Wolf Pack Weekly, January 19-25Jan 19, 2015
The Wolf Pack (22-12-3-2, 49 pts.) are unbeaten in regulation in five straight games (4-0-1-0), tying a season high, after sweeping a pair of games in Norfolk this past weekend. The Pack reached the halfway point of their season Friday night with a 3-2 overtime triumph over the Admirals, as Ryan Haggerty notched his first career pro overtime goal. On Saturday night, Mackenzie Skapski posted his second pro shutout, stopping 19 Norfolk shots in a 3-0 victory.
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This week: The Wolf Pack return home for games this week at the XL Center Wednesday vs. the Providence Bruins and Friday against the Springfield Falcons. Both games face off at 7:00, and then the Pack are off to Syracuse for a visit to the Crunch Saturday night at 7:00.
Wednesday, January 21 vs. the Providence Bruins at the XL Center, 7:00 PM
- Every Wolf Pack Wednesday home game is “Winning Wednesday”. If the Wolf Pack win this game, each fan receives a free ticket to the Pack’s next home game, which is this Friday, January 23 vs. Springfield (some restrictions apply).
- This is also another opportunity for fans to take advantage of the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”. The Family Value Pack features two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for only $35.
- This is Providence’s first visit of the season to the XL Center, and the second overall meeting between the Wolf Pack and P-Bruins. In the first, the Bruins triumphed by a 4-1 score November 21 in Providence. Last year against the Bruins, the Wolf Pack were 1-3-1-1 in a six-game series, 1-2-0-0 at home.
- Providence comes into this game three games above .500 at 19-16-5-1 for 44 points, good for fourth place in the Atlantic Division and a tie for eighth in the Eastern Conference.
- Alexander Khokhlachev, who leads the Bruins in points with 9-19-28 in 33 GP, had the game-winning goal with 1:29 left in the third period of Providence’s 5-4 home win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Sunday.
- 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-line at www.979espn.com and on iHeartRadio. Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.
Friday, January 23 vs. the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center, 7:00 PM
- This is “Work Zone Safety Night” at the XL Center. The Connecticut Department of Transportation will be promoting the “Obey the Orange” work-zone safety message throughout the game.
- At this and all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at the XL Center, through the start of the second period.
- Also at Friday-night home games this year, “Hawk’s Nest” is featured in the XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club, with Bob “Hawk” Crawford, the play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack, conducting a Wolf Pack-themed interview from 6:00-6:20 PM. Questions and comments will be welcomed 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.
- This is the third encounter of the year between the Wolf Pack and their most familiar rivals the Falcons, and the first three have all gone beyond regulation. Springfield scored shootout wins in their first two visits to the XL Center, 1-0 on December 6 and 2-1 on December 26, and the Wolf Pack won the last meeting January 10 in Springfield, 4-3 in overtime.
- The Falcons (26-11-4-0, 56 pts.) have lost back-to-back games, 2-1 in overtime Wednesday at Albany and 6-3 at home against Binghamton Sunday, but still lead the Northeast Division by three points over second-place Syracuse.
- Defenseman Austin Madaisky, the Falcons’ leading point-scorer with 12-20-32 in 41 games, has scored goals in three of his last four games to move into a tie for the league leadership among defensemen in that category.
- 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.
Saturday, January 24 at the Syracuse Crunch (War Memorial Arena), 7:00 PM
- The Wolf Pack won the last battle between themselves and the Crunch, 3-2 in overtime January 9 in Hartford, after having lost the previous three. The Pack are 2-3-0-0 in the season series, and have split two earlier visits to Syracuse, winning 4-3 in overtime in their season opener October 12 and losing 6-5 on December 5.
- The Crunch enter the week four points ahead of the Wolf Pack in the Northeast Division, with a record of 24-11-5-0 for 53 points. Syracuse has lost two of its last three games, after going 13-2-2-0 in 17 games from November 29 through January 10.
- Syracuse rookie defenseman Dylan Blujus scored his first pro goal in the last get-together between the Wolf Pack and Crunch January 9 at the XL Center. His third-period power-play strike earned the visitors a standings point in what would become a 3-2 overtime loss.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on-line at www.979espn.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:
- Tuesday, January 20, Lake Garda School, 61 Monce Rd., Burlington, CT: Sonar, the Wolf Pack's beloved mascot, takes his road show to Burlington.
- Wednesday, January 21, Aetna, 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT: Sonar lends his presence to Aetna's "Wear Red for Women" event.
- Saturday, January 24, Bristol Boys and Girls Club, 47 Upson St., Bristol, CT: Sonar meets and greets youngsters and families in Bristol.
Recent Transactions: None
Practice: All Wolf Pack at Champions Skating Center in Cromwell are open to the public. Schedule is subject to change.
Tue., January 20 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Wed., January 21 10:30 – 11:00 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Providence)
Thurs., January 22 10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., January 23 10:30 – 11:00 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Springfield)
Sat., January 24 Game at Syracuse
Sun., January 25 No practice – All-Star break
Mon., January 26 No practice – All-Star break
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, presented by Toasted, and on January 31, with Springfield in town for a 7:00 game, the first 2,000 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.
Also in conjunction with Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend, there will be an exhibition at the January 31 game of Hartford-oriented hockey memorabilia from the Hockey Hall of Fame. That showcase will offer fans a chance to enjoy an extensive display of mementos from Hartford hockey greats like Ron Francis, Mark Howe and Ken Gernander. The AHL’s Calder Cup will also be on display throughout Hartford Hockey Heritage Weekend, at both the January 30 and 31 games, as will a collection of game-worn, Hartford-themed jerseys exhibited by the MeiGray Group. Fans can view jerseys worn by Whaler luminaries Gordie, Mark and Marty Howe, Larry Pleau and Rick Meagher, as well as a Peter Fiorentino jersey from the Wolf Pack’s inaugural season of 1997-98.
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 Ferrior. 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 are back on home ice next Friday, January 30, taking on the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in 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.