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EHL Wolfpack Ready for 2015
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MJHL Wolfpack Looking for a Title
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Playing Junior Hockey as a Teenager
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U16 Season Underway

Game 1 -   The Wolfpack continue to struggle to find its first win of the season.  Even though they tied the Chiefs, the score board did not show any indication of how the team played. The Pack led the whole game until the final 5 minutes of the game and a little altercation which led to the team being down a man gave the Chiefs the opportunity to tie it up late in the game. For the remainder of the game the Pack skated with only 2 lines and 3 defense, showing how tight of a team they have as everyone contributed to seal the tie.  


Coaching Staff Notes -  The team played well throughout the game, and was in the lead for most of the game.  A couple timely penalties at the end of the game cost us to go down a man and gave the Chiefs time to tie it up late in the game.  We need to learn how to finish teams late in the game and not let them hang around, once we learn that we will get a lot more wins under our belt.    

by posted 10/07/2015

EHL Wolfpack


Game 1:  The Jr Wolfpack continued their nine game road game in a divisional mini showcase in Brewster, NY.  A fast paced up and down game between the Pack and the NJ Rockets ended in a 7-5 win for the good guys.  In goal for his second win of the season was veteran net minder Kyle Carducci who made 37 saves on the night.  Rookie forward Colin Valentine and veteran Nick Gray both scored twice and Swedish defenseman Klas Tegnermyr has three helpers in the win. 

Coaching Staff Notes:  Team played inconsistently defensively, took a lot of chances and we took some undisciplined penalties the Rockets capitalized on the mistakes.  We were able to provide some solid offense and the team got two points.


Game 2:  The Jr Wolfpack will face the NY Apple Core for the 4th time (3 games in pre-season) with the Pack winning the first 3.  The game was an exciting game all over the ice with some big hits, good passes and some nice goals.  Rookie Shane Visnick continued his scoring touch as he tucked in two goals including the game winner in Over time.  Veteran forwards Machlan Sawden (1g, 2a) and Connor Bechte (1g, 1a) also had solid games on both sided of the puck helping secure the win.  Rookie goalie Sam Dallas in his first Junior Hockey game turned aside 22 of his 25 shots he faced o record another 2 points for the pack

Coaching Staff Notes:  A solid all around game, our defense played well in our end and we got solid goaltending.  Our forwards came up big when it counted and pinned NY in their zone for long periods of time.  We stayed disciplined the whole game and did the little things right.


Game 3: The Jr Wolfpack faced the NY Bobcats from LI in a game that could determine early pecking order in the south conference.  The first period was a fast skating period with a lot of good puck movement, big saves and some great plays on both offense and defense.  The game begin to open up in the second period and it was in the Wolfpacks favor as they scored all five of their goals in the second period to defeat the Bobcats 5-1.  Veteran forward Connor Bechtel continued his stellar play with two goals on the night and Zach Palmer added 3 helpers to the score sheet.  In net was the very familiar Kyle Carducci who turned away 31 of the 32 shots he faced to improve to 3-0 on the season with a 2.00 gaa and boasting an impressive .938 Sv% so far in the early part of the season.  The Wolfpack improve to 4-1 in the first 5 games played this season.

Coaching Staff Notes:  One of the best games we have played so far in the early goings.  We were smart, simple and disciplined.  We received great goaltending, our defense was solid in our end and our forwards were tenacious.  Our special teams won us the game our PP was 3 for 4 and our PK was 0 for 6, your special teams can win you games if effective and we did a great job.


MJHL Wolfpack:


Game 1:  Starting off the season 2-0 the Jr Wolfpack d to continue their winning ways this past weekend.  In game one of a back to back home weekend the Wolfpack took on the NJ Colonials.  Forwards Tyler Hackett and Joey Harris both led the way with two goals in the 7-4 victor for the Pack and defensemen Pat Cunningham and Devin Hines played well adding two assists and providing some solid defense.  Veteran goalie Baylee Johns let in 4 goals on just 24 shots but secured his second victory of the season.

Coaching Staff Notes:  This was not the MJHL teams best effort but they grinded out a good team win.  The offense was clicking on all cylinders again as they continued to bury their chances.  If the Pack  wants to get back to the final four in the playoffs again they have to be a little better in the DZone and make the netminders need to make more key saves, tough to win games in the playoffs when you give up four goals on 24 shots.  They found a way to win and that is what good teams do, but not the best game overall.


Game 2:  Why go 3-0 when you can go 4-0?  That was the question the MJHL players were asking each other in the locker room as they prepared to face the NY Applecore.  Forward Tyler Hackett continued his tremendous play netting four goals and now has 11pts in just 3 games early this season.  Forwards Matt Longobardi (1g, 2a), Joey Harris (2g), Nick Malvasi (1g, 2a), Zech Nicome (1g, 3a)  helped with the Wolfpacks 71 shot offensive attack.  Defenseman Gunnar Bolduc (1g) and Pat Cunnigham (2a) were also contributors and rookie goalie Colin Hobbs made 19 saves in his first Junior Hockey win.

Coaching Staff Notes:  Not much to say it was a 10-2 win..  We played well!  We hunted pucks, finished checks and were very good on our special teams.  Everyone contributed it was a good team win.  It is still early but it is great  to get some W's under your belt and gain some momentum.  Proud of the way we are playing and a lot of guys are working to earn EHL time which is what our goal is to get all our MJHL players prepared for the next level no matter where that is. 


Both teams are off next weekend!


by posted 09/28/2015


EHL Wolfpack:


Game 1:  The Jr Wolfpack hit the road for the first weekend of regular season as they boarded the bus to face a much improved Philadelphia Revolution hockey team.  The Jr Wolfpack led the way and dominated most of the game behind strong goal tending by veteran keeper Kyle Carducci who sealed a 3-0 shutout stopping all 27 shots he faced.  Forwards Doc Gentzler lit the lamp for two goals and rookie Shane Visnick tallied the 3rd goal on an empty net late in the third period. 

Coaching Staff Notes: Some undisciplined penalties had us killing most of the second period in game one and if we stayed more discipline we could have had an even different result.  We need to find TEAM consistency.


Game 2: Game two of the series had some of the same story line just with a different ending.  The Jr Wolfpack out shot the Revolution 32-19 losing the game 5-3 in a high intensity and high paced game.  Coming out to a slow start the Wolfpack found themselves down 3-1 after the second period before Doc Gentzler scoring his third goal of the weekend.  Rookie Shane Visnick scored his second goal of the weekend and Assistant Captain Tommy DeFelice scored his first goal of the season but the effort was too little too late.

Coaching Staff Notes: Undisciplined penalties cost us a goal against that could have changed the momentum of the game for us, our team must play smarter.  We need to get solid goaltending every game to be a top team in this league, we have to make all the saves that are routine and then a few game changers as well.  Right now some of our first year guys have to get better and contribute in more ways than one and have to find their way onto the score sheet.  Our PK was excellent all weekend the Power Play went 0-4 moved the puck well but you cannot score if you do not shoot.


MJHL Wolfpack:

Game 1: The Jr Wolfpack were looking to add to their already impressive start taking on the NJ Titans at home.  The Pack set the tone from the start and dominated the game as the Titans failed to keep up and slowly got picked apart as the Wolfpack sealed a 7-2 victory going 2-0 to start the season.  Forwards Mike Galinski, Ben Thompson both had 3 points and top flight rookie Joe Harris also had 3 points giving him 4pts in two games as a 1999.  Rookie goalie Chris Rodrigues stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced to get his first Junior Hockey victory.  Forwards Mike Workman, Zech Nicome and defenseman Noah Sanders also had solid nights on the score sheet.

Coaching Staff Notes: In all aspects of the game we dominated this game, our fore-check was very effective and our Power Play clicking going 2-2.  Goalie Chris Rodrigues played well with only one mental error that cost a goal in his first MJHL start. One thing we will focus on in the upcoming practices is cleaning up our DZone and staying discipline after the whistle, Team toughness is important but must be done smart!!


by posted 09/21/2015
EHL Wolfpack Ready for 2015

With two weeks of strength testing and on ice conditioning and agility work the 2015-16 Jr Wolfpack are ready to take on the rest of the EHL. Through 6 exhibition games they hold an impressive 5-1 record but that is not enough to satisfy Coach Cerrella and his staff. "It's very early, and it's great to start the season with some momentum, but when the regular season starts, that's when it really counts. I am proud of our guys,we compete hard, but time will tell what we are made of," said Cerrella. The team will be on the road for the first nine games of the season where the staff hopes the team will continue to build team chemistry and learn that playing as one is essential to a successful season. The staff is looking for returning players and this seasons captains Spencer Carter, Machlan Sawden, Max Blitz and Tommy DeFelice to lead the way. With the clock ticking for the opening puck drop in Philadelphia the Pack will prepare for their first test of the regular season. Something they have been eagerly waiting for and plan on returning to Cromwell with nothing but four road points to start the season!


by posted 09/18/2015
MJHL Wolfpack Looking for a Title

The MJHL Wolfpack over the past 8 years has been a top of the league but has not accomplished the tough task of winning it all. This season, the Pack is preparing to put itself in the position of being the team to beat. Relying heavily on returning forwards Ben Thompson, Mike Galinski, Nick Malvasi, Zech Nicome, Alex Pierne and Michael Workman.  Four of those forwards have seen Jr A game and practice time this season and will be in the hunt for more. On the back end, veterans Noah Sanders, Cam Millard, Alex Henderson and Gunnar Bolduc are going to be anchors on the blue line this season. In the crease, veteran Baylee Johns looks to pick up where he left off last season bringing the Pack to the final four in the MJHL playoffs. "We have a good make up and some hungry veteran guys. We also have some really talented first year guys like Josh Workman and Joey Harris, to name a few. It's a good recipe for success, we just have to put it all together as the season moves on," said Head Coach Chris Cerrella. With a 1-0 start to the season and an impressive 6-2 win over the Jersey Wildcats, the MJHL Wolfpack will be looking to build more momentum, confidence and team chemistry to achieve their ultimate goal of winning it all!

by posted 09/18/2015
Playing Junior Hockey as a Teenager

08/05/2015, 8:00am EDT
By Neil Ravin

Jordan Samuels-Thomas was 16 when he played for the Wolfpack and saw his confidence begin to grow

Jordan Samuels-Thomas has worn a few different jerseys on his way to becoming a professional hockey player, but in terms of his overall confidence, it's his time with the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack that stands out the most.

"I was only 16 when I played for the 'Pack back in the 2006-'07 season, and I gained a lot from playing against older kids, and it was also the first time I learned that I could be an NHL player."

Samuels-Thomas wasn't the only teenager in the league that season, as the New Jersey Rockets had a defenseman themselves by the name of John Carlson. Carlson was a first round draft pick by the Washington Capitals in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, and now has turned into one of the top offensive-defenseman in the National Hockey League.

Following his time with the Wolfpack, Samuels-Thomas played a couple more seasons of junior hockey, and then heard his name called in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft by the Atlanta Thrashers. That following Fall, Samuels-Thomas began his collegiate career at Bowling Green State University (2009-'10).

Samuels-Thomas spent two years with the Falcons, leading the team in goals, assists and points both seasons, and then transferred to Quinnipiac University. JST, as he is often called, had to sit out the 2011-'12 season, and returned to help to lead the Bobcats to a Frozen Four appearance in 2012-'13. It was a special year for Quinnipiac, as they finished with a record of 30-8-5, and were National Runners Up. JST was 3rd on the team in scoring with 29 points, which included 5 game-winning goals. The 6'4" forward definitely had a taste for the heroics that season, as you'll see in this game-winning goal over Dartmouth. (Video Courtesy of QU Athletics)

Samuels-Thomas posted another 29-point season during his Senior year at QU (2013-'14), and then spent this past season with the Rochester Americans, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

While he has worn a few different jerseys over the years, Samuels-Thomas knows how valuable his time was with the Hartford Jr. Wolfpack. It was the first of many smart hockey decisions that he has made in his career.

"For junior players today, don't feel that if you go early it's better for you. You need to play when your ready to make a real impact. There's no rush."

by posted 08/09/2015
Midget U16 Ready for Action

The Midget U16 Tier 1 AYHL American Division team is ready for action. In less than 15 days the team will get together for the first time all summer as a unit and begin to prepare for their tough AYHL schedule. On Aug 22 the team will begin a week long on and off ice conditioning program and work with the coaching staff on team systems and team conditioning before they start their regular practices in preparation for their opening games.

"We entered a few summer tournaments, not as a full team, but I was able to see our players and see the things we needed to work on as individuals. It will be nice to get to work and start working on our team play," said Coach Vets.  The team struggled through two off season showcases but that doesn't seem to bother Director of Hockey, Chris Cerrella, in his 8th season running the Jr Wolfpack teams. "Even though it was not the outcome we all hoped for, our staff doesn't judge success with wins and losses and a trophy does not develop a player. We are excited about this group of young players and think we have a lot to work with. It will be a battle early, but I see good things down the stretch for this young team. It's an exciting time for our players and staff."  

With just a few weeks remaining the Head Coach Jack Vets is proud to announce veteran Jon Carlson as the Captain for the 2015-16 season. 

by posted 08/05/2015
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