Wolf Pack Weekly, December 16-22

Dec 16, 2013

The Wolf Pack (9-14-0-3, 21 pts.) gained one point out of a pair of Northeast Division games this past weekend, snapping a string of five straight regulation losses with a 3-2 shootout defeat to Adirondack at home Friday, and then falling 5-2 to the Albany Devils in Albany on Saturday.  J.T. Miller returned to the AHL with a goal and an assist in Friday’s game and scored again Saturday, and Danny Kristo had an assist in Friday’s game and upped his team-leading goal total to 11 with a power-play goal Saturday.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack play their last two games before Christmas this coming weekend, both at home.  The Bridgeport Sound Tigers visit the XL Center this Friday night, with the first 3,000 fans receiving a free Wolf Pack gym bag from the Hartford Courant.  Then Saturday night’s home game features the Wolf Pack’s Liberty Honda Teddy Bear Toss, benefitting the Joy of Sharing and Toys for Tots, as the Springfield Falcons invade the XL Center.  Both games face off at 7:00 PM.

Friday, December 20 vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • The first 3,000 fans into this game will take home a Wolf Pack gym bag, courtesy of the Hartford Courant.
  • At this and all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games this year, fans can 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, chatting with UConn head men’s hockey coach Mike Cavanaugh, 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 fourth-place Sound Tigers (10-13-1-3, 24 pts.) are three points ahead of the Wolf Pack in the Northeast Division.  Bridgeport has lost three of its last four games, after a 3-1 defeat in Manchester on Sunday.
  • The Pack won the first two games of the year between themselves and the Sound Tigers, but lost the last meeting, 3-2 in Bridgeport November 29.  The Wolf Pack took their only previous home game in the season series, winning 5-3 October 30.
  • With rookie sensation Ryan Strome, who leads the AHL in points and assists with 9-24-33 in 23 games, on recall to the parent New York Islanders, fellow first-year pro Anders Lee is the top scorer on the Bridgeport roster.  Lee is tied for fifth in the AHL in rookie scoring, with 10-11-21 in 27 games.
  • 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. 
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, December 21 vs. the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • Fans are encouraged to bring new soft toys to this game, to be flung on to the ice when the Wolf Pack score their first goal of the game, in the Pack’s Liberty Honda “Teddy Bear Toss”, benefitting the Joy of Sharing and Toys for Tots.
  • The Falcons sit atop the Northeast Division with a record of 18-4-1-2 for 39 points, after taking three out of a possible four points (1-0-0-1) in a two-game trip to Norfolk this past weekend.  Springfield has at least a point in 13 of its last 14 games (11-1-1-1).
  • With both of the Falcons’ top two goaltenders, Mike McKenna and Jeremy Smith, on recall to parent-club Columbus, Mike Clemente played both of Springfield’s games down in Norfolk, allowing a total of six goals on 56 shots.
  • The Wolf Pack are 0-4-0-1 in five battles on the year with their I-91 rivals, with four of those games having been played in Springfield.  The Falcons took a 4-2 decision over the Pack in their only previous visit to Hartford, December 8.
  • 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. 
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at foxsportsradio1410.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:

  • Wednesday, December 18, 11:00 AM, Aetna, 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, joins in the fun of Aetna’s March of Dimes event.
  • Wednesday, December 18, 6:00 PM, Enfield Twin Rinks, 1 Prior Rd., Enield, CT:  Sonar shows off his new look at Enfield Youth Hockey’s Holiday Family Skate.
  • Thursday, December 19, 6:00-8:30 PM, Asylum Hill Boys & Girls Club, 170 Sigourney St., Hartford, CT:  The entire Wolf Pack team will be throwing a Christmas party at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford’s largest club, enjoying holiday cheer with a group of roughly 200 youngsters.  The festivities will include the players joining the kids in games, both in the gym and game room, holiday ornament-making, decorating cookies, and more. 
  • Friday, December 20, 9:00-10:30 AM, A.W. Hanmer School, 50 Francis St., Wethersfield, CT:  Sonar meets and greets elementary schoolers in Wethersfield.

Recent Transactions:
Arron Asham – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 9.

J.T. Miller – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 9.

Dylan McIlrath – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 11.

Dov Grumet-Morris – acquired by the Wolf Pack from the San Antonio Rampage, in exchange for future considerations, December 13.

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

Tue., December 17:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Wed., December 18:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Thurs., December 19:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Fri., December 20:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Bridgeport)
Sat., December 21:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Springfield)
Sun., December 22:  8:00 – 9:00 AM, XL Center
Mon., December 23:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center

Pack Tracks:
Wolf Pack Holiday Packs are on sale now, and feature two great options.  The “Cheer Pack”, which is priced at only $59, includes four undated Wolf Pack tickets, usable for any Wolf Pack home game, a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card and an autographed Wolf Pack puck.  For even more value, the “Joy Pack” is comprised of six undated Pack tickets, a $15 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card and an autographed commemorative Wolf Pack stick, all for only $99.  Holiday Packs are available for purchase by calling the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451 and on-line at the Wolf Pack’s official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

Every Wednesday night Wolf Pack home game during the 2013-14 season is a “Winning Wednesday”.  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, check the Wolf Pack’s official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com, for full details).  The Wolf Pack’s next Wednesday-night home date is January 29, when the Adirondack Phantoms invade the XL Center for a 7:00 game.

At every Wolf Pack Sunday home game in 2013-14, fans can take advantage of the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Sunday Family Value Packs”.  Those include two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas, starting at only $35.  The next Sunday home date is April 6, when the Pack host the Norfolk Admirals at 5:00 PM.

Tickets for all Wolf Pack 2013-14 home games are on sale now at the Public Power Ticket Office at the XL Center, 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 representative about season or group tickets, call (855) 762-6451.