Pack Tales: Overtime Challenges and Rising Stars in Hartford Hockey

Dive into the dynamic world of the New York Rangers AHL affiliate, Hartford Wolf Pack, where overtime battles test resilience and rising stars ignite the ice.
Hartford Wolfpack v Laval Rocket
Hartford Wolfpack v Laval Rocket / Minas Panagiotakis/GettyImages
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Dive into the dynamic world of the New York Rangers AHL affiliate, Hartford Wolf Pack, where overtime battles test resilience and rising stars ignite the ice.

The Hartford Wolf Pack have hit a rough patch lately, especially in overtime – they've clocked in six OTs in their last nine games and, unfortunately, hold the AHL lead for the most losses in overtime at five. Whether missing golden opportunities or not having the goalie's back, Hartford (15-6-5), who are 5-2-3 in their last ten, know they must step up their game. The slump has seen them fall behind the reigning Calder Cup Champions, Hershey Bears, who are 24-6 atop the Atlantic Divison.


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On the flip side, we've got some good stuff happening. Adam Sykora, the 19-year-old sensation, is off to rock the World Juniors, representing his native Slovakia.
It gives veteran Turner Elson a chance to strut his stuff. Sykora's rookie season is on fire with 11 points in 25 games, some severe speed, size, and an aggressive side.

New York's third-round 2021 NHL Draft pick, Ryder Korczak, is quietly proving he's got the goods in his first AHL season – four goals and eleven points in 24 games after graduating from the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL. The 21-year-old is turning up the heat on offense and making strides on both ends of the rink. Keep an eye on this rookie; he's making waves.

Even though Brennan Othmann's point streak took a pause, the 20-year-old forward is still grinding and developing, racking up 9 goals and 22 points in 26 games. He's been getting top-line minutes and power play chances, showcasing sharp instincts.

Now, enter Matej Pekar – the 23-year-old center who landed in Hartford over the summer. Signed on an AHL deal after grinding in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclone, he's bringing a dynamic skill set to the Pack, making waves with slick passes, offensive flair, and a bit of an edge. Before the promotion, he had eight goals and 12 points in 14 games. Since December 1st, he's been serviceable on Hartford's bottom six with three assists in seven games. Pekar's making enough noise to shake up his role and lock down a solid spot in Hartford for the foreseeable future.