loss of the season Sunday at the XL Center, falling 5-2 to the St. John’s IceCaps.
St. John’s opened the scoring just thirty-six seconds into the contest when Sven Andrighetto’s wrister found the back of the net. The Wolf Pack were quick to respond, however, as Marek Hrivik evened the score at the 1:27 mark. The goal, Hrivik’s second of the season, was assisted by right-winger Justin Fontaine. Less than a minute after Hrivik’s tally, IceCaps defenseman Joel Hanley beat Harford goalie Mackenzie Skapski at 2:16 to take back the lead.
Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 4 (OT)
Allentown, PA, October 22, 2016 – Nicklas Jensen’s goal at 1:55 of overtime lifted the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 5-4 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a wild game Saturday night at the PPL Center.
Corban Knight, Andy Miele, Mark Zengerle and Chris Conner all scored for Lehigh Valley, and ex-Yale Eli Alex Lyon, making his professional debut in goal for the Phantoms, stopped 29 shots.