Wolf Pack Weekly, January 6-12

Jan 6, 2014

The Wolf Pack (11-17-0-5, 27 pts.) began 2014 with a pair of home games, which produced a shootout loss and a regulation loss.  Dov Grumet-Morris made 35 saves Friday night against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and Sam Klassen scored his second career AHL goal, but the Penguins came away with the shootout win, 2-1.  Then on Saturday night against Worcester, Darroll Powe had a goal and an assist, and Jason Missiaen matched his AHL career high with 37 saves, but the Wolf Pack ended up on the short end of a 3-2 score.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack play their second three-games-in-three-days stretch of the season, starting a string of five straight road games.  Hartford heads to Worcester on Saturday night for a 7:30 PM game against the Sharks, and visits Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday evening (7:05).  The weekend then wraps up with a 3:00 visit to Bridgeport on Sunday.

Friday, January 10 at the Worcester Sharks (DCU Center), 7:30 PM

  • This is the first of two visits on the season for the Wolf Pack to Worcester, and the third meeting between the Pack and Sharks in a span of two weeks.  Hartford split its two home games against Worcester, winning 3-2 in overtime December 28 and losing 3-2 this past Saturday.
  • Following their 3-2 win at the XL Center Saturday, which snapped a streak of seven straight victories for the Wolf Pack in the head-to-head series, and a run of eight consecutive Hartford home wins over Worcester, the Sharks absorbed an 8-2 pounding from the Providence Bruins in Providence Sunday.
  • Dan DaSilva has scored for Worcester in both of the first two games between the Wolf Pack and Sharks, and Curt Gogol’s third goal of the season was the game-winner in Saturday’s head-to-head battle.
  • Worcester enters the week 14-15-2-1 for 31 points, tied with Portland for fourth place in the Atlantic Division.
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, January 11 at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Mohegan Sun Arena), 7:05 PM

  • With this meeting, the Wolf Pack and Penguins complete their two-game season series within just over a week.  In the first get-together this past Friday at the XL Center, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tied the game at one with 3:59 remaining in regulation and went on to win 2-1 in a shootout.
  • Harry Zolnierczyk scored the Penguins’ only goal in regulation Friday in Hartford, and Nick Drazenovic and Paul Thompson connected in the shootout.  Jeff Deslauriers stopped 24 out of 25 shots in regulation and overtime and went 5/6 in the shootout.
  • Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated Binghamton Sunday 4-1 in Wilkes-Barre, to improve to 20-10-1-3 for 44 points and move to within one point of the first-place Senators in the East Division.
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Sunday, January 12 at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Webster Bank Arena), 3:00 PM

  • The 12-game battle of Connecticut reaches its midpoint with this Sunday Wolf Pack visit to Bridgeport.  The Pack are 3-2-0-0 thus far in the series against their in-state rivals, and Hartford has won two of its first three road games against the Sound Tigers.
  • The Wolf Pack are four points behind the fourth-place Sound Tigers in the Northeast Division.  Bridgeport is 1-4-0-1 in its last six games and 13-18-1-4 (31 pts.) on the season.
  • Sound Tiger rookie forward Anders Lee, who is the leading scorer currently on the Bridgeport roster with 13-14-27 in 36 GP, is tied for second among AHL first-year pros in goals and ranks third in points.
  • 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, January 8, 1:30 PM, HALS Academy, 30 Pendleton Rd., New Britain, CT:  Wolf Pack players Brendon Nash and Jeff Malcolm are scheduled to chat with youngsters at New Britain’s middle school for gifted and talented students, to promote HALS Academy’s involvement in the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program and “Pink in the Rink” Night.
  • Saturday, January 11, 11:30 AM-3:30 PM, Mount Southington Ski Area, 396 Mt. Vernon Rd., Plantsville, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, will be taking part in the celebration of Mount Southington’s 50th anniversary.

Recent Transactions:
Mike Marcou – recalled by the Wolf Pack from Greenville (ECHL) January 1.
Bretton Stamler – signed to a Professional Tryout (PTO) agreement by the Wolf Pack January 4.
Conor Allen – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers January 5.

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

Tue., January 7:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Wed., January 8:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Thurs., January 9:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Fri., January 10:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game at Worcester)
Sat., January 11:  Game at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton
Sun., January 12:  Game at Bridgeport
Mon., January 13:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center

Pack Tracks:
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 January 24, when the Springfield Falcons 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 January 29, when the Adirondack Phantoms 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.