WOLF PACK WEEKLY: October 17-23, 2016
BY: Bob Crawford, Hartford Wolf Pack
The Wolf Pack kicked off their 20th-anniversary season last week by splitting a pair of games. The Pack got the year off to a rousing start Friday night, with a 6-3 victory over the St. John’s IceCaps at the XL Center. Veteran forward Philip McRae led the way in that contest with a goal and two assists. Saturday night was not as kind to the Wolf Pack, however, as they fell in their first road game, 6-2, at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Matt Carey scored his first Wolf Pack goal in that one, and Nicklas Jensen notched his first of the season.
AMERICAN HOCKEY LEAGUE STANDINGS
The Wolf Pack are back to the Keystone State on Saturday night, visiting the Lehigh Valley Phantoms for a 7:05 PM game. Then, it’s the first Sunday home game of the Pack’s season, as the St. John’s IceCaps return for a 5:00 faceoff.
Saturday, October 22 at the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (Philadelphia) at the PPL Center, 7:05 PM
- This is the first of eight games on the season between the Wolf Pack and the Phantoms, and the first of four visits by the Wolf Pack to Allentown. In last year’s season series, the Wolf Pack won the first three meetings and then lost two of the last three, and went 2-1-0-0 in three trips to the PPL Center.
- Prior to a 2-1 home loss to Lehigh Valley February 28, the Wolf Pack had won 13 straight games between themselves and the Phantoms, which tied a franchise record for longest winning streak against a single opponent.
- Lehigh Valley opened its season with a 4-2 home win over Springfield Saturday night. In 2015-16, Head Coach Scott Gordon’s Phantoms finished 34-35-4-3 giving them 75 points and in seventh place in the Atlantic Division.
- Danick Martel led the way for Lehigh Valley in Saturday’s victory over Springfield, with two goals, and defenseman T.J. Brennan, who captured the AHL’s Eddie Shore Award, for best defenseman, with the Toronto Marlies last season, had the game-winning goal and an assist.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at iheart.com and on iHeartRadio. Video streaming at www.ahllive.com.
Sunday, October 23 vs. the St. John’s IceCaps (Montreal) at the XL Center, 5:00 PM
- At this and every Wolf Pack Sunday home game of the season, fans can take advantage of 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 $40.
- Also at every Sunday Wolf Pack home game this season, the first 2,000 fans will receive a “hockey bingo” card. The spaces on these cards contain possibilities that might happen in the game, and if they do, fans can fill in the spaces to win Wolf Pack bingo prizes.
- Pack fans are encouraged to grab their skates and come down to the XL Center for a Sunday afternoon open skate before this game. A game ticket plus a pass to the pregame open skate on the XL Center Ice is only $25, and Pack Members can purchase the skate pass for only $10. To purchase the package, click here.
- This is already the second get-together of the season between the Wolf Pack and IceCaps, and the second of St. John’s’ two XL Center visits. The Pack will be looking for a sweep of their two home games in the series, after having defeated the IceCaps 6-3 on Friday night in the season opener.
- The IceCaps played a three-game opening weekend and followed Friday night’s loss to the Wolf Pack with two more setbacks, a 5-2 defeat at Albany Saturday and a 2-1 loss to Providence on Sunday.
- Winger Chris Terry, who had a power-play goal against the Wolf Pack on Friday night, scored twice for the IceCaps Saturday in Albany and is St. John’s’ leading scorer through the first three games (3-0-3).
- Tickets for this and all 2016-17 Wolf Pack home games are on sale now at the Agera Energy Ticket Office at the XL Center, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, and all tickets will have a $2 day-of-game increase.
- Broadcast – live with Bob Crawford and Mark Bailey on News Radio 1410 WPOP, on-line at 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:
- Wednesday, October 19, 1:30 PM, Wesley School, 10 Wesleyan Hills Rd., Middletown, CT
Sonar, the Wolf Pack’s lovable mascot, heads to Middletown to promote the Pack’s “Read to the Rink” program, presented by ProHealth Physicians and “Healthy Me”.
- Saturday, October 22, 10:00 AM, Guilford Fairgrounds, Guilford, CT
Sonar takes part in the “CT Shoreline Take Steps Walk”.
- Sunday, October 23, 8:00 AM, South Windsor Arena, 585 John Fitch Blvd., South Windsor, CT
Sonar takes to the ice to encourage youngsters in South Windsor Arena’s “Learn to Skate” program.
Justin Fontaine – loaned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers October 16.
On Saturday, October 29, when the Wolf Pack host the Utica Comets in a 7:00 PM game, the first 2,000 fans into the XL Center will receive the first of four sets of Wolf Pack 20th-anniversary trading cards that will be given away during this 2016-17 season, presented by KOTA Solutions.
Wednesday, November 2, when the Wolf Pack battle the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, it’s the Wolf Pack’s third annual “Sonar’s Edu-Skate” school-day game, with faceoff at 11:00 AM. Lots of educational fun will be on tap throughout the day, and for information on bringing a school group to the Edu-Skate game, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at (855) 762-6451.
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 next Friday-night home game is October 28 when the Pack host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:15 PM.
Each of the Wolf Pack’s Sunday and Wednesday home games, as well as the one Tuesday home date, 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 $40. The next Family Value Pack game after this Sunday is Wednesday, October 26, when the Wolf Pack host the Hershey Bears at 7:00 PM.
At every Sunday Wolf Pack home game, the first 2,000 fans will receive a “hockey bingo” card. The spaces on these cards contain possibilities that might happen in the game, and if they do, fans can fill in the spaces to win Wolf Pack bingo prizes. The next Sunday Wolf Pack home date after this Sunday is November 13, a 5:00 PM game vs. the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
Wolf Pack home game tickets can be purchased at the XL Center ticket office, on-line at hartfordwolfpack.com and by phone at (877) 522-8499. Tickets purchased in advance for kids 12 or younger are just $10 each, 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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