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Wolf Pack Weekly, November 2-8

Nov 2, 2015

The Wolf Pack played their second straight three-game weekend this past week, and registered one win in the three games.  The Pack suffered their first road regulation loss of the season Friday night at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, falling to the Penguins by a score of 4-1.  Back home on Saturday night, the Wolf Pack knocked off the Providence Bruins 2-1 in overtime, with Brian Gibbons scoring the winner only 21 seconds into the extra session.  On Sunday at home vs. Rochester, Petr Zamorsky and Calle Andersson both scored their first North American pro goals, but the Americans prevailed 3-2, snapping a four-game Wolf Pack home winning streak.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:  The Wolf Pack’s second annual “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” school-day game is this Wednesday, November 4 vs. the Toronto Marlies, with faceoff at 11:00 AM.  The Pack then wrap up a four-game homestand Saturday night vs. Albany at 7:30, before heading to Bridgeport for a 5:00 game on Sunday.

Wednesday, November 4 vs. the Toronto Marlies (Maple Leafs) at the XL Center, 11:00 AM

  • This is the Wolf Pack’s second annual “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” school-day game.  Fans will be invited to take the Wolf Pack’s “Kindness Pledge” at the game, and there will be lots of educational fun on tap throughout the day.  For information on bringing a school group to the Edu-Skate game, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.

  • “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” is sponsored by Pro Health Physicians.

  • WWE Superstar David Otunga will be promoting the WWE’s “Be a Star” anti-bullying program at this game.  Otunga will drop the ceremonial first puck and conduct a rally on the ice during the first intermission

  • This is also a Wolf Pack “Winning Wednesday”.  If the Wolf Pack win, fans can show their Winning Wednesday ticket at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center and receive a free ticket to the next Wolf Pack home game, Saturday night’s battle with the Albany Devils (some restrictions apply).

  • The Wolf Pack and Marlies have not played since the 2010-11 season, when Toronto swept a two-game season series, winning 4-0 at the XL Center November 9 and 9-2 in Toronto February 9.  In eight all-time meetings with the Marlies, the Wolf Pack are 3-4-1-0 and have split four home games with Toronto.

  • First-year head coach Sheldon Keefe has the Marlies sitting atop the North Division, with a 7-3-0-0 record for a .700 points percentage.

  • Former Yale Eli, and Milford, CT native, Mark Arcobello, a veteran of 126 NHL games in his six pro years, scored two goals, including the overtime game-winner, in Toronto’s 3-2 win at Albany Sunday.  That was Arcobello’s first game in a Marlie uniform after being assigned by the Maple Leafs Friday.

  • Tickets for this and all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at newsradio1410.iheart.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, November 7 vs. the Albany Devils (New Jersey) at the XL Center, 7:30 p.m.

  • This game is the first of six on the year between the Wolf Pack and Devils, who were divisional rivals the past four seasons but are playing out of different divisions this season, the Wolf Pack in the Atlantic and Albany in the North.  In a ten-game season series vs. the Devils last year, the Wolf Pack went 6-4-0-0, winning four of the five games played between the two teams at the XL Center.

  • Albany has gone 4-3-2-0 for a .556 points percentage through its first nine games, good for fourth place in the North.  Head Coach Rick Kowalsky’s club is 3-1-1-0 in its last five after winning only one of its first four (1-2-1-0).

  • Goaltender Yann Danis, who backstopped the Wolf Pack to the Eastern Conference Finals this past spring, has played seven of the Devils’ first nine games, going 4-1-2 with a 2.12 goals-against average and a 91.8% save percentage, after signing as a free agent with New Jersey this summer.

  • Tickets for this and all 2015-16 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at newsradio1410.iheart.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Sunday, November 8 at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (NY Islanders) at the Webster Bank Arena, 5:00 p.m.

  • The Wolf Pack open a ten-game season series against their Nutmeg-State rivals with this game.  The Pack were 6-2-2-0 in ten games vs. the Sound Tigers last year, 3-1-1-0 in Bridgeport.

  • With an 8-3-0-0 record and a .727 points percentage, former Wolf Pack defenseman, and current Bridgeport head coach, Brent Thompson’s Sound Tigers are just ahead of the 6-3-1-0 (.650) Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division.  Bridgeport started the year with five straight wins and then lost three out of four, before 3-2 wins Friday in regulation at Albany and Sunday at home in overtime vs. Utica.

  • Sound Tiger veteran winger Joe Whitney enters the week tied for the AHL scoring lead, with 5-8-13 in 11 games.

  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at newsradio1410.iheart.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, November 3, 4:30-5:30 PM, XL CenterWolf Pack players Marek Hrivik and Richard Nejezchleb are scheduled to take the ice alongside Hartford youngsters from PAL Hockey.

  • Saturday, November 7, 7:00 AM, South Windsor Arena, 585 John Fitch Blvd., South Windsor, CT:  The Wolf Pack’s iconic mascot, Sonar, will be strapping on the blades as part of USA Hockey’s “Try Hockey for Free” initiative.

  • Saturday, November 7, 9:30 AM, East Windsor High School, 76 South Main St., East Windsor, CT:  Sonar journeys to South Windsor for a Cub Scout event.

  • Sunday, November 8, 8:00 AM, Standish Park, Nott St., Wethersfield, CT:  Sonar joins in the festivities at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center’s “Fun Run” and 5k.

 

Recent Transactions:

Mackenzie Skapski – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 30.

Mackenzie Skapski – reassigned by the New York Rangers to Greenville (ECHL) November 2.

 

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

Tue., November 3          10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center

Wed., November 4        11:00 AM game vs. Toronto

Thurs., November 5       10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center

Fri., November 6           TBD, XL Center

Sat., November 7          11:00 – 11:30 AM, Trinity College (game vs. Albany)

Sun., November 8         Game at Bridgeport

Mon., November 9         10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center

 

Pack Tracks:  Saturday, November 21, when the Wolf Pack host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in a 7:00 PM game, the first 2,000 fans into the XL Center will receive a free, full-color Wolf Pack calendar, presented by Gaylord Specialty Healthcare.  There will also be a Thanksgiving food drive at that game.  Any fan who donates five or more non-perishable food items will receive a buy-one-get-one-free voucher redeemable for any 2015-16 Wolf Pack home game.

Once again this season, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at every Friday Wolf Pack home game, through the start of the second period.  The first Friday-night home game of the season is November 27, when the Pack host the Springfield Falcons at 7:15 PM.

The Wolf Pack have 11 Sunday home games this year, and all of those will feature the Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack”.  The Family Value Pack includes two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for just $35.  The next Wolf Pack Sunday home game is November 15, when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visit the XL Center for a 4:00 game.

Wolf Pack “Winning Wednesdays” also return for the 2015-16 season.  If the Wolf Pack win at home on a Wednesday night, fans can show their Winning Wednesday ticket at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center and receive a free ticket to the next Wolf Pack home game (some restrictions apply).  After this Wednesday, the Wolf Pack’s next Wednesday home outing is February 17, a 7:00 PM game vs. the Providence Bruins.

Tickets all 2015-16 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.  Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger have been reduced to $10 this season, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.

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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