Wolf Pack Weekly, December 15-21

Dec 15, 2014

The Wolf Pack (15-9-2-1, 33 pts.) swept three games this past week, and are unbeaten in regulation in a team season-high five straight contests (4-0-0-1).  The week began with a Thursday-night home victory over Albany, in which Chris Bourque scored a pair of goals to lead the Wolf Pack to a 3-2 triumph.  The next night at the XL Center, Bourque and Michael Kostka had a goal and an assist apiece, and Jeff Malcolm made 35 saves to win his first AHL appearance of the year, as the Wolf Pack knocked off the Worcester Sharks, 5-3.  Then, on Sunday in Bridgeport, the Wolf Pack saw a 4-2 third-period lead slip away, but recovered to win 5-4 in overtime.  Chris Mueller completed a three-point performance (1-2-3) with the OT winner in that one, and Justin Vaive and Ryan Bourque both scored twice.  With seven points (4-3-7) in the last four games, Chris Bourque has climbed into a tie for second in the AHL in points, and a tie for third in goals (12-14-26 in 26 GP).

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:

The Wolf Pack complete their pre-Christmas action with a pair of home games this week.  The Pack entertain the Syracuse Crunch at 7:00 on Friday night, and then Saturday night’s matchup with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms is a special 5:00 start.

Tuesday, December 16 – Wolf Pack Team Skate – Bushnell Park Rink – Downtown Hartford, 6:00-7:00 PM
The entire Wolf Pack team will be on hand at the “Winterfest” outdoor skating rink in Bushnell Park, for a holiday skate, open to any fans who wish to share the ice with the players.  Much holiday cheer will be in the air, as the Pack players enjoy the festive winter atmosphere of outdoor skating, with fans and friends of all ages.

Friday, December 19 vs. the Syracuse Crunch at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • Once again this season, at this and all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at the XL Center, through the start of the second period.
  • Also at Friday-night home games this year, “Hawk’s Nest” will be featured in the XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club, 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 second-place Crunch enter the week at 16-7-3-0 for 35 points, two points ahead of the Wolf Pack in the Northeast Division.  Coach Rob Zettler’s club won its sixth straight game Saturday, a 2-1 overtime victory in Utica.
  • Syracuse has won the last two games of the season series with the Wolf Pack, after the Pack took the first meeting.  In their only previous trip to the XL Center November 19, the Crunch pulled out a 5-4 victory.
  • Crunch captain Mike Angelidis (10-4-14 in 26 GP) has struck for two-goal games in both of the last two meetings between the Wolf Pack and Syracuse.  Angelidis had the third-period game-winner in the last get-together, a wild, 6-5 Crunch victory December 5 in Syracuse.
  • 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 XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, December 20 vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at the XL Center, 5:00 PM

  • The Wolf Pack will be holding a birthday celebration at this game for Sonar, their iconic mascot, featuring visits by other mascots from around the AHL.
  • This game will feature a special “Lucky Dog” promotion.  When you purchase a hot dog at the game, check underneath the carton.  If your carton has a Lucky Dog sticker on it, you win tickets to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert at the XL Center Sunday, January 4.
  • This is the second meeting of the year between the Wolf Pack and Phantoms, and the first of two Lehigh Valley visits on the year to Hartford.  In the team’s first clash November 1 in Allentown, the Wolf Pack were victorious by a 4-2 score.
  • Defenseman Brandon Manning is Lehigh Valley’s leading point-scorer, with 6-11-17 in 23 games.
  • The Phantoms are currently fourth in the East Division, with a record of 11-10-3-1 for 26 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 XL Center ticket office, 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 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 16, 2:00 PM, Ashford School, 440 Westford Rd., Ashford, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, promotes the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” reading program.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 12:00 noon, Aetna, 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT:  Sonar visits Aetna’s employee ticket sales drive.
  • Wednesday, December 17, 6:00 PM, Enfield Twin Rinks, 1 Prior Rd., Enfield, CT:  Sonar joins in the fun of Enfield Youth Hockey’s Holiday celebration.
  • Thursday, December 18, 2:45 PM, Capital Prep, 1304 Main St., Hartford, CT:  Sonar meets and greets Capital Prep students, in support of the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program.
  • Sunday, December 21, 4:00 PM, Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT:  Wolf Pack staffers greet guests at “Holiday Light Fantasia”.

Recent Transactions:
Jeff Malcolm – recalled by the Wolf Pack from loan to Greenville (ECHL) December 8.
Vinny Saponari – recalled by the Wolf Pack from loan to Greenville (ECHL) December 9.

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

Tue., December 16:  10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wed., December 17:  10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Thurs., December 18:  10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., December 19:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Syracuse)
Sat., December 20:  9:00 – 9:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Lehigh Valley)
Sun., December 21:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Mon., December 22:  No practice – holiday break

Pack Tracks:
Wolf Pack “Holiday Packs” are now available, the perfect stocking-stuffer for any hockey fan.  There are three exciting packages to choose from, with each including a Wolf Pack autographed item, Wolf Pack ticket vouchers that can be exchanged for tickets to any Pack home game, and a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.  Holiday Packs start as low as $59, and can be ordered on-line, through the Wolf Pack’s official website at www.hartfordwolfpack.com, and by phone through the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.

Once again this season, every Friday-night Wolf Pack home game will feature $1 hot dogs and $2 beers, through the start of the second period.  The Wolf Pack are back on home ice next Friday, December 26, hosting the Springfield Falcons in a 7:00 PM game.

Wolf Pack “Winning Wednesdays” are back for the 2014-15 season.  At all Wednesday night home games, if the Wolf Pack win, each fan receives a free ticket to the Pack’s next home game (some restrictions apply).  The next Wednesday Wolf Pack home date is January 21, when the Providence Bruins invade the XL Center for a 7:00 PM game.

The Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack” is available this season for all Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday home games.  The Family Value Pack features two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for only $35.

Tickets all 2014-15 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.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger. 

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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