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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - March 15 to 21

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


PACK NOTES:
The Hartford Wolf Pack opened their week with a 4-2 win over Hershey before dropping a pair of 1-0 games to Bridgeport and Portland ... Despite the two losses, the Pack clinched a playoff spot - one of five AHL teams to do so thus far - marking the seventh straight year the Pack will compete in the American Hockey League post-season ... Hartford sits atop the Atlantic Division with a 37-20-11-2 record in 70 games thus far. The Pack's 87 points rank third in the league, as does their .621 winning percentage ... The Wolf Pack have set new league records for shutouts in a season (16) and road shutouts (9) ... Hartford leads the league in shorthanded goals scored (15) ... The Pack rank second in goals allowed per game (1.87) and shots allowed per game (25.41) ...The Wolf Pack are 29-3-6-1 when scoring the first goal and 23-0-6-1 when leading after two-periods.


TEAM LEADERS:
GOALS - Chad Wiseman (23), Alexandre Giroux (21), Layne Ulmer (19)
ASSISTS - Cory Larose (33), Chad Wiseman (26), Alexandre Giroux (23)
POINTS - Chad Wiseman (49), Cory Larose (45), Alexandre Giroux (44)
PENALTY MINUTES - Jeff Paul (184), Martin Grenier (149), Garth Murray (133)
SHOTS ON GOAL - Alexandre Giroux (188), Layne Ulmer (186), Cory Larose (176)
PLUS/MINUS - Matt Kinch (+21), Lawrence Nycholat / Benoit Dusablon (+17)


UPCOMING GAMES:
Friday, March 26 at Worcester Ice Cats (7:05 PM ET)
Sunday, March 28, 2004 at Lowell Lock Monsters (4:00 PM ET)


RECENT GAME RECAPS:
March 20, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 0, Portland Pirates 1
Maxime Ouellet made 40 saves as the Portland Pirates blanked the Hartford Wolf Pack, 1-0. Ouellet recorded double digits in saves in each period, including 15 in the first, en route to his ninth shutout and 12th win of the season. Brooks Laich, who had been pointless in 12 games since being acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators organization, broke a scoreless tie with 5:42 left in the second period. Graham Mink and Mike Pudlick assisted on the goal by Laich for Portland, which has had each of its last four wins come via the shutout. Steve Valiquette made 27 saves for Hartford, which suffered its second 1-0 loss in as many nights.

March 19, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 0, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 1
Wade Dubielewicz outdueled Jason LaBarbera with 33 saves and Jeff Hamilton set a league record for game-winning goals in a season as the Bridgeport Sound Tigers blanked the Hartford Wolf Pack, 1-0. Dubielewicz turned aside 15 shots in the third period to preserve his franchise-record eighth shutout of the season and fourth against Hartford. A product of University of Denver, Dubielewicz lowered his league-leading goals-against average to 1.40. LaBarbera, who made 26 saves for the Wolf Pack, improved his GAA to 1.55 - second in the league - despite suffering the loss. Hamilton beat LaBarbera with his league-high 37th goal of the season 45 seconds from the end of the opening period for Bridgeport, which won for the fourth time in its last five games. It was the 14th game-winning goal of the season for Hamilton, breaking Dunc Fisher's league record of 13, established in the 1953-54 season.

March 17, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Hershey Bears 2
Jeff Heerema and Chad Wiseman both had a goal and two assists as the Hartford Wolf Pack beat the Hershey Bears, 4-2. Heerema opened the scoring with a power-play goal midway through the first period and helped out on a score by Wiseman with 9:46 remaining in the second. The two then combined to assist on a man-advantage marker by Alexandre Giroux that supplied Hartford with a 4-1 lead with 32 seconds left in the middle stanza. Jason LaBarbera turned away 34 shots, including 15 in the third period, to capture his league-leading 28th win. Martin Hlinka finished with a pair of goals for Hershey, which fell to 4-11-0-1 since February 6. Philippe Sauve surrendered all four goals on 22 shots for the loss.
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