The Hartford Wolf Pack (12-7-4-2) posted a 1-1-1 mark for the week and remain six points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (15-7-5-1) in the East standings. The Pack are back in action this upcoming weekend as they host the Binghamton Senators on Friday, December 13 at the Civic Center. Hartford then opens a home-and-home series with the Providence Bruins - Friday at the Civic Center and Sunday in Rhode Island - to complete a three-game set.
GAME RECAPS: Hartford, December 4, 2002 -- Hartford 3, Manitoba Moose 1 - John Tripp scored twice and added an assist and Johan Holmqvist stopped 30 shots to help lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-1 victory over the Manitoba Moose. Tripp scored a power-play goal 8:18 into the contest and added his second goal with 6:03 remaining in the third. Holmqvist, who allowed only a first-period goal, held Manitoba scoreless over the final two periods to preserve the win. Richard Linter tallied to break a 1-1 tie 82 seconds into the third for Hartford, which won its fourth game in a row. Jeff Farkas netted his fourth goal of the year to tie the game at 1-1 in the first period for the Moose. Tyler Moss allowed three goals on 34 shots for Manitoba, which has lost three in a row.
Hartford, December 6, 2002 -- Hartford 3, Worcester Ice Cats 3 - Aris Brimanis scored with under eight minutes left in regulation to help the Worcester IceCats earn a 3-3 tie with the Hartford Wolf Pack. The 10-year veteran, who set up Jeff Panzer early in the third period, beat goaltender Johan Holmqvist on the power play with 7:32 remaining to complete the scoring. Justin Papineau added his team-leading 15th goal midway through the third for Worcester, which is 6-1-3 since November 15. Brent Johnson, who began his conditioning assignment following a preseason ankle injury, turned away 23 shots over the first two periods and finished with 32 saves in the tie for the IceCats. Holmqvist surrendered three goals on six third-period shots and ended with 34 stops for Hartford, which had its four-game winning streak snapped. Dixon Ward recorded his team-leading 25th point with a goal in the third for a 3-1 lead and extended his point streak to seven games (three goals, seven assists) for the Wolf Pack.
Providence, December 8, 2002 -- Hartford 2, Providence Bruins 5 - Matt Herr had a goal and an assist to lead the Providence Bruins past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 5-2. Herr, who leads the team with 28 points, broke a 2-2 tie with 13 seconds remaining in the second period and set up a shorthanded, empty-net goal by Rich Brennan late in the third. Brennan and Andy Hilbert each contributed a goal and an assist and Lee Goren and Shaone Morrisonn added two helpers apiece for Providence, which halted a season-high, five-game winless skid. Tim Thomas stopped 27 shots to pick up the win and even his record at 4-4-2. Johan Holmqvist gave up four goals on 33 shots in the loss, snapping his five-game unbeaten streak. Billy Tibbetts and Benoit Dusablon each scored for Hartford, which fell six points behind Bridgeport for the East Division lead.
TEAM NOTES: The Hartford Wolf Pack are in the midst of a big week, on and off the ice. The Pack will put their six-game home unbeaten streak on the line with games at the Hartford Civic Center vs. Binghamton on Friday and Providence on Saturday (both 7:05 faceoffs). In addition to the on-ice action, fans can take advantage of a Family Night, Teddy Bear Toss, Guaranteed Win Night, a special sale at the Pack Shop and a team autograph session.
The Wolf Pack began the week with the annual Wolf Pack Christmas Party at Connecticut Children's Medical Center. The entire Wolf Pack team was on hand at CCMC, playing games and sharing some holiday cheer with dozens of outpatients from the Hematology/Oncology ward and their families.
Another important Wolf Pack community effort takes place this Friday night, December 13, when the Wolf Pack's game against Binghamton will feature the Pack's first-ever Teddy Bear Toss. Fans are encouraged to bring new or quality used stuffed animals to the game and during the second intermission, throw them on to the ice. All stuffed animals collected will be donated to local charities. Friday's game is also a Family Night. Packages of four tickets, four hot dogs or pizza slices, four sodas and a team souvenir can be purchased for as low as $56. To order, call the Wolf Pack Ticket Office at 860-548-2000.
The Wolf Pack's game Saturday night against arch-rival Providence is Guaranteed Win Night. The Wolf Pack guarantee fans that they will beat the Bruins, and if the Pack lose or tie, each fan (including the Wolf Pack's valued season seat-holders) receives one free ticket (at the same price level) to the Wolf Pack's home game December 18 vs. Utah (7:05 faceoff) for each ticket they hold to Guaranteed Win Night (subject to ticket availability). Guaranteed Win Night redemptions must be made at the Civic Center Box Office. Also on Saturday night, the Pack Shop in the Civic Center Mall will be holding a "white sale", featuring special discounts on Wolf Pack merchandise. In conjunction with that, the entire Wolf Pack team will be on hand after the game outside the Pack Shop for an autograph session.
Wolf Pack 2002-03 season-ticket, multi-game, coupon book and group-discount packages, as well as single-game tickets, are all currently on sale. For further information, contact the Wolf Pack ticket office at 860-548-2000.