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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - December 1 to 7

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The Hartford Wolf Pack posted a 2-2-0 mark this past week, skating past Portland (3-1) and Lowell (3-0), while falling to Manchester (4-2) and Bridgeport (1-0).

The Pack are tied with Providence for first place in the Atlantic Division with 31 points (13-6-4-1) through the first 24 games of the season. Providence sits at 13-8-5-0 through 26 matches.

Hartford has posted an 8-1-4-0 mark at the Civic Center and is the only AHL team with only one regulation loss on home ice. The Pack have outscored their opponents 60-44 on the season thus far, while ranking fourth in the AHL with a .646 overall winning percentage.


TEAM LEADERS:
GOALS - Jason MacDonald (9), Layne Ulmer (8)
ASSISTS - Chad Wiseman (12), Cory Larose (10)
POINTS - Chad Wiseman (17), Jason MacDonald (16)
PENALTY MINUTES - Richard Scott (79), Jason MacDonald (69)
SHOTS ON GOAL - Jason MacDonald (71), Chad Wiseman (67)
PLUS/MINUS - Ken Gernander (+10), Lawrence Nicholat (+10)

UPCOMING GAMES:
Friday, December 12 at Providence Bruins (7:05 PM ET)
Saturday, December 13 vs. Utah Grizzlies (7:05 PM ET)
Sunday, December 14 vs. Portland Pirates (4:05 PM ET)


RECENT GAME RECAPS:
December 7, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 0, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1
Rookie Wade Dubielewicz made 26 saves as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers extended their unbeaten streak to 16 games (13-0-3) with a 1-0 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Dubielewicz turned aside 10 shots over the final 20 minutes to complete his second shutout in his last three starts and improve to 7-2-1 overall. He also blanked Hartford on November 28, 3-0. Cail MacLean scored with 37 seconds left in the second period for Bridgeport, which has not lost in regulation in its last 18 games (14-0-3-1). Jason LaBarbara stopped 19 shots for the Wolf Pack, who lost for the sixth time in their last six road games.

December 6, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lowell Lock Monsters 0
Jason LaBarbera made 21 saves and Cory Larose supplied two assists as the Hartford Wolf Pack defeated the Lowell Lock Monsters, 3-0. LaBarbera needed to make just three saves over the final 20 minutes to post his fourth shutout of the season and improve to 9-2-3. Larose assisted on Paul Healey's goal, which broke a scoreless deadlock 4:30 into the third period, and set up Craig Weller to complete the scoring 5:26 later. Layne Ulmer also scored for Hartford, which won back-to-back games for the first time since November 7-8. Patrick DesRochers made 37 saves for Lowell, which was blanked for the first time this season.

December 5, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Portland Pirates 1
Bobby Andrews and Cory Larose both had a goal and an assist to help the Hartford Wolf Pack beat the Portland Pirates, 3-1. Andrews tied the score at 1-1 with 8:41 expired in the third period and helped out on the tying-breaking tally by John Jakopin 3:45 later. Larose, who assisted on the marker by Andrews, added a power-play goal with 24 seconds remaining in the contest. Phil Osaer turned aside 31 shots to even his record at 4-4-1 for Hartford. Andrej Podkonicky netted the first goal of the game 4:42 into the second period for Portland, which is winless over its last six contests (0-4-0-2). Maxime Ouellet finished with 19 saves in the loss.

December 3, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Manchester Monarchs 4
Jeff Giuliano scored the go-ahead goal and Milan Hnilicka finished with 25 saves to lead the Manchester Monarchs past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-2. Giuliano scored with 7:11 left in the third period to break a 2-2 tie and give Manchester its eighth win in its past nine home games. Noah Clarke tied the contest at 1-1 with a power-play goal 78 seconds into the second period and Tomas Zizka knotted the game again 7:40 later with his first goal of the season for the Monarchs, who finished the game 3-for-4 with the man advantage. Hnilicka allowed only two goals on 27 shots to preserve the win. Corey Larose gave Hartford a 1-0 lead 7:39 into the first period and Jason MacDonald added his team-leading ninth goal of the season early in the second for the Wolf Pack, who lost their fourth straight road game. Jason LaBarbera, who stopped 19 shots, lost for just the second time in 13 starts. Phil Osaer made 17 saves in the contest for Hartford, which fell to 1-1-1 against Bridgeport and was shut out for the first time this year.
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