Wolf Pack Weekly, December 28-January 1Dec 28, 2016
The Wolf Pack (11-15-3-1, 26 pts., .433) stretched a winning streak to a team season-high four games, with wins last Wednesday at Syracuse (5-4) and Monday night in Bridgeport (5-2), but then dropped a 3-2 decision to the Providence Bruins at the XL Center on Tuesday evening. Nicklas Jensen extended a point-scoring streak to a team season-best nine games (7-5-12) with five points in the three games (3-2-5), including a natural hat trick, the Wolf Pack’s first three-goal game of the season, in Monday’s win.
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This week: The Wolf Pack finish out calendar year 2016 with a two-game weekend. The Pack make their first visit of the season to Springfield on Friday night, hooking up with the Thunderbirds for a 7:05 PM game, and then are back home on Saturday night to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a contest against the Albany Devils. That game features a special holiday start time of 5:00.
Friday, December 30 at the Springfield Thunderbirds (Florida) at the MassMutual Center, 7:05 PM
- This is the third game of a ten-game season series between the Wolf Pack and their I-91 rivals the Thunderbirds, and Hartford’s first of five trips on the year to the MassMutual Center. The two clubs have split a pair of battles at the XL Center, the Wolf Pack winning 3-2 in a shootout November 16 and Springfield taking a 4-2 decision on December 7.
- The Wolf Pack were 4-0-0-0 in Springfield last year against the Thunderbirds’ predecessors the Falcons, and have an all-time record of 52(W)-31(L)-5(T)-7(OTL)-3(SOL) at the MassMutual Center.
- The Wolf Pack have crept to within one point of the 11-12-3-2 (27 pts., .482) Thunderbirds, who have lost three straight.
- Defenseman Mackenzie Weegar scored two goals in Springfield’s last game, a 5-3 loss at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Tuesday night, in his first game back in the Thunderbird lineup after a ten-game absence.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at newsradio1410.iheart.com and on iHeartRadio. Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.
Saturday, December 31 vs. the Albany Devils (New Jersey) at the XL Center, 5:00 PM
- The first 2,000 fans into the game will receive the third of four sets of Wolf Pack 20th-anniversary trading cards that will be given away during this 2016-17 season, presented by KOTA. The set will be comprised of the third group of the players chosen as the top 20 all-time in franchise history.
- The Wolf Pack have partnered with First Night Hartford 2017 to offer a special First Night ticket discount package for this game. The package, which is available for $25 for adults and $12 for kids 12 or younger, includes a Blue-Section ticket to the game and a First Night wristband, good for admission to all of the multiple First Night Hartford New Year’s Eve celebration activities. To order the special First Night package, go to www.hartfordwolfpack.com, visit the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center or call (877) 522-8499, and use the promo code FIRSTNIGHT.
- After going 12-6-0-0 in their first 18 games of the season, the Devils have won only four of their last 12 (4-7-0-1).
- Rookie John Quenneville leads the Devil club in points and assists, with 8-15-23, and ranks fourth among AHL first-year pros in both of those categories.
- This is the second of two visits on the year by Albany to the XL Center. The Devils came back from a 3-1 third-period deficit to win the first encounter November 25, 4-3 in overtime.
- Tickets for this and all 2016-17 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-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:
- Wednesday, December 28, 4:00-5:00 PM, Bushnell Park Skating Rink, Downtown Hartford: Wolf Pack players Allan McPherson, Boo Nieves and Ahti Oksanen are scheduled to join Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, for a holiday skate and autograph signing at Bushnell Park’s outdoor rink.
Brandon Halverson – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 27, and returned to the Wolf Pack later that night.
Jeff Malcolm – recalled by the Wolf Pack from loan to Greenville (ECHL) December 27.
Nick Niedert – signed by the Wolf Pack to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement December 27, and released later that night.
All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Thurs., December 29 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., December 30 10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (game at Springfield)
Sat., December 31 10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (game vs. Albany)
Sun., January 1 No practice
Mon., January 2 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Pack Tracks: On Saturday, January 7, when the Wolf Pack host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a 7:30 PM game, the Wolf Pack will “red out” the rink. The first 5,000 fans will receive a free red Wolf Pack t-shirt, courtesy of CT-DOT.
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. The next Friday-night home game is January 6, when the Pack host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:15 PM.
Each of the Wolf Pack’s Sunday and Wednesday home games, as well as the one Tuesday home date, 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 Wednesday, January 25, when the Wolf Pack host the Hershey Bears in a 7:00 PM game.
At every Sunday Wolf Pack home game, the first 2,000 fans will receive a “hockey bingo” card. The spaces on these cards contain possibilities that might happen in the game, and if they do, fans can fill in the spaces to win Wolf Pack bingo prizes. The next Sunday Wolf Pack home date is February 19, a 5:00 PM game vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds.
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.