Wolf Pack Weekly, December 11-17Dec 11, 2017
The Wolf Pack (10-12-3-2, 25 pts., .463) are unbeaten in regulation in a team season-high five straight games (3-0-1-1), after posting two wins and a shootout loss in three games this past weekend. On Friday night in Providence, the Wolf Pack got two goals from Cole Schneider and two assists from Anthony DeAngelo, and took a 3-2 lead into the final minute of the third period. The Bruins, though, tied the game with 39.9 seconds left in regulation, and then won in a shootout. The Wolf Pack went beyond regulation for a fourth straight time, tying a franchise record, Saturday at home, and this time found themselves on the right side of a shootout final, defeating Rochester by a score of 3-2. Peter Holland led the way in that one, with his first two Wolf Pack goals and a shootout tally. Then on Sunday against Springfield at the XL Center, Vinni Lettieri had his first multiple-goal game as a pro with two scores, and added an assist, and Marek Mazanec won his Wolf Pack debut with 17 saves, in a 5-3 victory over the Thunderbirds.
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This week: The Wolf Pack are back at the XL Center on Friday night for a 7:15 PM game, hosting the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on “’80’s Night”, and then travel to Springfield to renew acquaintances with Thunderbirds on Saturday night at 7:05.
Friday, December 15 vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh) at XL Center, 7:15 PM
- This is “’80’s Night” at the XL Center. Fans are encouraged to come dressed in their best ‘80’s fashion and relive their favorite decade with ‘80’s throwback music and promotions.
- At this game, and all Wolf Pack Friday-night home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period, presented by Dave & Buster’s.
- After losing only twice in regulation in their first 15 games (12-2-0-1), the Penguins (14-7-1-1, 30 pts., .652) have gone 2-5-1-0 in their last eight, falling to third place in the Atlantic Division.
- Both of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s top two netminders, Casey DeSmith (9-2-1, 2.29, 92.4, 1 SHO) and Tristan Jarry (5 GP, 3-2-0, 3.18, 89.7) are on recall to parent-club Pittsburgh, leaving the AHL Penguins’ goaltending chores in the hands of rookie Sean Maguire (1-1-0, 1.54, 93.8 in 3 GP) and Anthony Peters (0-2-1, 5.01, 85.7 in 3 GP).
- This is the second of six games on the year between the Wolf Pack and Penguins, and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s first visit of the season to Hartford. In the season series opener October 21 in Wilkes-Barre, the Penguins scored a 3-2 shootout victory over the Wolf Pack.
- Tickets for this and all 2017-18 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at newsradio1410.iheart.com and on iHeartRadio. Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.
Saturday, December 16 at the Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida) at the MassMutual Center, 7:05 PM
- This is the seventh time on the year that the Wolf Pack and Thunderbirds have seen each other, and the Wolf Pack squared the season series at three games apiece with their 5-3 win over their I-91 rivals Sunday at the XL Center. The Wolf Pack have lost their last two visits to Springfield after winning the first.
- Sunday’s defeat at the XL Center was the Thunderbirds’ fourth in their last five games, after they had won seven of their previous nine. At 10-17-1-0 for 21 points and a .375 points percentage, Springfield enters the week four points behind the seventh-place Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division.
- Thunderbird goal-scoring leader Anthony Greco netted his ninth lamplighter of the season in Sunday’s game in Hartford, and Juho Lammikko took over the Thunderbird points lead in the season series (2-4-6) with a goal and an assist.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at newsradio1410.iheart.com and on iHeartRadio. 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:
- Tuesday, December 12, 2:00-6:00 PM, Hartford Rescue Mission, 650 Windsor St., Hartford: The entire Wolf Pack team will help with a Hartford Rescue Mission meal. One group of players will assist with the preparation of the meal at Hartford Rescue Mission’s 650 Windsor St. location, from 2:00-4:00, and another group will participate in the serving and cleanup of the meal, which will take place at Faith Congregational Church, 2030 Main St..
- Wednesday, December 13, 1:00-3:00 PM, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford: Wolf Pack players Steven Fogarty, Gabriel Fontaine, Ryan Gropp and Eric Selleck are scheduled to join the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, Sonar, for a holiday pizza party with Connecticut Children’s Medical Center patients.
- Saturday, December 16, 1:00 PM, 360 Broad St., Hartford, CT: Sonar and members of the Wolf Pack’s Promo Team bring holiday joy to children of CT National Guard members at the Operation ELF holiday party, giving away toys collected at the Wolf Pack’s “Teddy Bear Toss”.
Alexandar Georgiev – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 5, and returned to the Wolf Pack December 6.
Marek Mazanec – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 6.
Chris Nell – reassigned from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers to Adirondack (ECHL) December 11.
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., December 12 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wed., December 13 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Thurs., December 14 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., December 15 10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (game vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)
Sat., December 16 10:30 – 11:00 AM, XL Center (game at Springfield)
Sun., December 17 No practice
Mon., December 18 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wolf Pack Holiday Pack: The Wolf Pack Holiday Pack, the perfect holiday gift for any hockey fan, is available now through the end of December. The Holiday Pack includes: a limited-edition Wolf Pack mini-stick, autographed by a Wolf Pack player, complete with a certificate of authenticity; two (2) Red-level Flex Vouchers, good for any remaining 2017-18 Wolf Pack home game (subject to availability); and a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. The cost of the Holiday Pack, which is a $75 value, is only $56. The Wolf Pack Holiday Pack can be purchased by calling 855-762-6451 and speaking with a Wolf Pack ticket representative, or by visiting www.hartfordwolfpack.com/holiday.
Pack Tracks: Saturday, December 30, when the Wolf Pack host the Springfield Thunderbirds in a 7:00 PM game, the first 2,000 fans will take home a Wolf Pack player trading card set, presented by CM Concessions.
Once again this season, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at every Friday Wolf Pack home game, through the start of the second period, presented by Dave & Buster’s. After this Friday, the Wolf Pack’s next Friday-night date is December 22, when they host the Providence Bruins at 7:15 PM.
Each of the Wolf Pack’s Sunday and Wednesday home games will feature the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”. The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $40. The next Family Value Pack game is Sunday, January 7, when the Springfield Thunderbirds visit for a 5:00 PM tilt.
Every Wolf Pack Wednesday home game is a “Winning Wednesday”. If the Wolf Pack win at home on a Wednesday, fans can show their Winning Wednesday ticket at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center and receive a free ticket to the next Wolf Pack home game (some restrictions apply). The next Wolf Pack Wednesday home outing is February 7, the “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” school-day morning game vs. Bridgeport at 11:00 AM.
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 are just $10 each, 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.