Wolf Pack Weekly, March 3-9

Mar 3, 2014

The Wolf Pack (23-27-0-6, 52 pts.) won three out of four games this past week, in their busiest week of the season so far.  The Pack came back from a 3-0 first-period deficit Tuesday night in Lewiston, Maine, scoring the last four goals of the contest to down the Portland Pirates by a score of 4-3.  The Wolf Pack then posted a 2-1 shootout win over the Hershey Bears Friday night at the XL Center, before building a 3-0 first-period advantage on the Pirates Saturday night at home, and holding on for a 4-3 victory.  A four-game Wolf Pack win streak came to an end Sunday back up in Lewiston, with the Pack falling by a count of 5-1 to the Pirates.  Dov Grumet-Morris was the winner in net in all three of Hartford’s victories during the week, stopping 76 out of the 79 shots he faced (1.09 GAA, 96.2% save percentage).

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack have a three-game weekend on their schedule this week, including home games Friday night against the Springfield Falcons and Saturday night vs. the Albany Devils.  Both of those games face off at 7:00 PM, and the Pack finish the weekend in Manchester on Sunday, visiting the AHL-leading Monarchs for a 3:00 game.

Friday, March 7 vs. the Springfield Falcons at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • Fans are encouraged to bring their skates to this game, as there will be a free postgame skate on the XL Center ice.
  • At this and all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games 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.
  • “Hawk’s Nest” returns to the XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club for this game, 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.
  • The Wolf Pack have won the last three games of their season series with the Falcons, after going 0-4-0-2 in the first six.  The Pack are 1-1-0-1 in three home games thus far against Springfield.
  • The Falcons (34-17-1-5, 74 pts.) are 3-5-0-1 in their last nine games, but still lead the Northeast Division by seven points over second-place Albany, and are six points behind Manchester for the leadership of the Eastern Conference.
  • Jack Skille had a goal and an assist, and Jeremy Smith made 28 saves, Sunday in Worcester, as Springfield knocked off the Sharks 2-1, to snap an 0-2-0-1 streak.
  • 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.

Saturday, March 8 vs. the Albany Devils at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • With a record of 29-18-3-6 for 67 points, the Devils come into the week tied with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for seventh place in the Eastern Conference, two points ahead of ninth-place Hershey.
  • The Wolf Pack won their last encounter with the Devils, 4-3 in a shootout, February 1 in Hartford, but had lost four straight meetings before that.  Overall, the Pack are 2-4-0-0 in the season series with their Northeast-Division adversaries, 2-1-0-0 at home.
  • Mike Sislo (18-13-31 in 45 GP) had a four-game goal-scoring streak (5-0-5) stopped Sunday, in a 3-2 shootout loss at Providence.  Sislo is second on the Albany club in goals and tied for second in points.
  • 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.

Sunday, March 9 at the Manchester Monarchs (Verizon Wireless Arena), 3:00 PM

  • The Monarchs lost both ends of a two-game trip to Norfolk this past Friday and Saturday, but still lead the AHL with 80 points.  Manchester is 20 games over .500, at 36-16-2-6.
  • The Wolf Pack have lost three straight games in the season series with the Monarchs, after winning the first meeting.  The Pack suffered a 5-2 loss December 29 in their only previous visit to Manchester.
  • Manchester lost forwards Linden Vey, Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson, and goaltender Martin Jones, to recall to the parent Los Angeles Kings at the conclusion of the NHL’s Olympic break.
  • 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:

  • Monday, March 3, 1:00-3:00 PM, Metropolitan Learning Center, 1551 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, heads to Bloomfield to celebrate “Read Across America Day”.
  • Tuesday, March 4, 1:00 PM, Mountain View School, 71 Vera Rd., Bristol, CT:  Sonar promotes the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program at Mountain View School’s “Dr. Seuss Day”.
  • Thursday, March 6, 6:00-8:00 PM, Black Bear Saloon, 187 Allyn St., Hartford, CT:  The excitement of the Labatt’s Bubble Hockey Tournament continues at the Black Bear Saloon.
  • Saturday, March 8, 12 noon-1:00 PM, Enfield Square Mall, 90 Elm St., Enfield, CT:  Sonar joins in the fun of the Girl Scouts’ “Mall Madness”.
  • Sunday, March 9, 7:00-9:00 AM, Jennings-Fairchild Rink-Avon Old Farms School, 500 Old Farms Rd., Avon, CTSonar meets and greets players and families at Avon Youth Hockey’s In-house party.

Recent Transactions:
J.T. Miller – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers February 25.
Kyle Jean – reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack from Greenville (ECHL) February 28.

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

Tue., March 4:   10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Wed., March 5:   10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Thurs., March 6:   10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Fri., March 7:   10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Springfield)
Sat., March 8:   10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Albany)
Sun., March 9:   Game at Manchester
Mon., March 10:   10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center

Pack Tracks:
The Wolf Pack’s new community support program, “Selfless Saturdays”, allows fans purchasing tickets for Saturday Wolf Pack home games to earmark a portion of their ticket purchase to be donated to one of five charities.  Those beneficiaries are the Susan G. Komen Foundation, March of Dimes, Boys and Girls Clubs of America, the You Can Play Project and the Police Activities League (PAL), a non-profit arm of the Hartford Police dedicated to helping underprivileged youth.  When purchasing tickets for one of the Wolf Pack’s remaining Saturday games on-line, through the Wolf Pack’s official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com, fans can enter a special promotional code.  The particular code entered will direct the Wolf Pack to donate $2 from each ticket purchased to a specific one of the five charities.  The promo codes are: KOMEN, for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, DIMES, for March of Dimes, BGCA, for Boys and Girls Clubs of America, PLAY, for the You Can Play Project, and PAL, for the Police Activities League.

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.