Wolf Pack Weekly, February 10-16

Feb 10, 2014

The Wolf Pack (18-24-0-5, 41 pts.) headed into the AHL All-Star break by winning two of their three games last week.  Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo had a goal and an assist each Tuesday night, leading the Wolf Pack to a 4-1 home victory over the Adirondack Phantoms, and the Pack then split a pair of games in Norfolk against the Admirals.  Hartford allowed a season-low 14 shots on goal Friday night, but could not beat Admiral goaltender John Gibson on 25 shots in a 1-0 loss.  The Wolf Pack rebounded on Saturday night, behind a goal and an assist from T.J. Hensick and 21 saves from Dov Grumet-Morris, and posted a 3-1 win over the Admirals.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack have a three-game weekend on tap coming out of the break, starting with a 7:00 PM visit to Springfield on Friday night.  The Pack then host the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center on Saturday night at 7:00, before traveling to Providence for a 3:05 game on Sunday.

Friday, February 14 at the Springfield Falcons (MassMutual Center), 7:00 PM

  • After going 0-4-0-2 in their first six meetings on the year with Springfield, the Wolf Pack won the last matchup, 5-2 at home on January 24.  The Pack are 0-3-0-1 in four previous visits to Springfield.
  • The Northeast Division-leading Falcons (31-13-1-4, 67 pts.) are only two points out of first place overall in the AHL, despite having gone 3-5-0-1 in their last nine games.
  • The parent Columbus Blue Jackets made two recent trades that affected the Springfield roster.  Columbus dealt forward Spencer Machacek to Pittsburgh on Thursday in exchange for forward Paul Thompson, and swapped defenseman, and former Connecticut Whale, Blake Parlett to Boston Friday for forward Carter Camper.
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, February 15 vs. the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • The first 3,000 fans into this game will take home their own Dylan McIlrath bobblehead.
  • The Monarchs have amassed an AHL-best 69 points through the All-Star break, with a record of 31-14-2-5.  That is good for a ten-point lead on Providence and St. John’s in the Atlantic Division.
  • After winning the first game between themselves and the Monarchs, 4-3 in a shootout October 18 in Hartford, the Wolf Pack have lost the last two, and are 1-1-0-0 at home on the year against Manchester.
  • The parent Los Angeles Kings have returned goaltender Martin Jones (12-3-2, 2.02 GAA, 93.2% save percentage, 2 SHO in 17 AHL games) to Manchester for the NHL Olympic break, and has assigned veteran forward Colin Fraser to the Monarchs.
  • 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.

Sunday, February 16 at the Providence Bruins (Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence), 3:05 PM

  • The Bruins are 3-0-0-1 in their last four games, and 26-18-1-6 for 59 points on the season.  That ties them with St. John’s for second place in the Atlantic Division, and for fifth in the Eastern Conference.
  • The Wolf Pack are 0-3-0-0 on the year vs. the Bruins and have been outscored by a total margin of 20-9 in the three games, including a 6-0 defeat in their only previous visit to Providence November 10.
  • Rookie winger Seth Griffith had a goal and two assists for the Bruins in the last Wolf Pack/Providence battle, a 6-4 Bruin win at the XL Center January 31.
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford 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:

  • Wednesday, February 12, 12:15 PM, Tariffville School, 42 Winthrop St.., Tariffville, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, heads to Tariffville to promote the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program.
  • Wednesday, February 12, 3:00 PM, Lake Garda School, 61 Monce Rd., Burlington, CT:  Sonar heads travels to Burlington to meet and greet youngsters at Lake Garda School.
  • Wednesday, February 12, 5:00 PM, Winding Trails, 50 Winding Trails, Farmington, CT:  Sonar straps on the blades to skate with Farmington youngsters on the pond at Winding Trails.
  • Thursday, February 13, Black Bear Saloon, 187 Allyn St., Hartford, CT:  The excitement of the Labatt’s Bubble Hockey Tournament lights up the Black Bear Saloon.
  • Friday, February 14, 10:00 AM, Community Health Center of New Britain, 85 Lafayette St., New Britain, CT:  Sonar promotes dental health on “Give Kids a Smile” Day.
  • Saturday, February 15, 12:00 noon, Suffield High School, 1060 Sheldon St., West Suffield, CT:  Sonar heads north to take part in the Suffield Shakedown FIRST robotics event.
  • Sunday, February 16, 4:00 PM, XL Center, Hartford, CT:  Sonar joins in the fun of the XL Center’s 2014 Olympics Viewing Party and Skate.

Recent Transactions:
None

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

Tue., February 11:  No practice – All-Star break
Wed., February 12:  No practice – All-Star break
Thurs., February 13:  12:00 noon – 1:00 PM, Champions Skating Center
Fri., February 14:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game at Springfield)
Sat., February 15:  10:20 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game vs. Manchester)
Sun., February 16:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game at Providence)
Mon., February 17:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center

Pack Tracks:
The Wolf Pack’s tenth annual “Tip-a-Player” Dinner and Sports Carnival is coming up Tuesday, February 18 at the XL Center, from 6-9 PM.  All proceeds from the event benefit Gaylord Specialty Healthcare of Wallingford, CT.  At Tip-a-Player, the Pack players will be waiting tables, signing autographs and joining fans in healthy competition in the sports carnival, which features an array of inflatables and other assorted lively fun.  Also, the players will compete for “tips” by accepting various challenges and otherwise providing lighthearted entertainment.  For ticket and other further information, go to www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

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 February 21, when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 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. 

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 March 19, when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers 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.