The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack team fell to the Northern Cyclones this Sunday by a close margin, 3-1. Arguably one of the more talented teams in the league, the Wolfpack played a hard fought game, and made the Cyclones work for their offensive opportunities. The Cyclones got on the board early on, tallying two goals in the first seventeen minutes of play. The Wolfpack were able to ward off any other offensive threats for the next eight minutes, and head into the locker room to make some crucial systematic adjustments. Hitting the ice for the second half of the game, the Wolfpack executed a different defensive system, which held the Cyclones to only one more goal in the game.
Leading the Wolfpack’s offensive attack was veteran defenseman, Steph Grundy. Driving wide with speed, she pulled Cyclones goaltender off her angle, and placed the puck perfectly far-side high. The team maintained the momentum generated by Grundy’s goal, but was unable to capitalize on any other offensive opportunities. The Wolfpack will continue to work on creating more offensive threats and look forward to contributions from other players. On the defensive end, the Wolfpack saw great poise and grit from junior defensemen, Abby Lally and Kate Lombardozzi. They both adapted to our system change well, and their hard work and positivity are crucial to the D unit. Bolstering the teams’ defense was team Captain, Edy Moritz, who turned away all but three of the Cyclones’ 48 shots, 19 of which were in the final period. Moritz currently boasts a .947 save percentage, the third highest in the league, and is joined by teammate, Emily Appenzeller, who also earned a spot on the list. “We are blessed to have such incredible goaltenders; they absolutely keep us in each and every game. Having two of them on the list of top 5 save percentages in the league is a testament to their ability,” comments Coach Corvi.
Reflecting on Sunday’s game, Assistant Coach Craig Millard commented, “Playing against talented teams is a true test of where we are and it certainly makes us all better. They capitalized on our mistakes and some of our weaknesses, but we also improved as a team today. It was obvious to me, to Coach Corvi, to our fans, and to the other team, that we battled, we competed and we did a lot of the right things. It is time to go back and continue our incremental improvement.”
The team will do just that—hitting the ice and the gym over the course of the week to physically and mentally prepare for next weekend’s contest against the Boston Bandits.
Wolfpack Jr B Rally Back For 4 Points on Road Weekend
After an average showing at the showcase last weekend, the Jr Wolfpack was determined to make a statement this weekend. The Pack made the trip up to New Hampshire to play the New England Wolves and the NH Monarchs. Both of which turned out to be very tough opponents.
In the first game vs the Wolves, the Pack went down early, giving up a goal in the beginning of the second period. The lead didn’t stand long, as ZechNicome buried the first goal off a pass from Nick Malvasi to even the score. The game remained scoreless for the rest of the 2nd, leading into an intense 3rd period. The Pack started to swarm all over the Wolves and Captain Ronnie Williams scored a huge goal to put the team up by one. The Wolves showed some fight as the game was nearing end, but Matt Dostie put the game away tallying a point with under 5 minutes left. Goalie Ben Zienty stood tall all game, recording 39 saves on 40 shots for the night.
The next morning, the Pack traveled to the Monarch’s Tri Town Ice Arena looking to keep the momentum rolling. Again the Pack went down early giving up two goals in the beginning of the game. Kevin Murphy pulled the team within one as he crashed the net for a rebound off a set 3 on 2 play. The Monarchs answered back with another goal of their own to make it 3-1 before the end of the period. The Pack went into the locker room and made a few adjustments which led to a hot second period. Matt Bucher, Andrew Bronk, and MaltheHelt all chipped in for goals in the second period evening the score going into the third. Again, the Monarchs were first to tally, forcing the Wolfpack to play extra aggressive at the end of the game. Matt Dostie buried a huge goal with just 3 minutes to go in the game forcing another overtime situation. The Wolfpack would not accept defeat, as Nick Malvasi tapped in a goal off a bouncing shot by MaltheHelt to win in Sudden Death. The Wolfpack walked away from 2 close games with 4 points making them a team to beat in the tough MJHL.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is off to a slower start than how they would have wanted to start the 14-15 season. They are 4-4-0-1 in their first 9 games which is not bad but far from where their coaching staff expected. With 14 new faces and a new makeover, the Wolfpack continues to build the confidence and game time of their first year players, hoping they learn quickly what it really means to play in a strong league like the EHL. "We have two 1994 defenseman and the rest are 95-97s and they are young and learning. They have not yet figured it out that it is an earned privilege to play in this league. They have a lot of skill but their urgency and hunger is just not there yet and we will continue to work at it in practice every day," said Chris Cerrella. The veteran play on the back end from assistant captain Max Ross and Andreas Radin has been outstanding and the coaching staff hopes that the two veterans will continue to lead and anchor the young blue line. With a long season ahead the Jr Wolfpack staff is not some where they have never been before. The 13-14 Wolfpack started the season 4-8 before making a run to the top of the league and losing in the quarter finals while placing a league leading 16 players into college hockey. The rest of the EHL knows that Coach Cerrella and his Wolfpack will not be .500 for long and the organization is continuing to prove they are the number 1 college placement junior hockey program on the east coast. So far this season the Pack has 2 college placements with Defenseman Austin Dittenhafer committed to the University of Vermont and fiery forward Tyler Hines committed to Western New England. So far this season there has been many other players who are already receiving college hockey attention and in the minds of the Jr Wolfpack front office, that is all that matters. "We measure our success on two things, college placement and college placement. We want our players and players coming to us in the future, to know that is the number one thing to our program. College placement is the reason why players come to play for us, we have a great track record of placing more than a dozen players a season to the college hockey level. It is a good process and all of our players who come here leave satisfied", said president Dan McCarthy. The Wolfpack looks forward to the rest of the season and being a top program in the EHL once again this season.
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack made history on this week, clinching the team’s first victory, with a 4-1 win over the Boston Bandits. The team head to Bridgewater, MA Sunday morning to face off against the aggressive Bandits. The girls were eager to play the moment they stepped off the bus and their focus led to several offensive threats early on in the game. Senior forward, Maeve Reilly, put the Wolfpack on the board with an unassisted goal at 12:41 in the first period. For the duration of the period, the Wolfpack denied the Bandits’ attacks with the defensive prowess of defensemen Abby Lally and Tess Nogles, and stalwart goaltending from Emily Appenzeller.
Heading into the second period, the Wolfpack capitalized on the Bandits’ defensive breakdowns with another tally on the board from the offensive combo of MaryKate (Sid) Thompson and Edy Moritz. The versatile senior, Moritz, went on to score two more goals, finishing the game with a hat-trick.
For the duration of the game, the Wolfpack sustained offensive pressure and played solid defense to ward off the Bandits’ threats. “The girls undoubtedly earned this win through a combination of hard work and smart play,” comments Coach Corvi. “This is just another stepping stone for the team this season. We will absolutely relish the victory, but we will not become complacent. The girls proved that they’re ready for the next step, so we’ll continue to expect more from each and every one of them going forward.”
The 18U Futures had only one contest this weekend on Sunday at The SONO rink in Norwalk, CT in a rematch with the Greenwich/Brunswick School team that they had played a few weeks ago. Both teams played hard in the 1st period and both teams were held off the score sheet. The 2nd period brought much of the same until Greenwich/Brunswick broke through and lead 1-0 halfway through the 2nd period. A center ice turnover created by Nick David set up a 2 on 1 for the Jr Wolfpack Futures which ended in a goal by Nick Zibbideo who took David's shot off the goalies pads and buried the puck in the right corner. That would be the end of the scoring for the Futures as Greenwich/ Brunswick would go on to a 4-1 win. " Again, we proved to ourselves that we can play and dominate ice possession for extended periods of time" Said 18U Futures Coach, John Hissick. "We continue to strive for 51 minutes of consistency. We have allowed mental mistakes to beat us, thus beating ourselves. When we tighten up our gaps and Back check appropriately, we do very well. Just need to play all 51 minutes and finish"
The Futures have 3 games this weekend beginning Friday night when the take on Wethersfield/Rocky Hill, a rematch of a game won by the Jr Wolfpack Futures earlier this season. They then play the CT Saints at home at 2:00pm Saturday, followed by a Game Sunday evening with the CT Eagles in Bolton. Come on Down to see and support the Futures of the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack B team traveled down to Pennsylvania looking to make a statement at the showcase this weekend. They came out strong against the Philadelphia Revolution winning the first game 4-2. Ethan Bankoski and Michael Workman each recorded a goal and an assist while Kyle Whalen recorded his first goal of the season. Malthe Helt tapped in an empty netter to put the game away in the third period. This was a great win for goalie Baylee Johns as he recorded 27 saves.
Despite having to play back to back games on Saturday, the Wolfpack came out swinging in the second game against Wilkes Barre/Scranton. This was the best performance shown by the pack this season, as they were playing a tough fresh team. WB/Scranton put 3 goals in the back of the Wolfpack net in the first period. Then Mike Galinski buried a goal late in the first period giving the team life before going into the locker room. The Pack fought back, with Kevin Murphy scoring a huge Power Play goal to put the Pack within 1. They smelled blood and were all over the Knights the rest of the game, crashing the net with every possession. The knights were forced to use their hands to keep the puck out, giving the Pack a penalty shot in the final minutes of play. Malthe Helt, the chosen shooter came down and buried the puck low far side, tying the game and forcing an overtime. The Pack received a devastating loss as a soft goal squeaked into the net early into overtime. The Pack were able to salvage a point with the comeback.
With the third game in just 24 hours, the Pack went back to work against the Philadelphia Jr Flyers. The Pack were just out of gas, letting up 4 goals in the first half. Matt Bucher and Noah Sanders were each able to tally a goal in the game, but the team came up short in the 6-2 loss.
The Jr. Wolfpack U16 Team had a huge weekend at the East Coast College Cup tournament winning three out of their four games! The boys started the weekend with a 4-1 win Friday night at Westminster vs. the Ct Werewolves. The scoring was started on two goals by captain Mike Cyr. Cyr’s goals were followed up by two more by Tommy Driscoll and D-man Jonathan Carlson. The pack had solid goaltending by Colin Hobbs who got his first win on the season, allowing one goal on 17 shots. The teams “lunch Pail Award” went to forward Tommy Driscoll who notched one goal and more importantly never stopped working for his team!
On Saturday the boys looked even stronger in their game vs. the NJ Devils. Again, Cyr led the way in scoring with the teams opening two goals. The game was 2-2 after the first half, with the Wolfpack controlling the majority of the game! In the second half the boys had two let downs that led to two goals, one on a power play and one on a blue line shot. The Wolfpack continued to battle the rest of the way but would end up losing 5-2 after an open net goal with a minute to go. Coach Provost was very pleased with his team’s effort! “That first half was our best hockey so far this year and they continued to fight in the second after falling behind. Every game I ask them to work hard and compete no matter what the score. They did that today!”
The team took that hard work right into Saturday night’s game, which showed right away! The pack struck first and often led by a Jake Sullivan goal assisted by Jeff Gu and Jon Backus! The pack continued to roll with another goal by Mike Cyr assisted by Harris and Carlson. The next two goals went to forward Joey Harris who ended up with 7 points on the weekend and received the Lunch Pail Award for Saturday night’s game! The scoring continued, as the pack went on score 3 more goals by Tommy Driscoll, Mike Cyr and Liam Flannery! The final score was 7-1 and the win went to goaltender Chris Rodrigues.
The Pack missed the playoff round one game but played in a consolation game vs. the Haverford Hawks. Again, the Wolfpack struck first with a goal by Evan Valenti assisted by his line mates Driscoll and Sullivan. Valenti’s goal was followed up by two quick goals by Mike Cyr and D-man Nick Cramer. After the first half it was a back and forth game! Chris Rodrigues helped the Pack in the defensive end with several key saves towards the end of the game and was given the Lunch Pail Award by Joey Harris! The boys topped of a great weekend with a 3-1 win over Haverford.
After the weekend Coach Provost had this to say on the team’s performance, “This was a weekend to make some noise and see how good we have become! I am so proud of this team and how they work day in and day out! As a group we talk about getting better every day and they just continue to do so!”
The boys will take their winning ways into league play this weekend at home with two league games vs. Willks Barre!
The JrWolfpack would like to congratulate former player, Todd Thomas, for being named Captain at SUNY Potsdam. Thomas, a Junior, played for the JrWolfpack three years ago where he made an impact for their team and caught the eye of Potsdam Head Coach, Chris Bernard and has slowly become the face of Potsdam Hockey. "Todd was just one of those players that you loved to coach. He gave you all he had every practice and every shift. He wasn't flashy but made an impact on every play and was on the score sheet almost every game. He was a big part of our team," said Chris Cerrella. The Davidsville, PA native is now college teammates with three other Wolfpack players, including roommate and also a Junior, Jake Rivera, sophomore, Vincent Caligiuri and freshman, Dylan Vander Esch. The SUNYAC is known as one of the top Div 3 College Hockey Conferences in the Country.
The Jr. Wolfpack U16 Team split this past weekend with a win in out of league play and a loss in the AYHL. Saturday night the Pack took on the CT Werewolves from West Hartford. The boys controlled the game, out shooting the Werewolves 50 to 9 but were not rewarded on the scoreboard till Jon Backus scored midway through the second period. At the 5:22 mark, Nick Cramer scored an unassisted goal to make it 2-0 heading into the Third! The pack scored two more times in the final period with goals by Liam Flannery and Jake Sullivan. The pack went on to win 4-0 with Jack McGee getting his second shutout of the season!
Sunday, the team returned to Champions Skating Center to face Team Comcast. The first period started off fast but Team Comcast scored first at 15:32 in the first period. The boys tied the game in the second period off a goal by Jake Sullivan, assisted by Tommy Driscoll. After the Sullivan goal, the team let down for a good portion of the second period, letting up 3 goals going into the third. The Pack finished the third with another goal by Sullivan at 6:11 assisted by Backus. Team Comcast went on to win the game 5-2 and outshot the Wolfpack 45-42. After Sundays game, Coach Provost commented on the teams weekend performance “This weekend we let down a little too much. The boys have been improving everyday and I feel we didn’t do the little things that win hockey games. With that said, this group of players best hockey is in the months ahead. I cant wait to see how they’re playing come December!”
The U16 boys have a big week ahead of them with four games in the College Cup Showcase! The showcase starts this Friday at Westminster and runs till Sunday afternoon.
The Jr Wolfpack Futures went into last weekend in search of their second win of the season implementing new systems and some line changes in search of creating more scoring. Greenwich/Brunswick came to Champions and found themselves behind early on a 1st period goal by Defensemen Andrew Wilson who made a hard charge to the net and got his own rebound to start the scoring. The Futures held a 1-0 lead at the end of the 1st period. The 2nd period was plagued with mental mistakes and it was an uphill climb. Greenwich/Brunswick scored 3 in the 3rd and held a 4-2 lead at the end of 2. Nick Zibbideo scored for the Wolfpack to pull within 2. Greenwich/ Brunswick was highly opportunistic of Futures breakdowns in the 3rd, eventually taking away a 7-2 win in a game that was better contested than the score would indicate.
On Sunday, The Futures traveled to Avon to take on the Avon Generals. The Generals jumped out early to a 1-0 lead, However the Wolfpack came back on a goal by Nick David to bring the score even before the end of the 1st period. Disciplined Defense and a strong forecheck held the Generals in Check for the balance of the 2nd period with the Jr Wolfpack Futures playing the majority of the 2nd period in the Avon end. With 8 min remaining Eli Bloom put the Futures ahead on a heads up shot off a rebound and securing a 2-1 lead that would not be relinquished, thus sealing the win. "It was lift to the team to get this win. We have been working hard but not always seeing the results. It has become apparent to me that we can dominate our opponents for prolonged periods in games" Said Coach John Hissick. " However, we need more scoring and a consistent effort. If effort and discipline to game plan are adhered to we can play with anyone. We just need to play 51 minutes of consistent Hockey. It is something we continue to work at". The Futures next travel to SONO in Norwalk for a rematch with Greenwich/Brunswick this Sunday.
Despite a 5-2 loss to the Walpole Express, the Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack continues to show signs of improvement. “We are beginning to play as a team,” comments Coach Corvi, “what we need to focus on moving forward is consistency from each and every player, and taking care of the little things.” The Express capitalized on several of the Wolfpack’s mistakes and many of the goals started in the Pack’s offensive zone. “That’s the game of hockey—the team that makes the fewest mistakes usually wins the game. We need to improve our attention to the little details,” said Corvi.
There were several moments of brilliance for the Wolfpack in Sunday’s contest. Senior goaltender, Giana Rifici, had a solid game between the pipes, turning away 56 shots in the sixty-minute contest. Supporting Rifici’s defensive efforts were Abby Lally and Steph Grundy, who both made several smart plays to subdue the Express’ attack. On offense, Maddie Giordano’s debut performance for the Wolfpack wowed many, as she collected both a goal and an assist. Coach Corvi comments, “Maddie is a young player, and she’s extremely smart. In just one game we saw the immediate impact she’s having on the team.” Flanked by teammate Claire Foran, the Loomis Chaffee duo produced several offensive attacks, one of which resulted in Giordano’s goal in the second period. The team also witnessed the incredible speed of senior forward, Maeve Reilly, whose quick drive to the net in the final period led to a brilliant goal.
The Wolfpack team was charged with homework this week—to think about three things they would like to work on individually, and to watch some NHL hockey and see those things done well. With those things in mind, we look forward to hitting the ice next Sunday against the Bandits.
The Jr Wolfpack Futures played this weekend at Champions facing Conard/Hall for the 2nd time this season. The Futures came out quickly creating a quick pace from the start. First period Goals by Ben Ward and Mac Crawford set the tone and at times the Futures were dominating play in the CH end of the ice for extended periods of time. The 2nd period brought much of the same play when Nick David added another futures goal after a steal in the Conard/Hall defensive zone to make it a 3-2 Wolfpack lead at the end of the period. A few untimely breakdowns cost the Futures in the 3 period eventually tilting the contest in the favor of Conard/Hall. Final was 5-3 in favor of Conard/Hall. Despite the loss, Coach John Hissick is optimistic on the game and the improvement shown. " We played at times during the game well enough to win and probably should have. We still need better net drive to take advantage of Rebounds and 2nd and 3rd opportunities. Our Fore-check for the 1st 2 periods was dominant. We just need to be able to continue that effort through all 3 periods. It's only September. We will get there" The Jr Wolfpack Futures play at Champions this Sunday at 2pm vs. Greenwich and Sunday at Avon Old Farms at 3:15pm against Avon. Please come out and see the Futures play.
The Jr. Wolfpack U16 team continued their winning ways this past weekend with a 3-1 victory over the New Jersey Colonials. The pack controlled the tempo of the game right from the start but we're not rewarded till the middle of the second period off a goal from Forward Ryan Williams. One minute later the Pack scored again off a rebound goal by Jake Sullivan, assisted by Tommy Driscoll and Hunter Frayne.
The Wokfpack went into the third period with a 2-1 lead but struggled to get going early on in the period. Goaltender Chris Rodrigues came up big for his team making several huge stops in the third and saving 20 out of 21 shots on net! Later in the third, Sullivan scored his second of the game on a snipe from the top of the circle. The pack fought hard the rest of the way and grabbed their first league victory of the season! After the game coach Provost was very pleased with his teams overall effort and had this to add on the teams improvement.
"The boys are getting better every week, it's great to see.! They are finally coming together as a team and realizing that it takes three, full periods of gritty hockey to get wins at this level."
The Boys return to action this weekend with two must win games at the Champions Skating Center.
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack enjoyed time off from league competition this weekend, but were still very busy! On the ice, the girls worked tirelessly—focusing on individual skill-work and execution of team systems. In practice, their passes were crisper, they were attacking with speed, and really starting to play as a team. The Lady Wolfpack also started their weekly off-ice routine, working with the team’s personal trainer to improve their stamina and strength.
Beyond the rink, many Lady Wolfpack have also been busy speaking with college coaches and setting up campus visits. The first-ever NEWJHL showcase proved to be a successful recruiting event, as several coaches have demonstrated interest in members of the Wolfpack squad. Coach Corvi comments, “I’m thrilled about all the conversations happening between our players and various college coaches. There’s nothing I enjoy more than advocating for my team, and helping coaches see that they’re not only great players, but incredible kids. Several players already have some really quality looks from a great mix of schools, including some ECAC East and NESCAC Schools. It’s not only great for them, but for the growth of our program.”
The coaching staff is very happy with the team’s work ethic over the course of these two weeks, and looks forward to facing off against the Walpole Express this Sunday at 11:30am.
FORMER MJHL PLAYER PREPARING FOR CLUB HOCKEY AT PROVIDENCE
The Jr Wolfpack Organization would like to wish the best of luck to former MJHL standout Nick Adamsons as he begins his first season at Providence College. The smooth skating forward has played with the Wolfpack Organization from youth hockey until he moved to the ACHA College Hockey level. "We are very happy for Nick and proud of his accomplishments both on the ice and more importantly in the classroom. He is a great young man and is going to be very successful in life and at the ACHA level, we wish him the best of luck," said Chris Cerrella. The Portland, CT native was proud of his hockey career in Hartford and now looks towards the future and he had this to add: "The way hockey is now, there is no league that you can succeed in without effort. At Providence we have a 30 man roster and if you’re not at your best, then you’re out of the lineup. The Wolfpack have taught and prepared me to give my all every minute I am on the ice and have helped me earn a spot on the team as well as in the game-day lineup. No matter what level you play in college, preparing starts in Juniors and if you aren’t prepared, you’re left behind," said Nick.
The Hartford Jr B Wolfpack have a new look this season, with only 7 returning players, the team has taken some time to find its way since opening day of training camp on August 18. Playing in 4 exhibition games before the start of the regular season, the team full of mostly new comers, has come a long way and are starting to show signs that they have figured out the process on how to play at the next level. In their first regular season game they skated to a 3-1 victory over the Bridgewater Bandits whose goaltender kept the game closer than it really was. For the Pack, second season goalie, Alessandro Sarno, stopped 23 shots in the home opener to secure the win. Newcomer, Nick Malvasi, lead the offensive charge with 2 assists and returners Matt Dostie, Ronnie Williams and Kyle Whalen all lit the lamp for the Jr. B Wolfpack. "It was a big first win for us, we went 1-4 in exhibition as the young guys took some time to adjust, so it was great to see some new comers contribute and it was a great win and a great way to start the season," said Chris Cerrella. Sunday morning the Walpole Express came into Champions Skating Center boasting a 3-0 record but they were going to be tested in a big way against the young and hungry pack. Skating into the third period with a 2-2 tie the Wolfpack and Express battled all over the ice and went back and fourth. chance after chance, with some big saves from rookie goaltender, John Liquori who kept his team in the battle from start to finish. Then with under 3:00 left to go in the third Walpole scored making it 3-2 and giving the Wolfpack a heart breaking loss. Defenseman, Nyle Sockbeson scored along with Matt Dostie, his second of the weekend and goalie, John Liquori, turned aside 41 shots giving his team every chance they needed to win. "It was a great game and a great battle, I like the way our guys responded, we have them again next game and we know we will have to be a little more physical and a little more aggressive in their end in order to beat them. They have a good team and so do we, so I expect it to be another nail biter," said Dan McCarthy. The Jr B Pack will take on the Walpole Express in a rematch of last weekend's game on Saturday night at 8:40pm. Come down and check out the action!
After The Hartford Jr Wolfpack U18 Futures opened their Season with a 6-2 Win vs. Wethersfield/Rocky Hill/Middletown, they have gone 0-2-1 in subsequent games. The Futures followed up opening weekend with a 3-3 tie vs. the Northeast Bucks this past Saturday afternoon. Kyle Romano, Ben Ward, & Callum Sawden all posted goals for the Futures in a hard fought contest that went right down to the last few seconds of the game. On Sunday the U18 Futures traveled to Simsbury, CT to play the Connecticut Saints. Although the outcome resulted in an 8-0 loss, the game was much more highly contested that the score would indicate as overall shots and scoring opportunities were even. The Saints goaltending proved the difference in an hard fought Game. Hartford Jr Wolfpack U18 Coach is optimistic on the upcoming season. "We are off to a good start as a team" Coach Hissick stated. " Our effort on the ice has been good but has not always translated on the score board. As we continue to work hard and gel as a team, we are confident our scoring will come." The U18 Futures are 1-2-1 on the season and host Conard/Hall this coming Saturday at Champions at 2:00pm.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack could not of asked for a better way to start the 14-15 EHL season, two back to back wins and 4 points at home. Saturday night started the weekend off right as the Wolfpack took on the Vermont Lumberjacks and after 60 minutes of play the Wolfpack took their first two points of the season with an 8-1 win. Veteran forward Jamie Lukas lead the way with three assists on the night as the team received goals from seven different players and goaltender Tyler Ellot turned aside 22 saves to seal the win. "We played a good hockey game, we limited our turnovers and forced them to make mistakes. We were aggressive from the drop of the puck and stayed disciplined, I couldn't ask for anything more," said Chris Cerrella. In game two on Sunday afternoon the pesty Rockets crossed the George Washington Bridge only to feel the wrath of the hungry Pack. After a slow start the Wolfpack found their way and began to take off where they left off the night before. Throwing 58 shots on the Rockets goalies the Junior Wolfpack skated away with a second 8-1 victory in two nights outscoring their opponents 16-2 as their hunt for 4 points was successful. Forwards Gabe Lampron and Connor Bechtel each chipped in 3 points and also contributing 3 points was veteran defenseman Max Ross. Veteran goalie Tyler Ellor turned away 22 shots for his second win of the season in his first two games with his new team. "I thought we had a slow start and kind of had to find some energy early on and then it clicked and we played another good game. It is a great start but it is very early and we are a long way away from where we need to be as a team," said Chris Cerrella. The Jr A Wolfpack will return to action this weekend with two home games Saturday 5:40pm vs the NH Monarchs and Sunday 12:40pm vs the Little Flyers. Come down to Champions Skating Center and check out the action.
The Jr. Wolfpack U16 team grabbed their first win of the season this weekend in a 7-0 victory over the Central Connecticut Indians. The Pack was quick to score right out of the gate with an unassisted goal by Mike Cyr only 5 seconds into the first period. Cyr went on to tally two goals and two assists. Also getting multiple points in the game was Defenseman Nick Cramer, who had two goals and an assist. Goaltender Jack McGee posted his first shutout on the season, getting his team the victory by making 20 saves during the game! After every U16 victory, the team hands out their “Lunch Pail award” which is given to the player whom the team feels was the hardest worker during the game. This week the Pail went to defenseman Jonathan Backus, who registered one goal and one assist.
Coach Provost was very pleased with the team’s performance and the team’s week-to-week improvements. “I am very happy with the teams effort and execution today. We are a very young and raw team that is going through a learning process right now. Every week the boys show signs of improvement in almost every aspect of the game!”
The pack is back at it this week with three practices and a league game this Sunday vs. the NJ Colonials!
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack kicked-off their inaugural season with a solid performance at the first-ever NEWJHL Showcase. Though they finished the weekend 0-3-1, the girls improved their individual and team play with each game, ending with a nail-biting dual against the Boston Bandits on Sunday afternoon.
In Friday’s matchup, senior goaltender, Edy Moritz was a stalwart, pushing away 50 of the Pirates’ 53 shots. On Saturday, the Wolfpack tightened up their D-zone, but still fell short to the Quakers 4-0. On Sunday morning, the girls came back reenergized, and Abby Lally made history, scoring the Wolfpack’s first goal against the Northern Cyclones. Junior goaltender, Emily Appenzeller, supported the team’s charge, turning away all but 2 of the Cyclones shots heading into the half. At the buzzer, the Wolfpack fell 4-1, but proved that they are capable of playing with a very competitive team. In the teams’ final game, the Wolfpack executed both offensively and defensively, leading the Bandits for the majority of the game. Despite impressive efforts by the dynamic line comprised of Maeve Reilly, MaryKate Thompson, and Claire Foran, the Wolfpack couldn’t find the back of the net again, and the Bandits tied the game up in the final minutes.
Head Coach Ashleigh Corvi reflects, “We are very pleased with the girls’ performance this weekend. They battled every shift, and that effort and grit is something I can’t teach. The execution of our systems and the little details will come.”
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack are back in action against league opponent, Walpole Express on Sunday, October 5th at 11:30am.
The hockey season has not even begun for the Hartford Jr Wolfpack EHL team but it is open season for Head Coach Chris Cerrella when it comes to getting his players to the next level. With one commitment already in the book, the Jr Wolfpack has committed their second player of the the 2014-15 season to the college hockey world. The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that veteran forward Tyler Hines has decided to attend Western New England for his college hockey and academic future. The speedy forward has been an integral part of the Wolfpack organization playing both the MJHL and EHL team and he is very excited for the next step in the classroom and on the ice. "I am excited about my commitment to Western New England University, I could not have done it without the support of my teammates. I would like to thank my family for allowing me to pursue my dream of playing college hockey and I would also like to thank the Wolfpack organization and its coaching staff for all they have done for me. I would like to send out a special thanks to Coach Cerrella for his help through this process and for always getting the most out of me on the ice. I look forward to my final season with the Pack and will continue to work hard to prepare myself for the next step in my hockey and academic career." The Golden Bears play in the ECAC Northeast Div III Hockey conference and is coached by Greg Heffernan who is in his 6th season and very excited with the addition of Hines. "We are excited to have Tyler join the Golden Bear family. He is a great student and his work ethic and character are second to none. This is a great fit and we know that Tyler will only continue to develop and improve this season under Coach Cerrella," said Coach Heffernan. The Jr Wolfpack would like to wish the Hines family the best of luck in the future and we are happy to announce that he has chosen his path to college hockey here with the Wolfpack.
DITTENHAFER COMMITS HOCKEY EAST TO UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that second year defenseman Austin Dittenhafer has committed to Div 1 University of Vermont. The Catamounts are located in Burlington Vermont, play their games in the Gutterson Fieldhouse with about 50 years of hockey tradition. UVM plays in the power house Div 1 Hockey East collegiate athletic conference. Dittenhafer played his first season for the Jr. Wolfpack last year after playing for the Central Penn Panthers in the MJHL. Playing in 26 games in his rookie season the 6'2 defenseman had a slow start to the season before coming on strong for the Pack down the stretch. "Austin just got better and better down the stretch and began to play with confidence. He was our best Dman in game 3 of the playoffs and really started to show his potential. He has had a great off season and is preparing for next season and will prepare himself for the time he can take the ice for UVM. I am very excited for Ditty and his family," said Chris Cerrella. The 1997 will return to the Wolfpack for the 14-15 season as he will take on a veteran role and be looked upon to log a lot of minutes and special team time for the Pack this season while finishing up his senior year of HS. Austin is really looking forward to the next few years on and off the ice as he continues to prepare for the next level and next chapter in his life. "I'm excited about my commitment to UVM in Hockey East. I would like to thank my family, more importantly my mom and dad. I would also like to thank all the people that have helped me along the way. Lastly I would like to thank my Coach, Chris Cerrella for making this dream come true for me. It has been a journey this far and I know there is still a lot of work to be done." said the Paquea Pa native. Dittenhafer is excited for the start of the 14-15 season and looks forward to playing another season in the EHL.