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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - January 25 to February 2

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


With a record of 22-20-6-3 (53 points) going into tonight's AHL All-Star Classic, the Hartford Wolf Pack trail the second place Sound Tigers (57points) by four points, and the first place Binghamton Senators (60 points) by only seven points. John Tripp (21 goals, 11 assists) makes his AHL All-Star Game debut tonight in Portland Maine (7:00 PM ET - Fox Sports Net New York).

GAME RECAPS:
Hartford, January 25, 2003 -- Norm Maracle stopped 37 shots and Derek MacKenzie had a goal and two assists to lead the Chicago Wolves to a 4-1 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Maracle, who did not allow a goal over the final 59 minutes, turned away 27 shots over the final two periods to win his third straight decision. MacKenzie helped Chicago erase an early 1-0 deficit by assisting on the first of three unanswered first-period goals for the Wolves, who are unbeaten in their last five games (4-0-1). Former Hartford Whaler, Rob Brown capped the first-period scoring with an assist from MacKenzie, who added a shorthanded goal in the third period. Dixon Ward scored a goal and Jason LaBarbera, who has dropped four of his last five starts, made 28 saves for Hartford, which blanked Chicago, 4-0, back on November 2.

Albany, January 29, 2003 -- Jay Henderson and Roman Lyashenko each scored in the third period to help the Hartford Wolf Pack rally past the Albany River Rats, 5-3. Henderson broke a 3-3 tie with a power-play goal to give Hartford its first lead of the game midway through the final period. Lyashenko, who added a pair of assists, netted his ninth of the season with 3:03 remaining in the game. Nils Ekman scored a pair of goals for the Wolf Pack, who have won four of their last six road games. Johan Holmqvist made 32 saves to pick up his eighth win of the season. Joe Hulbig recorded his first hat trick of the year for Albany, which has dropped five of its last six games. Ari Ahonen allowed five goals on 30 shots to take the loss.

Manchester, January 31, 2003 -- Nils Ekman recorded a hat trick to help the Hartford Wolf Pack rally from a two-goal deficit and defeat the Manchester Monarchs, 4-2. Ekman, who has five goals in his last two games, scored a power-play goal with 2:08 remaining in the first, tallied a shorthanded marker to snap a 2-2 tie early in the second and scored into an empty net to complete the trifecta. Dixon Ward scored a power-play goal late in the first period and Johan Holmqvist stopped 23 of 25 shots to earn the victory for Hartford, which has won three of its last four games. Jeff Giuliano and Eric Healey scored back-to-back goals in the first period to stake Manchester to an early 2-0 lead. Travis Scott surrendered three goals on 27 shots for the Monarchs, who suffered their first regulation loss when scoring first (16-1-2-1).

Saint John, February 1, 2003 -- Jason Morgan and Robert Dome had two points a-piece to lead the Saint John Flames over the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-1. Morgan, who leads the team with 35 points, scored the first goal of the game at the 16:26 mark of the first period with Dome assisting and then returned the favor, earning a helper on a goal by Dome midway through the third. Garett Bembridge, a former member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, buried the game-winning goal on a penalty shot late in the second period and Chuck Kobasew added a third period score for Saint John, which has won three straight home games. Levente Szuper stopped 32 of 33 shots, including 29 over the final two periods, to earn the victory for the Flames. Patrick Yetman scored the lone goal and Johan Holmqvist surrendered four goals on 26 shots to suffer the loss for Hartford, which fell to 1-14-3-2 when trailing after two periods.


WOLF PACK NOTES:
John Tripp will makes his first appearance in the AHL All-Star Classic in Portland, Maine tonight ... Leads the Pack in goals this season with 21.

Jay Henderson has recorded two goals and three assists, along with 17 penalty minutes in nine games since being acquired from the Boston Bruins on January 17 ... Ranks second on the team in total penalty minutes with 169.

Defenseman Mike Mottau was traded to the Calgary Flames on January 22 in exchange for a conditional draft choice ... Mottau appeared in 29 matches for the Wolf Pack this season registering one goal and 16 assists for 17 points, along with 24 penalty minutes.


WOLF PACK ANNOUNCE 'WEST HARTFORD FAMILY FUN NIGHT'
January 28, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack Vice President and General Manager Al Coates announced today that the Parent Teacher Organizations (PTOs) of eight West Hartford Schools have joined together for a "West Hartford Family Fun Night" at the Wolf Pack's home game on March 1 vs. Binghamton (7:05 PM ET).

"It will be a night to show our school and town spirit while enjoying some terrific hockey," event organizer Joe Cohen said. The PTO's of Aiken, Bugbee, Duffy, King Phillip, Norfeldt, Sedgwick, Webster Hill and Solomon Schechter Day Schools have teamed up with the Wolf Pack to offer discounted tickets to their students, faculty, family and friends. West Hartford Mayor Jonathan Harris has lent his support to the event and will be dropping the ceremonial first puck at the game.

"This is a great opportunity for our town," Harris said. "This town night is a great way for our community to come together for a fun night of family entertainment, school spirit, and hockey excitement. The residents of West Hartford have been and will continue to be big supporters of the Hartford Wolf Pack."

Several of the schools have made this a fundraising effort, with all profits raised retained by the school, and the Wolf Pack have included some incentives for the schools. The school selling the most tickets will have the opportunity to have its band play in the Hartford Civic Center during the game. Each order enters the students into a raffle to win Wolf Pack merchandise, free parking, or a "meet-and-greet" session with Wolf Pack players. Several popular children's television characters will also be in attendance at the March 1st game. The scheduled guests will be: SpongeBob Square Pants, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Scooby Doo, and Blue from "Blue's Clues".

The deadline for ticket orders is Wednesday, February 12, 2003. The ticket discounts are open to all West Hartford residents, not only those people affiliated with the eight participating schools. To purchase tickets, or for more information, please contact either Joe Cohen at 232-8640 or Joe Cote at 246-7825, ext. 450.
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