Wolf Pack Weekly, April 11-17Apr 11, 2016
The Wolf Pack (39-31-3-0, 81 pts., .555 pts. percentage) stayed alive in the AHL playoff race this past week, with wins in two of their three games. The Pack swept a home-and-home set with the Springfield Falcons, equaling a team season high for goals-scored in a 7-3 win Friday in Springfield and downing the Falcons 6-2 at the XL Center on Saturday. A line of Daniel Paille (3-2-5), Chris Brown (1-3-4) and Boo Nieves (2-2-4) combined for 13 points in those two victories, and Jayson Megna added a goal and an assist in Saturday’s game. Sunday in Portland, however, a late third-period Pirate goal broke a 2-2 and sent the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 defeat.
For the latest AHL standings, click here.
This week: The Wolf Pack finish the regular season with their only Canadian road trip of the season. On Wednesday, the Pack visits the AHL-leading Toronto Marlies for a morning-start game that faces off at 11:00. Then it’s off to St. John’s, Newfoundland, where the Wolf Pack and St. John’s IceCaps will tangle in 6:00 games Friday and Saturday nights.
Wednesday, April 13 at the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs) at the Ricoh Coliseum, 11:00 AM
With a 52-15-5-1 record for 110 points and a .753 points percentage, first-year head coach Sheldon Keefe’s Marlies have clinched first place overall in the AHL.
This is the Wolf Pack franchise’s first visit to Toronto in over five years, and only its fifth ever. The last was February 9, 2011, when the then-Connecticut Whale fell to the Marlies by a score of 9-2.
The only previous meeting this season between the Wolf Pack and Marlies was the Wolf Pack’s “Sonar’s Ed-u-skate” school-day game November 4 at the XL Center. Toronto defeated the Pack that day by a score of 5-0.
Following the conclusion of the parent Toronto Maple Leafs’ NHL season Saturday, the Marlies received leading scorer T.J. Brennan (24-43-67 in 67 GP) and fellow defenseman Andrew Campbell, along with forwards William Nylander, Tobias Lindberg, Frederik Gauthier and Sam Carrick, and netminder Garret Sparks, back from the big club.
Friday, April 15 at the St. John’s IceCaps (Montreal) at Mile One Centre, 6:00 PM
This first of back-to-back games in St. John’s is the third meeting of the season between the Wolf Pack and IceCaps. Hartford swept two earlier games between the two clubs at the XL Center, winning 3-1 on opening night October 10 and 4-1 January 30.
Last season the Wolf Pack dropped both of their two visits to St. John’s, falling 3-0 on February 10 and 5-4 in a shootout the next night.
The IceCaps enter the week 31-32-8-3 for 73 points and a .493 points percentage, after sweeping a pair of home games from the Utica Comets, 3-2 in overtime on Saturday and 7-1 Sunday.
IceCap goal-scoring leader Charles Hudon (28-25-53 in 65 GP) had two goals and an assist in St. John’s’ 7-1 win over Utica Sunday, giving him eight goals and ten points in his last six games. Hudon finished last week third in the AHL in goals.
Saturday, April 16 at the St. John’s IceCaps (Montreal) at Mile One Centre, 6:00 PM
The Wolf Pack come into this week 19-15-1-0 in 35 road games on the season, and they are 3-4-0-1 in eight all-time away contests vs. the IceCaps.
St. John’s enters the final week of the regular season with a home-ice record of 17-12-6-1 in 36 games.
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 15, 5:00 PM, New Britain YMCA, 19 Franklin Sq., New Britain, CT: Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, heads to New Britain to join in the fun of the YMCA’s Kids’ Carnival.
Sunday, April 17, 9:00 AM, UConn West Hartford Campus, West Hartford, CT: Sonar puts on his walking shoes for the CT MS Society Walk to fight MS.
Mackenzie Skapski – reassigned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers from Greenville (ECHL) April 4.
Brady Skjei – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers April 5.
Troy Donnay – reassigned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers from Greenville (ECHL) April 8.
Marek Hrivik – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers April 8, and returned to Wolf Pack April 9.
Practice: All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Tue.., April 12 Practice in Toronto
Wed., April 13 Game at Toronto
Thurs., April 14 Practice in St. John’s
Fri., April 15 Game at St. John’s
Sat., April 16 Game at St. John’s
Sun., April 17 No practice – travel from St. John’s
Mon., April 18 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Pack Tracks: Wolf Pack home game tickets can be purchased at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
To speak with a Wolf Pack representative about season or group tickets, or any of the Wolf Pack’s many ticketing options, call (855) 762-6451, or click here to request more info.