Wolf Pack Weekly, January 12-18

Jan 12, 2015

The Wolf Pack (20-12-3-2, 45 pts.) gave their fans some extra entertainment this past week with three overtime games, winning two of the three to reach a high-water mark for the season of eight games above .500.  Dylan McIlrath’s first career pro overtime goal gave the Pack a 3-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch Friday night at the XL Center, and Marek Hrivik scored his first OT goal as a pro Saturday night in Springfield, as the Wolf Pack notched their first win in three tries against the Falcons, 4-3.  That triumph was Ken Gernander’s 300th AHL coaching win, making him one of only three individuals in league history (Bruce Boudreau and Frank Mathers are the others) to amass 300 coaching victories and at least 300 points as a player. The third time to OT was not a charm on Sunday, though, as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers handed the Wolf Pack a 4-3 home defeat, despite Chris Bourque’s goal and an assist.  With the 2-0-1-0 performance on the week, the Pack now have at least a standings point in 12 of their last 15 games (9-3-1-2).


For the latest AHL standings, click here.


This week:  The Wolf Pack head south this week, for a two-game visit to Norfolk, VA.  The Pack and Admirals tangle at Norfolk Scope Friday night at 7:30 PM and Saturday night at 7:15.

Friday, January 16 at the Norfolk Admirals (Norfolk Scope), 7:30 PM

  • This is the third meeting of the season between the Wolf Pack and Admirals, and the Pack’s first visit of the year to Scope.  The two teams traded shutouts in a pair of earlier clashes in Hartford, with the Wolf Pack blanking Norfolk 3-0 on October 26 and the Admirals responding with a 2-0 victory November 28.
  • Goaltender Yann Danis, currently with the Wolf Pack, whitewashed Hartford while with Norfolk November 28, making 35 saves in a 2-0 Admiral win.
  • Norfolk enters the week in fifth place in the East Division, with a record of 15-20-1-2 for 33 points, but has at least a standings point in five of its last six games (3-1-1-1) and is only one point behind fourth-place Binghamton.
  • 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, January 17 at the Norfolk Admirals (Norfolk Scope), 7:15 PM

  • The Wolf Pack split two visits to Norfolk last season, losing 1-0 on February 7 and posting a 3-1 win February 8.  Norfolk is 9-7-1-1 at home on the year, 6-13-0-1 on the road.
  • Former Connecticut Whale defenseman Brendan Bell (1-18-19 in 38 GP) leads the Admiral club, and is tied for third among AHL defensemen, in assists.
  • 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.


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:

  • Thursday, January 15, 11:00 AM, Aetna, 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, lends his presence to an Aetna March of Dimes event.
  • Friday, January 16, 6:00 PM, Alfred W. Hanmer School, 50 Francis St., Wethersfield, CT:  Sonar joins in the fun of Hanmer School’s bingo night.


Recent Transactions:

Tyler Brown – signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack January 7.


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

Tue., January 13            10:30 – 11:30 AM, Champions Skating Center

Wed., January 14          10:30 – 11:30 AM, Champions Skating Center

Thurs., January 15         Practice in Voorhees, NJ

Fri., January 16             Game in Norfolk

Sat., January 17            Game in Norfolk

Sun., January 18           No practice

Mon., January 19           10:30 – 11:30 AM, Champions Skating 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.  The Pack’s next Saturday night home game is January 31, a 7:00 battle against the Springfield Falcons.

The Wolf Pack celebrates 40 years of pro hockey in Hartford January 30 and 31, with “Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend”.  On Friday, January 30, when the Wolf Pack hosts Bridgeport at the XL Center at 7:00 PM, the first 3,000 fans will receive a Hartford Hockey poster, and on January 31, with Springfield in town for a 7:00 game, the first 3,000 fans take home a Wolf Pack team trading card set, courtesy of Team Ferrior.  That is also “Pink in the Rink” night, in support of Komen Connecticut and the fight to eradicate breast cancer.

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.

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.  The Wolf Pack’s next Friday-night home date is January 22, when the Springfield Falcons visit for a 7:00 PM game.

Wolf Pack “Winning Wednesdays” are back for the 2014-15 season.  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).  The next Wednesday Wolf Pack home date is January 21, when the Providence Bruins invade the XL Center for a 7:00 PM game.

The Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack” is available this season for all Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday home games.  The Family Value Pack features two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for only $35.

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.

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