The Hartford Wolf Pack split a four-game schedule last week, and remain in first place in the American Hockey League's Atlantic Division through 67 games, posting a 36-18-11-2 record for 85 points. The Manchester Monarchs currently sit in second place in the Atlantic, trailing the Pack by six points (79).
The Wolf Pack saw their five-game unbeaten streak (3-0-2) come to an end with Friday's 6-5 loss in Springfield. The defeat also marked their first in regulation over a span of 14 games (10-0-3-1).
Hartford's 36 wins rank fourth in the AHL, while their .634 winning percentage ranks third in the AHL.
TEAM LEADERS: GOALS - Chad Wiseman (22), Alexandre Giroux (20), Layne Ulmer (18) ASSISTS - Cory Larose (32), Chad Wiseman / Lawrence Nycholat (24) POINTS - Chad Wiseman (46), Cory Larose (44), Alexandre Giroux (43) PENALTY MINUTES - Jeff Paul (178), Martin Grenier (147), Garth Murray (133) SHOTS ON GOAL - Layne Ulmer (177), Alexandre Giroux (176), Chad Wiseman / Cory Larose (164) PLUS/MINUS - Matt Kinch (+20), Lawrence Nycholat (+18), Benoit Dusablon (+18)
UPCOMING GAMES: Wednesday, March 17 at Hershey Bears (7:30 PM ET) Friday, March 19 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7:05 PM ET) Saturday, March 20, 2004 vs. Portland Pirates (7:05 PM ET)
RECENT GAME RECAPS: March 14, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Lowell Lock Monsters 2 Lawrence Nycholat had a goal and an assist to help the Hartford Wolf Pack defeat the Lowell Lock Monsters, 3-2. With the score knotted at 1-1 late in the second period, Nycholat assisted on a go-ahead goal by Chad Wiseman and provided the eventual game-winner with 88 seconds remaining in the stanza. Lucas Lawson added a marker and Cory Larose provided two assists for Hartford, which has gained at least a point in each of five meetings with Lowell (2-0-2-1). Jason LaBarbera made 15 of his 30 saves in the third period to extend his unbeaten run to 12 games (10-0-2). Martin Sonnenberg and Brad Fast both had a goal for the Lock Monsters, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Rob Zepp stopped 26 shots in a losing effort.
March 13, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 3, Bridgeport Sound Tigers 4 Jeff Hamilton posted his first hat trick of the season, including his record-tying 13th game-winning goal, to lift the Bridgeport Sound Tigers edge the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-3. After Hartford's Cory Larose tied the game on an extra-attacker goal with 54 seconds left in regulation, Hamilton answered back with the power-play game-winner just 40 seconds later to match Dunc Fisher's 50-year-old record for most decisive goals in a season. Hamilton, who leads the league with 36 tallies, also scored a man-advantage goal early in the second period and tallied 75 seconds into the third to give Bridgeport a 3-1 lead. Justin Mapletoft scored the first goal with Hamilton assisting and Blaine Down had three helpers for the Sound Tigers, who have just one loss in their last five games (3-1-1-0). Wade Dubielewicz made 26 saves to earn the win for Bridgeport. Craig Weller scored a pair of goals and Steve Valiquette stopped 25 shots in the loss for the Wolf Pack, who are winless in their last five road games (0-2-2-1).
March 12, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 5, Springfield Falcons 6 Chris Ferraro scored the game-winning goal in the closing minutes of the contest to lift the Springfield Falcons over the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-5. Ferraro, who assisted on a power-play goal by Peter Ferraro in the second period, snapped a 5-5 tie on his 12th goal of the season with 2:07 remaining. Gary Shuchuk supplied Springfield with a 2-0 lead 9:04 into the contest and assisted on a goal by Todd Reirden that made the score 5-4 with 3:48 left in the third. David LeNeveu turned aside 38 shots for the Falcons, who won for just the second time in their last eight contests (2-5-1-0). Chad Wiseman scored midway through the first period, cut the deficit for Hartford to 4-3 with 69 seconds left in the second and Bobby Andrews tied the contest at four goals apiece midway through the third. Lawrence Nycholat retied the game just 23 seconds after the goal by Reirden for the Wolf Pack, who fell to 5-2-2-1 against Springfield this season. Steve Valiquette, who replaced Jason LaBarbera 2:36 into the second period, gave up three goals on nine shots for the loss.
March 10, 2004 - Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Worcester Ice Cats 1 Chad Wiseman scored midway through the overtime to lift the Hartford Wolf Pack over the Worcester IceCats, 2-1. Wiseman, who is second on the team with 41 points, netted his eighth game-winning goal of the season at 2:43 of the extra session with Cory Larose and Ken Gernander assisting. Wiseman also earned a helper on a first-period goal by Alexandre Giroux, who was making his debut for Hartford after the Ottawa Senators traded him to the New York Rangers March 9. Steve Valiquette stopped 17 shots in the third period and made 36 saves overall to earn his first win for the Wolf Pack, who have earned at least one standing point in 14 consecutive games (10-0-3-1). Blake Evans netted the tying goal early in the third period for Worcester and has now scored a goal in four consecutive games. Curtis Stanford stopped 21 shots in the loss for the IceCats, who failed to convert on nine power-play opportunities and suffered their second overtime loss in their last five games.
WOLF PACK NOTES: Hartford Sets Clear Day Roster The Hartford Wolf Pack announced their Clear Day roster this past weekend, which consists of the 22 players who are eligible to compete in the remaining four weeks of the AHL regular season and in the Calder Cup 2004 Playoffs (unless emergency conditions arise as a result of recall, injury or suspension).