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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - February 9 to 15

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The Hartford Wolf Pack returned from the 2004 American Hockey League All-Star break and picked up a pair of wins, including one that re-wrote the league record book.

On February 13, the Wolf Pack blanked the Philadelphia Phantoms, 4-0, marking the club's 12th shutout of the season. In doing so, goaltender Jason LaBarbera snapped a 61-year-old AHL record by posting his 10th shutout of the season. He stopped 12 shots in the first period, turned aside seven in the second and made 14 saves in the final stanza to break a record first established by the Buffalo Bisons' Gordon Bell during the 1942-43 season.

The following night, Hartford skated past the San Antonio Rampage, 3-1, at the Civic Center.

At 29-16-8-1, the Pack sit atop the Atlantic Division with 67 points through 54 games.


TEAM LEADERS:
GOALS - Chad Wiseman (16), Layne Ulmer (15)
ASSISTS - Cory Larose (26), Chad Wiseman (17)
POINTS - Cory Larose (35), Chad Wiseman (33)
PENALTY MINUTES - Garth Murray (111), Jason MacDonald (101)
SHOTS ON GOAL - Layne Ulmer (143), Cory Larose (128)
PLUS/MINUS - Matt Kinch (+14), Jayme Filipowicz / Lawrence Nycholat (+12)


UPCOMING GAMES:
Wednesday, February 18 at Springfield Falcons (7:05 PM ET)
Friday, February 20, 2004 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7:05 PM ET)
Saturday, February 21, 2004 vs. Worcester Ice Cats (7:35 PM ET)


RECENT GAME RECAPS:
February 14, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 3, San Antonio Rampage 1
Jason LaBarbera snapped a 61-year-old AHL record by recording his 10th shutout of the season in the Hartford Wolf Pack's 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phantoms. LaBarbera made 14 of his 33 saves in the third period to extend his scoreless streak to 173:27 and earn his league-leading 20th win of the season. Garth Murray netted a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner at 8:17 of the middle stanza, and Cory Larose finished with a power-play goal and two assists for Hartford, which has allowed just one goal during its current three-game winning streak. Neil Little surrendered three goals on 17 shots to suffer the loss for Philadelphia, which lost for just the third time in its last 15 games (11-3-1-0).

February 13, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Philadelphia Phantoms 0
Jason LaBarbera snapped a 61-year-old AHL record by recording his 10th shutout of the season in the Hartford Wolf Pack's 4-0 victory over the Philadelphia Phantoms. LaBarbera made 14 of his 33 saves in the third period to extend his scoreless streak to 173:27 and earn his league-leading 20th win of the season. Garth Murray netted a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner at 8:17 of the middle stanza, and Cory Larose finished with a power-play goal and two assists for Hartford, which has allowed just one goal during its current three-game winning streak. Neil Little surrendered three goals on 17 shots to suffer the loss for Philadelphia, which lost for just the third time in its last 15 games (11-3-1-0).



MISC. WOLF PACK NOTES:
Wiseman Shines in AHL All-Star Classic
Grand Rapids, MI - February 9, 2004 -- Hartford Wolf pack center Chad Wiseman tallied a goal and two assists in the 2004 AHL All-Star Game to help lead the Canadian All-Stars to a 9-5 victory over the PlanetUSA All-Stars in front of 9,220 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Wiseman, 22, leads the Wolf Pack with 15 goals and 31 points and is tied for second on the club with 16 assists in 42 games this season.

A five-goal second period was highlighted by a goal and two assists by Mike Zigomanis of the Lowell Lock Monsters. Zigomanis scored what would be the game winning goal with 5:17 left in the second, and his three-point effort earned him honors as the game's Most Valuable Player.

Wiseman and Benoit Gratton of the Hamilton Bulldogs also recorded a goal and two assists apiece for the Canadian team, which won its fifth consecutive AHL All-Star Game.

Rookie defenseman Aaron Johnson of the Syracuse Crunch scored twice, while Eric Perrin of the Hershey Bears and team captain Terry Virtue of the Worcester IceCats picked up two assists each.

Wade Dubielewicz of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Canadians, and Ray Emery of the Binghamton Senators turned aside 22 of 25. Emery earned the victory for the second straight season, and joins current Minnesota Wild goaltender and 2004 NHL All-Star Dwayne Roloson as the only players with two career AHL All-Star wins.
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