Wolf Pack Weekly, October 21-27

Oct 21, 2013

The Wolf Pack (5-0-0-1, 11 pts.) won two more one-goal games this past week, one at home and one on the road.  Friday night at the XL Center, in a matchup of two teams unbeaten in regulation on the year, the Wolf Pack came back from 1-0 and 3-1 deficits to post a 5-4 shootout win over the Manchester Monarchs.  Then Ken Gernander’s club traveled to Lewiston, Maine on Saturday to visit the Portland Pirates.  The Wolf Pack trailed in that game as well, 1-0 and 2-1, but scored the last two goals of the contest to win by a score of 3-2.  Captain Aaron Johnson had a goal and three assists in the two games and Danny Kristo scored in both contests, including the second-period game-winner Saturday.

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This week:
The Wolf Pack play their first mid-week game of the year this Wednesday night, hosting the Portland Pirates at 7:00 PM at the XL Center.  That is the Pack’s first “Winning Wednesday”—if the Wolf Pack win, each fan gets a free ticket to the Wolf Pack’s next home game, which is Wednesday, October 30 against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.  The club then hits the road on the weekend, traveling to Albany Friday night to visit the Devils and continuing on to Hershey to take on the Bears on Saturday.  Both of those road tilts face off at 7:00.

Wednesday, October 23 vs. the Portland Pirates at the XL Center, 7:00 p.m.

  • This game marks the debut of the Wolf Pack’s new “Winning Wednesdays” promotion.  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). 
  • This is the second straight appearance by the Pirates on the Wolf Pack’s schedule.  The Pack eked out a 3-2 win over Portland Saturday night in Lewiston, Maine.
  • Gilbert Brule and Andy Miele scored for the Pirates in Saturday’s game, and Brandon Yip had two assists.
  • Miele notched two more goals for Portland Sunday at Worcester, in the Pirates’ first road game of the season, but the Pirates fell to 0-3-0-1 on the year with a 3-2 loss to the Sharks.
  • Last year against Portland, the Wolf Pack were 3-4-0-1 in an eight-game season series, and the Pirates won three of their four visits to the XL Center.
  • 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.

Friday, October 25 at the Albany Devils (Times Union Center), 7:00 p.m.

  • This is the second of eight meetings on the year between the Wolf Pack and Devils, and Hartford’s first visit to Albany.  The Pack scored a 4-3 win over the Devils at the XL Center October 6, in Albany’s season opener.
  • The Connecticut Whale was victorious in two of its three trips to the Times Union Center last year.  Overall, the Whale were 2-3-0-1 in their season series against the Devils.
  • A pair of Scotts have been Albany’s top performers thus far.  Scott Timmins leads the team in points with 3-4-7, and goaltender Scott Wedgewood has won both of his two appearances, allowing only two goals on 51 shots.
  • Albany is 3-0-0-1 in four games since its season-opening loss to the Wolf Pack.
  • Radio – live with Bob Crawford on Fox Sports Radio 1410, on-line at foxsportsradio1410.com and on iHeartRadio.  Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.

Saturday, October 26 at the Hershey Bears (Giant Center), 7:00 p.m.

  • The Bears are 1-2-1-0 thus far under new head coach Mike Haviland.  Last season the Washington Capitals’ top affiliate went 36-31-3-6 for 81 points, and nosed out the Whale for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference by a margin of two points.
  • This is the first game of a two-game season series between the Wolf Pack and Bears, and Hartford’s only regular-season visit to Hershey.  Last year the Whale were 2-1-0-1 in four games against the Bears, but suffered a regulation loss and a shootout loss in two road games in the series.
  • Defenseman Dmitri Orlov has played in only half of Hershey’s four games to this point, but the Russian import leads the Bears in points, with 1-3-4.
  • 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:

  • Tuesday, October 22, 11:00 AM, Aetna, 151 Farmington Ave., Hartford, CT:  Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s iconic mascot, visits Aetna’s March of Dimes tickets rush.
  • Saturday, October 26, 9:30 AM, Blue Back Square, West Hartford, CT:  Sonar joins in the fun of Blue Back Square’s “Halloween Stroll”.
  • Sunday, October 27, 11:30 AM, Rentschler Field, East Hartford, CT:  Sonar strides out for the Brain Injury Association of CT Walk.
  • Sunday, October 27, 1:00 PM, Giovanni’s Pizzeria, 113 Hebron Ave., Glastonbury, CT:  Sonar meets and greets fans at Giovanni’s Halloween party.

Recent Transactions:
J.T. Miller – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 14.

Cam Talbot – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 14, returned October 17 and recalled October 19.

Arron Asham – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 15.

Martin Biron – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 15.

Jeff Malcolm – recalled by the Wolf Pack from Greenville (ECHL) October 15.

Darroll Powe – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 17 and returned to the Wolf Pack October 20.

Jason Missiaen - recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 17 and returned to the Wolf Pack October 19.

Chris Kreider – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 20.

Brandon Mashinter – recalled from the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 20.

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

Tue., October 22:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Wed., October 23:  10:00 – 10:30 AM, XL Center (Game vs. Portland)
Thurs., October 24:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, XL Center
Fri., October 25:   10:00 – 10:30 AM, Champions Skating Center (Game at Albany)
Sat., October 26:  Game at Hershey
Sun., October 27:  No practice
Mon., October 28:  10:00 – 11:00 AM, Champions Skating Center

Pack Tracks:
At every Friday-night Wolf Pack home game this season, Bob Crawford, the play-by-play voice of the Wolf Pack, will be on hand in the XL Center’s Comcast Coliseum Club from 6:00-6:20 PM for “Hawk’s Nest”, which will feature live conversations with a host of different Wolf Pack-themed guests, who will take 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. 

Every Friday night Wolf Pack home game will also feature $1 hot dogs and $2 beers, through the start of the second period.  The Pack’s next Friday-night date is November 8, when the Providence Bruins come to town for a 7:00 PM 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.

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.