The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that veteran forward Nick Belger has committed to SUNY Plattsburgh for his academic and athletic future. SUNY Plattsburgh is located in Plattsburgh, NY where the Cardinals are 13-4-1 (ranked 9th in the nation) and sit in first place in the SUNYAC Div III hockey conference. They play their home games at the Ronald Stafford Arena where they sell out with over 3,000 fans per game. The Cardinals are coached by Bob Emory in his 26th season as Head Coach. Belger, who started the season with the Soo Eagles in the NAHL, was not having much college exposure success, so he returned to the place where he started his junior hockey career. In 17 games with the Jr Wolfpack, the Yorktown Heights, NY native, has 12g and 17a for 29 points and is seen as one of the top offensive players in the EHL. "Nick is one of the, if not the best, offensive players in our league. He finds ways to score goals and he finds ways to make plays offensively. It was great to get him back from the NAHL. He found his success here with us and is going to be a great addition to Plattsburghs already strong hockey tradition. We are very happy for Nick and his family! He wanted to play at the highest level of college hockey he could and he got that with us. We wish him nothing but success at Plattsburgh next season," said Chris Cerrella. With 8 regular season games left in the season, the high scoring forward looks forward to next season but has one thing in mind, going out a champion! "Coming back to Hartford was the right decision for me in order to get the college exposure I needed, now there is only one thing left to do and that is to win the EHL championship before I head to Plattsburgh. I am very excited about the opportunity that the coaching staff at Plattsburgh has given me, not only on the ice, but in the classroom. I would like to thank my coaching staff in Hartford for getting me to where I wanted to be, I would also like to send a big thank you to my family for supporting me to the end of my junior hockey career. I am very excited what the future has to hold for me and very excited to start the next chapter in life," said Belger. The Jr Wolfpack sit in a great spot in the Central division and look to remain at the top of the league down the stretch and Nick Belger is going to be a big part of that.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack would like to congratulate veteran forward Connor Jones for choosing to attend Becker College for the 2015-16 season. Becker College plays in the ECAC Northeast Div III conference and is located in Worcester, MA and plays their home games at the New England Sports Center. The power forward is in his second season in the EHL and spent one season on the Jr Wolfpacks MJHL development team where Jones has created his college hockey path. This season he has 3g and 9a for 12 points in 26gp for the Pack and looks to bring hard work and big hits down the stretch as his team prepares for the playoffs. "Jones is one of the hardest working players I have ever coached. He is a warrior and competes on and off the ice everyday and he will bring a lot of life to the ice and locker room for Becker. They are getting a fantastic young man and we are very excited for Connor, to be honest, he is a kid that has beat the odds and made it to college hockey when a lot of people in the past have doubted him. Good luck to the Jones family," said Chris Cerrella. The Lake Placid, NY native is looking forward to the next step in his life and hockey career and looking forward to finishing the season strong with the Wolfpack. "Continuing my hockey career at Becker College next season is an opportunity I am very excited for. Playing my last three seasons for the Wolfpack organization has been a privilege; I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the staff for making college hockey a possibility for me. My teammates and friends here in Connecticut have pushed me to become a better player and person, something that will forever benefit me. Most importantly I would like to thank my family for always being by my side and supporting me throughout my hockey career." The Hartford Jr Wolfpack sit just 5 points out of first place and have committed 8 players to college hockey so far this season.
The 18u Futures played just one game this weekend and hosted the Troy/ Albany Engineers at champions skating Center in Cromwell. The contest was tightly contested through the 1st 2 periods. Dylan Machado started the scoring for the Wolfpack midway through the 1st period when hardwork in the offensive zone by Joey Genga lead to a shot to the net where Machado was able to control the rebound and bury the puck. The teams skated closely through the 2nd period which ultimately found the Futures down 3-1. A slow start tot the 3rd quickly found the Wolfpack down 5-1. With some spirited coaching on the bench and a refocus of the team the Wolfpack quickly rallied on the shoulders of the Nick David-Nick Zibbideo-Jackson Nee line with goals from David (Genga) and Zibbideo (Nee) 1 min and 30 secs apart to bring the Pack back to 5-3. Although the surge continued, a press by the futures led to defensive breakdowns in the neutral zone giving the Engineers 2 breakaways and goals late in the game. The Pack did not give up though and added 1 more score late off the stick of Bram Tyler (Kyle Romano. Dylan Muchado). Final score 7-4 in favor of the engineers. " Effort was there but we continue to be plagued by mental mistakes and breakdowns in systems" said futures coach John Hissick " We will be taking steps to correct in practice this week. We are a better team than our results are showing. With more buy in and focus from players we will get there" . The Futures play 2 this coming weekend in a home and home with Riverbank (NYC) this weekend. Catch the home game Saturday at 2:00pm at Champions in Cromwell.
This past weekend the U16 Jr. Wolfpack continued their winning ways by beating Berkshire School and the NJ Jr. Devils. The boys did not play their best hockey but found ways to win. Friday night, the team was up at Berkshire School in Sheffield Massachusetts to take on Berkshire’s JV team. Berkshire scored first and carried the play for both the first and second period. Goaltender Chris Rodrigues keep the team in it turning away 22 of 23 shots throughout the game. The Pack rallied behind Rodrigues and responded with a power play goal by defenseman Cam Roberts. The boys played their best hockey in the third period, netting two goals by forward Joey Harris and Tommy Driscoll. The Wolfpack went on to win 3-1.
Saturday night, the Pack were back on home ice and took on the NJ Jr. Devils. The Jr. Wolfpack started off slow in both the first and second period. The Devils jumped out to an early lead and would keep it till Tommy Driscoll scored late in the second period to tie the score up at 1-1. Coach Provost was not happy with the team’s performance on both nights, saying, “We let other teams dictate the game. We never play our own game and create how the game will be played. The only reason it was a close game was because of Colin’s play in net. The boys have to realize that it takes a full, 3 period effort.”
In the third, Joey Harris put the Wolfpack ahead at the 9:22 mark, off a goal assisted by Cam Roberts. About a minute later, Captain Mike Cyr made a great, cross-ice pass to Evan Valenti for a one-time goal. The Wolfpack would go on to win 3-1 and goaltender earned the teams “Pale Award” by turning away 24 of 25 shots.
The U16 Wolfpack are 4-1 since returning from break and look to continue their success this weekend when they take on the NJ Avalanche and the CT Oilers.
Potsdam freshman and Jr Wolfpack alumni Dylan Vander Esch is honored with the State University of New York Athletic Conference Player of the Week award for his efforts over the weekend. Freshman forward Dylan Vander Esch (San Jose,Calif) was named the conference's Rookie of the Week for the first time in his career. Vander Esch helped carry the Bears to a 6-1 victory over Western New England University on Saturday evening with his first collegiate hat trick. The California freshman has played in 12 of Potsdam's 16 games this season. He has totaled five goals, including two on the power play.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack would like to congratulate forward Jamie Lukas for his commitment to SUNY Brockport for the 2014-15 season. The veteran forward has been a catalyst to the high powered Jr Wolfpack offense this season with 39 points in 33 games and will be looking to contribute at Brockport next season. The Golden Eagles sit just 4 pts from the top of the SUNYAC Div III conference, located in Brockport NY and play their home games at the Tuttle North Ice Arena. Suny Brockport is coached by Head Coach Brian Dickinson who is in his 18th season behind the bench and his 21st season overall in college hockey. The Golden Eagles are a part of the mighty SUNYAC hockey conference which is one of the top Div III leagues in the country. "Brockport is getting themselves a good player next season and an even better young man. Jamie has been one of our top offensive players who plays the game hard, posses the puck very well and has a knack for the net. He is going to do a great job next season in for the Golden Eagles and will be a good SUNYAC player. We are very excited for Jamie his dream was to play in that league and it came true for him. We wish him the best in the future," said Chris Cerrella. The Collegevill, Pa native is very excited to finish the season with the Jr Wolfpack and is very excited in becoming part of the athletic and academic community at Brockport. "I am extremely excited to be moving on and continuing my hockey career at SUNY Brockport next fall. It has always been a dream of mine to play college hockey and now it has come true. I am extremely grateful the Wolfpack organization took me in and allowed this opportunity to become reality for me. I want to thank Coach Cerrella and the rest of the coaching staff for helping me get to the next level. I want to thank my teammates for helping me be the player that I have become this season. Lastly, I want to thank my family for their dedication and support they have given me throughout my career." Lukas will be joining former Jr Wolfpack players Dave Horan and Ryan Kangas who are both freshman at Brockport and he will be joining a long list of Jr Wolfpack alumni who are currently playing in the SUNYAC Div III college hockey conference. We would like to wish Jamie and his family the best of luck in the future.
The U16 Wolfpack returned from break with two big wins over the past two weeks. The Pack got back to action on January 3rd with a game against the CT Oilers. The boys dominated every aspect of the game and struck first with a goal by Evan Valenti, assisted by Callan Thompson. After the first period, the pack led by one goal and outshot the Oilers 16-4. In the second period, the boys were right back at it scoring four goals off eleven shots. The four goals were scored by, Liam Flannery, Mac Crawford, Brian Drisdelle and Evan Valenti. The pack continued to handle the game in the third period and went on to score four more goals. Joey Harris tallied two goals in the third, while Tommy Driscoll and Mac Crawford notched the other two. The Wolfpack had 50 shots on net, while Chris Rodrigues turned away 22 of the 23 shots on net by the Oilers. The final score was Jr. Wolfpack 9, Oilers 1.
The following week the Wolfpack traveled to Washington CT to face the Gunnery Jv team. The game was a high-speed game that went back and forth from the start. Gunnery struck first about five minutes into the game but the Pack responded with a crafty goal by defenseman Nick Cramer. The boys continued their attack with a goal by forward Mac Crawford off a pass by Joey Harris. The biggest story of the game was the performance of goaltender Colin Hobbs who kept the lead for the Pack in several key moments throughout the game. Colin saved 35 of the 36 shots he faced and received the “Pale Award” given out by the team to the hardest worker and best player of the game. To cap off the game, forward Tommy Driscoll scored an empty net goal from a rebound off the boards. The Pack went on to defeat Gunnery 3 to 1.
On Sunday, the team traveled to New Jersey to face the NJ Colonials. The Wolfpack beat the Colonials the previous two games they faced one another but Sunday was a different ending for the pack. Although the pack carried the play and outshot the Colonials 44-25, they would end up losing an important league game 4-2. The pack dominated every aspect of the game but special teams where the Colonials went 2 for 3 on the power play. Tommy Driscoll and Nick Cramer scored the goals for the Wolfpack.
This weekend the Pack travels to Berkshire Academy for a game Friday night and face the NJ Jr. Devils on Saturday night at home!
The Wolfpack 18U Futures played host to Wallingford this past Saturday at Champions Skating Center. 2 Goals by Anthony Dubay, 1 each from Kyle Romano, Eli Bloom and new comer Jackson Nee would lead the Wolfpack scoring. Forward Kevin Dickey led the team in assists with 2, along with additional contributions from Romano as well. The Futures notched the 5-2 win behind the goaltending of Spencer Chapman who played well between the pipes, defeating Wallingford for the 2nd consecutive weekend.
On Sunday the Futures traveled to West Nyak, NY and took on the Palisades Predators in an out of conference matchup. The Pack opened scoring in the 1st period with a PP Goal when Nick Zibbideo Found the net on a pass from Nick David to put the WP Futures up 1-0. The Predators answered just prior to the end of the period to tie the score. Midway through the 2nd period the Predators went up 2-1 on a Power play opportunity but took a penalty in front the net. The Futures went on a Power play of their own. 30 secs in, Nick Zibbideo again found the back of the net, this time on assists from Jackson Nee and Jake Brown to pull the pack even. The Predators would go on to score 2 more in the 2nd due to defensive breakdowns in the zone and would lead 4-2 at the end of 2. In the 3rd, the WP Futures found their stride and would again mount numerous attacks and at times dominate play. Solid Goaltending and defense by Palisades would not allow give in. Late in the 3rd period Nick David would find himself on an odd man rush and put a puck on the ice in behind the outstretched Pred's goaltender to pull 4-3. Joe Genga would register the assist on the David Goal. Palisades would go on to score again and win by a final of 5-3.
"We are still looking for consistency", said Futures Coach John Hissick. "We were hurt today by not being consistent on the defensive end. We need to be a more sold defensive team if we are to win consistently. When you play well enough to win the day before and then not able to execute the nest day, it shows that we need to spend more time working on our D systems to ensure good execution each time we hit the ice."
The Futures next play this weekend at Champions this Saturday at 2:00pm when they host the Troy/Albany Engineers. The Futures look to avenge a 4-3 loss in Albany back on Dec 27th.
The Lady Wolfpack kicked off the new year at the NEWJHL Showcase in Hudson, New Hampshire. The Wolfpack finished the weekend 1-3 and made great progress as a team.
In the first of the four-game weekend, the Wolfpack hit the ice flat-footed and without focus. The talented and undefeated Cyclones team capitalized on this opportunity and quickly took a comfortable lead. The Wolfpack were unable to regain control of the game. While the Wolfpack were certainly not proud of the score of the game, they learned a valuable lesson about losing.
A couple hours later, the Wolfpack hit the ice for the second game of the day and they looked like a completely different team. Facing off against the Quakers, a very skilled opponent, the Wolfpack knew they had to play their best game. The team’s offensive charge was lead by sophomore, Catherine Lawrence, who tallied the team’s two goals in the game. She found the back of the net first at 14:59 in the first twenty-five minute half, with a nifty pass from senior defenseman, Madison Weller. Lawrence scored her second goal on a hard shot past the goaltender, with a few minutes left in the second half. The Wolfpack were able to ward off the Quakers’ offense until the final minutes of the game, when #24, Liz D’Ginto scored an unassisted goal. The Wolfpack had incredible goaltending from Giana Rifici and solid defense that helped secure the win.
The second day of the showcase, the Wolfpack faced strong competition, facing off against the No. 3, East Coast Wizards, and No. 1, Northern Cyclones. We saw several of the Wolfpack players step-up and have great games in the both contests. Juniors Abby Lally and Kate Lombardozzi played strong and smart defense, and senior Maeve Reilly continued to sparkle offensively. In the final game, Edy Moritz had a brilliant performance in net, warding off 38 of 41 shots. Ultimately, the Wolfpack fell short in both games, but proved they’re capable of great things when they play Wolfpack hockey. “There’s no doubt in my mind that we finished this weekend a better hockey club than when we started the weekend,” commented Coach Millard. “Obstacles [like the first game] are great learning opportunities, and they are needed to create victory.”
Wolfpack Jr B Split with Top Ranked Junior Rangers
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack played well in a home/away series against the division rivals, the Boston Jr Rangers. Saturday’s game was home, as the Wolfpack used the entire depth of the bench to come out with an important victory. The Wolfpack came out hot in the first period as Mike Galinski scored a goal just two minutes into the game. The Jr Rangers bounced back tallying one of their own later in the period. The second period was no different as Sam Gonski scored his first goal of the season. This put the Wolfpack up by one going into the third period. The Wolfpack were determined to put the game away as they recorded 3 more goals. Alex Pierne made a nice move up the middle to score the game winner. Matt Bucher followed up with 2 goals to make sure the game was out of reach. Ben Zienty stood strong in net, recording 42 saves.
Sunday was a different story. The Jr Rangers were the first team to score in the game, but NyleSockbeson answered with a goal shortly after. The Rangers were able to score in the second period to put them up by 1. Nick Malvasi buried a goal in the beginning of the third to tie the game but the Wolfpack were not able to hold on. The Jr Rangers came away with a 3-2 victory. Despite the loss, goaltender John Liquori played well in net, recording 23 saves.
Wolfpack's Reilly Commits to The College of the Holy Cross
Cromwell, CT— The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack are excited to announce the first college commitment of the inaugural NEWJHL season. Senior forward, Maeve Reilly, is excited to spend the next four years in Worcester, Mass., at The College of the Holy Cross. Reilly, a Ridgefield, Conn., native, had many collegiate options and a difficult decision to make this fall. In the end, Reilly found her home on the hill. “I selected Holy Cross because of its strong academic and religious reputation, close community, and the opportunity to continue my hockey career,” said Reilly.
Holy Cross Head Coach, Peter Van Buskirk, said Reilly will be one of a few forwards to come in next year and make an immediate impact.
She’s done that and then some for this young Wolfpack team. The Wolfpack coaching staff is thrilled that Maeve has found a place to combine her intellect and love of hockey. “We cannot wait to hear about all that Maeve accomplishes as a Crusader. She’s the quintessential student-athlete and a wonderful example of the kind of kid we hope to develop in the Wolfpack organization,” says Head Coach Ashleigh Corvi.
On behalf of the entire Hartford Jr. Wolfpack organization, congratulations Maeve on this incredible opportunity!
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack would like to congratulate captain Ben Mariano for choosing SUNY Potsdam for his athletic and academic future. Potsdam plays their games in the SUNYAC Div III College Hockey Conference and plays their games in the newly renovated Maxcy Hall, where he will join former Pack players Todd Thomas, Jake Rivera, Vincent Caligiuri and Dylan Vander Esch. The Harrisburg, PA native who has spent the last 3 weeks injured has 30 points in 22 games for the Wolfpack and has been a main component in the teams high powered offense. "Benny has been a big part of our program for the last 3 years on and off the ice. He has been a great player and team mate and he will be missed. He is what WOLFPACK PRIDE means in our locker room, Potsdam is getting themselves a hard working, tremendous young man. We wish him and his family the best in the future," said Chris Cerrella. The speedy centerman has spent the last three seasons with the Wolfpack preparing himself for the college hockey level and his dream of doing just that has come true. "I would like to thank the Wolfpack for my time with the organization over the past three years. I would like to thank Coach Cerrella and the rest of the staff for helping me get to the next level and play college hockey. I would also like to thank my family for supporting me throughout my hockey career. Also I would like to thank my teammates past and present for making me the player I am today. Another person I want to thank is my Jr B Head Coach Andy Scott. I am very grateful to have this opportunity to play college hockey and continue my academic future at SUNY Potsdam, it was a dream of mine since I started playing travel hockey." Mariano looks to keep the pack on track with their climb to the top of the Central division with the goal of an EHL Championship in their sights.
Hartford Jr Wolfpack alumni Ryan Kangas has made successful strides at the high end Div 3 level so far for SUNY Brockport. In 12 games the freshman has 10pts and plays on their top line and top Pp unit. We recently contacted Ryan to see what the secrets to his success are and what his thoughts were about college hockey and Junior Hockey with the Jr Wolfpack. Kangas played two seasons for the Wolfpack before heading to Brockport.
Question 1: What's the secret to your success as a freshman?
I feel that the past two years have really helped prepare me for college hockey. Besides the playing junior hockey, summer training was a huge factor in my preparedness to enter the college world. I was able to train with the Williams College strength coach Rob Livingstone, who helped me be ready for the intensity of college hockey. Also, Coach Dickinson's style of coaching, at Brockport, is a good fit for me as a player.
Question 2: What's the difference between Junior hockey and College Hockey?
The main difference between juniors and college that I have noticed is there is a higher level of urgency to make plays. Since we play fewer games, you can't afford to give away points to other teams so every shift matters.
Question 3: What's the everyday life like as a college student athlete?
A typical day as a college athlete includes class, practice, and a workout. So it is important to budget your time to make sure that everything gets done as well as maintaining a proper amount of rest.
Question 4: How did playing for the Wolfpack help you prepare for the college level?
Playing juniors for the Wolfpack was a key part to my transition to college. Coach Cerrella made me earn my playing time, which really improved my work ethic. I was able to get rid of my bad habits, and my fundamentals improved as well.
Question 5: What was your favorite part about playing for the Jr Wolfpack
I think the best part about being on the Wolfpack was being in a situation where everyone was striving to play college hockey. Not only did everyone work hard, but we had fun hanging out together as well. Overall it was just a great place to be, both on and off the ice.
The Hartford Jr. B team has proven to be a team to mess with during the first half of the season. They have made it their mission to try to catch the league leaders before playoffs in March. The Pack would like to have a good seed with home ice advantage at the end of the season.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack split the games this weekend against the New England Wolves. On Saturday, the Wolfpack won the game 6-4. Goals were scored by Matt Longobardi, Nick Malvasi, Mike Galinski, Malthe Helt and Evan Rankin (2). John Liquori recorded 22 saves on the night to secure the win.
The next day was a different outcome for the Pack. The Wolfpack just could not finish, as they lost to the Wolves 3-1. Ben Thompson scored the only goal and Baylee Johns played well in net. Even though the Wolfpack dominated the play, they just could not beat the Wolves goaltender.
The Wolfpack finish the first half with a record of 19-8-0-2 and sit in third place in the division. There is still plenty of time to catch first and second with 2 months left in the regular season.
Futures returned to play after the Thanksgiving break to take on Watertown Full season midgets in a contest last Saturday at Champions Skating center. The Wolfpack struck first on a Goal by Kyle Romano (Anthony Dubay) to go up 1-O halfway through the 1st period and would take the lead at the break. In the 2nd, Watertown tied the score on an unassisted goal at the 8:00 minute mark. The Pack struck back quickly one minute later on a Goal from Anthony Dubay (Raj Rai, Bram Tyler) 2-1 and again before the end of the period when Ben Ward Found the net on an assist from Nick Zibbideo to go into the locker room 3-1. In the 3rd, the Wolfpack lost it's composure and struggled to adjust to changes made by Watertown. Although the Futures played hard, they surrendered the game to Watertown 6-4. Eli Bloom (Ben Ward, Raj Rai) had the lone goal for the Pack in the 3rd period.
On Sunday, the Futures took on the Avon Griffins and with renewed motivation given to the team on the part of it's coaching staff, the Futures jumped out early and held a 6-0 lead at the end of the 1st period. They would go on to win the game 9-1. Wolfpack scoring came from Mac Crawford (2 G's, 1 A), Nick David (2 G's), new comer Jackson Nee (2 G's), Joey Genga (1 G, 1 A), Anthony Dubay (1 G) and Andrew Wilson (1 A). " Up until today we have struggled at times to play complete games without lapses in focus and effort. Today's game was evidence that we are capable of dominant play for an entire game. We will use this to build on in the 2nd half of the Season," stated Futures coach John Hissick. " A number of Futures players have been called up to play on the Jr. Wolfpack U16 Tier 1 team and sometimes that causes chemistry breakdowns as lines are adjusted and defensive pairs switched. It is a challenge but we are learning to trust each other. It's all good". Spencer Chapman and Anthony Scarola teamed up in the cage to secure the win.
The Jr Wolfpack Futures next travel to Troy, NY on 12/27 to take on the Troy Albany Engineers in a CVMHL league matchup.
This past weekend the Jr. Wolfpack U16 team fought their way to a 5-4 win over Team Comcast! The boys had a hard fought game and had to hold off Team Comcast late in the game. The Pack struck first with a goal by Captain Mike Cyr at the 1:38 mark of the first period. Comcast would respond four minutes later with a power play goal to make it 1-1. Late in the first, Hartford scored again with a goal by Forward Joey Harris to take a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
In the second period, the pack continued to play strong and had three goals in the period. Defenseman Cam Sporbert scored the first goal off a point shot with the assist going to Tommy Driscoll. After that, Harris would score two more goals for Hartford, his 11th and 12th league goals of the season! Comcast kept fighting with two goals of their own and at the end of the second period it was Wolfpack 5, Team Comcast 3.
In the third period, Comcast would score an even strength goal late to pull within one goal of the Pack. Goaltender Chris Rodrigues was up to the task and turned away Team Comcast final push. Rodrigues posted 20 saves on the night and the pack went on to win 5-4!
The U16 Pack look to continue their success this weekend as they travel down to Rockville, Maryland to take on Team Maryland!
From the start of the season, the Jr. Wolfpack U16 team’s roster has been ridden with all sorts of injuries. The U16 Pack has not had every member of the team in the line up at once since the first weekend of the season, August 29-30. Over the course of the season eleven Wolfpack players have missed games due to injury. Despite dealing with constant injury, the boys have shown great improvement and have strung together wins throughout the season. On top of this, player skill sets have improved drastically since the start of the season. Currently the Pack has a 10-15-1-1 overall record with 74 goals for and 79 goals against in 27 games. The Jr. Wolfpack is past the mid point of their season and coach Provost is happy with the team’s improvement stating, “The team has done a great job getting better week to week. It’s tough to see the overall improvement at times because we have not had our entire team healthy at once. As of right now we have four players out with injury and two of those players might be done for the season. Through all this the boys have fought hard and have competed in every game this year.”
The boys have three more games before winter break against Team Comcast and Team Maryland. The Pack will look to take all six points and head into break on a high note!
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack fell short in both games of the two-game series this past weekend. On Saturday, the Pack head to Bedford, MA for a 7PM game. Despite the fact that many were up quite early to take the SATs that morning, the girls played a smart game. Skating with just two lines during the weekend, the girls adjusted their play to focus on maximizing efficiency, while minimizing output. Defensively, the four-person tandem of Grundy, Nogles, Weller, and Lally, cleared out pucks in front, and squashed many of the Wizards' attacks. Newcomer, Catherine Lawrence (#18) contributed on offense, working well alongside fellow Guilford, CT native, Edy Moritz. Though the score was 3-0 when the buzzer ended, the Wolfpack held the Wizards to a one goal game until the final period. The coaching staff was very happy with the discipline and hard work they demonstrated during the game.
Rising early again for a 6:30AM departure, the girls loaded up for a trip to Walpole, MA. At Rodman Arena, the Wolfpack faced off against the strong and skilled Walpole Express. Again, skating with just two lines, the Wolfpack played a disciplined two-way hockey game for a full three periods. A few turnovers in the neutral zone and fatigue from long shifts allowed the Express to capitalize and get on the board early. Tallying the Wolfpack's only goal was sophomore, Catherine Lawrence. Coach Corvi reflects, "This weekend was all about character. We faced off against teams with bigger rosters than us, and we competed the entire time. The girls made the adjustments they needed to, and they all stepped up as individuals. We asked a lot of them and they delivered. They should be proud of the compete they showed."
The Wolfpack take on another two-game series this upcoming weekend, Saturday, December 13th against the New Jersey Rockets, and Sunday, December 14th against the Northern Cyclones.
With the holidays around the corner and half the season over, the Wolfpack have started to show signs of being a complete team. Their power plays, penalty kills and even strength systems are being perfected, making them a strong team in the Metropolitan Junior Hockey League.
This past Sunday, the Pack traveled to Bridgewater for a one game weekend against the Bandits. The Wolfpack overpowered the Bandits, handing them a 7-1 loss. In the first period it was Matt Dostie and Nyle Sockbeson who tallied to put the Wolfpack up by two. The Pack came out strong again in the second with three more goals recorded by Mike Galinski, Matt Dostie and Ethan Bankoski. Then in the third, the Wolfpack continued to run away with the game as Matt Bucher and Bankoski scored two more goals to put the game away.
The Wolfpack are starting to really develop their special teams. The power play recorded 3 goals and the penalty units stopped all Bandit attacks. It should be noted that veteran Evan Rankin recorded 5 assists on the night and Goalie Baylee Johns had 38 saves on the 7-1 victory.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that assistant captain Max Ross has decided to attend SUNY Fredonia next season for his academic and hockey future. Fredonia has been aggressively recruiting the Jr Wolfpacks players and Max will be joining team mates Todd Schauss and Luke Rivera next season. The Arvada CO native has 11pts in 18 games for the Wolfpack and is one of the only veteran defenseman on their blue line so he has been a huge anchor for the Wolfpack defensive core. "Max has been very good for us in the two seasons he has been in our program. He came here with a goal and that was to play college hockey in the SUNY and his dream has come true. We are very excited for Max and we wish him the best of luck, we will be counting on him heavily down the stretch to finish the season strong for us," said Chris Cerrella. The 6'1 blue liner has enjoyed his time in Hartford and is looking forward to the years ahead as he prepares for the beginning of his college hockey career on and off the ice. "I could not be more happy with my decision to attend SUNY Fredonia next year. I could not have done it without the support of my family, coaches and anyone else who helped me along the way. I look forward to finishing my season in the EHL for the Wolfpack and continue to develop for the start of my college career, " said Ross. The Wolfpack now has 5 college commitments just 18 games into the 14-15 season and look to continue to climb the ladder in the EHL standings as well as add names to their ever growing college hockey commitment list.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce their 4th college commitment of the 2014-15 season. Assistant Captain Todd Schauss will be attending SUNY Fredonia next season where he will begin his college career both in the classroom and on the ice. The Terryville, CT native has been with the Jr Wolfpack for the last 4 seasons spending time in their U16, Jr B and Jr A program with his sights set on playing college hockey at the highest level he could. Looks like he reached his goal as playing in the SUNYAC is no easy task and is looked at as one of the top Div III college hockey leagues in the country. Schauss has 19pts in his first 17 games and has been one of the top forwards in the EHL so far this season. "Todd has really matured his game and has been a threat in every game for us this season. He is the ultimate competitor, that is why he has been so successful this season. I am very proud of Todd and it has been a pleasure coaching him these past few years. He is going to do a great job at Fredonia next season and is going to bring a lot of energy to the Blue Devils offense," said Chris Cerrella. Just 17 games into the season and Todd Schauss is looking forward to finishing the season with the Jr Wolfpack and preparing for the next chapter in his life. "I would like to thank the Wolfpack organization, all of my family and my friends and most importantly my team mates. I am very excited to be joining the Fredonia family," said Todd. Schauss becomes the fourth college commitment and second in the past two days for the Jr Wolfpack as they continue to show that they are one of the top paths to college hockey.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce their third college commitment of the 2014-15 season. Veteran forward, Luke Rivera, has chosen to attend SUNY Fredonia next season. Fredonia is a small NY State University located in Fredonia, NY where the Blue Devils play their games in the Steele Hall Ice Arena located directly on campus. The team is coached by Head Coach, Jeff Meredith, who has been with Fredonia for 27 seasons and assisted by former Jr Wolfpack player Mike Lysyj. The Pacific Palisades, CA native is in his second season with the Jr Wolfpack and has been a big part of their offense and team over his two seasons in the Wolfpack locker room. The power forward has 11 pts in just 15 games and is known in the EHL as one of the toughest power forwards in the league, at 6'1 195 lbs, Rivera is an effective part of the Wolfpack Power Play. "Luke has been an outstanding inspiring student athlete for us. He spent a little time in the NAHL last season and it was not working out for him so he came here and really worked at his game. I think he will be a fantastic SUNYAC player and I look forward to following him next season. Fredonia is getting a great young man and a very good hockey player. I had the pleasure of coaching Jake Rivera years ago, who is now at Potsdam and now Luke going off to Fredonia. I am very excited for Luke and wish him and his family the best of luck in the future. "Rivera's job here is not done yet, he has some more games to win for us first," said Chris Cerrella. Luke is very excited about finishing the season with the Pack before he goes off to play college hockey, something that has been a dream of his for many years. "I am very excited about choosing SUNY Fredonia, not only is it a good school, but they have a great hockey history. After going on my visit, seeing the facilities and spending time with the coaching staff, I felt like I was at home and knew this was the place for me. I could not have done any of this without the support of my family, friends and my teammates. Playing in Hartford was the best choice I have ever made. The coaching staff pushed me to be the best player I could be and they helped me achieve my goal of playing at the next level. I am looking forward to finishing out the season and climbing to the top of the EHL in my last season," said Luke Rivera. SUNY Fredonia is part of the SUNYAC Div III hockey conference, one of the top Div III hockey conferences in the country.
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.