Wolf Pack Weekly April 14-20

Apr 14, 2014

The Wolf Pack (35-32-1-6, 77 pts.) ensured themselves of finishing above .500 for a 17th straight season this past week, and stretched a win streak to a season-high seven straight before falling 6-2 to the St. John’s IceCaps Sunday, in the Pack’s last road game of the year.  Prior to that the Wolf Pack defeated the Worcester Sharks 2-1 in Worcester Wednesday, and registered their most lopsided victory of the year Saturday in St. John’s, scoring a season-high seven goals in a 7-2 win.  David LeNeveu stopped 66 of 69 shots in the first two games of the week, and Danny Kristo and J.T. Miller had 2-2-4 apiece in the two games in St. John’s.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack finish their 17th season of AHL play with a pair of home games this weekend.  The Springfield Falcons invade the XL Center on Friday night for a 7:00 PM game, and then the Bridgeport Sound Tigers help the Wolf Pack close out 2013-14 on “Fan Appreciation Night” Saturday, also a 7:00 faceoff.

Friday, April 18 vs. the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • This is the last opportunity of the season for fans to 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.
  • “Hawk’s Nest” returns to the XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club for this game, with Bob “Hawk” Crawford, the play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack, conducting a Wolf Pack-themed interview from 6:00-6:20 PM.  Questions and comments will be welcomed from the patrons enjoying the Comcast Coliseum Club’s wide array of dining and beverage options.  The Comcast Coliseum Club restaurant and bar area is open two hours prior to every Wolf Pack home game, to everyone holding a ticket to the game.
  • The Wolf Pack have won four of their last five meetings with the Falcons, after going 0-4-0-2 in the first six.  The Pack is 2-2-0-1 in four previous home games against Springfield.
  • Springfield is 47-21-1-5 for 100 points, which ties a franchise record, and has clinched the Northeast Division title and second place in the Eastern Conference.  The Falcons have won three straight and eight of their last nine.
  • Goaltender Anton Forsberg is 3-0-0 since joining the Falcons from Modo of the Swedish Hockey League March 20, with a 1.34 goals-against average and a 95.2% save percentage.
  • For this and all Wolf Pack home games, tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger and are available at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. 
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey 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 19 vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • This is the Wolf Pack’s “Fan Appreciation Night”, featuring numerous terrific prizes, such as New York Ranger and Wolf Pack autographed items, a 32-inch HD TV, a tailgating Weber grill and Rita’s Italian Ice, with winners selected at random, and great concession specials.  Full details are available on the Wolf Pack’s official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
  • The Wolf Pack will be wearing their red third jerseys for this game, and fans will have a chance to win these jerseys at the game, in the Pack’s “Jersey off Our Back” promotion.
  • Through the Wolf Pack’s “Selfless Saturday” option, fans purchasing tickets on-line for this game can 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.  When purchasing tickets for this 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.
  • The Pack are 6-5-0-0 in 11 games against their in-state rivals the Sound Tigers this season, after winning the last three meetings.  Hartford is 3-2-0-0 at home vs. Bridgeport.
  • Justin Hickman’s first pro goal was Bridgeport’s only score in a 2-1 home loss to Springfield on Sunday.
  • Bridgeport is 0-9-0-2 in its last 11 games and 1-14-1-2 in its last 18, and enters the last week of the season 27-38-2-6 for 62 points.
  • For this and all Wolf Pack home games, tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger and are available at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.
  • • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on-line at www.979espn.com and www.iheart.com/live/97-9-ESPN-5238/?autoplay=true.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

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:

  • Wednesday, April 16, 2:00 PM, R.J. Julia’s, 768 Boston Post Rd., Madison, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, attends a book-signing event with the Original Mr. Met.

Recent Transactions:
Jason Missiaen - reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) April 10.

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

Tue., April 15:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Wed., April 16:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Thurs., April 17:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Fri., April 18:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Springfield)
Sat., April 19:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Springfield)

Pack Tracks:
Season tickets for the Wolf Pack’s 2014-15 AHL season are on sale now.  Get the best deal on Wolf Pack seats with a full season-ticket plan, and you’ll be part of the Pack’s new season ticket-holder “Mug Club”.  That gets you $2 beers and $4 sodas at every Wolf Pack home game.  Call 855-764-6451 now to get placed in seats or visit www.hartfordwolfpack.com for more information.