The Hartford Wolf Pack are currently riding an eight-game unbeaten streak (6-0-2-0), following three shutouts in the past week. The Pack blanked Utah in a two-game road set, 5-0 and 1-0 and also picked up a shutout win over Manchester, 5-0. Hartford skated to a 1-1 tie with Portland to round out their week.
The Pack have outscored their opponents 12-1 in the last last week and 24-7 over the eight-game stretch. The club's last loss came on January 2, a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Hershey Bears at the Hartford Civic Center.
Hartford sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 24-12-6-1 clip for 55 points in 43 games played. Their 55 points rank third in the AHL as does their .640 winning percentage. The Pack's 13 road wins are tied for first in the league with Bridgeport.
TEAM LEADERS: GOALS - Chad Wiseman (13), Layne Ulmer (13) ASSISTS - Cory Larose (19), Chad Wiseman (15) POINTS - Chad Wiseman (28), Cory Larose (26) PENALTY MINUTES - Garth Murray (94), Richard Scott (79) SHOTS ON GOAL - Layne Ulmer (108), Chad Wiseman (112) PLUS/MINUS - Ken Gernander (+17), Jason MacDonald / Lawrence Nycholat (+14)
UPCOMING GAMES: Wednesday, January 21, 2004 vs. Providence Bruins (7:05 PM ET) Friday, January 23, 2004 at Providence Bruins (7:05 PM ET) Saturday, January 24, 2004 vs. Manchester Monarchs (7:05 PM ET) Sunday, January 25, 2004 vs. Manchester Monarchs (4:05 PM ET)
RECENT GAME RECAPS: January 18, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Utah Grizzlies 0 Five players scored and Jason Labarbera recorded his fourth shutout in six games as the Hartford Wolf Pack blanked the Utah Grizzlies, 5-0. Cory Larose broke a six-game scoreless streak with a goal and two assists and Layne Ulmer finished with three assists as Hartford had all of its goals in a 26:28-span, beginning with a score by Larose 10:57 into the second period. LaBarbera, who leads all of minor league hockey with eight shutouts this year, stopped 24 shots to extend his scoreless streak to 139:56 and improve to 17-5-5. In his previous outing, the 24-year-old turned away all 16 shots he faced to defeat Utah January 17. With the win, the Wolf Pack are unbeaten (6-0-2-0) over their last eight contests, outscoring their opponents, 24-7. Jason Bacashihua made 21 saves for the Grizzlies, who have just three goals in their last five games and have dropped three straight overall.
January 17, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 1, Utah Grizzlies 0 Jason LaBarbera earned his league-leading seventh shutout as the Hartford Wolf Pack edged the Utah Grizzlies, 1-0. LaBarbera stopped 16 shots, including just eight over the final 40 minutes, to post his third shutout in his last five starts and lower his goals-against average to 1.53. Garth Murray scored the eventual game-winner at 9:13 of the first period with Paul Healey and Dominic Moore assistings for Hartford, which out-shot Utah 40-16. Dan Ellis made 13 of his 39 saves in the third period to suffer the hard-luck loss for the Grizzlies, who were shutout for the third time in their last seven games.
January 14, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 1, Portland Pirates 1 (OT) Ivan Ciernik scored early in the third period to help the Portland Pirates tie the Hartford Wolf Pack, 1-1. Ciernik collected his fifth goal of the season 5:04 into the final stanza for Portland, which has skated to four ties over its last 11 contests. Maxime Ouellet had three saves in overtime and 25 overall for the Pirates. Garth Murray opened the scoring 37 seconds into the second period for Hartford, which is undefeated over its last six games (4-0-2-0). Jason LaBarbera finished with 24 saves for the Wolf Pack.
b>January 11, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Manchester Monarchs 0 Jason LaBarbera turned aside 26 shots and Jason MacDonald collected three points as the Hartford Wolf Pack blanked the Manchester Monarchs, 5-0. LaBarbera stopped 13 attempts in the final period to post his league-leading sixth shutout of the season. MacDonald assisted on the first goal of the game, scored by Benoit Dusablon 6:37 into the match, notched his 10th marker of the season nine seconds from the end of the first period, then assisted on a second period goal by Bobby Andrews. Ken Gernander and Jeff Heerema also collected goals for Hartford, which is unbeaten in its last four games. Adam Hauser, before being relieved by Mathieu Chouinard at the the start of the second, allowed three goals on 10 shots to suffer the loss for Manchester, which has collected points in 19 of 24 home contests this season.
MISC. WOLF PACK NOTES: LaBarbera Named AHL Player of the Week January 12, 2004 (Springfield, MA) -- The American Hockey League announced today that Hartford Wolf Pack goaltender Jason LaBarbera has been named the Sher-Wood AHL Player of the Week for the period ending January 11, 2004. In three games, LaBarbera stopped 80 of 82 shots and posted two shutouts as the Wolf Pack extended its unbeaten streak to five games.
As Hartford embarked on a three-game road trip, LaBarbera, in his second full AHL season, made 31 saves on Thursday night to help the Wolf Pack to a 1-0 overtime victory at the Toyota Center in Houston. A night later, he stopped 23 shots in a 2-2 tie at San Antonio, and Sunday, LaBarbera logged 26 saves in a 5-0 win at Manchester, finishing the week with a record of 2-0-1, a 0.63 goals against average and a .976 save percentage.