Wolf Pack Weekly, November 18-24

Nov 18, 2013

The Wolf Pack (8-6-0-2, 18 pts.) posted a road win and a home loss in two games this past weekend.  The Pack allowed a team season-low 20 shots against the Albany Devils at the XL Center on Friday, but could not solve Albany goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who made 25 saves for a 3-0 shutout.  The Hartford offense came alive in Saturday’s visit to Bridgeport, however, as Kyle Jean gave the Wolf Pack a lead they would never relinquish only 44 seconds into the game, and Danny Kristo had a goal and an assist, in a 4-1 Wolf Pack win.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack play a pair of Northeast Division road games this week, visiting Albany on Wednesday and traveling to Springfield on Saturday.  Both contests face off at 7:00 PM.

Wednesday, November 20 at the Albany Devils (Times Union Center), 7:00 PM

  • This is already the fourth of eight scheduled meetings on the year between the Wolf Pack and Devils, and Hartford’s second trip to Albany.  After the Wolf Pack won the first game of the season series the Devils have captured the last two, including a 4-3 verdict October 25 in the Pack’s first visit to the Times-Union Center.
  • Albany goaltender Keith Kinkaid, who stopped 25 Wolf Pack shots in his 3-0 shutout of the Pack Friday at the XL Center, earned CCM/AHL Player of the Week honors for last week.  Kinkaid was 3-0-0 on the week, allowing a total of only three goals on 82 shots (a 0.97 goals-against average and a 96.3% save percentage), has won five straight starts and is 6-0-1 in his last seven.  Kinkaid is 6-1-1 on the year with the AHL’s second-best goals-against average, a mark of 1.97.
  • The Devils are a .500 team at home on the season, at 4-4-0-0, and are 5-2-0-1 on the road.  The Wolf Pack sport identical 4-3-0-1 marks at home and away.
  • At 9-6-0-1 for 19 points, Albany enters the week in second place in the Northeast Division, one point ahead of the third-place Wolf Pack.
  • 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, November 23 at the Springfield Falcons (MassMutual Center), 7:00 p.m.

  • The Falcons (10-3-0-1, 21 pts.) have won three straight games and five of their last six, and lead the Northeast Division by a margin of two points over second-place Albany.
  • This is the third meeting of the season between the Wolf Pack and their I-91 rivals, and the Pack’s third visit to Springfield.  The Falcons swept a back-to-back set in Springfield November 1-2, winning 3-2 in a shootout and 3-2 in regulation.
  • Former Wolf Pack defenseman Blake Parlett registered his first two points of the year with a pair of power-play goals Friday night, in a 3-2 Springfield win vs. Bridgeport.
  • Radio – due to a conflict with Central Connecticut State University basketball, this game will be aired on WUCS HD-2.  Bob Crawford has the call, and the action can also be heard on-line via 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, November 18, 2:30 PM, Apple Tree Day Care Center, 84 West Avon Rd., Avon, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, meets and greets young tykes at Apple Tree Day Care.
  • Thursday, November 21, 5:30 PM, Emerson Williams School, 461 Welles Rd., Wethersfield, CT:  Sonar joins in the excitement of Emerson Williams School’s Holiday Bazaar sales drive.
  • Friday, November 22, 2:45 PM, Tofolon Elementary School, 145 Northwest Dr., Plainville, CT:  Wolf Pack players Conor Allen and Scott Stajcer are scheduled to join Sonar to promote the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program.
  • Friday, November 22, 6:00 PM, Mt. View School, 71 Vera Rd., Bristol, CT:  Sonar brings his energy and charm to Mt. View School’s Holiday Event.

Recent Transactions:
Andrew Rowe – returned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) November 13.

Michael St. Croix – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) November 13.

Brandon Mashinter – returned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers November 18.

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

Tue., November 19:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Wed., November 20:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game at Albany)
Thurs., November 21:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Fri., November 22:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Sat., November 23:  10:20 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game at Springfield)
Sun., November 24:  No practice
Mon., November 25:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center

Pack Tracks:
The Wolf Pack’s next home game, which is Wednesday, November 27 vs. the Portland Pirates at 7:00 PM, will feature a “Movember” tribute to the importance of men’s health awareness.  The first 1,000 fans into the XL Center on November 27 will receive a free Movember “mustache” t-shirt.  The shirt depicts Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s beloved mascot, proudly showing off his Movember “’stache”.  Also, the proceeds from that night’s “Chuck-a-Puck” promotion will be donated to Gaylord Hospital of Wallingford, CT, for its men’s health efforts.  In addition to the November 27 celebration, Wolf Pack players and staff members will be growing Movember mustaches throughout the month of November, as a fund-raiser for men’s health awareness.  Those interested in donating to the fund-raising effort can do so at http://moteam.co/wolf-pack-ahl.

November 27 is also another “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).

At the Wolf Pack’s home game Saturday, November 30 vs. the Manchester Monarchs, the first 3,000 fans will take home a free Wolf Pack ski cap, courtesy of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  Faceoff that night is 7:00 PM.

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 December 13, when the Adirondack Phantoms 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. 

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 December 8, when the Pack host the Springfield Falcons at 3:00 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.