Game PreviewMar 25, 2018
Game Day Info:
Hartford Wolf Pack vs. Hershey Bears
Puck Drop: Sunday, March 25 at 5 p.m.
Today’s game is the second in a home-and-home set for the Hershey Bears and Wolf Pack this weekend. The Pack have lost four of their previous five meetings with the divisional-rival Bears on the season and are 0-3-0-0 at home vs. Hershey after last night's loss. The Bears are one point behind the sixth-place Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division standings, with a record of 28-30-4-5 for 63 points and a .485 points percentage.
Last Time Out:
The Wolf Pack played to a 2-1 loss against the Bears last night at the XL Center. Cole Schneider scored the lone Wolf Pack goal, while Marek Mazanec made 20 saves in net.
Thus far, the Pack are 29-30-5-3 on the season with a .493 win percentage, which places them sixth in the ultra-competitive Atlantic Division with 66 points from 67 games played. The Pack sit behind the fifth place Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who have collected 70 points from 65 games played for a 0.538 win percentage. Following the first place Lehigh Valley Phantoms, who have clinched a playoff spot, the Wilkes/Barre Scranton Penguins, Providence Bruins and Checkers currently hold the remaining playoff positions.
Players to Watch:
#10 Cole Schneider
In 67 games played, Cole Schneider has scored 15 goals, including one last night, and notched 28 assists for a team-leading 43 points. The left wing is in his first season with the Wolf Pack, but he is no stranger to Connecticut, as he played collegiately for UConn. Schneider led the Rochester Americans last season in points (63), assists (39) and +/- (+9), and tied for fourth on team in PIM (45.)
#17 Chris Bourque
Chris Bourque leads the Bears with 48 points in 57 games played, with 13 goals and 35 assists. The left wing is a former member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, where he had a 66-point season in the 2014-15 AHL season. He is the AHL’s active leading scorer and was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the second round of the 2004 NHL Draft.
Coming Up Next:
The Pack will be back home at the XL Center next Friday and Saturday to face the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and Bridgeport Sound Tigers, respectively. For tickets and information, visit the Hartford Wolf Pack ticketing site or call 866-762-6451.