Wolf Pack Weekly, November 25-December 1

Nov 25, 2013

It was a tough week offensively for the Wolf Pack (8-8-0-2, 18 pts.), as a pair of road games both ended in shutouts-against.  The Albany Devils hung a 3-0 loss on the Pack Wednesday, and then the Springfield Falcons posted a 4-0 win in an I-91 rivalry game on Saturday.  Scott Stajcer and Jason Missiaen split the two games in the Hartford net, with Stajcer stopping 22 out of 25 shots in Wednesday’s game and Missiaen making 19 saves on Saturday.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
The Wolf Pack celebrate Thanksgiving weekend with a pair of home games this week.  The Pack will host the Portland Pirates on Wednesday night at 7:00 PM, and the Eastern Conference-leading Manchester Monarchs visit the XL Center on Saturday night for a 7:00 game.  In between, Hartford travels to Bridgeport for a Friday-night date with the Sound Tigers, which also faces off at 7:00.

Wednesday, November 27 vs. the Portland Pirates at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • This game features a “Movember” tribute to the importance of men’s health awareness.  The first 1,000 fans into the XL Center 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 “Chuck-a-Puck” will be donated to Gaylord Hospital of Wallingford, CT, for its men’s health efforts. 
  • This is another Wolf Pack “Winning Wednesday”.  As at all Wednesday night home games, if the Wolf Pack win, each fan receives a free ticket to the Pack’s next home game, which is this Saturday night, November 30 against Manchester (some restrictions apply, check the Wolf Pack’s official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com, for full details). 
  • After a 2-5-0-1 start, the Pirates (7-5-1-2, 17 pts.) have at least a standings point in seven consecutive games (5-0-1-1).  Portland sits fourth in the Atlantic Division, two points behind third-place Providence and two points up on fifth-place Worcester.
  • Rookie Tobias Rieder (6-2-8) is tied for the Pirates’ team goal-scoring lead, despite having played in only eight of the team’s 15 games.
  • The Wolf Pack and Pirates have split two previous meetings this season, with each winning on the other’s home ice.  Hartford scored a 3-2 win in Lewiston October 19, and Portland broke back with a 4-2 victory at the XL Center October 23.
  • The Wolf Pack will be collecting donations from fans of used hockey equipment at this game, for use by the participants in a Hartford Police Athletic League program to offer underprivileged youth the opportunity to try ice hockey.  Any patron who brings a donation of good used hockey gear will receive a voucher for a free ticket to a future Wolf Pack game at the XL Center.  The Police Athletic League will then be conducting hockey clinics on the XL Center ice on multiple dates later in the fall and winter.
  • 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, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

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

  • The Wolf Pack are 2-0 vs. the Sound Tigers this season, having defeated Bridgeport 5-3 in Hartford October 30 and 4-1 on the road November 16.
  • The Sound Tigers (4-9-1-3, 12 pts.) played three one-goal games over this past weekend, and registered two shootout losses and a regulation defeat.  Bridgeport is 0-4-0-2 in its last six outings and is in fifth place in the Northeast Division, four points behind Adirondack and six points in back of the third-place Wolf Pack.
  • Bridgeport point-scoring leader Ryan Strome (4-15-19 in 17 GP) tops all AHL rookies in assists, and is tied for fourth overall in the AHL in that category.
  • 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 30 vs. the Manchester Monarchs at the XL Center, 7:00 PM

  • The first 3,000 fans into this game will take home a free Wolf Pack ski cap, courtesy of Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. 
  • The Wolf Pack will hold a “Red Saturday” merchandise sale in the XL Center atrium at this game.  From 4:00-6:00 PM, fans will receive a free Red-section ticket voucher (a $25 value) for every $25 of merchandise they purchase.  Also, the Wolf Pack will be offering 10% off all jersey purchases during the first intermission of this game.
  • The Monarchs (13-3-1-3) enter the week with an Eastern Conference-best 30 points.  Manchester leads the Atlantic Division by a margin of nine points over second-place St. John’s.
  • The Wolf Pack won their only previous meeting of the year with the Monarchs, prevailing 4-3 in a shootout October 18 at the XL Center.
  • Since the November 13 recall of goaltender Martin Jones, who played 13 of Manchester’s first 14 games, J.F. Berube has started six straight, going 4-1-1 with a 1.97 goals-against average and a 92.9% save percentage.
  • 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, and on-line at www.foxsportsradio1410.com and 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 26, 10:00 AM, Seymour School, 185 Hartford Ave., E. Granby, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, heads to East Granby to promote the Wolf Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program.
  • Tuesday, November 26, 12:30-1:30 PM, Woodside Intermediate School, 30 Woodside Rd., Cromwell, CT:  Wolf Pack players Ryan Bourque and Brodie Dupont are scheduled to join Sonar for a “Read to the Rink” celebration with Cromwell elementary-schoolers.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 9:00 AM, Mansfield Middle School, 205 Spring Hill Rd., Storrs, CT:  Sonar travels to northeast Connecticut to spread the fun and enrichment of “Read to the Rink”.
  • Friday, November 29, 11:00 AM, Jennings-Fairchild Rink, Avon Old Farms School, 500 Old Farms Rd., Avon, CT:  Sonar spends the day meeting and greeting players and spectators at the Avon Youth Hockey Thanksgiving Tournament.
  • Saturday, November 30, 11:00 AM, International Skating Center of CT, 1375 Hopmeadow Rd., Simsbury, CT:  Sonar visits the Northern Lights Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament.
  • Saturday, November 30, 12:30 PM, Bolton Ice Palace, 145 Hop River Rd., Bolton, CT:  Sonar takes in the excitement of the ECHO Youth Hockey Mite Thanksgiving Jamboree.
  • Saturday, November 30, 2:00 PM, Champions Skating Center, 6 Progress Dr., Cromwell, CT:  Sonar stops by Champions’ Junior Holiday Tournament.
  • Sunday, December 1, 11:00 AM, International Skating Center of CT, 1375 Hopmeadow Rd., Simsbury, CT:  Sonar returns to the Northern Lights Thanksgiving Hockey Tournament.

Recent Transactions:
Jeff Malcolm – recalled by the Wolf Pack from Greenville (ECHL) November 25.
Scott Stajcer – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) November 25.

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

Tue., November 26:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Wed., November 27:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Portland)
Thurs., November 28:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Fri., November 29:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game at Bridgeport)
Sat., November 30:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Manchester)
Sun., December 1:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Mon., December 2:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center

Pack Tracks:
Wolf Pack Holiday Packs are on sale now, and feature two great options.  The “Cheer Pack”, which is priced at only $59, includes four undated Wolf Pack tickets, usable for any Wolf Pack home game, a $10 Dunkin’ Donuts Gift Card and an autographed Wolf Pack puck.  For even more value, the “Joy Pack” is comprised of six undated Pack tickets, a $15 Dunkin’ Donuts gift card and an autographed commemorative Wolf Pack stick, all for only $99.  Holiday Packs are available for purchase by calling the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451 and on-line at the Wolf Pack’s official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

On Monday, December 2, fans can take advantage of a Wolf Pack “Cyber Monday” ticket special.  Tickets can be purchased on December 2, for all Wolf Pack December home games at www.hartfordwolfpack.com, for the discounted prices of $15 each in the blue sections, $20 each in the Red sections and $10 each for kids’ tickets in the Red or Blue sections.  To take advantage of the Cyber Monday offer, go to the “Tickets” tab at www.hartfordwolfpack.com, click on “Single Tickets”, choose the game(s) you would like to attend, and on the purchase page, enter the promo code WPGRPCYBER.

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.