The Hartford Wolf Pack ended 2003 and opened their 2004 schedule last week, snapping a season-high five-game winless streak with a 4-2 win over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday. Hartford followed that victory by downing the Norfolk Admirals, 5-2, on Sunday at the Civic Center.
The Pack sit atop the Atlantic Division with 45 points (20-12-4-1) through 37 games and rank third among AHL clubs with a .608 winning percentage.
Hartford now hits the road for three games, beginning Thursday in Houston (8:00 PM ET).TEAM LEADERS:
GOALS - Chad Wiseman (13), Layne Ulmer (13)
ASSISTS - Cory Larose (17), Chad Wiseman (15)
POINTS - Chad Wiseman (28), Cory Larose (23)
PENALTY MINUTES - Garth Murray (85), Richard Scott (79)
SHOTS ON GOAL - Chad Wiseman (112), Layne Ulmer (102)
PLUS/MINUS - Ken Gernander (+11), Matt Kinch, Lawrence Nicholat (+10)UPCOMING GAMES:
Thursday, January 8, 2004 - Wolf Pack at Houston (8:00 PM ET)
Friday, January 9, 2004 - Wolf Pack at San Antonio (8:00 PM ET)
Sunday, January 11, 2004 - Wolf Pack at Manchester (4:05 PM ET)RECENT GAME RECAPS:January 4, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Norfolk Admirals 2
Dominic Moore scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack past the Norfolk Admirals, 5-2. Moore opened the scoring with his second power-play marker of the season 3:45 into the opening period and scored again early in the third to give Hartford a 5-0 lead. Chad Wiseman delivered a goal and an assist, and Bobby Andrews scored shorthanded for the Wolf Pack, who have won two in a row after snapping a five-game losing streak. Jason LaBarbera turned aside 20 shots to pick up the win, improving to 13-5-3. Shawn Thornton and Mikhail Yakubov both tallied for Norfolk, which had its five-game winning streak snapped. Craig Anderson gave up three goals on just 12 shots for the loss.January 3, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins 2
Chad Wiseman scored the eventual game-winning goal to help the Hartford Wolf Pack come from behind to beat the Wilkes-Barre Penguins, 4-2. Wiseman potted an unassisted goal, his 12th of the year, at the 5:19 mark of the third period. He also assisted on a goal by Benoit Dusablon that tied the score at 2-2 midway through the second period. With Hartford trailing 2-0, Lucas Lawson scored his first goal with the Wolf Pack at the 7:38 mark of the middle period. Jason LaBarbera had 18 saves in the contest to help snap a five-game losing streak for Hartford. Dave Karpa, who played for the Wolf Pack last season, and Matt Murley both scored for Wilkes-Barre, which fell to 10-7-0 at home. Andy Chiodo had 20 saves in the loss.January 2, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Hershey Bears 4
Peter Budaj stopped a season-high 52 shots and the Hershey Bears scored three power-play goals to double up the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-2. Budaj made a combined 35 saves over the first two periods and stopped 17 of 19 shots in the third period to earn his 10th win of the season. Sheldon Keefe and Brett Clark each scored a man-advantage goal in the first period to give Hershey a 2-0 lead, Steve Brule buried a marker 110 seconds into the second, and D.J. Smith added a third power-play goal 6:28 later. Charlie Stephens collected three helpers for the Bears, who have earned at least one point in the standings in four straight games (2-0-1-1). Layne Ulmer netted back-to-back goals, including a shorthanded tally, in a 73-second span of the third period for Hartford. Phil Osaer surrendered four goals on 15 shots in a losing effort for the Wolf Pack, who have dropped five straight games.December 31, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 1, Springfield Falcons 4
Krystofer Kolanos recorded a hat trick and David LeNeveu made 55 saves to lead the Springfield Falcons to a 4-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Kolanos struck twice in the first period and tallied into an empty net with 20 seconds remaining to complete his first career AHL hat trick. LeNeveu stopped all 24 shots he faced in the second period and turned away 21 of 22 in the third, finishing with the second-highest save total in the league this season. Peter Ferraro and Goran Bezina each supplied a pair of assists for Springfield, which has won two games in a row on the heels of a five-game losing skid. Benoit Dusablon ended LeNeveu's shutout bid 4:44 into the third period for Hartford, which has managed a total of two goals in losing its last four games. Phil Osaer made 19 saves in the loss for the Wolf Pack, who had gone 3-0-1 in the previous four meetings with the Falcons.December 30, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 0, Worcester Ice Cats 4
Curtis Sanford made 35 saves as the Worcester IceCats blanked the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-0. Sanford stopped all 27 shots he faced between the second and third periods to earn his third win and second shutout of the season. Ernie Hartlieb and Peter Sejna each notched a power-play goal and an assist for Worcester, which snapped a three-game winless skid. Jeff Panzer scored in the third period for the IceCats, who shut out an opponent for the third time during the month of December. Phil Osaer allowed two goals on only seven shots before being replaced by Jason LaBarbera for Hartford, which has dropped three straight games for the first time this season.