Wolf Pack Weekly, April 27-May 3

Apr 27, 2015

The Wolf Pack find themselves behind two-games-to-one in their best-of-five, first-round playoff series with the Providence Bruins, after a 2-1, triple-overtime loss in Game Three Sunday night in Providence.  The second-longest game in Wolf Pack franchise history, the marathon battle ended at 2:00 of the third extra frame, on a goal by the Bruins’ Seth Griffith.  Brady Skjei had the only Wolf Pack goal in the game, his first pro point, and Yann Danis made 45 saves.  The Wolf Pack won the series opener at home Wednesday, 3-1, with Danny Kristo providing the game-winning goal and an assist, but Providence scored a pair of third-period goals to wipe out a 1-0 deficit in Game Two Saturday in Hartford, winning by a score of 2-1.  Chris Bourque had the only Wolf Pack tally in that game, and Danis stopped 28 shots.


Full Speed Ahead:  “Full Speed Ahead” is the official Wolf Pack playoff slogan.  This comes from the ship U.S.S Hartford, which served as Admiral David Farragut’s flagship during the Civil War. During the battle of Mobile Bay, while on the deck of the Hartford, Farragut famously said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”.

The Wolf Pack 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs are presented by Amtrak.

The third seed in the AHL’s Eastern Conference, the Wolf Pack need a win Tuesday night in Game Four of their first-round playoff battle with Providence to keep their season alive.  Tuesday night’s game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence faces off at 7:05, and if the Wolf Pack prevail, there will be a winner-take-all Game Five at the XL Center this Friday night, with faceoff at 7:00.

Game One                  Wed., Apr. 22     XL Center                         HFD 3, PRO 1

Game Two                  Sat., Apr. 25       XL Center                         PRO 2, HFD 1

Game Three                Sun., Apr. 26      Dunkin’ Donuts Center       PRO 2, HFD 1 (3 OT)

                                            (Providence leads series, 2-1)

Game Four                           Tue., Apr. 28       Dunkin’ Donuts Center               7:05

Game Five (if necessary)       Fri., May 1          XL Center                                  7:00

For Wolf Pack playoff tickets, visit the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, go on-line to www.hartfordwolfpack.com or call (877) 522-8499. 

Tuesday, April 28, Game Four at Providence (Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence), 7:05 p.m.

  • This game is a must-win for the Wolf Pack, who have dropped the last two games of the series, by identical 2-1 scores, after winning the opener.  In their playoff history, the Pack are 12-13 all-time when facing elimination.

  • The only longer game in Wolf Pack history than the triple-overtime loss in Game Three was a 4-3 win over the Worcester IceCats May 5, 2004.  That game ended on a goal by current Wolf Pack head coach Ken Gernander at 7:49 of the third overtime.  Sunday’s Game Three was the longest game in P-Bruins franchise history.

  • This is the fifth all-time playoff meeting between the Wolf Pack and Bruins, and the last three have all gone the distance, one best-of-five and two best-of seven series’.

  • Wolf Pack goaltender Yann Danis has allowed a total of only five goals on 106 shots in 222 minutes of play in the series, for a goals-against average of 1.35 and a 95.3% save percentage.

  • Providence’s Alexander Khokhlachev had the Bruins’ only goal in regulation in Game Three, giving him 2-1-3 for the series.  He is tied with the Wolf Pack’s Danny Kristo (1-2-3) for the series scoring lead.

  • Malcolm Subban made his first appearance of the series in net for Providence in Game Three, and stopped 46 out of 47 Wolf Pack shots, after Jeremy Smith played the first two games for the Bruins.

  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on-line at www.979espn.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

**IF NECESSARY** Friday, May 1, Game Five vs. Providence at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

  • As at regular-season Friday-night home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at this game, through the start of the second period.

  • Prior to a 2-1 loss to the Bruins Saturday night in Game Two of this series, the Wolf Pack had won eight straight home games going back to the regular season.

  • The Wolf Pack are 5-3 all-time in their playoff history in “winner take all” games, and 12-6 with a chance to end a series.


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:

  • Thursday, April 30, 4:00 PM, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington St., West Hartford, CT:  The Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot Sonar brings Wolf Pack cheer to young patients at CCMC.

  • Thursday, April 30, 6:00 PM, Chili’s, 1425 Farmington Ave., Bristol, CT:  Sonar supports Bristol’s tip-a-firefighter fund-raiser, which benefits “For Goodness Sake”.

  • Saturday, May 2, 10:00 AM, Nevers Park, 151 Sand Hill Rd., South Windsor, CT:  Sonar joins the Windsor Jaycees for “Paws in the Park”.

  • Saturday, May 2, 12 Noon, Pleasant View, 452 South Rd., Somers, CT:  Sonar takes in the fun of the 30th New England Regional Chili Cook-off.

  • Sunday, May 3, 10:00 AM, Rentschler Field, 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT:  Sonar cheers on participants in the HARC Walk and 5k.

  • Sunday, May 3, 12:30 PM, The Hartford, 55 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT:  Sonar lends his presence to Foodshare’s Walk against Hunger.


Recent Transactions:  None


Practice:  All Wolf Pack practices are open to the media at the XL Center or Champions Skating Center in Cromwell.  As schedules are subject to last-minute changes, please call the public relations department at (860) 541-4791 before attending a practice.

Tue., April 28                 Game at Providence     

Wed., April 29               10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center

Thurs., April 30              10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center

Fri., May 1                    10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Providence – if necessary)

Sat., May 2                   10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center

Sun., May 3                  10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center

Mon., May 4                  TBD


Pack Tracks:  For Wolf Pack playoff tickets, visit the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, go on-line to www.hartfordwolfpack.com or call (877) 522-8499.  Kids 12 and under can purchase tickets for only $12 in all sections except Black-level seating. Seniors can receive a $3 discount in all sections except Black-level seating. Current and former members of the military can receive a $3 discount in Blue and Yellow-level seating.   

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.

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