Archive for Prospects
Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Lehigh Valley Phantoms 1
By Chris Kohler
Hartford, CT, January 6, 2017 – Magnus Hellberg made 31 saves, and Pavel Buchnevich and Chris Brown scored goals 1:23 apart in the second period Friday night at the XL Center, to carry the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 2-1 win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
The victory snapped a season-high streak of four straight regulation losses for the Wolf Pack.
The Phantoms got off to an early lead just a little more than a quarter into the first period, after the Wolf Pack tested Phantom goalie Anthony Stolarz with several shots. Jordan Weal netted the game’s first goal for the Phantoms at 5:43, assisted by Danick Martel and T.J. Brennan.
Springfield Thunderbirds 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
Springfield, December 30, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack battled back from a 2-0 deficit against the Springfield Thunderbirds Friday night at the MassMutual Center, but could not counter an early third-period goal by Jared McCann in a 3-2 loss.
The defeat was the Wolf Pack’s second straight after a season-high four-game winning streak. The Thunderbirds’ win snapped an 0-3-1-0 drought.
Providence Bruins 3, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, December 27, 2016 – The Providence Bruins’ Jordan Szwarz notched the third period winner Tuesday night, as the Bruins skated past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2, at the XL Center.
Hartford dominated the majority of game’s opening frame, but with just one minute to play, the scoreboard remained unblemished. After failing to convert on a number of promising chances, the Wolf Pack’s up-tempo offense was finally able to break through at the 19:25 mark, when Adam Tambellini sent a gorgeous snap-shot into the top-right corner of Malcolm Subban’s net. The goal, Tambellini’s sixth of the year, was assisted by Nicklas Jensen and Robin Kovacs.
On the opposite end of the ice, Hartford net-minder Jeff Malcolm, playing his first AHL game of the year, denied all seven of the attempts that came his way, sending the Pack into the dressing room with a 1-0 advantage.
Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 2
Bridgeport, CT, December 26, 2016 – Nicklas Jensen scored a natural hat trick, the Hartford Wolf Pack’s first hat trick of the season, Monday night at Webster Bank Arena, to lead the Wolf Pack to a 5-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
The victory extended the Wolf Pack’s longest winning streak of the season to four games, and brought Hartford (11-14-3-1, 26 pts., .448) to within one point of sixth-place Springfield in the Atlantic Division.
“We started off okay, but definitely as the game went on, it was better and better,” Jensen said. “Our whole team played a strong defensive game, and at the end we took over. I think we’re playing as a team right now, and we’re having fun together and enjoying going to the rink. Everything’s obviously a lot more fun when we’re winning, and we have a good streak going, so we’ve got to keep it going.”
Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Syracuse Crunch 4
Syracuse, NY, December 21, 2016 – The Hartford Wolf Pack won their season-high third straight game Wednesday night at the War Memorial Arena, defeating the Syracuse Crunch 5-4, in the Wolf Pack’s last game before Christmas.
Justin Fontaine had the third-period game-winner for the Wolf Pack, and added an assist, and Mat Bodie and Ahti Oksanen also had a goal and an assist each. Adam Erne, a native of New Haven, had a four-point night for the Crunch, with two goals and two assists.
Confession: I just wanted to save this title for when it happens in the NHL.
One of the more interesting prospects for the Rangers this season has been Sergey Zborovskiy. When he was drafted he immediately became a somewhat polarizing player due to the Rangers taking him in the third round. While he was certainly shooting up the draft rankings, the Rangers’ definitely reached for him. Low and behold, last season Zborovskiy began to slowly add some more offense to his game. That is a natural progression that comes with being more comfortable in a new country and growing older.
Not all things were peachy last year though. While his point production and skating improved, he was still having difficulty breaking out of his own zone, costing him the spot on the Russian World Junior team. The Rangers still must’ve seen some potential and rewarded Zborovskiy’s improvement with an entry level contract. From the current look of things, he is beginning to reimburse the Rangers. So let’s break down the prospect that can potentially give the Rangers a nice defenseman with size.
Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Hershey Bears 4
Hershey, PA, December 17, 2016 – Philip McRae’s third-period goal turned out to be the game-winner Saturday night at Giant Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack won their second straight game, defeating the Hershey Bears by a score of 5-4.
Leading 3-1 going into the third period, the Wolf Pack held on through a wild third in which the two teams combined for five goals.
The loss was only Hershey’s second in regulation on home ice all season (10-2-3-1), and only the Bears’ second in regulation in their last 14 overall (9-2-2-1).
Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Syracuse Crunch 1 (SO)
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, December 16, 2016 – Adam Tambellini and Nicklas Jensen scored shootout goals, and Brandon Halverson made 26 saves and went 2-for-2 in the shootout, Friday night at the XL Center, as the Hartford Wolf Pack broke an 0-4-0-1 streak with a 2-1 win over the Syracuse Crunch.
Brian Hart scored for Syracuse and Adam Wilcox made 28 saves.
“I thought we were tight defensively, they put a little bit of pressure on us in the third, and Halverson made some big saves,” Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander said. “We had some great individual efforts in the shootout, and overall lots of good signs.”
All the offense in regulation came in a 15-second span early in the first period.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 6, Hartford Wolf Pack 2
By Henry Lucey
Hartford, CT, December 14, 2016 – Kevin Porter and Tom Sestito had a goal and an assist apiece, and Dominik Simon had four assists Wednesday night at the XL Center, as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 6-2.
Despite a strong start, the Wolf Pack once again found themselves trailing after the first period.
Providence Bruins 2, Hartford Wolf Pack 1 (SO)
Providence, RI, December 11, 2016 – A Hartford Wolf Pack streak of ten straight wins in shootouts came to an end Sunday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins.
It was the first Wolf Pack shootout defeat since March 21, 2015, a 2-1 loss at Springfield.