Wolf Pack Weekly, February 29-March 6Feb 29, 2016
The Wolf Pack (28-26-2-0, 58 pts., .518 pts. percentage) went 1-2-0-0 in three Atlantic-Division games this past week. The Pack outshot the Portland Pirates 35-26 Wednesday night at the XL Center, but could not solve Pirate goaltender Mike McKenna, who authored up a 1-0 shutout of the Wolf Pack. Hartford rebounded with a 3-2 shootout win at Lehigh Valley Friday, as Magnus Hellberg made 35 saves and went 2-for-2 in his first shootout of the season. That was the Wolf Pack’s 13th straight win in head-to-head competition with the Phantoms, tying a Pack franchise record for most consecutive wins against a single opponent, but Lehigh Valley put an end to that streak Sunday in Hartford. The Wolf Pack led that rematch 1-0 going into the third period, but the Phantoms scored twice in the final frame to prevail by a score of 2-1.
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This week: The Wolf Pack have two games on their docket this week, both against the team immediately ahead of them in the Atlantic Division standings, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. First, the Wolf Pack head to Bridgeport this Wednesday, for the rescheduled date of the game that was snowed out January 23. That tilt with the Sound Tigers faces off at 7:00 PM, and then the Pack are off until Sunday, when they will host Bridgeport in a special 1:00 start at the XL Center.
Wednesday, March 2 at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders) at the Webster Bank Arena, 7:00 PM
This game was originally scheduled for January 23, but was postponed due to that day’s snowstorm.
The Sound Tigers currently hold down the last playoff spot in the Atlantic Division and are five points ahead of the Wolf Pack, with a record of 29-22-3-2 (63 pts., .563). Bridgeport has lost three of its last four games, after a 9-0-1-1 streak in the previous 11.
Sound Tiger rookie winger Carter Verhaeghe had 3-1-4 in the club’s three games this past weekend, after missing the previous five games due to injury.
This is the last of the Wolf Pack’s five trips to Bridgeport this year, and they have lost the first four. Overall in the season series vs. their Nutmeg-State rivals, the Wolf Pack are 2-5-0-0.
Sunday, March 6 vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Islanders) at the XL Center, 1:00 PM
This is the Wolf Pack’s “Anti-Bullying Day”. All fans who have taken the Wolf Pack’s anti-bullying pledge will receive a free anti-bullying t-shirt at the game.
This is the Wolf Pack’s last Sunday home game of the season, and thus the last chance to take advantage of 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 won their first two home meetings with the Sound Tigers this year, before Bridgeport scored a 4-1 victory in their last trip, January 29.
Tickets for this and all remaining 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.
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, March 1, 1:30 PM, Aiken School, 212 King Philip Dr., West Hartford, CT: Wolf Pack players Mat Bodie and Matt Lindblad will be reading to West Hartford youngsters, in celebration of “Read Across America Day” and the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program, presented by ProHealth Physicians and “Healthy Me”.
Tuesday, March 1, 4:30-5:30 PM, XL Center: Wolf Pack players Shawn O’Donnell and Nick Tarnasky are scheduled to take the ice alongside Hartford youngsters from PAL Hockey.
Wednesday, March 2, 11:00 AM, Mountain View Elementary School, 71 Vera Rd., Bristol, CT: Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, helps Mountain View’s students commemorate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and “Read Across America Day”, and promotes the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program, presented by ProHealth Physicians and “Healthy Me”.
Wednesday, March 2, 1:30 PM, Greene-Hills School, 718 Pine St., Bristol, CT: Sonar’s tour of Bristol continues, as he joins Greene-Hills’ students in their Dr. Seuss’ birthday celebration, while advocating the “Read to the Rink” program, presented by ProHealth Physicians and “Healthy Me”.
Sunday, March 6, 7:30 AM, Avon Old Farms Ice Rink, 500 Old Farms Rd., Avon, CT: Sonar congratulates the young hockey players of Avon Youth Hockey’s house program, as they take the ice for the final time this season.
Brady Skjei – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers February 23, and returned later in the day.
Chris Brown – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers February 28.
Ryan Bourque – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers, and traded to Washington, February 28.
Marek Hrivik – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers February 28.
Practice: All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Tue.., March 1 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wed., March 2 10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (game at Bridgeport)
Thurs., March 3 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., March 4 12:15 - 1:15 PM, XL Center
Sat., March 5 12:15 - 1:15 PM, XL Center
Sun., March 6 9:00 – 9:30 AM, XL Center (game vs. Bridgeport)
Mon., March 7 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Pack Tracks: The Wolf Pack’s home game Saturday, March 12 vs. the Lehigh Valley Phantoms is “Military Appreciation Day”, with a special faceoff time of 3:00 PM. The Wolf Pack will wear special military-themed jerseys in that game, and the jerseys will be auctioned off to benefit military-related charities. Also, the first 2,000 fans get a Mackenzie Skapski bobblehead, presented by Xfinity.
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 date is March 18, when the Portland Pirates invade the XL Center (7:15 PM faceoff).
Every Wednesday-night Wolf Pack home game in 2015-16 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 last Wednesday home outing of the season is March 23, a 7:00 PM game vs. the Providence Bruins.
Tickets for all remaining 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.