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.
The Hartford Lady Wolfpack had an impressive performance this past weekend against the New Jersey Rockets. Battling illness, the Wolfpack head to New Jersey with an extremely short bench—just 9 skaters at full capacity. The team was aware of the challenge that awaited them at the Bridgewater Sports Arena, but were confident in their ability to outwork any team.
At the drop of the puck, the girls immediately set the pace of the game. They battled for every puck, hustled in every foot race, and quickly realized that their conditioning was paying off. The defensive trio of Abby Lally, Steph Grundy, and Tess Nogles were incredibly smart and confident throughout the game. They bolstered senior goaltender Giana Rifici’s efforts, by clearing out rebounds and eliminating odd-man rushes.
On offense, the Wolfpack saw consistent hard work from senior Captain, Edy Moritz and teammate Catherine Lawrence. Also competing each and every shift was Shelby Page, Gianna Cusano, Cara Bradley, and Assistant Captain, Sid Thompson. The girls quickly found themselves in a close game, and the back and forth hockey ensued for the majority of the first two periods. In the second period, the Rockets caught a lucky break and capitalized on a scrum in front, making the tally 2-1. The Wolfpack persisted, only allowing one more goal for a final score of 3-1.
Head Coach Ashleigh Corvi comments, “I was so proud of the girls on Saturday. They really defied the odds. Although I would’ve liked to leave NJ with a win, and I think we could’ve done that with a full bench, I was happy with the outcome of the game. Now the team needs to focus on recovering and reenergizing for the showcase next weekend.”
The Wolfpack head up to Bedford, MA for the final NEWJHL Showcase of 2014. The team hopes to end the year with on a high note.
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.
Lady Wolfpack Rally for a Win In Second Showcase Game
The Hartford Lady Wolfpack traveled to Bridgewater, MA this past weekend for the second NEWJHL Showcase. The Wolfpack faced off against league opponent, Walpole Express, in Friday night's contest. The Pack came out strong in the first of the two 25 minute halves, and put immediate offensive pressure on the Express. Executing their forecheck well, the team was able to capitalize on a defensive breakdown and get on the board first. Frustrated by the Pack's domination of the game, the Express coach called a timeout. Ultimately, with the adjustments made after the timeout, the Express were able to tally a goal in the duration of the first half. On a fresh sheet of ice, the Express picked up momentum, while the Pack began to succumb to fatigue. Coach Corvi comments, "The team continued to play disciplined hockey, but there comes a point when skating two lines in a fifty-minute game catches up with you." Although they trailed by several points, the Pack finished the game with an impressive five-minute rally.
These five minutes served as a spring board into the team's second contest of the Showcase. The Wolfpack hit the ice on Saturday night flying, and quickly took control of the game. In net, senior goaltender Giana Rifici made several key saves to ward off the Bandits' attack. The team's defense supported Rifici's efforts by clearing out several loose pucks and moving Bandits' forwards out of the house to give Rifici better vision on the puck. The offensive charge was lead by the dynamic line of Moritz, Reilly, and Lawrence. In her debut performance for the Wolfpack, newcomer Catherine Lawrence tallied two of the Wolfpack's goals. Coach Corvi commented, "Catherine is an immediate impact player for us. She is a young player with a great head for the game and incredibly strong skills. I am excited to work with her over the duration of the season."
The Lady Wolfpack look forward to heading into December with a win under their belts!
This past weekend, the Jr. Wolfpack U16 team headed down to Princeton, New Jersey to face off in two league games versus the Mercer Chiefs. Saturday night the pack started the weekend off right with a 4-0 victory over the Chiefs! The pack scoring was kicked off by Callan Thompson who had two power play goals, one in the first at 7:56 and another at 7:25 in the second period. The Wolfpack controlled the majority of the game, outshooting the Chiefs 30-24 and went on to score two third period goals. The last two goals were scored by defenseman Jon Carlson and forward Joey Harris. Chris Rodrigues stopped all 24 shots and had a terrific game from start to finish!
Sunday morning the boys were back at it again! The pack struck first again, with a goal by Joey Harris at the 9:48 mark of the first period. Harris went on to notch another goal in the first period at 14:35 but the Chiefs would answer early in the second period to make it a 2 to 1 game. Joey Harris fired another one home for a hat trick late in the second to make it 3 to 1 heading into the third period. The third was a back and forth type of period where the Chiefs scored first to pull within one goal of the Pack. Goaltender Colin Hobbs was able to hold of the Chiefs in the third and Harris continued his amazing performance by scoring his fourth goal of the game! Hobbs turned away 20 shots as the Pack went on to win 4-2 and sweep the weekend!
After the weekend coach Provost was very pleased with the teams performance and had this to say about the two wins, “We didn’t play our best hockey but at this point in the season its about learning how to win hockey games and that’s what we did this weekend. On top of that we had two guys pick their team up with big goals, Callan Thompson and Joey Harris had great weekends. Combine that with solid goaltending and that’s how we found a way to win!”
The U16 Boys look to continue their success this upcoming weekend as they take on the Washington Little Caps at home this Saturday and Sunday!
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack hosted the MJHL Thanksgiving Showcase here at Champions Skating Center this past weekend in Cromwell, Connecticut. This was the first time the Wolfpack got to see some top opponents from the other conferences. The Wolfpack played the NY Applecore, the North Jersey Avalanche and the Brewster Bulldogs.
Fridays game was against the top ranked team in the league, the New York Applecore. Up to this point, the Applecore were undefeated during regular play. The Wolfpack were very happy to be the first to conquer this task in their best game of the season. The Pack ran away with the victory beating the Applecore 7-4. Goals in the first period were scored by Zech Nicome and Nyle Sockbeson while Matt Bucher had the only goal of the second. Third period goals were scored by Ben Thompson, Kevin Murphy, Evan Rankin and Kyle Whalen. Ben Zienty played superb in net to record the win.
On Saturday, the Wolfpack faced the tough North Jersey Avalanche. This game was an absolute battle as the Pack came back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half. Nyle Sockbeson scored 2 power play goals to tie the game. A late call in the third period put the Wolfpack down by 1 with only a minute to go in the game.
Sundays game was against the Brewster Bulldogs. The Wolfpack seemed to have no jump in their step as they did not play their usual hockey. The Wolfpack outshot Brewster 53-32 but could only tap in 2 goals (Denzel Dickerson and Kevin Murphy). Two just wasn’t enough as the Wolfpack lost in a shootout to only capture one point. John Liquori stood tall in net the entire game and shootout.
The Jr Wolfpack EHL teams keeps climbing the standings in the tight central division of the Eastern Hockey League. With teams like W/B Knights, NY Bobcats, CT Oilers and NY Apple Core in the division there is no night off for any of these teams. After a 5-4-0-1 start the Jr Pack has made an 8-3 run in the last few weeks and are continuing to gain steam into the Christmas break. With some big games left to play, the Pack will continue to lean on a very aggressive offense and an ever improving defense. Even more importantly, they have been receiving some great goaltending from first year goalie Kyle Carducci who is now 5-2 on the season with an impressive 1.65gaa and a .945 SV%. This is something that the coaching staff feels the team was lacking early on and now they seem to have found a recipe for success. "Early on we were struggling defensively, we were giving up goals in the first few minutes of the game and the last few minutes of a game. We had a lot to over come, we worked on it as a team and as individuals and we have seen some success from our dedication to detail every day" said Chris Cerrella. With just 8 games before the end of the first half, the Wolfpack looks to continue competing for 60 minutes, improving their record and placing players to the college level. If the team can continue its hot run it will make Christmas time that much more enjoyable.
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.
Jr Wolfpack Futures Looking To Ride Unbeaten Streak
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack Futures came away this past weekend unbeaten in contests with Wallingford and Conard/Hall. The 18u team stated quickly on Saturday dominating play from the start and earning a 4-0 win. 3 first period goals by Nick Zibbideo ( Dylan Machado), Mac Crawford (Callum Sawden & Ben Ward) & Ben Ward ( Raj Rai & Mac Crawford) helped to set the tone for the game. Callum Sawden ( Dylan Machado) added a goal late in the 3rd period to seal the win for the Jr Wolfpack Futures. The pack also outshot Wallingford 32-18 often playing for extended periods of time in the Wallingford end. Spencer Chapman preserved the shutout for the Futures turning away all shots.
On Sunday, the Futures took on Conard/Hall, an opponent that they had previously lost to in 2 prior game, each one goal games. The pack jumped on top via a delayed penalty call that gave the 18u's an 6-5 advantage. Dylan Machado netted the goal to put his team up 1-0 at the 10:00 mark in the 1st. Conard/Hall came out strong in the 2nd period scoring 3 goals to go up 3-1. After a team time out, The pack rallied and answered late in the 2nd period on a Callum Sawden power-play goal (Ben Ward) to pull within 1 going into the 3rd period. 11 minutes into the 3rd Ben Ward tied the game ( Mac Crawford) to make it 3-3 on the Futures 3rd Power-play goal of the game. The pack kept the pressure on but a defensive breakdown on the offensive blue line gave Conard Hall a late 3rd period goal at the 4:53 mark to go up 4-3. The Unwavering Futures kept working hard which produced a Power-play opportunity with 1:42 left in the game. With Brendan Balch pulled from between the pipes, the Jr Wolfpack futures went 6-4 with an additional skater. Raj Rai ( Callum Sawden) scored the tying goal at :42 in the 3rd to earn the tie. "The thing I am most proud of is the Boys coming together as a team" Futures coach John Hissick stated. "Everyone contributed to the weekend and putting forth a complete effort. Big shout out to our "Checking Line" Kevin Dickey, Mitch Cooper and Kyle Rearick for playing some very important minutes. Truly a team effort." The Wolfpack returns home this weekend to Champions at 2:00pm to take on the CT Eagles. Come on down to see the Future of the Hartford Jr Wolfpack.
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.
Wolfpack Jr B Splits Weekend to Remain in 1st Place
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack hosted the New Hamphire Monarchs and Boston Jr Rangers this weekend. As the top teams in the league are starting to separate themselves, the Pack needed to play well to stay on top.
In the first game vs the Monarchs, the Wolfpack started out flying. Matt Dostie scored a goal just 32 seconds into the game. Unfortunately, the Pack couldn’t keep up the pace as the Monarchs started to dominate the play. They ended up scoring 3 goals in the first period to take the lead 3-1 after the first. The Pack just didn’t have enough jump in their step to catch up later in the game as goals went back and forth during the rest of the game. Malthe Helt and Nick Malvasi each tallied a goal with a final loss to New Hampshire of 6-3.
Sunday morning was a completely different story. As the battle of first place was on the line, the Junior Wolfpack were not going to overlook this game. As expected, it was a back and forth battle the whole game. Max Blitz scored on a cannon from the point to take the lead in the first period and then the Rangers answered right back. Early in the second period, Matt Dostie scored to give the Wolfpack the momentum and yet again the Rangers answered back. During the third, the Rangers were the first to tally taking a lead of 3-2. The Rangers were running three lines all game long, meanwhile the Wolfpack were rolling four. This came in handy at the opportune moment when the line of Kyle Whalen, Ethan Bankoski and Mike Galinski scored with under 5 minutes to go to save the game. The game remained scoreless throughout overtime to bring it to a shootout. Mike Galinski scored on a beautiful move on a crucial moment to save the game. But, it was Noah Sanders who would steal the show, winning the game with a slapshot. John Liquori had a great night as he made 37 saves on 40 shots and came up huge in the shootout.
The Jr. Wolfpack U16 team had two games this past weekend where they outshot their opponents 85 to 27! In their first game, the Pack took on the CT Oilers in Norwalk. The boys came out firing right away and controlled the play for the entire first period but did not notch a goal till the second period. The Wolfpack’s first goal came off a goal by forward Joey Harris assisted by Liam Flannery at 3:04 in the second period! The Oilers tied the game at 16:02 but the Pack answered 49 seconds later off a slap shot by Jake Sullivan! Again, the Pack dominated the play in the third but only scored one more goal by Callan Thompson assisted by Will Roberts and Sullivan. The Oilers were able to score 2 goals in the third, sending the game into OT. In overtime the pack continued to apply pressure in the offensive zone but still could not put in another goal. The Pack outshot the Oilers 54-18 but the Oilers won the game on a breakaway goal at 3:29 in OT.
After the game Coach Provost was very happy with the effort from all the guys and had this to say about their performance, “The boys played great hockey and were not rewarded. Their goalie did a great job but at the same time the bounces did not go our way. I told them in the locker room that I am very proud of them and that games like this happen all the time in hockey. Its how you respond from it that matters!”
On Sunday, the boys had a chance to respond to Saturday’s tough loss and did just that! The first period was a slow start for the boys where they only scored two goals from Jon Backus and allowed a goal at 8:26. Going into the second the score was 2-1 Wolfpack till Ryan Williams scored off an assist from Brian Drisdelle. From then on, the Pack controlled the game scoring five more goals and outshooting Central 31-9. Goals were scored by, Will Roberts, Jake Sullivan, Joey Harris, Cam Roberts, and Ryan Williams. In net, Colin Hobbs notched his second win of the season making 8 saves on the afternoon.
Even with a tough loss on Saturday, it was a great weekend for the Pack! The U16 boys have been playing some of their best hockey of the season and look to continue the pattern this weekend as they travel to New Jersey, for two league games vs. the Jr. Titans and Jr. Devils!
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 Hartford Junior Lady Wolfpack started off the game against the Walpole Express strong with an even strength goal by Maeve Reilly only 43 seconds into the game. The Wolfpack was able to maintain offensive pressure with six consecutive shots on net after serving a pair of back-to-back penalties. Walpole jumped onto the scoreboard at 15:26 in the first with a power play goal by #6 Maura Kieft (assisted by #9 Maeve Moynihan and #8 Meg Gilbride). The Walpole’s explosive second period proved to be too much for the Wolfpack as the Walpole posted 3 even strength goals in the period. The flurry Walpole goals came at 11:06 by #12 Kailey Jacobs (assist #18 Bieke van Nes) and two by #11 Hayley Parrish (assit #16 Brianna Luciani and #6 Maura Kieft).
During the game the Wolfpack produced 19 shots on goal, capitalizing on 1, while the Walpole had 33 shots on goal, capitalizing on 6. Head Coach Ashleigh Corvi comments, “We need to take better care of the details. We’re better defensively and offensively than we’ve shown the past few games. Certain individuals need to step it up and start carrying their weight. Moreover, as a team we need to bear down and get back to playing Wolfpack hockey.”
The Wolfpack look ahead to the Boston Bandits on Saturday, November 15 at the Champions Skating Center at 8:10 PM EST. The Wolfpack is on the hunt for another win after losing by a narrow margin in their last meeting.
This past weekend the Jr. Wolfpack U16 Team battled the New Jersey Avalanche to a 2-2 tie at home. The Pack came out flat in the first period being out shot 10-1 but all 10 shots were turned away by goaltender Chris Rodrigues. Coach Provost was not happy with his teams performance in the first period and had this to say on the period, “That was our worst period of hockey this season! There was zero effort, we were beat to every lose puck and threw maybe two hits! At the break, I made sure the boys realized that an effort like that is not acceptable. What I am happy about is that they responded in a positive way and fought back!”
In the Second period, the Avalanche put up two quick goals as the Pack went down 2-0. The boys responded with a power play goal by Mike Cyr assisted by Cameren Sporbert and Liam Flannery.
The Wolfpack trailed 2-1 going into the third in desperate need of a win. The Pack tied the game at 2-2 off a goal by Ryan Williams assisted by Brian Drisdelle at 11:43! Both teams battled back and forth the entire third period but neither team scored another goal. The game headed into OT and again both teams battled up and down the ice for another 5 minutes of play. The game ended in a 2-2 tie and Coach Brett Provost had this to say on the teams performance, “The guys fought hard in the second half of the game but they need to realize that they are losing games in the first period. We have only had 2 games all year where we played hard every minute of the game! Its time for them to realize what it takes to win consistently at this level!”
The Pack have two games next weekend, one home game and one away. It’s a perfect time for the boys to get on a roll and win some hockey games!
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack EHL team has gone 5-3 in their last 8 games and are starting to turn around their slow start. With two wins and a loss in the last 3 games, the Wolfpack are in great shape heading into the teams second showcase of the season in Hooksett, NH where they will take on the Vermont Lumberjacks and the Boston Jr Rangers. "I like how we have been playing lately definitely better than early on in the season but we still have more to go. We have to play more consistent and play 60 minutes all the time, the games we have lost we have only played 35-40 minutes and in this league that is not good enough," said Chris Cerrella. The team has gotten continued offensive success from Captain Ben Mariano who now has 25 points in 15 games and is third in the EHL in scoring along with Todd Schauss (18pts) and Jamie Lukas (20Pts). On defense veterans Andreas Radin (11pts) and Max Ross (9pts) along with Univ of Vermont commitment Austin Dittenhafer continue to anchor the blue line as the first year dmen continue to adjust to the new level of play something that the Wolfpack coaching staff think is close to coming around. "Our first year defense man are getting better every week, the speed, time and space and physical play of the EHL takes some adjustments for younger players. We have been working with them on making the simple plays and moving pucks up quickly in their transitions, they have been really working hard at it," said Brett Provost. The Wolfpack look to put some wins together this weekend in front of the many college scouts who attend the second EHL showcase because in the end college placement is why their players have come to Hartford to play.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack had another clean sweep this weekend. They traveled up to the Cyclones Arena in Hudson Mass on Saturday and then had a home game vs the CT Nighthawks on Sunday Morning.
In the game vs the Cyclones, the Wolfpack came out of the gate hot and scored twice in the first period. These goals scored by Denzel Dickerson and Zech Nicome were huge, as the Wolfpack have been having trouble getting going lately in the first period. The Pack got ahead early and never let the Cyclones quite catch up as both teams were tallying back and forth throughout the game. Nicome recorded three goals and two assists on the night. Other goals were recorded by Cam Millard and Will Rambin to make the final score 6-4.
Coming off little sleep, the Wolfpack were back at it again here in Connecticut against the Nighthawks. Once again, the Wolfpack were able to get out with an early lead as Defenseman Will Rambin scored in the first period. The Nighthawks posed a threat as they were on the Pack’s heels the rest of the game, but a late goal by Kyle Whalen secured the win for the Wolfpack. Hartford has climbed to an 11-2-0-1 record which is good enough to be tied for first place in the league.
The U18 Futures played in 2 - 1 goal contests this past weekend facing Greater New Haven at Champions this past Saturday. The Pack jumped out to a 1-0 lead late in the 1st period on a goal by Nick Zibbideo on some hard work done in the corners with assists from Nick David and Ben Ward. The score held until late in the 2nd period when Greater New Haven evened the score on a Shot from the point. The Wolfpack continued to dominate puck possession in the offensive zone but could not break the goal line for another score. Late in the 3rd GNH scored off a scrum in front of the net where a GNH hand pass was missed by BOTH officials and resulted in a screened shot to score the game winner for GNH, thus a 2-1 final. Brendan Balch played well in net for the Pack with 23 saves.
On Sunday the U18 Futures traveled to Salisbury to play at Salisbury prep andthe New Hockey facility. Again the Futures dominated play for extend periods of time and Jumped out to a 2-1 lead at the end of the 1st period. Goals by Ben Ward (assists by Mac Crawford & Raj Rai) and Joey Genga (assist byAnthony Dubae & Nick David) helped set the tone early on. Salisbury game back in the 2nd period to tie the game entering the 3rd period. The Futures moved into the lead midway through the 3rd period on a goal from Callum Sawden from the blue line hitting the upper right corner of the Salisbury net (assists by Raj Rai and Mac Crawford). Moments later Salisbury scored to even the game with 10 minutes to play. Salisbury went on to win the game 4-3 on a defensive breakdown on a face-off in the defensive zone. " We continue to work hard and dominate play at times in our games. However, in many cases we are beating ourselves on momentary lapses in focus and executing the little nuances of the game" said Futures coach John Hissick. " We are working hard but unable to reap the benefits at times. I know the boys are frustrated as are the coaches but we continue to work on improved play and playing consistently for 51 minutes. We will get there".
The Futures look to get back in the win column this weekend when they host Avon at 2:00pm at Champions. Come on down to see and support the Future players of the Hartford Jr Wolfpack.
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack returned to Bridgewater, MA this weekend to face-off against the Boston Bandits. The Wolfpack were slow out of the gate, and the Bandits were quick to capitalize on the opportunity. Within a few minutes of play, the Bandits scored two sloppy goals off of mishandled rebounds, and tallied the third on a 1 on 0 off of a bad turnover in the neutral zone. With less than ten minutes played, the Wolfpack found themselves down 3-0. The team was clearly frustrated for the duration of the period, knowing they were capable of playing much better hockey.
The Wolfpack hit the ice in the second period a completely different team. Although they had gotten several shots on net in the first, the quality of their offensive opportunities improved and they tightened up their defense. At 15:48 in the second period, junior forward Cara Bradley got the team’s first goal, battling for a loose puck in front and putting the puck and the goaltender in the net. “Cara’s goal was a huge momentum boost for the team,” said Coach Corvi. “It was a blue collar play, which is exactly what we needed to see.”
Building off Bradley’s momentum, the Wolfpack continued the offensive charge in the third period. Edy Moritz scored another gritty goal, putting home a rebound off of the Bandits’ goaltender, and Bradley added a second goal to her tally for the game. Although her name doesn’t appear on the scoresheet, perhaps one of the most impressive performances of the game came from junior forward, Caroline Prezioso. “When Caroline came to the bench after a shift, I asked her what she ate for breakfast that morning,” laughed Coach Corvi. “Coach Millard and I were impressed with her aggressive and smart play, and we definitely hope she eats that same breakfast again.”
Heading into the final minutes of play, the Wolfpack tightened the margin to 4-3. Everyone in the arena was on the edge of their seats, as the Wolfpack maintained momentum throughout the entire third period. With just a minute and a half left, goaltender Emily Appenzeller, was called to the bench for an extra skater. The girls peppered the goaltender with shots and had the Bandits on their heels in those final seconds. Despite their efforts, the team could not produce a goal, and the game ended in the Bandits’ favor, 4-3. “I know the girls were disappointed with the outcome of the game, and quite frankly, they should be. They should have won that game. We’ll view this as a learning experience, an example of why we need each and every player to play 100% from the very first shift,” said Coach Corvi.
“The other thing I think is worth mentioning about this weekend is the way the team came together to support Steph,” said Coach Corvi. In the final seconds of the game, a Bandits forward took a cheap hit from behind, sending defenseman Stephanie Grundy to the ice. As a precaution, Grundy was brought to a local medical center for evaluation. When she finally was allowed to use her phone, Grundy found several pictures from the team wishing her the best, and a video of the team on the bus singing the Canadian National Anthem. Coach Corvi comments, “Steph was all smiles watching that video. She said they have some work to do in terms of learning the actual words to the anthem, but she appreciated their efforts.” In just two short months, the girls have bonded together and become incredibly close. “Sure, you play because you love the sport of hockey. But in twenty years, you won’t remember if you won or lost that one game. You’ll remember your teammates and the memories and experiences you shared with them.”
The Wolfpack look forward to starting the new month with a two-game series. Saturday night they face-off at 7:30pm at home against the East Coast Wizards, and head to New Jersey to play the Rockets on Sunday morning at 10:35am.
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.
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.