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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - November 11 to 17

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The Hartford Wolf Pack had their four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday as they opened up a four-game Western road trip. The Pack dropped a pair of games to the Utah Grizzlies, 3-1 on Wednesday and 6-5 on Friday. Hartford closes out their trip with a pair of games in the Lone Star State this week - Tuesday in San Antonio and Thursday in Houston.


GAME RECAPS:
Wednesday, November 13 - Hartford 1, Utah Grizzlies 3 - Corey Hirsch collected 38 saves to lead the Utah Grizzlies past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 3-1. Hirsch turned away all 14 shots he faced in the third period to preserve the win. Steve Gainey had a goal and an assist and Jon Sim broke a 1-1 tie 4:39 into the third period for Utah, which won for the first time in its last four games. Richard Lintner scored with 2:07 remaining in the second period to provide the lone offense for Hartford. Jason LaBarbera stopped just 19 of 22 shots to take the loss for the Wolf Pack, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

Friday, November 15, 2002 - Hartford 5, Utah Grizzlies 6 - Gavin Morgan recorded two goals and an assist to help the Utah Grizzlies edge the Hartford Wolf Pack, 6-5. Morgan netted his third of the season 6:24 into the second period, established a 5-3 lead on a 5-on-3 power play with 7:23 remaining in the final stanza and set up a man-advantage tally by Steve Ott 25 seconds later for a three-goal cushion. Jim Montgomery added a power-play score and Jon Sim and Mark Wotton each added two assists for Utah, which has won consecutive games after taking just two of its previous eight. Corey Hirsch replaced Jason Bacashihua to begin the third period and picked up the win despite allowing three goals on 11 shots. Scott Meyer was charged with six goals on 36 shots in the loss. Ken Gernander, David Inman and Billy Tibbetts each scored in the third period for Hartford, which lost back-to-back games after winning its previous four.


WOLF PACK NOTES:
* Hartford currently sits in second place in the East with a 7-5-2-1 record through 15 games.

* The Wolf Pack rank third in the AHL with a 19.8 power play percentage (16-81).

* Hartford leads the AHL with 24 major penalties and a 32.5 penelty minutes per game average.

* The Pack lead the AHL with 64 goals for as well as a 4.27 goals per game average.

* Joel Bouchard is tied for fourth among AHL defensemen with 13 points (five goals, eight assists) ... Is tied for third in the AHL and leads the Wolf Pack with three power play goals ... Ranks third among league defensemen with 50- shots on goal.

* Benoit Dusablon is tied for third in the AHL with a +12 rating ... Has recorded two goals and six assists for eight points in 14 games.

* Tomas Kloucek ranks fifth in the AHL and second among defensemen with 77 penalty minutes in 15 games ... Has notched three goals and four assists on the season.

* Mike Mottau leads the AHL with a +17 rating ... Is tied for 12th among league defensemen with 10 points (one goal, nine assists).

* John Tripp is tied for second in the AHL with 11 goals in 15 games ... Ranks second on the Wolf Pack with 14 points (11 goals, three assists) ... Is tied for second on the club with two power play goals.

* Dixon Ward leads the Wolf Pack with 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in 10 games.


THE WEEK AHEAD:
Tuesday, November 19 - Hartford at San Antonio (8:00 PM ET)
Thursday, November 21 - Hartford at Houston (8:00 PM ET)

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