Wolf Pack Weekly, February 23-March 1Feb 23, 2015
The Wolf Pack (30-17-4-3, 67 pts.) split four games this past week, to take over second place in the Northeast Division and fourth spot in the Eastern Conference. After a 3-2 loss in Portland Tuesday night, the Pack won back-to-back overtime games on the road, both on goals by Oscar Lindberg. Lindberg scored 33 seconds into OT Friday night in Springfield, giving the Wolf Pack a 3-2, come-from-behind victory over the Falcons, and the second-year Swedish import struck again at the 5:48 mark of the extra session Saturday night at Lehigh Valley. That capped off a wild, 5-4 Hartford triumph, but Sunday saw a 6-0-1-0 home-ice streak come to an end for the Pack, in a 4-1 loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
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This week: After playing eight games in a span of 13 days, and nine in 16 days, the Wolf Pack have a relatively leisurely week this week, with only two dates on the docket. The Pack make their first trip of the season to Manchester on Friday night for a 7:00 PM game, and then welcome Wilkes-Barre/Scranton back into the XL Center on Saturday, for “Salute to Heroes Night”, also a 7:00 faceoff.
Friday, February 27 at the Manchester Monarchs (Verizon Wireless Arena), 7:00 PM
- This is the second meeting of the season between the Wolf Pack and the Atlantic Division-leading Monarchs, and the Wolf Pack’s first of two visits to Manchester. In the only previous clash between the two clubs, the Monarchs pulled out a 4-3 overtime win November 16 at the XL Center.
- With 71 points, the 32-13-5-2 Monarchs lead second-place Worcester by seven points in the Atlantic, and are tied with Hershey for second in the Eastern Conference, one point behind Syracuse. Manchester has lost three of its last four games (1-2-1-0).
- Monarch scoring leader, and former Yale Eli, Brian O’Neill is tied for the AHL lead in assists with 39, and is second in point-scoring, with 55.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio. Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.
Saturday, February 28 vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the XL Center, 7:00 PM
- This is the Wolf Pack’s “Salute to Heroes” night, honoring the 35th anniversary of the USA’s “Miracle on Ice” Olympic Gold Medal triumph, as well as the public service heroes who keep local communities safe on a daily basis. The Wolf Pack will wear a specialty Miracle on Ice-themed jersey, and the jerseys will be auctioned off in the XL Center atrium during the second intermission, with the winning bidders receiving the jerseys from the players, on the ice, immediately after the game. Proceeds from the jersey auction benefit House of Heroes CT, an organization that provides no-cost home repair services to military and public service veterans and their families. Fans will also have a chance to meet 1980 USA Olympic Gold Medalists Dave Silk and Steve Janaszak.
- The first 2,000 fans into this game will receive a Wolf Pack flag.
- All military personnel, both active-duty and veterans, can receive free tickets to this game, by presenting their military ID at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center. The offer is for one complimentary ticket per ID.
- The XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club is featuring a new buffet package for all remaining Saturday Wolf Pack games. The menu will include: tender, juicy, endless prime rib, alongside seven premium Saturday-only buffet additions, those being delicious, nonstop peel ‘n eat shrimp, a nightly chef special, fresh vegetables, potatoes, a kids’ entree, salad, fresh fruit, antipasto and dessert, all for only $19.00.
- This is the second meeting in less than a week for the Wolf Pack and Penguins, who hadn’t seen each other this season before Sunday’s 4-1 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton victory at the XL Center.
- Veteran centerman Andrew Ebbett had a pair of goals in the Penguins’ win Sunday over the Pack, and fellow vet, and team captain, Tom Kostopoulos assisted on both.
- With Sunday’s triumph, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton climbed to within one point of the Wolf Pack for fourth place in the Eastern Conference. The Penguins are 30-18-2-4 for 66 points, and enter the week 6-0-1-1 in their last eight games and 10-1-1-1 in their last 13.
- 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 XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio. Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.
Sean Escobedo – signed by the Wolf Pack to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement February 22.
Practice: All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Tue., February 24 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wed., February 25 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Thurs., February 26 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., February 27 Game at Manchester
Sat., February 28 10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton)
Sun., March 1 No practice
Mon., March 2 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Pack Tracks: The XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club will be featuring a new buffet package for all remaining Saturday Wolf Pack games. The menu will include: tender, juicy, endless prime rib, alongside seven premium Saturday-only buffet additions, those being delicious, nonstop peel ‘n eat shrimp, a nightly chef special, fresh vegetables, potatoes, a kids’ entree, salad, fresh fruit, antipasto and dessert, all for only $19.00. After this week, the Pack’s next Saturday home game is March 7, a 3:30 battle against the Hershey Bears.
The first 2,000 fans into the Wolf Pack’s home game on Saturday, March 7 will receive a distinctive “double bobble”, depicting both halves of the first brother combination ever to play at the same time for the Wolf Pack, Chris and Ryan Bourque. The bobblehead is presented by Team Ferior. Also, the Wolf Pack will be offering a special discount package for the March 7 game. The deal includes four Red-Level tickets to the March 7 bobblehead night, two vouchers for Red-Level tickets to any other 2014-15 Wolf Pack home game, and a mini-helmet autographed by the Bourque brothers. That package is available for only $125, and can be ordered by clicking here. Faceoff time for the March 7 game has been changed to 3:30 PM.
Once again this season, every Friday-night Wolf Pack home game will feature $1 hot dogs and $2 beers, through the start of the second period. After this Friday night, the Wolf Pack’s next Friday home date is March 20, when the Lehigh Valley Phantoms visit for a 7:00 PM game.
Tickets all 2014-15 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. Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger.
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.