The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack enjoyed time off from league competition this weekend, but were still very busy! On the ice, the girls worked tirelessly—focusing on individual skill-work and execution of team systems. In practice, their passes were crisper, they were attacking with speed, and really starting to play as a team. The Lady Wolfpack also started their weekly off-ice routine, working with the team’s personal trainer to improve their stamina and strength.
Beyond the rink, many Lady Wolfpack have also been busy speaking with college coaches and setting up campus visits. The first-ever NEWJHL showcase proved to be a successful recruiting event, as several coaches have demonstrated interest in members of the Wolfpack squad. Coach Corvi comments, “I’m thrilled about all the conversations happening between our players and various college coaches. There’s nothing I enjoy more than advocating for my team, and helping coaches see that they’re not only great players, but incredible kids. Several players already have some really quality looks from a great mix of schools, including some ECAC East and NESCAC Schools. It’s not only great for them, but for the growth of our program.”
The coaching staff is very happy with the team’s work ethic over the course of these two weeks, and looks forward to facing off against the Walpole Express this Sunday at 11:30am.
FORMER MJHL PLAYER PREPARING FOR CLUB HOCKEY AT PROVIDENCE
The Jr Wolfpack Organization would like to wish the best of luck to former MJHL standout Nick Adamsons as he begins his first season at Providence College. The smooth skating forward has played with the Wolfpack Organization from youth hockey until he moved to the ACHA College Hockey level. "We are very happy for Nick and proud of his accomplishments both on the ice and more importantly in the classroom. He is a great young man and is going to be very successful in life and at the ACHA level, we wish him the best of luck," said Chris Cerrella. The Portland, CT native was proud of his hockey career in Hartford and now looks towards the future and he had this to add: "The way hockey is now, there is no league that you can succeed in without effort. At Providence we have a 30 man roster and if you’re not at your best, then you’re out of the lineup. The Wolfpack have taught and prepared me to give my all every minute I am on the ice and have helped me earn a spot on the team as well as in the game-day lineup. No matter what level you play in college, preparing starts in Juniors and if you aren’t prepared, you’re left behind," said Nick.
The Hartford Jr B Wolfpack have a new look this season, with only 7 returning players, the team has taken some time to find its way since opening day of training camp on August 18. Playing in 4 exhibition games before the start of the regular season, the team full of mostly new comers, has come a long way and are starting to show signs that they have figured out the process on how to play at the next level. In their first regular season game they skated to a 3-1 victory over the Bridgewater Bandits whose goaltender kept the game closer than it really was. For the Pack, second season goalie, Alessandro Sarno, stopped 23 shots in the home opener to secure the win. Newcomer, Nick Malvasi, lead the offensive charge with 2 assists and returners Matt Dostie, Ronnie Williams and Kyle Whalen all lit the lamp for the Jr. B Wolfpack. "It was a big first win for us, we went 1-4 in exhibition as the young guys took some time to adjust, so it was great to see some new comers contribute and it was a great win and a great way to start the season," said Chris Cerrella. Sunday morning the Walpole Express came into Champions Skating Center boasting a 3-0 record but they were going to be tested in a big way against the young and hungry pack. Skating into the third period with a 2-2 tie the Wolfpack and Express battled all over the ice and went back and fourth. chance after chance, with some big saves from rookie goaltender, John Liquori who kept his team in the battle from start to finish. Then with under 3:00 left to go in the third Walpole scored making it 3-2 and giving the Wolfpack a heart breaking loss. Defenseman, Nyle Sockbeson scored along with Matt Dostie, his second of the weekend and goalie, John Liquori, turned aside 41 shots giving his team every chance they needed to win. "It was a great game and a great battle, I like the way our guys responded, we have them again next game and we know we will have to be a little more physical and a little more aggressive in their end in order to beat them. They have a good team and so do we, so I expect it to be another nail biter," said Dan McCarthy. The Jr B Pack will take on the Walpole Express in a rematch of last weekend's game on Saturday night at 8:40pm. Come down and check out the action!
After The Hartford Jr Wolfpack U18 Futures opened their Season with a 6-2 Win vs. Wethersfield/Rocky Hill/Middletown, they have gone 0-2-1 in subsequent games. The Futures followed up opening weekend with a 3-3 tie vs. the Northeast Bucks this past Saturday afternoon. Kyle Romano, Ben Ward, & Callum Sawden all posted goals for the Futures in a hard fought contest that went right down to the last few seconds of the game. On Sunday the U18 Futures traveled to Simsbury, CT to play the Connecticut Saints. Although the outcome resulted in an 8-0 loss, the game was much more highly contested that the score would indicate as overall shots and scoring opportunities were even. The Saints goaltending proved the difference in an hard fought Game. Hartford Jr Wolfpack U18 Coach is optimistic on the upcoming season. "We are off to a good start as a team" Coach Hissick stated. " Our effort on the ice has been good but has not always translated on the score board. As we continue to work hard and gel as a team, we are confident our scoring will come." The U18 Futures are 1-2-1 on the season and host Conard/Hall this coming Saturday at Champions at 2:00pm.
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack could not of asked for a better way to start the 14-15 EHL season, two back to back wins and 4 points at home. Saturday night started the weekend off right as the Wolfpack took on the Vermont Lumberjacks and after 60 minutes of play the Wolfpack took their first two points of the season with an 8-1 win. Veteran forward Jamie Lukas lead the way with three assists on the night as the team received goals from seven different players and goaltender Tyler Ellot turned aside 22 saves to seal the win. "We played a good hockey game, we limited our turnovers and forced them to make mistakes. We were aggressive from the drop of the puck and stayed disciplined, I couldn't ask for anything more," said Chris Cerrella. In game two on Sunday afternoon the pesty Rockets crossed the George Washington Bridge only to feel the wrath of the hungry Pack. After a slow start the Wolfpack found their way and began to take off where they left off the night before. Throwing 58 shots on the Rockets goalies the Junior Wolfpack skated away with a second 8-1 victory in two nights outscoring their opponents 16-2 as their hunt for 4 points was successful. Forwards Gabe Lampron and Connor Bechtel each chipped in 3 points and also contributing 3 points was veteran defenseman Max Ross. Veteran goalie Tyler Ellor turned away 22 shots for his second win of the season in his first two games with his new team. "I thought we had a slow start and kind of had to find some energy early on and then it clicked and we played another good game. It is a great start but it is very early and we are a long way away from where we need to be as a team," said Chris Cerrella. The Jr A Wolfpack will return to action this weekend with two home games Saturday 5:40pm vs the NH Monarchs and Sunday 12:40pm vs the Little Flyers. Come down to Champions Skating Center and check out the action.
The Jr. Wolfpack U16 team grabbed their first win of the season this weekend in a 7-0 victory over the Central Connecticut Indians. The Pack was quick to score right out of the gate with an unassisted goal by Mike Cyr only 5 seconds into the first period. Cyr went on to tally two goals and two assists. Also getting multiple points in the game was Defenseman Nick Cramer, who had two goals and an assist. Goaltender Jack McGee posted his first shutout on the season, getting his team the victory by making 20 saves during the game! After every U16 victory, the team hands out their “Lunch Pail award” which is given to the player whom the team feels was the hardest worker during the game. This week the Pail went to defenseman Jonathan Backus, who registered one goal and one assist.
Coach Provost was very pleased with the team’s performance and the team’s week-to-week improvements. “I am very happy with the teams effort and execution today. We are a very young and raw team that is going through a learning process right now. Every week the boys show signs of improvement in almost every aspect of the game!”
The pack is back at it this week with three practices and a league game this Sunday vs. the NJ Colonials!
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack kicked-off their inaugural season with a solid performance at the first-ever NEWJHL Showcase. Though they finished the weekend 0-3-1, the girls improved their individual and team play with each game, ending with a nail-biting dual against the Boston Bandits on Sunday afternoon.
In Friday’s matchup, senior goaltender, Edy Moritz was a stalwart, pushing away 50 of the Pirates’ 53 shots. On Saturday, the Wolfpack tightened up their D-zone, but still fell short to the Quakers 4-0. On Sunday morning, the girls came back reenergized, and Abby Lally made history, scoring the Wolfpack’s first goal against the Northern Cyclones. Junior goaltender, Emily Appenzeller, supported the team’s charge, turning away all but 2 of the Cyclones shots heading into the half. At the buzzer, the Wolfpack fell 4-1, but proved that they are capable of playing with a very competitive team. In the teams’ final game, the Wolfpack executed both offensively and defensively, leading the Bandits for the majority of the game. Despite impressive efforts by the dynamic line comprised of Maeve Reilly, MaryKate Thompson, and Claire Foran, the Wolfpack couldn’t find the back of the net again, and the Bandits tied the game up in the final minutes.
Head Coach Ashleigh Corvi reflects, “We are very pleased with the girls’ performance this weekend. They battled every shift, and that effort and grit is something I can’t teach. The execution of our systems and the little details will come.”
The Hartford Jr. Lady Wolfpack are back in action against league opponent, Walpole Express on Sunday, October 5th at 11:30am.
The hockey season has not even begun for the Hartford Jr Wolfpack EHL team but it is open season for Head Coach Chris Cerrella when it comes to getting his players to the next level. With one commitment already in the book, the Jr Wolfpack has committed their second player of the the 2014-15 season to the college hockey world. The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that veteran forward Tyler Hines has decided to attend Western New England for his college hockey and academic future. The speedy forward has been an integral part of the Wolfpack organization playing both the MJHL and EHL team and he is very excited for the next step in the classroom and on the ice. "I am excited about my commitment to Western New England University, I could not have done it without the support of my teammates. I would like to thank my family for allowing me to pursue my dream of playing college hockey and I would also like to thank the Wolfpack organization and its coaching staff for all they have done for me. I would like to send out a special thanks to Coach Cerrella for his help through this process and for always getting the most out of me on the ice. I look forward to my final season with the Pack and will continue to work hard to prepare myself for the next step in my hockey and academic career." The Golden Bears play in the ECAC Northeast Div III Hockey conference and is coached by Greg Heffernan who is in his 6th season and very excited with the addition of Hines. "We are excited to have Tyler join the Golden Bear family. He is a great student and his work ethic and character are second to none. This is a great fit and we know that Tyler will only continue to develop and improve this season under Coach Cerrella," said Coach Heffernan. The Jr Wolfpack would like to wish the Hines family the best of luck in the future and we are happy to announce that he has chosen his path to college hockey here with the Wolfpack.
DITTENHAFER COMMITS HOCKEY EAST TO UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT
The Hartford Jr Wolfpack is proud to announce that second year defenseman Austin Dittenhafer has committed to Div 1 University of Vermont. The Catamounts are located in Burlington Vermont, play their games in the Gutterson Fieldhouse with about 50 years of hockey tradition. UVM plays in the power house Div 1 Hockey East collegiate athletic conference. Dittenhafer played his first season for the Jr. Wolfpack last year after playing for the Central Penn Panthers in the MJHL. Playing in 26 games in his rookie season the 6'2 defenseman had a slow start to the season before coming on strong for the Pack down the stretch. "Austin just got better and better down the stretch and began to play with confidence. He was our best Dman in game 3 of the playoffs and really started to show his potential. He has had a great off season and is preparing for next season and will prepare himself for the time he can take the ice for UVM. I am very excited for Ditty and his family," said Chris Cerrella. The 1997 will return to the Wolfpack for the 14-15 season as he will take on a veteran role and be looked upon to log a lot of minutes and special team time for the Pack this season while finishing up his senior year of HS. Austin is really looking forward to the next few years on and off the ice as he continues to prepare for the next level and next chapter in his life. "I'm excited about my commitment to UVM in Hockey East. I would like to thank my family, more importantly my mom and dad. I would also like to thank all the people that have helped me along the way. Lastly I would like to thank my Coach, Chris Cerrella for making this dream come true for me. It has been a journey this far and I know there is still a lot of work to be done." said the Paquea Pa native. Dittenhafer is excited for the start of the 14-15 season and looks forward to playing another season in the EHL.