Hartford Wolf Pack Update - February 24 to March 2
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The Hartford Wolf Pack collected three important points in the standings (1-1-1-0) this past week as they remain in the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. With a record of 26-23-9-4 (65 points), the Pack trail the second place Binghamton Senators (70 points) and the division-leading Bridgeport Sound Tigers (74 points) with 18 games remaining in the regular season. Hartford still has four games remaining with Bridgeport.
Hartford's win this past weekend came on Saturday as John Tripp netted a pair of goals to lead the Wolf Pack past the Senators, 5-1, at the Civic Center. The Pack are back in action this upcoming weekend as they host the Springfield Falcons on Friday (7:05 PM ET) and the Albany River Rats on Saturday (7:05 PM ET).
GAME RECAPS: Springfield, February 28, 2003 -- Jason Jaspers' shorthanded goal was the difference as the Springfield Falcons defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2. Jaspers completed a three-goal, second-period rally with his fourth goal of the season at 18:18 of the middle session. Sheldon Keefe and Brian Holzinger also scored in the second period as Springfield overcame a 2-0 deficit after the first period to win for the first time in four games (1-2-0-1). Dan Smith supplied two assists and Jean-Marc Pelletier stopped 25 shots for the Falcons. Ken Gernander and Garrett Burnett scored for Hartford, which fell to 14-6-4-1 when leading after the first period. Johan Holmqvist stopped 28 shots in defeat for the Wolf Pack.
Hartford, March 1, 2003 -- John Tripp scored a pair of goals and Johan Holmqvist made a season-high 44 saves as the Hartford Wolf Pack downed the Binghamton Senators, 5-1. Tripp, who leads the team with 27 goals, gave Hartford a 4-0 lead 5:31 into the second period and closed the scoring with a power-play marker late in the third. Holmqvist stopped 32 shots over the final two periods en route to his 13th win of the season. Nils Ekman had a goal and an assist and Cory Larose and Billy Tibbetts each scored for the Wolf Pack, who snapped their three-game winless streak at home. Jason Spezza notched the lone goal for Binghamton, which fell to 0-4 against Hartford this season. Simon Lajeunesse allowed five goals on 30 shots to take the loss.
Worcester, March 2, 2003 -- Chris Corrinet scored twice in the final four minutes to rally the Worcester IceCats to a 3-3 tie against the Hartford Wolf Pack. Corrinet, who had only two goals in 44 games entering the contest, scored his third of the season with 3:57 remaining and tied the score on a power play 2:25 later. Sergei Varlamov scored in the second period and added an assist for Worcester, which improved to 3-1-1-0 over its last five games. Cory Larose scored his second goal in six games since joining Hartford, which remained unbeaten in four meetings with the IceCats this season (2-0-2).
WOLF PACK NOTES: Defenseman Janne Laukkanen, who was aquired by the Rangers from the Pittsburgh Penguins on February 10, was assigned to Hartford on a conditioning stint on February 26. In three games with the Pack, Laukkanen has posted a plus-three rating.
Center Cory Larose scored his first goal as a member of the Wolf Pack in Hartford's 5-1 win over Binghamton this past Saturday. Larose, who was aquired by the Rangers from the Minnesota Wild on February 20, has recorded five points in six games (two goals, three assists) since joining the Pack.