Wolf Pack Weekly, December 14-20Dec 14, 2015
The Wolf Pack (11-14-2-0, 24 pts., .444 pts. percentage) went 1-2-0-0 in a three-game weekend, bookended by a pair of trips to Providence. The Pack dropped a 3-1 road decision to the Bruins on Friday night, despite outshooting their hosts by a margin of 35-33. Rookie defenseman Ryan Graves scored the only Hartford goal in that contest, his second in as many games. The Wolf Pack then rebounded for a 4-2 home win over Bridgeport on Saturday night, their first victory in four tries on the year against the Sound Tigers. Marek Hrivik led the way in that triumph, scoring the game-winning goal shorthanded and adding an assist. Then on Sunday it was back to Rhode Island, where the Bruins again held sway, knocking off the Pack by a score of 4-2, despite Brian Gibbons striking for a shorthanded goal and an assist.
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This week: The Wolf Pack’s last pre-Christmas action is a pair of road games this Friday and Saturday nights. The Wolf Pack make their first visit to Rochester since February of 2002 Friday, taking on the Americans in a 7:05 PM game, and then it’s on to Utica on Saturday night, for a 7:00 battle with the Comets.
Friday, December 18 at the Rochester Americans (Buffalo) at the Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial, 7:05 PM
This is the second game of a four-game season series between the Wolf Pack and the Amerks, who last met in the 2001-02 season. Rochester won this year’s first encounter, 3-2 on November 1, at the XL Center. The Pack’s last visit to the Blue Cross Arena was February 8, 2002, a 4-3 win.
The Americans come into the week at 12-11-1-1, for 26 points and a .520 points percentage, good for fifth place in the North Division. Head Coach Randy Cunneyworth’s club swept a two-game trip to St. John’s this past weekend and is 6-3-1-1 in its last 11 games.
Amerk points leader Jason Akeson (5-11-16 in 24 GP) had the overtime game-winning goal, and an assist, in Rochester’s last game, a 3-2 victory at St. John’s Saturday night.
Saturday, December 19 at the Utica Comets (Vancouver) at the Utica Memorial Auditorium, 7:00 PM
Starting with a 3-2 victory over the Wolf Pack at the XL Center November 22, the Comets have gone 7-2-1-0 in their last ten games, improving to 12-10-2-1 (27 pts., .540). That puts them fourth in the North Division.
Prior to the November 22 defeat, the Wolf Pack won the first two games of their season series with the Comets, including a 3-2 triumph in their first visit to Utica November 20.
Comet rookie defenseman Jordan Subban had the first two-goal game of his pro career, and Alex Friesen also scored twice, including winning goal 16 seconds into overtime, in a 5-4 Utica victory Sunday at North Division-leading Toronto.
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, December 18, 6:00 PM, Windsor Locks Senior Center, 41 Oak St., Windsor Locks, CT: Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, enjoys a night of fun and fund-raising.
Saturday, December 19, 10:00 AM, Governor William A. O’Neill State Armory, 360 Broad St., Hartford, CT: Sonar celebrates the Holidays with children of Connecticut National Guard soldiers.
Matt Lindblad – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 7.
Practice: All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Tue., December 15 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wed., December 16 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Thurs., December 17 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., December 18 Game at Rochester
Sat., December 19 Game at Utica
Sun., December 20 No practice – Holiday break
Mon., December 21 No practice – Holiday break
Wolf Pack Holiday Packs: The perfect gift for any hockey fan is a Wolf Pack “Holiday Pack”, and there are three different Holiday Pack packages to choose from. The “Twig” package, which is priced at $149, consists of eight Wolf Pack Blue-Level vouchers, redeemable for any 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game, a signed Wolf Pack hockey stick and a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. The “Bucket” package, available for $109, includes six Blue-Level vouchers, a player-signed Wolf Pack mini-helmet and a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. The “Biscuit” package, available for only $59, is comprised of four Blue-Level vouchers, a Wolf Pack player signed puck and a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Also, a free voucher for the Wolf Pack’s December 29 home game against the Portland Pirates has been added to all Holiday Packs. To order your Wolf Pack Holiday Pack, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.
Pack Tracks: The Wolf Pack’s next home game is Tuesday, December 29, when the Portland Pirates visit for a 7:00 PM game. That is “Scout Night” at the XL Center. Scout groups that reserve in advance receive discounted tickets and special Scout Night patches. For details, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.
On Saturday, January 2, when the Wolf Pack host the Albany Devils in a 7:00 game, the first 2,000 fans through the doors will receive a free Wolf Pack travel mug, courtesy of Henkel. Also that night, and at the Wolf Pack’s home game the next day vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, there will be a winter clothing drive. Anyone who donates a winter hat, jacket or scarf will be presented with a buy-one-get-one-free ticket voucher redeemable for any 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game.
On Friday home-game nights throughout the season, fans can take advantage of the Wolf Pack’s wildly popular Friday-night food and beverage discount. That means $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period. The next Friday home game is January 8, when the Springfield Falcons invade the XL Center (7:15 PM faceoff).
The Wolf Pack have 11 Sunday home games this year, and all of those 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 $35. The Wolf Pack’s next Sunday home date is January 3, when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visit for a 3:00 PM game.
Every Wednesday-night Wolf Pack home game in 2015-15 is a “Winning Wednesday”. If the Wolf Pack win at home on a Wednesday night, 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 Wolf Pack’s next Wednesday home outing is February 17, a 7:00 PM game vs. the Providence Bruins.
Tickets all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are now on sale 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.