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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - February 17 to 23

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

Earning three points in three games, Hartford continues to stay in the 'middle of the pack' in the AHL playoff race. The Wolf Pack began the week with a loss to their division rival Sound Tigers. Two third period Bridgeport goals broke a 2-2 tie, and moved the Sound Tigers two more points ahead of the Pack in the standings. Hartford rebounded the following night with a 5-2 win over the Albany River Rats. The Wolf Pack completed their three games in three nights stretch with a 2-2 tie vs. the Manchester Monarchs on Sunday.

Hartford, February 21, 2003 -- Trent Hunter and Mattias Weinhandl both had a third-period goal and two assists to help the Bridgeport Sound Tigers beat the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-2. Both players assisted on a power-play goal by Justin Mapletoft that tied the score at 1-1 with 3:59 remaining in the second period. Hunter later snapped a 2-2 tie on the power play 5:02 into the third and assisted on an empty-net marker by Weinhandl with 45 seconds left. Mapletoft finished with a goal and an assist for Bridgeport, which has won nine of its last 11 contests. Rick DiPietro turned away 25 of 27 shots for the win. Bobby Andrews (right) scored twice in the middle stanza for Hartford, which is now 2-4-0-1 in its last seven home games. Jason LaBarbera surrendered three goals on 29 shots for the loss.

Albany, February 22, 2003 -- Nils Ekman scored a pair of goals to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack past the Albany River Rats, 5-2. Ekman opened the scoring on his 19th of the season with 6:53 left in the first period and tallied late in the second to cap his fourth multi-goal game of the year. Ken Gernander, Garth Murray and Bobby Andrews each scored for Hartford, which snapped its two-game losing skid. Johan Holmqvist made 27 saves, including 14 in the third period, for the win. Dave Roche and Stephen Guolla each tallied for Albany, which is winless in its last five games (0-4-1). Ari Ahonen gave up all five goals on 28 shots for the loss.

Hartford, February 23, 2003 -- Travis Scott made 29 saves and Steve Kelly tied the score late in the second period as the Manchester Monarchs picked up a point in a 2-2 tie with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Scott stopped 18 of 20 shots over the first two periods, all four that he saw in the third and a season-high seven in overtime to preserve the tie and end his four-game losing streak. Eric Healey opened the scoring with his team-leading 30th of the season just 22 seconds into the match and Steve Kelly tied the score at 2-2 on the power play with 38 seconds remaining in the second stanza for Manchester, which opened its 10-game road trip riding a four-game winless streak (0-3-1). John Tripp and Roman Lyashenko each tallied for Hartford, which finished its five-game homestand with a 2-2-1 mark. Johan Holmqvist made 21 saves, including all seven shots he faced in the third, but was not challenged in overtime.

* Cory Larose registered one assist in his first three games with the Wolf Pack. Larose was acquired from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for left wing Jay Henderson on February 20 ... Skated in 58 matches with the Houston Aeros (AHL) prior to the trade, collecting 18 goals and 38 assists for 56 points, along with 57 penalty minutes.

* Nils Ekman registered his fourth multi-goal game of the season on Saturday, tallying two goals against the Albany River Rats ... Ranks second on the team with 20 goals.

The Hartford Wolf Pack have weekend home dates this Friday against Bridgeport (7:05 PM ET) and Sunday vs. Manchester (4:05 PM ET). In addition to fast-paced AHL action, fans can also grab hold of some entertaining promotional items at the Hartford Civic Center.

At Friday's game, the first 5,000 fans into the game will receive a free foam puck, courtesy of Radio Disney. Also, the first 2,003 kids 12 or under through the doors will get a regulation-size street hockey stick. The Guida Supercow from Guida Dairies will also be on hand, promoting good nutrition, and being a Friday night, it's another Family Night. Packages of four seats, four Kayem hot dogs, or slices of pizza, four sodas and a team souvenir can be purchased for as low as $56. To order Family Night packages, call the Wolf Pack ticket office at 860-548-2000.

Sunday is 'Jersey Pride Night' at the Civic Center. Any fan who wears his or her favorite jersey to the game can purchase a ticket, for Sunday's game only, at the Civic Center box office for just $10. Additionally, you can exchange your old jersey at the Pack Shop in the Civic Center Mall, and you'll receive a 10% discount on the purchase of a new Wolf Pack jersey. Also on Sunday, the first 1,080 kids 12 or under to enter the game will receive a growth chart from FootPrints and WTIC-AM 1080.
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