Wolf Pack Weekly, December 2-8

Dec 2, 2013

Thanksgiving week produced a win and two close losses for the Wolf Pack (9-10-0-2, 20 pts.), who enter this week tied with Adirondack for third place in the Northeast Division.  The Pack headed into the Thanksgiving holiday with a 4-1 victory over the Portland Pirates Wednesday at the XL Center, but suffered a 3-2 loss in Bridgeport on Black Friday.  Then on Saturday, the Wolf Pack dropped a 3-1 home decision to the Eastern Conference-leading Manchester Monarchs.  J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist in Wednesday’s win, in his return to the AHL, Jeff Malcolm posted his first career AHL victory with 23 saves and Stu Bickel had his first three-point game as a pro, with three assists.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack face their first three-games-in-three-days stretch of the season this weekend, starting with a visit to Adirondack on Friday night (7:00 PM faceoff).  After that the Pack play a home-and-home set with Springfield, on the road Saturday night (8:00) and at the XL Center on Sunday (3:00).

Friday, December 6 at the Adirondack Phantoms (Glens Falls Civic Center), 7:00 PM

  • The Phantoms come into this week 9-9-0-2 for 20 points, tied with the Wolf Pack for third place in the Northeast Division.  Adirondack has won two of its last three after a four-game losing streak.
  • Former Whale scoring leader Kris Newbury re-joined the Phantoms on November 9, and has 4-4-8 and 68 penalty minutes in 12 AHL games on the year.
  • This is the third meeting of the year between the Wolf Pack and Phantoms, and Hartford’s second visit to Glens Falls.  The Wolf Pack swept a home-and-home series October 11 and 12, winning 5-4 in a shootout at home and 3-2 on the road.
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, December 7 at the Springfield Falcons (MassMutual Center), 8:00 PM

  • The Falcons are on a 7-0-1-0 run and sit atop the Northeast Division.  Springfield in 14-3-1-1 for 30 points, four points ahead of second-place Albany in the Northeast and four points behind Manchester for the Eastern Conference lead.
  • This is already the fourth visit of the season for the Wolf Pack to Springfield, and the Pack are 0-2-0-1 in their first three.  Hartford’s last trip to Springfield November 23 ended in a 4-0 loss.
  • Goaltender Mike McKenna, who made 15 saves to shut out the Wolf Pack in Springfield’s 4-0 win November 23, rang up his second consecutive whitewash in the Falcons’ last game, making 26 saves in a 3-0 home win over Portland on Saturday.
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Sunday, December 8 vs. the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center, 3:00 PM

  • At this game, and all Wolf Pack Sunday home games, fans can purchase “Click It or Ticket Family Value Sunday” packs, which include two tickets, two hot dogs and two sodas, starting at only $35. 
  • The Wolf Pack will be having a birthday celebration at this game for Sonar, the team’s lovable mascot, and it’s also Autograph Day.  The entire Wolf Pack team will be conducting an autograph session after the game in the XL Center atrium.  Fans are invited to bring items for the players to sign, with a limit of two items per person.
  • This is the Falcons’ first of six visits on the year to the XL Center.  Last season the Whale were 3-3-0-0 in home action against Springfield.
  • 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, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and 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:

  • Monday, December 2, 2013, 2:30 PM, Renzulli Academy, 121 Cornwall St., Hartford, CT:  Wolf Pack players Conor Allen and Shawn O’Donnell are scheduled to join Sonar, the Pack’s beloved mascot, in promoting the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program.
  • Tuesday, December 3, 11:30 AM, Canton Middle School, 76 Simmonds Ave., Canton, CT:  Sonar brings the “Read to the Rink” program to Canton.
  • Thursday, December 5, 11:00 AM, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, 282 Washington St., Hartford, CT:  Sonar joins Clear Channel Radio in bringing holiday cheer to youngsters at Connecticut Children’s.
  • Thursday, December 5, 5:30 PM, Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Rd., West Hartford, CTSonar whoops it up at the Blue Back Square Holiday Stroll.

Recent Transactions:
J.T. Miller – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers November 26

Josh Nicholls – reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack from Greenville (ECHL) November 29

Michael St. Croix – reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack from Greenville (ECHL) November 29

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

Tue., December 3:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Wed., December 4:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Thurs., December 5:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Fri., December 6:  Game at Adirondack
Sat., December 7:  10:20 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game at Springfield)
Sun., December 8:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Springfield)
Mon., December 9:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL 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.

On Monday, December 2, fans can take advantage of a Wolf Pack “Cyber Monday” ticket special.  Tickets can be purchased on December 2, for all Wolf Pack December home games at www.hartfordwolfpack.com, for the discounted prices of $15 each in the blue sections, $20 each in the Red sections and $10 each for kids’ tickets in the Red or Blue sections.  To take advantage of the Cyber Monday offer, go to the “Tickets” tab at www.hartfordwolfpack.com, click on “Single Tickets”, choose the game(s) you would like to attend, and on the purchase page, enter the promo code WPGRPCYBER.

At each and every Friday-night Wolf Pack home game 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.  The Pack’s next Friday home outing is December 13, when the Adirondack Phantoms visit for a 7:00 game.

Friday-night Wolf Pack home games are also special evenings in the Comcast Coliseum Club, which hosts “Hawk’s Nest”, with Bob “Hawk” Crawford, the play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack, chatting live from 6:00-6:20 PM with different Wolf Pack-themed guests, and taking questions 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. 

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.