Wolf Pack Weekly, November 24-30

Nov 24, 2014

The Wolf Pack (9-7-2-0, 20 pts.) snapped an 0-4-1-0 drought Saturday at the XL Center, with a 2-1 overtime win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  Mat Bodie’s second career pro goal was his second game-winner, scored with 60 seconds remaining in 3-on-3 OT.  That  was after the Pack dropped a 5-4 decision to the Syracuse Crunch Wednesday at home, despite Conor Allen’s goal and two assists (his first career pro three-point game), and fell 4-1 in Providence on Friday night.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack have three games this Thanksgiving week, including a “Black Friday” home date with the Norfolk Admirals.  That’s “Flashback Friday”, as the Wolf Pack will be wearing “throwback” jerseys replicating those worn by the team in its first season of play at the XL Center, 1997-98.  Faceoff is 7:00 PM.  Prior to that, the Pack will journey to Albany on Wednesday night for a 7:00 battle with the Devils, and Saturday finds the Wolf Pack in Bridgeport, where they will take on the Sound Tigers at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 26 at the Albany Devils (Times-Union Center), 7:00 PM

  • After a 6-0-0-1 start, the Devils fell into a 1-6-1-2 skid, and had lost three straight before a 5-2 win Sunday at home over Bridgeport.  At 8-6-1-3 for 20 points, Albany enters the week tied with the Wolf Pack for fourth place in the Northeast Division.
  • The Wolf Pack won the last matchup between themselves and the Devils, 3-1 at the XL Center November 5, after losing the first two games of the season series.  In their first visit of the year to Albany October 25, the Pack ended up on the short end of a 5-2 score.
  • Devil scoring leader Paul Thompson (10-6-16 in 16 GP) returned to the lineup Sunday, after a two-game absence, and had a goal and an assist against Bridgeport, putting him one goal off of the AHL lead.
  • 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, November 28 vs. the Norfolk Admirals at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • This is “Flashback Friday”, with the Wolf Pack sporting “throwback” jerseys, modeled on those from the 1997-98 season, the franchise’s first in Hartford.  The jerseys will be auctioned off in the XL Center atrium during the second intermission, with the winning bidders receiving the jerseys from the players, on the ice, after the game.
  • There will be special “Black Friday” giveaways during this game, and fans could take home some of the holiday season’s hot gift items as prizes.
  • The Wolf Pack will also be offering several Black Friday merchandise and ticket specials at different times during the game.  A pack of ten “flex” tickets, plus four bonus tickets, a $280 value, will be available for only $150, at the Ticket Information Table outside Section 101.  Before the game, Wolf Pack practice jerseys, normally $35, will be on sale for $20 each.  During the first intermission, Wolf Pack stick flags, regularly $8, will sell for $5, and the second intermission special will be Wolf Pack wall banners, normally $25 each, on sale for $10.
  • Once again this season, at this and all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games, fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs and $2 beers at the XL Center, through the start of the second period.
  • Also at Friday-night home games this year, “Hawk’s Nest” will be featured in the XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club, 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.
  • This is the second battle of the season between the Wolf Pack and Admirals, and the second of two Norfolk visits to the XL Center.  In the first get-together October 26, the Wolf Pack’s Mackenzie Skapski rang up a shutout in his first career AHL start, making 16 saves in a 3-0 Hartford win.
  • Norfolk currently sits at 6-11-0-0 for 12 points and in fifth place in the East Division, four points behind fourth-place Binghamton.
  • Chris Wagner is the Admirals’ leading point and goal-scorer, with 7-3-10, despite having played in only 10 of Norfolk’s 17 games.
  • 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 XL Center ticket office, on-line at www.hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499.
  • Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, November 29 at the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Webster Bank Arena), 7:00 PM

  • The Sound Tigers (10-6-1-1, 22 pts.), after a five-game winning streak and an 8-1-0-1 run from October 19 through November 15, have gone 0-3-1-0 in their last four games.  Bridgeport is in third place in the Northeast Division, two points ahead of the Wolf Pack and Albany.
  • This is the fourth game of the season series between the Wolf Pack and Sound Tigers, and the teams’ fourth meeting in a span of just over two weeks.  Saturday’s 2-1 Wolf Pack overtime victory was Hartford’s first win in the season series, after Bridgeport took the first two.  That included a 5-2 verdict November 15 in the Pack’s first visit of the year to the Webster Bank Arena.
  • Bridgeport co-leading point-scorer Kael Mouillierat (5-12-17 in 18 GP) had a goal in Sunday’s 5-2 Sound Tiger loss at Albany, after having an eight-game point-scoring streak (2-9-11) snapped in the 2-1 overtime defeat Saturday at the XL Center.
  • 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.

Sunday, November 30 -  Wolf Pack Bowl-a-Thon – Hall of Fame Silver Lanes, E. Hartford, CT, 10:00 AM
The 12th annual Wolf Pack Bowl-a-Thon benefits Special Olympics Connecticut.  The entire Wolf Pack team will be on hand at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes, 748 Silver Lane, East Hartford, starting at 10:00 AM, to bowl alongside teams of Special Olympics athletes, who have solicited pledges in order to participate.  The entirety of the event’s proceeds benefit Special Olympics Connecticut, and anyone interested in participating is encouraged to register on-line at www.soct.org.

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, November 28, 7:00 AM, Jennings-Fairchild Rink-Avon Old Farms School, 500 Old Farms Rd., Avon, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, meets and greets players and families at Avon Youth Hockey’s Thanksgiving Tournament.
  • Saturday, November 29, 11:30 AM, Bolton Ice Palace, 145 Hop River Rd., Bolton, CT:  Sonar takes in the fun of the ECHO Stars Mini-mite Tournament.
  • Saturday, November 29, 1:00 PM, International Skating Center of Connecticut, 1375 Hopmeadow St., Simsbury, CT:  Sonar visits the Northern Lights Thanksgiving Tournament.
  • Saturday, November 29, Downtown Simsbury, CT:  Sonar lends his fun-loving presence to the “Simsbury Celebrates” holiday event.

Recent Transactions:
Josh Nicholls – reassigned by the New York Rangers to the Wolf Pack from Greenville (ECHL) November 22.

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

Tue., November 25:  10:30 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Wed., November 26:  10:30 – 11:00 AM, XL Center (Game at Albany)
Thurs., November 27:  10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center
Fri., November 28:  10:30 – 11:00 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Norfolk)
Sat., November 29:  9:45 – 10:15 AM, Trinity College (Game at Bridgeport)
Sun., November 30:  No practice
Mon., December 1:  10:30 – 11:30 AM, XL Center

Pack Tracks:
Wolf Pack “Holiday Packs” are now available, the perfect stocking-stuffer for any hockey fan.  There are three exciting packages to choose from, with each including a Wolf Pack autographed item, Wolf Pack ticket vouchers that can be exchanged for tickets to any Pack home game, and a Dunkin’ Donuts gift card.  Holiday Packs start as low as $59, and can be ordered on-line, through the Wolf Pack’s official website at www.hartfordwolfpack.com, and by phone through the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.

The Wolf Pack’s “Kindness Campaign” is now underway, and fans can sign the Wolf Pack’s kindness pledge on-line, through the Wolf Pack’s official website at www.hartfordwolfpack.com, through December 15.  Also, fans can take the kindness pledge by tweeting the hashtag #WolfPackKindness.  The twitter handle of every individual who takes the pledge that way will appear on a Wolf Pack specialty jersey, which the team will wear for the Pack’s “Anti-bullying Night” Friday, March 27.

Once again this season, every Friday-night Wolf Pack home game will feature $1 hot dogs and $2 beers, through the start of the second period.  The next Friday-night home game, after this Friday, is coming up December 12, when the Wolf Pack host the Worcester Sharks in a 7:00 PM game.

Wolf Pack “Winning Wednesdays” are back for the 2014-15 season.  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).  The next Wednesday Wolf Pack home date is January 21, when the Providence Bruins invade the XL Center for a 7:00 PM game.

The Wolf Pack’s “Click It or Ticket Family Value Pack” is available this season for all Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday home games.  The Family Value Pack features two tickets, two sodas and two hot dogs, all for only $35.

Tickets all 2014-15 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.  Wolf Pack tickets start as low as $12 for youth 12 years old or younger. 

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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