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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - March 1 to 7

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The Hartford Wolf Pack remain in first place in the American Hockey League's Atlantic Division through 63 games, posting a 34-16-11-2 record for 81 points. The Manchester Monarchs currently sit in second place in the Atlantic, trailing the Pack by 10 points (71).

The Wolf Pack are currently riding a four game unbeaten streak (2-0-2) and have not lost in regulation in their last 13 matches (9-0-3-1).

Hartford's 34 wins rank fourth in the AHL, while their 16 losses are the lowest total among any team in the league. In addition, the Pack's .643 winning percentage ranks third in the AHL.

The Grand Rapids Griffins lead the AHL with 86 points and are the only club to mathematically clinch a playoff spot thus far.


TEAM LEADERS:
GOALS - Layne Ulmer (18), Chad Wiseman (18)
ASSISTS - Cory Larose (28), Chad Wiseman (22)
POINTS - Chad Wiseman (40), Cory Larose (39)
PENALTY MINUTES - Garth Murray (133), Jayme Filipowicz (114)
SHOTS ON GOAL - Layne Ulmer (166), Cory Larose (153)
PLUS/MINUS - Matt Kinch (+22), Benoit Dusablon (+17)


UPCOMING GAMES:
Wednesday, March 10 vs. Worcester Ice Cats (7:05 PM ET)
Friday, March 12 at Springfield Falcons (7:35 PM ET)
Saturday, March 13, 2004 at Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7:05 PM ET)
Sunday, March 14 at Lowel Lock Monsters (4:00 PM ET)


RECENT GAME RECAPS:
March 6, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 0, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 0
Stephen Valiquette recorded a shutout in his debut for the Hartford Wolf Pack during a 0-0 tie against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Valiquette, who was recently acquired in a trade from the Edmonton Oilers, stopped 14 shots in the second period, helped kill off six Bridgeport power-play opportunities and finished with 32 saves overall to preserve the 16th shutout of the season for Hartford. Wade Dubielewicz turned aside all 26 shots, including three in overtime, to earn his sixth shutout for Sound Tigers.

March 3, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Utah Grizzlies 1
Chad Wiseman scored in overtime to propel the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 2-1 triumph over the Utah Grizzlies. Wiseman collected his seventh game-winning goal of the season 3:32 into the extra period. Benoit Dusablon knotted the contest at 1-1 midway through the third period for Hartford, which improved to 5-2-10 in the overtime this season. Jason LaBarbera finished with 24 saves for the Wolf Pack. Jarrod Skalde opened the scoring 8:24 into the third period for Utah, which had won its previous two games, both in overtime. Jason Bacashihua had five saves in the extra period and 34 overall in defeat.


WOLF PACK NOTES:
Goaltender Meyer Retires from Hockey
March 3, 2004 - The AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack and the Charlotte Checkers announce today the retirement of goaltender Scott Meyer. Meyer, under contract to AHL Hartford, is retiring from professional hockey for personal and family reasons. The announcement is made today by Hartford General Manager Jim Schoenfeld and Checkers interim Head Coach and General Manager, Derek Wilkinson. The White Bear Lake, Minnesota native is back in his home state, and next week will begin a job as a mortgage broker in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Meyer was in his third season of professional hockey, and had established himself as one of the top goalies in the ECHL. He played in 32 games for the Checkers this season with a record of 15-11-2, a 2.43 goals against average and a .923 save percentage. He has been selected as "Goalie of the Week" twice this season and was also "Goalie of the Month" for February last season. Meyer also had three shutouts this season and is the Checkers career-leader in shutouts with six. He also currently holds the best all-time save percentage among Checkers goaltenders.

"It was a very tough decision to do this at this time but I really feel it is best for my family," remarked Meyer. "I've been putting this off for a while and I tried to hold off as long as I could. I know it's a tough situation for the Checkers right now with David St. Germain being up in Hartford. Gregg Naumenko is a great goalie and if St. Germain comes back the Checkers will be fine. I really enjoyed playing this season, which made the decision even harder. Derek is doing a terrific job with the Checkers and I wish Coach Wilkinson and all the guys the very best the rest of the way."
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