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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - November 18 to 24

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers

The Hartford Wolf Pack currently rank second in the East with an 8-6-3-2 record through the first 19 games of the season. Their 25 points rank second behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, who have collected 25 points in 20 games. The Wolf Pack lead the AHL with 80 goals scored as well as 589 total penalty minutes.

November 19, 2002 - Hartford 1, San Antonio Rampage 1 - Mathieu Biron scored early in the third period to help the San Antonio Rampage earn a 1-1 tie with the Hartford Wolf Pack. Biron beat goaltender Johan Holmqvist 6:49 into the final stanza for his first career shorthanded marker. Wade Flaherty turned away 33 shots, including seven in overtime, to preserve the tie for San Antonio, which has settled for a tie in each of its last three games. Holmqvist made his first AHL appearance of the 2002-03 campaign and stopped 27 shots in the tie. Benoit Dusablon netted his first power-play marker of the year for Hartford, which is 0-2-1 on its current four-game road trip.

November 21, 2002 - Hartford 3, Houston Aeros 4 (OT) - Erik Reitz scored in overtime to give the Houston Aeros a 4-3 victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack. Reitz, who had an overtime goal on October 19 at Cincinnati, scored with 1:54 remaining in the extra frame. Chris Dyment broke a 2-2 tie 42 seconds into the third period and Rickard Wallin had three assists for Houston, which had been held scoreless over its last two games. Dieter Kochan turned away 32 of 35 shots to pick up the win. Jamie Lundmark tallied with 3:43 left in the second period and Benoit Dusablon scored 13 seconds later to tie the game at 2-2 for Hartford. Johan Holmqvist stopped just 18 of 22 shots to take the loss for the Wold Pack, who fell to 0-3-1 over its last four games.

November 23, 2002 - Hartford 9, Springfield Falcons 4 - Ken Gernander and Roman Lyashenko registered four points apiece to help the Hartford Wolf Pack crush the Springfield Falcons, 9-4. Gernander scored a pair of goals, including a shorthanded tally that supplied his club with a 6-0 lead five minutes into the second period, and assisted on two others. Lyashenko finished with a third-period marker and three assists for Hartford, which set an AHL season-high for most goals in a game. Dixon Ward and four other players had a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack, who snapped a four-game winless streak. Jason LaBarbera stopped 33 of 37 shots to earn the win. Erik Westrum finished with a goal and two assists for Springfield, which has lost four of its last five road games. Evgeny Konstantinov gave up all nine goals on 41 shots for the loss.

November 24, 2002 - Hartford 3, Springfield Falcons 4 - Dan Focht scored the game-winning goal with 45 seconds remaining to help rally the Springfield Falcons past the Hartford Wolf Pack, 4-3. Focht scored his first goal of the season on a power play to give Springfield the lead after John Tripp of Hartford was called for interference with 2:33 remaining. Shane Willis tied the score at 3-3 5:45 into the third for the Falcons, who have won their last four home games. Zac Bierk stopped 40 shots to pick up the win to improve to 5-4-0 and Jamie Lundmark finished with a goal and an assist for the Wolf Pack, who scored a league-high nine goals in Saturday's home victory. Jason LaBarbera made 35 saves and suffered his fifth loss of the season.

Wednesday, November 27 - Hartford vs. Worcester (7:05 PM ET)
Friday, November 29 - Hartford at St. John's (6:00 PM ET)
Sunday, December 1 - Hartford at St. John's (6:00 PM ET)

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