Wolf Pack Weekly, May 4-10

May 4, 2015

The Wolf Pack captured their best-of-five, first-round playoff series with the Providence Bruins in dramatic fashion Friday, prevailing in the winner-take-all Game Five at home, 3-2 in overtime.  Tommy Hughes’ first pro playoff goal at 4:35 of the extra session was the series-winner, after Chris Mueller’s second goal of the game, scored on a power play with 46 seconds left in regulation and goaltender Yann Danis on the bench for an extra attacker, tied the score at two.  The Wolf Pack had forced Game Five with a 2-1 road win in Game Four Tuesday night, with Tyler Brown scoring the third-period game-winner and Danis making 28 saves.


Full Speed Ahead:  “Full Speed Ahead” is the official Wolf Pack playoff slogan.  This comes from the ship U.S.S Hartford, which served as Admiral David Farragut’s flagship during the Civil War. During the battle of Mobile Bay, while on the deck of the Hartford, Farragut famously said, “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!”.

The Wolf Pack 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs are presented by Amtrak.

After ousting Providence in the first round, the Wolf Pack now move on to battle the Hershey Bears in a best-of-seven second-round series.  The Bears were victorious over the Worcester Sharks in the first round, three-games-to-one.  The Bears are the top affiliate of the Washington Capitals, so the Ranger and Capital organizations are now battling one another in both the Stanley Cup Playoffs and the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The Wolf Pack will travel to Hershey for the first two games of the series, this Wednesday, May 6 and Friday, May 8.  Faceoff at the Giant Center is 7:00 PM for both Games One and Two. 

The Wolf Pack’s first two home games of the series are set for Sunday, May 10 at 3:00 and Monday, May 11 at 7:00.  Due to scheduling conflicts at the XL Center, those games will be played at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  If a Game Five is necessary, it will be in Hershey Wednesday, May 13, with faceoff at 7:00, and Game Six would be at the XL Center Friday, May 15 at 7:00.  If the series requires a Game Seven, that would be in Hershey Sunday, May 17, facing off at 5:00.

Game One                            Wed., May 6       Giant Center                              7:00

Game Two                            Fri., May 8          Giant Center                              7:00

Game Three                          Sun., May 10      DCU Center (Worcester)             3:00

Game Four                           Mon., May 11     DCU Center (Worcester)             7:00

Game Five (if necessary)       Wed., May 13     Giant Center                              7:00

Game Six (if necessary)        Fri., May 15        XL Center                                  7:00

Game Seven (if necessary)    Sun., May 17      Giant Center                              5:00

Tickets for the two games in Worcester are all priced at $13 each (additional fees apply for on-line and phone orders).  To order, go on-line to www.ticketmaster.com, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit the DCU Center Box Office.

Fans can also reserve their tickets now for a potential Game Six at the XL Center, with tickets priced at $47, $32, $27, $22, $17, and $14 for youth.  If Game Six of the series is not played, a refund will be issued to the credit card used for the purchase.  Game Six tickets are on sale at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.

Wednesday, May 6, Game One at Hershey (Giant Center), 7:00 p.m.

  • This is the first-ever playoff meeting between the Wolf Pack and Bears, who finished the regular season 46-22-5-3 for 100 points, tops in the East Division and second in the Eastern Conference.

  • The Wolf Pack were 1-2-1-0 in a four-game regular-season series against Hershey, and the Pack split a pair of visits to the Giant Center, losing 4-2 on November 8 and rebounding for a 3-2 victory the next day.  Former Connecticut Whale Tim Kennedy was the leading scorer in the series, notching five assists for the Bears, and Oscar Lindberg led the Wolf Pack with 3-1-4.

  • Yann Danis allowed a total of only eight goals on 175 shots in the Wolf Pack’s five-game opening-round series vs. Providence, for a goals-against average of 1.39 and a 95.4% save percentage.  Four players tied for the Hartford scoring lead in the series, with three points apiece: Chris Mueller (2-1-3), Chris Bourque (1-2-3), Danny Kristo (1-2-3) and Oscar Lindberg (0-3-3).

  • The Bears exploded for a 10-4 win over Worcester Friday, clinching their best-of-five series in Game Four at home.  Ex-Connecticut Whale Casey Wellman led the way with a hat trick and an assist, his first points of the series.  Tim Kennedy (1-4-5) and defenseman Cameron Schilling (2-3-5) tied for the Hershey team scoring lead in the first round.  Rookie Pheonix Copley played all but the first two periods of Game Four in net for the Bears, compiling a 2.12 goals-against average and a 94.2% save percentage.

  • 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.

Friday, May 8, Game Two at Hershey (Giant Center), 7:00 p.m.

  • The Wolf Pack split their two road games in the opening round vs. Providence, and the Bears were 1-1 at home in their first-round battle with Worcester.

  • Hershey had the second-best home record in the AHL during the regular season, with a mark of 26-7-3-2.

  • The Wolf Pack are 13-7-0-1 in 21 all-time regular-season visits to Hershey.

Sunday, May 10, Game Three vs. Hershey (DCU Center, Worcester, MA), 3:00 p.m.

  • Tickets for this game are all priced at $13 each (additional fees apply for on-line and phone orders).  To order, go on-line to www.ticketmaster.com, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit the DCU Center Box Office.

  • This is the second home playoff game in the history of the Wolf Pack franchise to be played at a site other than the XL Center.  Game Five of the Connecticut Whale’s 2012 second-round series with the Norfolk Admirals (a 4-0 loss) was played at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport.

  • The Wolf Pack won two of their three home games in the first round vs. Providence, and have won nine of their last ten home contests going back to the regular season.  Hershey returns to the DCU Center after winning both of its first-round road games against the Worcester Sharks (4-1 in Game One and 3-1 in Game Two.

Monday, May 11, Game Four vs. Hershey (DCU Center, Worcester, MA), 7:00 p.m.

  • Tickets for this game are all priced at $13 each (additional fees apply for on-line and phone orders).  To order, go on-line to www.ticketmaster.com, call 1-800-745-3000 or visit the DCU Center Box Office.

  • The Wolf Pack’s all-time regular-season record at the DCU Center vs. the Worcester Sharks is 19-8-0-2, a .690 points percentage.


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:

  • Friday, May 8, 1:00 PM, Metropolitan Learning Center, 1551 Blue Hills Ave., Bloomfield, CTSonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, helps get youngsters pumped up for their final exams.

  • Saturday, May 9, 10:00 AM, 350 Mountain Rd., Suffield, CTSonar joins young cyclists in a bike ride to help raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

  • Saturday, May 9, 12 Noon, Maple Street School, 20 Maple St., Vernon, CTSonar takes in the fun of Maple Street School’s “Spring Fling”.

  • Monday, May 11, 6:00 AM, 327 Main St., New Britain, CTSonar joins various dignitaries for an event aboard the “CTfastrak”.


Recent Transactions:

Ryan Bourque – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers May 2.


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

Tue., May 5                   10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center    

Wed., May 6                 Game in Hershey

Thurs., May 7                Practice in Hershey

Fri., May 8                    Game in Hershey

Sat., May 9                   2:20 – 3:20 PM, Champions Skating Center

Sun., May 10                 9:10 – 10:00 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game vs. Hershey in Worcester)

Mon., May 11                10:00 – 10:30 AM, DCU Center (Game vs. Hershey in Worcester)


Pack Tracks:  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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