Hartford Wolf Pack advance; will face Providence Bruins next

Hartford Wolf Pack
Hartford Wolf Pack advance to face Providence Bruins (Photo: JJohn Mrakovcich, Hartford Wolf PackWolf Pack)

The Hartford Wolf Pack have swept their first-round matchup against the Springfield Thunderbirds after a 7-1 blowout victory on Friday.

It was a big night for the New York Rangers AHL affiliate, who were led by veteran forward Tanner Fritz. The 31 year-old opened the scoring and then added two more assists to increase the Pack lead to take Game 2 of the best-of-three series.

Fritz also leads all AHL playoff scorers with 6 points (1 goal, 5 assists) to date.

Hartford Wolf Pack advance

Hartford Wolf Pack
Hartford Wolf Pack advance to face Providence Bruins (Photo: JJohn Mrakovcich, Hartford Wolf PackWolf Pack)

The Pack will now have their hands full as they face the Providence Bruins in round-two. This is a best-of-five round against the Atlantic Division’s top team with the first two games on the road.

“It’s definitely tough playing on the road,” Tim Gettinger said. “We just got to keep it simple. Work hard, get pucks in, play a simple game and build from there.”

Here’s the full series schedule per the Hartford Wolf Pack:

Game 1: Friday, April 28th, @ Providence (Amica Mutual Pavilion, 7:05 p.m.)
Game 2: Saturday, April 29th, @ Providence (Amica Mutual Pavilion, 7:05 p.m.)
Game 3: Wednesday, May 3rd, @ Hartford (XL Center, 7:00 p.m.)
Game 4*: Friday, May 5th, @ Hartford (XL Center, 7:00 p.m.)
Game 5*: Sunday, May 7th, @ Providence (Amica Mutual Pavilion, 7:05 p.m.)
*If nec.

Rangers prospect watch

The New York Rangers have a number of key prospects playing for the Pack in the Calder Cup playoffs. Here’s how they are faring so far:

  • Zac Jones, D: 2 GP, 1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS, 3 POINTS, +5
  • Lauri Pajuniemi, F: 2 GP, 2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST, 3 POINTS, +6
  • Bobby Trivigno: 2 GP, 1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST, 2 POINTS, +1
  • Will Cuylle, F: 2 GP, 0 GOALS, 1 ASSIST, 1 POINT, +3
  • Adam Sykora, F: 2 GP, 0 GOALS, 0 ASSISTS, 0 POINTS, E
  • Adam Edstrom, F: 2 GP, 0 GOALS, 0 ASSISTS, 0 POINTS, E
  • Karl Henriksson, F: 2 GP, 0 GOALS, 0 ASSISTS, 0 POINTS, E
  • Dylan Garand, G: 2-0, 1.00 GAA, .956 SV%

Note: All stats via AHL website

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