It has been a busy week for the eighth-seeded Hartford Wolf Pack, who stand at 29-24-10-5 through 68 games. Along with a number of roster moves, the Pack hit the ice four times in the past week, including three games in three nights over the weekend.
Hartford managed to record a point in every game over the span. Layne Ulmer scored in all four games, while Cory Larose collected two goals over the span.
The Pack will begin this week on the road on Wednesday in Albany, before opening another three-game set this weekend, including a match-up on Friday night against the division-leading Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
GAME RECAPS: Hartford, March 12, 2003 -- Corey Larose netted his 22nd goal of the season to help the Hartford Wolf Pack defeat the Portland Pirates, 5-1. Larose broke a 1-1 tie with 2:45 remaining in the second period to record his team-leading 62nd point and eighth game-winning goal of the year. Patrick Yetman and Layne Ulmer both had an unassisted tally in the second period and Chris Pittman and Vladimir Chebaturkin each added an insurance goal in the third to cap a five-goal outburst by Hartford. Jason LaBarbera stopped 29 shots, including 12 in the first period, for the Wolf Pack, who have lost just twice over their last eight games (4-2-2). Chris Ferraro opened the scoring two minutes into the second period and Maxine Ouellet allowed five goals on 39 shots to take the loss for Portland, which has dropped three of its last four games.
Albany, March 14, 2003 -- Stephen Guolla scored his first overtime goal of the season as the Albany River Rats edged the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-2. Guolla extended his scoring streak to seven games, burying his ninth goal of the year past Scott Meyer with 1:15 remaining in the extra frame, to seal the win. Guolla has five goals and six assists over his last seven games and 20 points in 14 games with the club. Ari Ahonen stopped 13 of 15 shots over the final 43:45, including three in overtime, to register his career-best fourth straight win. Defenseman Daryl Andrews and Dave Roche scored 38 seconds apart in the first period, supplying an early 2-0 lead to Albany, which has won a season-high four in a row and six of its last seven. Layne Ulmer and defender Matt Kinch scored four minutes apart in the second period for Hartford, which has dropped two straight to the River Rats. Meyer made 19 saves in the loss.
Hartford, March 15, 2003 -- Defenseman Lawrence Nycholat had a goal and an assist to help the Hartford Wolf Pack skate to a 4-4 tie with the North Division-leading Providence Bruins. Nycholat, in the third game with his new organization, got Hartford on the board with his 12th goal of the season late in the first period and assisted Layne Ulmer on a power-play goal, his third tally in as many days, at 9:22 of the final frame to tie the score at 4-4. Ulmer, who went without a goal for 25 games from December 21- March 1, has five in his last six. Roman Lyashenko scored twice, Dixon Ward had a pair of assists and Scott Meyer stopped 26 shots, including all 15 in the second, for the Wolf Pack, who are 3-1-2-1 in March. Pat Leahy and Lee Goren scored the first two markers of the game and Andy Hilbert chipped in with a goal and an assist to help Providence jump out to an early 3-0 lead. Kevin Dallman, who had 23 goals and 86 points in 67 games for the Guelph Storm last season in the OHL, scored his first as a professional, unassisted, for a 4-3 lead for the Bruins. Tim Thomas made 27 saves, including three in overtime for Providence, which has taken at least one point in each of its last four road games (2-0-1-1).
Hartford, March 16, 2003 -- Patrick Yetman and Layne Ulmer each had a goal and an assist to help the Hartford Wolf Pack edge the Springfield Falcons, 4-3. Yetman assisted on the opening goal by Cory Larose, his 23rd at 2:56 of the first period, and tallied his fourth of the season 2:10 later. Ulmer, who has scored in four straight games, netted his 11th of the season with 7:35 to go in the second frame for a 4-2 lead. Ken Gernander added his 16th and newcomer Lawrence Nycholat chipped in with a pair of helpers for Hartford, which improved to 4-1-2-1 in March. Jason LaBarbera made 36 saves, including all 16 in the third period, for the Wolf Pack. Sheldon Keefe, Frank Banham and Jeff Daw each scored for Springfield, which has lost the first three on its four-game road trip. In replacement of Jean-Marc Pelletier, who allowed three goals on nine shots, Evgeny Konstantinov stopped 31 of 32 shots but was saddled with the loss.
WOLF PACK NOTES: * The Rangers acquired defenseman Lawrence Nycholat from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for goaltender Johan Holmqvist on March 11. Nycholat, 23, skated in 66 matches with the Houston Aeros (AHL) prior to the trade, registering 11 goals and 28 assists for 39 points, along with 155 penalty minutes.
* Wolf Pack General Manager Al Coates announced on March 13 that the parent New York Rangers will exercise their option on Wolf Pack captain Ken Gernander, retaining the forward's services for the 2003-04 season.
* The Tampa Bay Lightning claimed defenseman Janne Laukkanen off waivers from the New York Rangers. Laukkanen, 31, had recorded three assists and a plus-four rating in five games of his conditioning assignment with Hartford.
* Coates also announced last week that the Wolf Pack will host a "Battle of the Bravest" between teams of Hartford firefighters and Bridgeport firefighters prior to the Wolf Pack's home game Sunday, March 30 vs. the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Proceeds will benefit the family of fallen West Hartford firefighter Patrick Brooks. The firefighters' game will face off at 1:30 PM at the Hartford Civic Center, and the Pack and Sound Tigers will clash at 4:05. Tickets to the Battle of the Bravest (which include admission to the Wolf Pack game) are priced at $20. Eight dollars from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Brooks Charity. To order the benefit tickets, or for more information, contact James Booth of the Wolf Pack ticket office at 860-246-7825, ext. 259.