Wolf Pack Weekly, February 3-9

Feb 3, 2014

The Wolf Pack (16-23-0-5, 37 pts.) enjoyed some home cooking this past week, and won two out of three XL Center games.  Danny Kristo had his first career pro multiple-goal game with two goals, and added an assist, Wednesday night in a 5-2 win over Adirondack.  A three-goal third-period comeback was not enough Friday evening against Providence, as the Pack fell 6-4 to the Bruins, despite two goals and an assist by Oscar Lindberg.  The Wolf Pack did successfully come back from 2-0 and 3-1 third-period deficits Saturday vs. Albany, thrilling a season-high, “Pink in the Rink” Night crowd of 10,149 with a 4-3 shootout win over the Devils.

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This week:
The Wolf Pack entertain the Adirondack Phantoms at the XL Center this Tuesday night at 7:00 PM, before heading off on their longest bus trip of the season, a two-game junket to Norfolk, VA.  The Pack will battle the Admirals Friday night at 7:30 and then again Saturday evening at 7:15.

Tuesday, February 4 vs. the Adirondack Phantoms at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • This is the eighth of ten meetings on the year between the Wolf Pack and Phantoms, and the third in less than two weeks.  The Pack have gone 5-1-0-1 on the year against Adirondack, 2-0-0-1 in three home games.
  • The Phantoms stopped a three-game losing streak Saturday afternoon in a game played at the home of their parent club, the Philadelphia Flyers.  Adirondack beat Hershey by a score of 4-1 in front of a crowd of 16,173 at the Wells Fargo Center, improving the Phantoms’ record to 22-20-0-2 for 46 points.
  • Tye McGinn had a goal and two assists in Saturday’s Phantom win over the Bears, giving McGinn (12-10-22 in 37 GP) goals in four of the last five games (5-2-7) and tying him with Kris Newbury for second on the Adirondack club in goals.
  • 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.

Friday, February 7 at the Norfolk Admirals (Norfolk Scope), 7:30 PM

  • The Admirals are 24-14-1-7 for 56 points and tied with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for second place in the East Division, and for fourth place in the Eastern Conference.  Head Coach Trent Yawney’s Norfolk club had an eight-game points streak (5-0-0-3) snapped in its last game, a 3-1 loss at Hershey Sunday afternoon.  That was only the Admirals’ second regulation loss in their last 13 games (8-2-0-3) and third in their last 17 (11-3-0-3).
  • The Wolf Pack and Norfolk last met on the season’s opening night, October 5, at the XL Center, with the Admirals prevailing, 3-2 in a shootout.  The Whale were 2-1-1-0 in four games against the Admirals last season, but suffered a regulation loss and an overtime defeat in their two visits to Scope.
  • Rookie goaltender John Gibson is 14-10-4 in 31 games for the Admirals, with a 2.40 goals-against average, a 92.0% save percentage and three shutouts, which is just one off the league lead in that category.
  • 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 8 at the Norfolk Admirals (Norfolk Scope), 7:15 PM

  • Norfolk is 10-7-0-4 in 21 home games on the season, and the Wolf Pack are 7(W)-9(L)-2(T)-2(OTL) in 20 all-time visits to Scope.
  • 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 5, 11:00 AM, Aetna, 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, helps to promote women’s health at Aetna’s “Wear Red for Women” event.
  • Wednesday, February 5, 12:30 PM, Tariffville School, 42 Winthrop St., Tariffville, CT:  Sonar heads to Tariffville to promote the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program.
  • Friday, February 7, 1:30 PM, Goodwin College, 1 Riverside Dr., East Hartford, CT:  Sonar brings his particular brand of fun and entertainment to Goodwin College’s Winterfest.

Recent Transactions:
None

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

Tue., February 4:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Adirondack)
Wed., February 5:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Thurs., February 6:  Practice in Voorhees, NJ
Fri., February 7:   Game in Norfolk
Sat., February 8:   Game in Norfolk
Sun., February 9:  No practice – All-Star break
Mon., February 10:  No practice – All-Star break

Pack Tracks:
Saturday, February 15, when the Wolf Pack host the AHL-leading Manchester Monarchs at 7:00 PM, the first 3,000 fans into the XL Center will receive their very own Dylan McIlrath bobblehead.

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.