Wolf Pack Weekly, November 4-10

Nov 4, 2013

The Wolf Pack (7-3-0-2, 16 pts.) remain atop the Northeast Division to start the week, despite suffering a shootout loss and a regulation loss in a pair of visits to Springfield this past weekend.  Andrew Rowe’s late-second period goal got the Wolf Pack a standings point, and Jason Missiaen made 32 saves, in a 3-2 shootout defeat on Friday night, and Stu Bickel scored his first goal of the season, and Danny Kristo his eighth, on Saturday evening, but the Falcons prevailed again by a 3-2 score.  The week began with a 5-3 home win over Bridgeport, with Kristo's goal and two assists, and Conor Allen's goal and an assist, leading the way.

For the latest AHL standings, click here.

This week:
After a pair of games against Springfield last weekend, the Wolf Pack play two against another traditional rival, the Providence Bruins, this week.  The Pack and Bruins lock horns at the XL Center on Friday night at 7:00 PM, and then have a rematch in Providence on Sunday, with faceoff at 3:00.

Friday, November 8 vs. the Providence Bruins at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

  • At this and all Friday-night Wolf Pack home games 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.
  • “Hawk’s Nest” returns to the XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club for this game, with Bob “Hawk” Crawford, the play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack, conducting a live interview with scheduled guest Wolf Pack assistant coach Jeff Beukeboom 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. 
  • The Wolf Pack are partnering with Freshplace, a food pantry serving the Hartford area, for a special Thanksgiving food drive.  Fans who bring five canned goods to this game or the Wolf Pack’s next home game, which is Friday, November 15 against Albany, will receive a voucher for a free ticket to an upcoming Wolf Pack home game.
  • Head Coach Bruce Cassidy’s Bruins are out of the gate to a .500 start, with a record of 4-4-0-2 for 10 points.  Providence dropped both ends of a home-and-home series with the Manchester Monarchs this past week, losing 5-2 at home on Friday night and 4-1 in Manchester Saturday.
  • Niklas Svedberg, last season’s Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award-winner as the AHL’s top goaltender, is 4-1-2 thus far in 2013-14, with a 2.97 goals-against average and a 91.5% save percentage.
  • This is the first of six games against Providence for the Wolf Pack.  The Connecticut Whale went 2-4-0-0 vs. the Bruins last year, losing two of its three home games in the series.
  • 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, on-line at foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Sunday, November 10 at the Providence Bruins (Dunkin’ Donuts Center Providence), 3:00 p.m.

  • The Wolf Pack are 3-2-0-1 in six road games on the year, and Providence’s home and road records are identical, 2-2-0-1, thus far.
  • The Pack were 1-2-0-0 in three visits to Providence last season.
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at foxsportsradio1410.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:

  • Saturday, November 9, 10:00 AM, Star Hill Family Athletic Center, 100 Gerber Dr., Tolland, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s cuddly mascot, heads to Tolland for Star Hill Family Athletic Center’s Lifestyles Expo.
  • Saturday, November 9, 1:00-3:15 PM, Stop & Shop, 206 Kitts Ln., Newington, CT:  Sonar will be helping out Stop & Shop’s food drive, and he will be joined from 2:30-3:15 by selected Wolf Pack players, who will be meeting and greeting fans and signing autographs.

Recent Transactions:
Jesper Fast – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 28.
Michael Kantor – reassigned by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) October 29
Jeff Malcolm – returned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) October 29
Andrew Rowe – returned by the Wolf Pack to Greenville (ECHL) October 29 and recalled October 31.

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

Tue., November 5:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Wed., November 6:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Thurs., November 7:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center
Fri., November 8:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Providence)
Sat., November 9:  12:40 – 1:30 PM, Champions Skating Center
Sun., November 10: Game at Providence
Mon., November 11:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center

Pack Tracks:
Every Wednesday night Wolf Pack home game during the 2013-14 season is a “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).  The Wolf Pack’s next Wednesday-night home date is November 27, when the Portland Pirates invade the XL Center for a 7:00 game.

The Wolf Pack’s 11th annual Bowl-a-Thon to benefit Special Olympics Connecticut is coming up Sunday, November 17 at Hall of Fame Silver Lanes in East Hartford.  Fans can bowl with their favorite Wolf Pack players for a great cause, but space is limited, so register on-line now at www.soct.org.

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.