Wolf Pack Weekly April 7-13

Apr 7, 2014

The Wolf Pack (33-31-1-6, 73 pts.) defeated three teams ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings this past weekend, and have now won five straight, matching their longest win streak of the season.  David LeNeveu posted his franchise-record third straight shutout Friday night at Eastern Conference-leading Manchester, making 37 saves in a 2-0 victory.  The Pack then got their first win in six tries on the year against the Providence Bruins Saturday night at home, prevailing 2-1 in a shootout, and on Sunday at the XL Center, Jesper Fast’s two goals and an assist led the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 triumph over the Norfolk Admirals.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack play their final three road games of the season this week, starting Wednesday night in Worcester against the Sharks at 7:00 PM.  After that the Pack are off to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where they battle the IceCaps Saturday at 6:00 PM and Sunday at 2:30.

Wednesday, April 9 at the Worcester Sharks (DCU Center), 7:00 PM

  • The Sharks (34-31-4-2, 74 pts.) begin the week in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, one point ahead of the 11th-place Wolf Pack and eight points out of a playoff spot.  Worcester is 0-1-1-1 in its last three games, but has at least a point in 12 of its last 16 (10-4-1-1).
  • This is the last of four games on the year between the Wolf Pack and Sharks, and Worcester has won the last two, after a 3-2 Wolf Pack overtime win in the first meeting December 28 at the XL Center.  The Sharks took the only previous encounter in Worcester, winning by a 3-1 score January 10.
  • Worcester points leader Freddie Hamilton (21-19-40 in 59 GP) scored one of the Sharks’ goals, and assisted on the other, in the team’s last game, a 5-2 home loss to Manchester on Sunday.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on-line at www.979espn.com and www.iheart.com/live/97-9-ESPN-5238/?autoplay=true.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, April 12 at the St. John’s IceCaps (Mile One Centre), 6:00 PM

  • The Wolf Pack and IceCaps have met twice previously this year, both in Hartford, and St. John’s has swept both games, outscoring the Pack 12-3 in the process.  The IceCaps won 6-2 on January 25 and 6-1 on March 21.
  • The Wolf Pack have never won a home game against the IceCaps in St. John’s’ three-year history, going 0-5-1-0 in six meetings, but Hartford won both of its two visits to Newfoundland last year,  4-1 on February 9 and 7-3 the next day.
  • The IceCaps (42-22-2-4, 90 pts.) needed a 3-1 win Saturday over Springfield to break an 0-2-1-1 streak, but before that, St. John’s won 13 of 14 games.  The IceCaps currently stand fourth in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and trail division-leading Manchester by eight points in the Atlantic Division.
  • Goaltender Tyler Beskorowany stopped 23 out of 24 shots in Saturday’s IceCap win over Springfield, after lasting only 9:30, and giving up three goals on eight shots before being pulled, in an 8-7 overtime loss to the Falcons on Friday night.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Sunday, April 13 at the St. John’s IceCaps (Mile One Centre), 2:30 PM

Wolf Pack Community Appearances:
The Wolf Pack have the following appearances scheduled this week.  For further information on these, or any other Wolf Pack community initiatives, contact Wolf Pack community relations manager Frank Berrian, at (860) 541-4728:

  • Friday, April 11, 9:00 AM, Seymour School, 185 Hartford Ave., East Granby, CT:  Frank Berrian, the Wolf Pack’s head of community relations and game presentation, takes part in Seymour’s School’s Career Day.
  • Friday, April 11, 10:00 AM, Farmington KinderCare, 35 South Rd., Farmington, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, joins in the fun of KinderCare’s reading event.
  • Saturday, April 12, 10:00 AM, PETCO, 1065 Kennedy Rd., Windsor, CT:  Sonar lends his presence to Friends of Windsor Animal Control’s Easter Egg Hunt.
  • Saturday, April 12, 4:30 PM, McGee Middle School, 899 Norton Rd., Berlin, CT:  Sonar attends the Berlin Lions Club’s pasta dinner fundraiser for Team Ava.

Recent Transactions:
Chris McCarthy – Signed by the Wolf Pack to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement April 1.
Kyle Jean – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) April 2.
J.T. Miller – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers April 2.
Justin Baker – Signed by the Wolf Pack to an Amateur Tryout (ATO) agreement April 3.
Jesper Fast – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers April 7.

Practice:
All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public.  Schedule is subject to change.

Tue., April 8:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Wed., April 9:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game at Worcester)
Thurs., April 10:  Travel to St. John’s
Fri., April 11:  Practice in St. John’s
Sat., April 12:  Game at St. John’s
Sun., April 13:  Game at St. John’s
Mon., April 14:  Travel from St. John’s

Pack Tracks:
The Wolf Pack’s community support program, “Selfless Saturdays”, allows fans purchasing tickets for Saturday Wolf Pack home games to earmark a portion of their ticket purchase to be donated to one of five charities.  Those beneficiaries are the Susan G. Komen Foundation, March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the You Can Play Project and the Police Activities League (PAL), a non-profit arm of the Hartford Police dedicated to helping underprivileged youth.  The Wolf Pack’s last Saturday home game of the regular season is April 19, when the Pack host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at 7:00 PM.  When purchasing tickets for that game on-line, through the Wolf Pack’s official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com, fans can enter a special promotional code.  The particular code entered will direct the Wolf Pack to donate $2 from each ticket purchased to a specific one of the five charities.  The promo codes are: KOMEN, for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, DIMES, for March of Dimes, BGCA, for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, PLAY, for the You Can Play Project, and PAL, for the Police Activities League.

At each and every Friday-night Wolf Pack home game this year, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at the XL Center through the start of the second period, presented by Marc’s Appliance Warehouse, located at 75 Prospect Ave., Hartford, CT.  The Pack’s last Friday home outing of the season is April 18, when the Springfield Falcons visit for a 7:00 game.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2013-14 home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.  To speak with a representative about season or group tickets, call (855) 762-6451.