The Hartford Wolf Pack closed their recent three-game road trip with a 2-0-1 mark, with strong wins over Houston and Manchester and a 2-2 tie at San Antonio.
Hartford now leads the Atlantic Division by five points over the Manchester Monarchs. At 22-12-5-1 (50 points) through 40 games, the Pack boast a .625 winning percentage, good for third in the AHL.
TEAM LEADERS: GOALS - Chad Wiseman (13), Layne Ulmer (13) ASSISTS - Cory Larose (17), Chad Wiseman (15) POINTS - Chad Wiseman (28), Cory Larose (23) PENALTY MINUTES - Garth Murray (87), Richard Scott (79) SHOTS ON GOAL - Chad Wiseman (113), Layne Ulmer (108) PLUS/MINUS - Ken Gernander (+14), Matt Kinch (+12)
UPCOMING GAMES: Wednesday, January 14, 2004 - Wolf Pack vs. Portland Pirates (7:05 PM ET) Saturday, January 17, 2004 - Wolf Pack at Utah Grizzlies (9:05 PM ET)
RECENT GAME RECAPS: 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.
January 9, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 2, San Antonio Rampage 2 (OT) Michel Periard and Eric Beaudoin scored consecutive goals to help the San Antonio Rampage gain a 2-2 tie with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Trailing 2-0, Periard netted his fifth goal of the year late in the second period and Beaudoin tied it 25 seconds into the third to extend his point streak to five games (five goals, one assist). Simon Lajeunesse turned away 11 shots in the second period and finished with 25 saves for San Antonio, which won for the first time in 10 games it trailed after one period (1-7-2-0). Bobby Andrews and Dominic Moore both had a goal within the first 13:03 for Hartford, which had won three in a row. Jason LaBarbera stopped 23 shots to move to 14-5-3 for the Wolf Pack.
January 8, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 1, Houston Aeros 0 (OT) Ken Gernander scored late in overtime and Jason LaBarbera made 31 saves to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 1-0 victory over the Houston Aeros. Gernander tallied with only 12 seconds left in the extra period to record his seventh goal of the season. LaBarbera stopped all 12 shots he faced between the third period and overtime to post his 14th win and fifth shutout of the season. Dominic Moore had an assist for Hartford, which has won three consecutive games after dropping five in a row. Johan Holmqvist turned away 28 of 29 shots for Houston, which is winless in its last seven games after going 9-1-0-0 over its previous 10.
MISC. WOLF PACK NOTES: Rangers Claim Heerema Off Waivers; Assigned to Hartford (AHL) January 10, 2004 - Rangers President, General Manager and Head Coach Glen Sather announced today that right wing Jeff Heerema has been claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Blues and has been assigned to Hartford of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Heerema, 23, has skated in 22 games with St. Louis this season, collecting one goal and two assists for three points, along with four penalty minutes. He has also appeared in one game with the Worcester Ice Cats (AHL), collecting two penalty minutes.
The native of Thunder Bay, Ontario was claimed off waivers by the Rangers earlier in the season (September 30 - from the Carolina Hurricanes) before the Blues claimed him from the Blueshirts during the NHL Waiver Draft on October 3.
Wolf Pack Recall State From Charlotte (ECHL) January 9, 2004 - The Hartford Wolf Pack recalled defenseman Jeff State today from the Charlotte Checkers. State has appeared in 24 games for Charlotte so far this season, earning five assists for five points and 24 penalty minutes. This will be State's first stint with the Wolf Pack this season, after playing in 39 games for Hartford in 2002-03.
Tyutin, Wiseman Named to AHL All-Star Teams January 8, 2004 - The American Hockey League announced the Canadian and PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team rosters for the 2004 Pepsi AHL All-Star Classic, to be played on Monday, February 9 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Among the players selected to participate were Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Fedor Tjutin (right - PlanetUSA) and left wing Chad Wiseman (Canadian).
Tyutin has appeared in 37 games with the Pack this season and ranks second among Hartford blueliners with 12 points. His three goals lead Wolf Pack defenseman while his nine assists rank second on the squad. Tyutin also ranks fifth on the club with a plus-seven rating on the season thus far.
The first-time AHL All-Star selection will possibly miss the Classic after suffering a sprained MCL on the club's recent road trip. He is expected to miss four-to-seix weeks due to the injury.
Wiseman, who was recalled by New York on Tuesday, leads Hartford with 28 points in 36 games this season. His 13 goals are tied with Layne Ulmer for the club lead, while his 15 assists rank second on the team.
Wolf Pack Recall Jamieson from Charlotte (ECHL) January 6, 2004 - The Hartford Wolf Pack has recalled right wing Dusty Jamieson from the Charlotte Checkers. Jamieson is Charlotte's second-leading scorer with 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points in 24 games. This will be Jamieson's second stint with Hartford this season. Earlier in the season Dusty played in four games with the Pack.