The Hartford Wolf Pack concluded the weekend with a 2-1-0 mark, skating past the Portland Pirates (3-2) and Providence Bruins (3-1), while falling to Utah Grizzlies (4-2).
The Pack remain tied with the Bruins for first place in the Atlantic Division with 35 points (15-7-4-1) through the first 27 games of the season. Providence sits at 15-9-5-0 through 29 matches.
Hartford's lone loss of the weekend came on home ice, marking only their second defeat at the Civic Center this season. The Wolf Pack (9-2-4-0) and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (10-2-2-1) are the only two clubs in the AHL with two or fewer losses at home.
TEAM LEADERS: GOALS - Jason MacDonald (9), Layne Ulmer (9) ASSISTS - Chad Wiseman (13), Cory Larose (13) POINTS - Chad Wiseman (21), Cory Larose (18) PENALTY MINUTES - Richard Scott (79), Jason MacDonald (69) SHOTS ON GOAL - Jason MacDonald (71), Fedor Tyutin (71) PLUS/MINUS - Ken Gernander (+10), Lawrence Nicholat (+9)
UPCOMING GAMES: Friday, December 19 at Providence Bruins (7:05 PM ET) Saturday, December 20 vs. Springfield Falcons (7:05 PM ET)
RECENT GAME RECAPS: December 14, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Portland Pirates 2 (OT) Dominic Moore scored 82 seconds into overtime to lift the Hartford Wolf Pack over the Portland Pirates, 3-2. Moore netted his fourth goal of the season and his second game-winner to give Hartford the victory. Cory Larose dished out a pair of assists to help the Wolf Pack win for the fourth time in their last six games. Phil Osaer stopped 26 shots to pick up the win. Garret Stroshein and Andrej Podkonicky scored for Portland, which has just one win in its last nine games (1-5-1-2).
December 13, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Utah Grizzlies 4 Dylan Gyori scored the eventual game-winning goal as the Utah Grizzlies beat the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-2. Gyori potted a power-play goal, his third marker of the year, to snap a 2-2 tie with 10:35 remaining. Steve Gainey scored a shorthanded goal 65 seconds into the middle period and Justin Cox tallied for the fifth time this year, a power-play goal at the 5:33 mark of the second period that supplied Utah with a 2-0 lead. David Oliver collected three assists and Rob Valicevic supplied a goal and two helpers for the Grizzlies, who improved to 4-6-1 on the road. Mike Smith had 36 saves, including 26 over the first two periods, for the win. Chad Wiseman and Ken Gernander scored for Hartford, which lost for just the second time at home in 14 games.
December 12, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Providence Bruins 1 Paul Healey produced a goal and an assist to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-1 victory over the Providence Bruins. Healey tied the score at 1-1 on the power play 4:19 into the second period and had a hand in Layne Ulmer's go-ahead goal 83 seconds into the third. Ulmer has scored five times in as many games against Providence but has managed just four tallies in 18 contests against the rest of the league. Chad Wiseman scored into an empty net with 20 seconds remaining to seal Hartford's third win in five meetings with the Bruins this season (3-1-1). Phil Osaer made 15 saves to improve to 5-4-1. Carl Corazzini opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal for Providence, which saw its four-game undefeated streak (3-0-1) come to and end. Tim Thomas made 21 saves in the loss for the Bruins.
MISC. WOLF PACK NOTES: Wolf Pack Offer Ticket-Redemption Opportunity Hartford, December 8, 2003 -- The Hartford Wolf Pack are offering a ticket-redemption opportunity for their game of Saturday, December 6, which was impacted by the snowstorm that hit the New England region.
All fans, including the Wolf Pack's valued season-ticket and game-plan holders, who purchased a ticket to the December 6 game can redeem it, at the Hartford Civic Center box office only, for a complimentary ticket (not necessarily for the same seat location) to the Wolf Pack's home game Sunday, January 4 vs. the Norfolk Admirals (4:05 PM faceoff), subject to ticket availability. This offer is good whether or not the ticket was actually used to attend the December 6 game. That is, both fans who came to the game Saturday and those ticket-holders who chose not to, can take advantage of the redemption opportunity.
Additionally, the in-game concert scheduled for December 6th has been tentatively rescheduled for the January 4th game. The concert is sponsored by Radio Disney and features national recording artists Jessie McCartney, Greg Raposo and Stevie Brock.
Wolf Pack 2003-04 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. And for Wolf Pack sponsorship/advertising opportunities, contact Sales at 860-246-7825.