Wolf Pack Weekly, December 7-13Dec 7, 2015
The Wolf Pack (10-12-2-0, 22 pts., .458 pts. percentage) had a solid weekend against three teams ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings, winning two out of three games. On Friday night at home against Hershey, the Wolf Pack gave up a power-play goal to tie the game with 43 seconds left in regulation, but then recovered to win 4-3 in a shootout. Adam Tambellini had the shootout winner in that game, and Mackenzie Skapski made 33 saves in regulation and overtime. The Wolf Pack then headed to Wilkes-Barre and knocked off the AHL-leading Penguins Saturday night, 3-1. Former Penguin Jayson Megna had a goal and an assist against his old team in that game, and Marek Hrivik chipped in two assists. The Wolf Pack were unable to complete a sweep of the weekend Sunday in Bridgeport, however, as the Sound Tigers’ Joe Whitney struck for his second hat trick in as many games against the Wolf Pack, leading Bridgeport to a 4-2 win. Brian Gibbons and Ryan Graves scored for the Pack in Sunday’s contest, and Chris McCarthy had his first career multiple-point game in the AHL with two assists.
For the latest AHL standings, click here.
This week: It’s a second consecutive three-game weekend for the Wolf Pack, including the club’s first two visits of the year to Providence. The Pack travel to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence on Friday night for a 7:05 PM game with the Bruins, and then return to the XL Center Saturday night to host Bridgeport, on “Star Wars Night” (7:00). The weekend finishes with the Wolf Pack back in Providence Sunday, for a game that faces off at 3:05.
Friday, December 11 at the Providence Bruins (Boston) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, 7:05 PM
The Bruins (8-10-4-1, 21 pts., .457) have won four straight games, to climb to within one percentage point of the seventh-place Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division.
This is the third meeting of the season between the Wolf Pack and Providence, and the Pack have posted home overtime wins in both of the first two, 4-3 on October 14 and 2-1 on Halloween Night. Last year the Wolf Pack split a pair of visits to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, falling 4-1 on November 21 and posting a 4-1 victory April 12.
Seth Griffith, who is the Bruins’ second-leading point-scorer with 7-8-15 in 16 games, had two goals and two assists in a 6-1 Providence victory Sunday at home over Springfield.
Saturday, December 12 vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders) at XL Center, 7:00 PM
This is “Star Wars Night” at the XL Center. Fans can hang out with all of their favorite Star Wars characters, and win some exciting Star Wars prizes.
The Sound Tigers make their first of five visits to Hartford on this night, after defeating the Wolf Pack three times in Bridgeport. Last season the Pack were 3-1-1-0 in home action against their in-state adversaries.
Bridgeport scoring leader Joe Whitney moved up to second in the AHL in point-scoring with his hat trick against the Wolf Pack Sunday, his second three-goal outing against Hartford in the last two games between the two teams. Whitney now has 11-15-26 in 22 games on the year.
Sunday’s victory over the Wolf Pack snapped a three-game losing streak for the Sound Tigers and was only their second win in the last seven games. They are still six games over .500, though, at 15-9-1-0 (31 pts., .620), and in third place in the Atlantic Division.
Tickets for this and all 2015-16 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 have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
Sunday, December 13 at the Providence Bruins (Boston) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, 3:05 PM
The Wolf Pack come into the week with a 4-6-1-0 road record, and the Bruins are 6-5-1-1 at home.
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 9, 2:00 PM, Governor William A. O’Neill State Armory, 360 Broad St., Hartford, CT: Wolf Pack players Tyler Brown, Tommy Hughes, Chad Nehring and Nick Tarnasky are scheduled to help deliver teddy bears donated in the Wolf Pack’s annual “Teddy Bear Toss” to the Connecticut National Guard’s 13th annual “Operation ELF” toy drive. Operation ELF (Embracing Lonely Families) assists the families of soldiers and airmen who are deployed during the holidays, and provides a wide range of support to military families throughout the year.
Sunday, December 13, 5:00-9:00 PM, Goodwin Park, 1130 Maple Ave., Hartford, CT: The Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, Sonar, along with members of the Wolf Pack promotional staff, will be volunteering at the annual “Holiday Light Fantasia” event, which benefits the Channel 3 Kids Camp.
Jeff Malcolm – returned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) November 30.
Jayson Megna – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers November 30.
Tanner Glass – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 2.
Cedrick Desjardins – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Manchester (ECHL) December 7.
All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Tue., December 8 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wed., December 9 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Thurs., December 10 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Champions Skating Center
Fri., December 11 10:30 – 11:00 AM, XL Center (game at Providence)
Sat., December 12 10:30 – 11:00 AM, XL Center (game vs. Bridgeport)
Sun., December 13 10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (game at Providence)
Mon., December 14 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Pack Tracks: Tuesday, December 29, when the Wolf Pack host the Portland Pirates in a 7:00 PM game, it’s Scout Night at the XL Center. Scout groups that reserve in advance receive discounted tickets and special Scout Night patches. For details, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.
The perfect gift for any hockey fan is a Wolf Pack “Holiday Pack”, and there are three different Holiday Pack packages to choose from. The “Twig” package, which is priced at $149, consists of eight Wolf Pack Blue-Level vouchers, redeemable for any 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game, a signed Wolf Pack hockey stick and a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. The “Bucket” package, available for $109, includes six Blue-Level vouchers, a player-signed Wolf Pack mini-helmet and a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. The “Biscuit” package, available for only $59, is comprised of four Blue-Level vouchers, a Wolf Pack player signed puck and a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card. Also, a free voucher for the Wolf Pack’s December 29 home game against the Portland Pirates has been added to all Holiday Packs. To order your Wolf Pack Holiday Pack, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.
On Friday home-game nights throughout the season, fans can take advantage of the Wolf Pack’s wildly popular Friday-night food and beverage discount. That means $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period. The next Friday home game is January 8, when the Springfield Falcons invade the XL Center (7:15 PM faceoff).
The Wolf Pack have 11 Sunday home games this year, and all of those 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 $35. The Wolf Pack’s next Sunday home date is January 3, when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visit for a 3:00 PM game.
Every Wednesday-night Wolf Pack home game in 2015-15 is a “Winning Wednesday”. If the Wolf Pack win at home on a Wednesday night, fans can show their Winning Wednesday ticket at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center and receive a free ticket to the next Wolf Pack home game (some restrictions apply). The Wolf Pack’s next Wednesday home outing is February 17, a 7:00 PM game vs. the Providence Bruins.
Tickets all 2015-16 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. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, 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.