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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - November 25 to December 1

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The Hartford Wolf Pack, winners of their last three games, return home to host the Manitoba Moose on Wednesday after a pair of games at St. John's over the Thansgiving Day weekend. The Pack currently sit in second place in the East with 27 points (11-6-3-2), five points behind the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
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GAME RECAPS:
Hartford, November 27, 2002 – Hartford 1, Worcester Ice Cats 0 – Johan Holmqvist recorded his first shutout of the season to help the Hartford Wolf Pack blank the Worcester IceCats, 1-0. Holmqvist turned away all 15 shots he faced in the third period to pick up his first win in three games for Hartford. Nils Ekman playing in just his fifth game of the season, scored early in the first period for the Wolf Pack, who have won four straight at home. Cody Rudkowsky stopped 30 of 31 shots to suffer the loss for Worcester, which has allowed just five goals over its last four games.

St. John's, November 29, 2002 – Hartford 5, St. John’s Maple Leafs 3 – Johan Holmqvist stopped 30 shots and Nils Ekman had a goal and an assist to help the Hartford Wolf Pack defeat the St. John's Maple Leafs, 5-3. Holmqvist turned away all 15 shots he faced in the final period to improve to 2-1-1 in four games. Ekman opened the scoring nearly six minutes into the first period and helped on a goal by Benoit Dusablon that gave Hartford a 4-2 lead with 42 seconds left in the middle stanza. Roman Lyashenko netted a first-period goal and Jamie Lundmark had a power-play marker early in the second period for the Wolf Pack, who snapped a five-game winless streak on the road. Brad Leeb scored a pair of goals for St. John's, which has lost 11 of its last 14 contests (2-11-1). Sebastien Centomo gave up all five goals on 33 shots for the loss.

St. John's, December 1, 2002 – Hartford 3, St. John’s Maple Leafs 1 – Dixon Ward and Roman Lyashenko each had a goal and an assist to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack over the St John's Maple Leafs, 3-1. Ward, who leads the team with 23 points, scored his eighth goal 8:02 into the second period and Lyashenko completed the scoring for Hartford with thee minutes remaining in the period. Johan Holmqvist recorded 37 saves for the Wolf Pack, who have won their last three games. Morgan Warren scored his first goal of the season 2:23 into the first on assists from Nathan Barrett and Dmitri Yakushin for St. John's, which has lost its last three games.

PLAYER NOTES:
Joel Bouchard is tied for third among AHL defensemen with six goals and ranks fourth among league blueliners with 18 points ... Ranks third on the Wolf Pack with 12 assists ... Leads all Hartford players and is tied for second among AHL defensemen with four power play goals.

Nils Ekman has registered four points (two goals, two assists) in the last three games since returning from a 15-game absence due to back problems ... Has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in seven games this season.

Ken Gernander ranks second on the Pack with nine goals and is tied for second with a +13 rating ... Is tied for first on the club with two game-winning goals and is tied for first in the AHL with three shorthanded tallies ... Skated in his 800th professional game on Wednesday vs. Worcester.

Johan Holmqvist recorded his first shutout of the season on Wednesday vs. Worcester (1-0) ... Ranks second in the AHL with a .940 save percentage.

Roman Lyashenko ranks second on the team with 20 points (six goals, 14 assists) ... His 14 assists also place second on the Pack ... Is tied for second on the club with a +13 rating.

Garth Murray ranks fourth among AHL rookies with a +10 rating ... Has tallied three goals and seven assists, along with 37 penalty minutes in 18 games this season.

Dixon Ward leads the Wolf Pack with 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 16 games ... Ranks first on the club with 15 assists.

For complete coverage of the Wolf Pack, visit the team's official website, www.hartfordwolfpack.com.
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