Wolf Pack Weekly, December 30-January 5

Dec 30, 2013

The Wolf Pack (11-16-0-4, 26 pts.) wrapped up their calendar-year 2013 action with wins in two out of their three games last week.  The Pack snapped an 0-7-0-2 drought on Thursday with a 3-1 win in Bridgeport, and then posted their first overtime victory of the year Saturday night at home, edging Worcester 3-2.  A streak of three straight games with a standings point (2-0-0-1) came to an end Sunday in Manchester, as the AHL-leading Monarchs knocked off the Wolf Pack, 5-2.  Oscar Lindberg scored his first career North American pro overtime goal to win Saturday’s game, after notching a goal and an assist Thursday.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack begin 2014 with a pair of home games this weekend.  The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins make their lone regular-season visit to Hartford on Friday night, and then the Worcester Sharks visit the XL Center for a second straight Saturday evening.  Both games face off at 7:00 PM.

Friday, January 3 vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • 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, 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.
  • This is the only XL Center visit of the season for the Penguins.  The Wolf Pack were 1-0-1-0 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton last year, and won their only home game of the series in a 2-0 shutout January 6.
  • The Penguins (17-9-1-3, 38 pts.) are only one point off the lead in the East Division, and are 8-3-1-2 in 14 road games on the season.
  • Former Quinnipiac University Bobcat star goaltender Eric Hartzell has started four of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s last six games, and since being reassigned to the Penguins from Wheeling of the ECHL, Hartzell is 4-2-1 in seven appearances, with a 1.99 goals-against average and a 92.3% save percentage, and two of his wins have been by shutout.
  • 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.

Saturday, January 4 vs. the Worcester Sharks at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • Fans are encouraged to bring their skates to this game, as there will be a free postgame skate on the XL Center ice.
  • This is the Sharks’ second of two visits this season to Hartford, and their first was just this past Saturday.  With their 3-2 overtime victory over Worcester Saturday, the Pack have now won the last seven consecutive meetings between the two teams, and have taken the last eight straight encounters at the XL Center.
  • With Saturday’s point for the overtime loss, and their 5-2 home win over St. John’s Friday, Head Coach Roy Sommer’s Sharks (13-12-2-1, 29 pts.) have moved into a fourth-place tie with Portland in the Atlantic Division.
  • After giving up the first two goals of the game to the Wolf Pack on Saturday, Worcester got tallies from Dan DaSilva and Freddie Hamilton to tie the game and force overtime.
  • 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:

  • Monday, December 30, 4:30-9:30 PM, Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT:  Members of the Wolf Pack’s game-night staff will be volunteering at Holiday Light Fantasia, which benefits the Channel 3 Kids Camp.

Recent Transactions:
Sam Klassen – signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack December 26.
Conor Allen – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 27.

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

Tue., December 31:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Wed., January 1:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Thurs., January 2:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Fri., January 3:   10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)
Sat., January 4:   10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Worcester)
Sun., January 5:   10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Mon., January 6:   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.