Wolf Pack Weekly, January 11-17Jan 11, 2016
The Wolf Pack (16-19-2-0, 34 pts., .459 pts. percentage) completed a six-game homestand with three home tilts this past weekend, and won two of the three. After giving up the winning goal to Springfield with 55.6 seconds left in the third period on Friday night in a 3-2 loss, the Wolf Pack rebounded to post a 5-4 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday night, and then came back from 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to knock off Albany in overtime, 4-3, on Sunday. Luke Adam had a pair of goals to lead the way for the Pack in Saturday’s win, and Mat Bodie netted the OT winner, and had an assist, Sunday.
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This week: The Wolf Pack start a stretch of five straight road games with a trio of Atlantic Division contests. The Pack make their first visit of the season to Springfield Friday night, for a 7:00 PM date with the Falcons, and then head on to Allentown, PA to visit the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Saturday night (7:05). Finally, on Monday, January 18, the Wolf Pack play a 3:05 holiday matinee in Providence.
Friday, January 15 at the Springfield Falcons (Arizona) at the MassMutual Center, 7:00 PM
This is the Wolf Pack’s first road game in their season series vs. the Falcons, and Springfield has taken both of the teams’ first two meetings at the XL Center. The Wolf Pack were 4-0-0-1 in five visits to the MassMutual Center last season.
After their 3-2 win over the Wolf Pack Friday night in Hartford, the Falcons played a home-and-home set with Providence, losing 4-2 in regulation Saturday night at home and 2-1 in a shootout Sunday in Providence. Those results dropped Springfield (14-19-1-2, 31 pts., .431) back behind the Wolf Pack and into eighth place in the Atlantic Division.
Falcon captain Craig Cunningham scored the game-winner in Friday’s 3-2 Springfield road victory over the Wolf Pack, with 55.6 seconds showing on the third-period clock.
Saturday, January 16 at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia) at the PPL Center, 7:05 PM
The sixth-place Phantoms are just ahead of the Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division, with a record of 17-19-2-1, 37 points and a .474 points percentage. Lehigh Valley lost all three of their games this past weekend, 4-3 at home vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday, 4-2 at Albany on Saturday and 2-1 at home to Binghamton Sunday.
Former Wolf Pack star goaltender Jason LaBarbera is 4-8-0 in 13 games with the Phantoms this year, in his 16th season as a pro, with a 2.84 goals-against average, a 90.3% save percentage and one shutout.
This is the Wolf Pack’s first trip to Allentown on the year, and the second game of their season series with the Phantoms. The Wolf Pack won the first meeting, 3-1, November 21 at the XL Center. Hartford was 4-0-0-0 against the Phantoms last season and has won the last 11 battles between the two franchises.
Monday, January 18 at the Providence Bruins (Boston) at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence, 3:05 PM
It has been a home-ice series thus far between the Wolf Pack and Bruins, with the Wolf Pack taking a pair of meetings at the XL Center and the Bruins sweeping two in Providence.
Providence has won four straight games coming into the week, to jump above the .500 mark and into fifth place in the Atlantic Division. The P-Bruins are now 16-15-5-1 for 38 points and a .514 points percentage.
Providence co-points leader Seth Griffith (10-21-31 in 28 GP) earned CCM/AHL Player of the Month honors for December, with 6-11-17 in 11 games.
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, January 12, 3:00 PM, Child and Family Development Resource Center at ECSU, 83 Windham St., Willimantic, CT: Wolf Pack players Magnus Hellberg and Jeff Malcolm are scheduled to meet youngsters and parents in Physical Education Classes.
Wednesday, January 13, 5:30 PM, Bushnell Park Skating Rink, Downtown Hartford, CT (**WEATHER PERMITTING**): The entire Wolf Pack team, along with the Pack’s iconic mascot, Sonar, will be on hand at the Winterfest outdoor skating rink in Bushnell Park, enjoying a leisurely twirl with Wolf Pack fans.
Jayson Megna – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers January 4.
Cedrick Desjardins – reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack from Manchester (ECHL) January 6.
Alex Krushelnyski – recalled by the Wolf Pack from Utah (ECHL) January 6.
Nicklas Jensen – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers January 8.
Practice: All Wolf Pack practices at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Tue., January 12 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Champions Skating Center
Wed., January 13 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Champions Skating Center
Thurs., January 14 10:30 – 11:30 AM, Champions Skating Center
Fri., January 15 10:00 – 10:30 AM, Champions Skating Center (game at Springfield)
Sat., January 16 Game at Lehigh Valley
Sun., January 17 No practice
Mon., January 18 10:00 – 10:30 AM, Champions Skating Center (game at Providence)
“Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend”: January 29 and 30 is “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend” at the XL Center, as the Pack salutes over four decades of hockey history in Hartford. On Friday, January 29, when the Wolf Pack host Bridgeport in a 7:15 PM game, the first 2,000 fans will take home a free Wolf Pack trading card set, presented by Qdoba Mexican Grill. Then, on Saturday, January 30, which will feature the Wolf Pack vs. the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:00, the first 2,000 fans will receive an OYO Ken Gernander sports figurine, sponsored by Aetna, and former Hartford Whaler star Geoff Sanderson will make a special appearance.
Pack Tracks: The Wolf Pack’s next home game is Sunday, January 24, when the Pack host the Portland Pirates in a 3:00 PM game. It being a Sunday, fans can 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.
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 January 29, when the Bridgeport Sound Tigers invade the XL Center (7:15 PM faceoff).
January 29 and 30 is “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend” at the XL Center, as the Pack salutes over four decades of hockey history in Hartford. On Friday, January 29, when the Wolf Pack host Bridgeport in a 7:15 PM game, the first 2,000 fans will take home a free Wolf Pack trading card set, presented by Qdoba Mexican Grill. Then, on Saturday, January 30, which will feature the Wolf Pack vs. the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:00, the first 2,000 fans will receive an OYO Ken Gernander sports figurine, and former Hartford Whaler star Geoff Sanderson will make a special appearance.
Every Wednesday-night Wolf Pack home game in 2015-15 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 next Wednesday home outing is February 17, a 7:00 PM game vs. the Providence Bruins.
Tickets all 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.