Game PreviewJan 13, 2018
Game Day Info:
Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Belleville Senators
Puck Drop: Saturday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
The Hartford Wolf Pack will be hosted by the Belleville Senators for the first time this season at Yardmen Arena. This game completes the two-game series between the two teams. The Senators came away victorious in their first meeting with the Pack, with a 5-1 win on October 20 at the XL Center.
The Senators are coming off a 6-2 loss to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last night, and have won two of their last five games, both in extra time. Belleville sits in sixth place in the North Division with a 15-21-0-3 record and a 0.423 win percentage.
Last Time Out:
Last night, the Wolf Pack played to a 4-2 loss to the Laval Rocket in an away matchup. Ryan Sproul and Cole Schneider both scored, and the Wolf Pack outshot the Rocket, 29-20, however, two goals from former Wolf Pack player, Adam Cracknell, led Laval to a win.
Thus far, the Pack are 15-18-3-3 on the season with a .462 win percentage, which places them seventh in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division with 36 points from 39 games played. The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins currently lead the division, while the Providence Bruins and Lehigh Valley Phantoms fall close behind in the tight race.
Players to Watch:
#55 Ryan Sproul
Ryan Sproul is second for Wolf Pack defensemen when it comes to points, with 14 points in 33 games stemmed from four goals, including one last night, and 10 assists. The Ontario native is no stranger to producing, as he was tied for the Grand Rapids Griffins’ lead in playoff assists in the 2015-16 season, with seven. He also led Grand Rapids defensemen in playoff points, with nine. Sproul was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft. In 28 NHL games, the 24-year-old produced one goal and six assists.
#10 Chris DiDomenico
Chris DiDomenico has 14 points with six goals and eight assists in 22 games. The center had a successful season last year, as he racked up 10 goals and 28 assists for 38 points with the SCL Tigers in Switzerland. DiDomenico has spent much of his career overseas, but he isn’t a stranger to the AHL. The Ontario native spent two seasons with the Rockford IceHogs in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
Coming Up Next:
The Wolf Pack are on the road for their next game with a matchup in Springfield on Monday. The Pack will be back home at the XL Center January 19 and 21 for matchups against the Utica Comets and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. For tickets and information, visit the Hartford Wolf Pack ticketing site or call 866-762-6451.