Wolf Pack Weekly, December 9-15

Dec 9, 2013

The Wolf Pack (9-13-0-2, 20 pts.) played their first three-game weekend of the season this past weekend, and the team’s run of ill fortune continued.  The Adirondack Phantoms’ Cal Heeter shut the Pack out on Friday night in Glens Falls, stopping 24 shots in a 3-0 Adirondack win.  The Wolf Pack then played a home-and-home set with Springfield, which began with a 3-2 loss in Springfield on Saturday night.  Hartford battled back from a 2-0 deficit in that game, with second-period goals by Ryan Bourque and Conor Allen, only to give up the game-winner 62 seconds after Allen had tied the game. Danny Syvret notched his first goal of the year in Sunday’s rematch in Hartford, and Oscar Lindberg also scored, but Alex Aleardi had a goal and two assists to lead the Falcons to a 4-2 victory.

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This week:
The Wolf Pack have two more Northeast Division games on tap this weekend, starting with a home game on Friday night against Adirondack.  Faceoff is 7:00 PM, and, like all Friday-night Pack home games, this game features $1 hot dogs and $2 beers through the start of the second period, presented by Marc’s Appliance Warehouse, located at 75 Prospect Ave., Hartford, CT.  Then, the Wolf Pack travel to Albany on Saturday for a 5:00 battle against the Devils.

Friday, December 13 the Adirondack Phantoms 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.
  • There will be a special pregame event this night involving Sonar, the Pack’s lovable mascot, that is a “don’t miss” for Wolf Pack fans of all ages.
  • “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 live, 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.
  • Hartford Public Schools will have a table in the XL Center atrium from 5:30-7:00 PM, with information on tuition-free magnet-school opportunities for all families.  Open to children PK3 (age 3) - Grade 12, Hartford magnet schools allow children to explore their interests in Science, Technology Math, Engineering (STEM), The Classics, Performing Arts, Character Education, Micro-society, Sport Science, Montessori, Journalism & Media, and College Prep.  Magnet schools are now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year at www.choiceducation.org, or interested applicants can call Nicole Freeman (860-713-6991) or Kayla Pallas (860-713-6996) for more information.
  • After breaking a two-game losing streak with their 3-0 home win over the Wolf Pack Friday, the Phantoms defeated the Utica Comets 3-1 in Glens Falls on Saturday.  That improved Adirondack’s record to 11-10-0-2 for 24 points, and the Phantoms stand four points ahead of the Wolf Pack in the Northeast Division.
  • Former Wolf Pack Kris Newbury is scheduled to make his first return to the XL Center in this game, after he tallied the second-period game-winning goal in Saturday’s Adirondack win over Utica.
  • This is the fourth meeting of the season between the Wolf Pack and Adirondack, and the Phantoms’ second visit to Hartford.  The Wolf Pack had won both of the first two battles prior to Friday’s road loss, including a 5-4 shootout win October 11 in the Pack’s first home game in the season series.
  • 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 14 at the Albany Devils (Times Union Center), 5:00 PM

  • This is the Wolf Pack’s fifth of eight get-togethers on the year with the Devils, and their third on the road.  Albany has won the last three games between the two teams after the Wolf Pack took the first matchup, and the Pack are 0-2-0-0 in Albany thus far.
  • The 14-7-1-1 Devils are only four points behind division-leading Springfield in the Northeast, with 30 points, and are 4-0-1-0 in their last five games and 8-1-1-0 in their last ten.
  • Albany center Kelly Zajac is currently on a seven-game point streak, during which he has totaled one goal and nine assists for ten points.
  • 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.

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:

  • Tuesday, December 10, 11:00 AM, R. Dudley Seymour School, 185 Hartford Ave., East Granby, CT: Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, brings the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program to East Granby.
  • Tuesday, December 10, 12:30 PM, Tariffville School, 42 Winthrop St., Tariffville, CT:  Sonar hobnobs with youngsters in Tariffville to promote “Read to the Rink”.
  • Wednesday, December 11, 11:00 AM, Canton Middle School, 76 Simonds Ave., Canton, CT:  Sonar brings “Read to the Rink” to Canton.
  • Saturday, December 14, 12:00 noon, Augie & Ray’s Drive In, 314 Main St., East Hartford, CT:  Sonar meets and greets diners at East Hartford institution Augie & Ray’s, in support of a Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation holiday toy drive.
  • Saturday, December 14, 5:00 PM, Champions Skating Center, 6 Progress Dr., Cromwell, CT:  Sonar joins in the fun of Champions’ Christmas Show.
  • Sunday, December 15, 12:00 noon, Sears, 1445 New Britain Ave., West Hartford, CT:  Sonar helps promote NBC Connecticut’s Toys for Tots toy drive, in the Sears parking lot.
  • Sunday, December 15, 2:00 PM, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT:  Sonar takes part in the University of Hartford’s Basketball Mascot Day.

Recent Transactions:
Kyle Beach – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 6

Brandon Mashinter – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers, and traded to Chicago, December 6

J.T. Miller – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers December 6

Michael St. Croix – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack from Greenville (ECHL) December 7

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

Tue., December 10:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Wed., December 11:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Thurs., December 12:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Fri., December 13:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Adirondack)
Sat., December 14:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game at Albany)
Sun., December 15:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Mon., December 16:  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.

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.