The Hartford Wolf Pack remained unbeaten through the first 12 games of the 2003-04 American Hockey League season as they defeated Springfield and Portland last weekend to move to an impressive 8-0-3-1 mark.
The Pack currently lead the American Hockey League with 20 points and have outscored their opponents 33-19 thus far. Hartford ranks first in the AHL in goals against average (1.58), shorthanded goals (4), shots allowed per game (23.50) and rank second in penalty killing (91.0%). The Wolf Pack are the only AHL team to have not posted a regulation loss thus far.
TEAM LEADERS: GOALS - Chad Wiseman (5) ASSISTS - Jed Ortmeyer (8) POINTS - Chad Wiseman (12) PENALTY MINUTES - Richard Scott (53) SHOTS ON GOAL - Chad Wiseman (37) PLUS/MINUS - Jed Ortmeyer, Fedor Tyutin (+9)
UPCOMING GAMES: Wednesday, November 12 vs. Worcester IceCats (7:05) Friday, November 14 at Manchester Monarchs (7:35 PM ET) Saturday, November 15 Providence Bruins (7:05 PM ET)
RECENT GAME RECAPS: November 8, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 4, Springfield Falcons 3 Ken Gernander scored late in the third period to lift the Hartford Wolf Pack past the Springfield Falcons, 4-3. Gernander recorded his fourth goal of the season with under eight minutes remaining to snap a 3-3 tie. Garth Murray had two goals and an assist for Hartford, which is unbeaten over its last eight games (6-0-2). Jason LaBarbera stopped just 16 of 19 shots but picked up his sixth win of the season. Mike Stutzel notched a pair of goals and Chris Ferraro had two assists for Springfield, which has dropped back-to-back games for just the second time this season. David LeNeveu made 40 saves in the loss for the Falcons.
November 7, 2003 - Hartford Wolf Pack 2, Portland Pirates 0 Phil Osaer recorded his second straight shutout and the Hartford Wolf Pack blanked the Portland Pirates, 2-0. Osaer stopped 11 shots in the first period and finished with 24 saves to win his second straight start. Layne Ulmer scored his third goal of the season at 3:36 of the final stanza to snap a scoreless tie and Jason MacDonald added an empty-net goal with two seconds left to cap the scoring for Hartford, which is unbeaten in its last seven games (5-0-2). Maxime Ouellet surrendered both goals and finished with 19 saves in the loss for Portland, which was shut out for the second time in five games.
THEY SAID IT: "We're all well aware of [the zero], and that's what we're playing for right now. It's kind of a special thing, and something everybody has taken a lot of pride in. Obviously, no one thinks it can last forever, but night in and night out, that's what we're playing for.
"Everything is kind of a snowball effect, and right from the get-go the mind-set was that last year was unacceptable. There were some small areas and gray areas that we didn't take care of, and we started there. If it's gray, make it black, and we're going to take care of details and work hard. That got us through a couple of weeks, and now we've developed a bit of a momentum and team identity, and that's what we've adopted." - Wolf Pack captain Ken Gernander on the team's 8-0-3-1 start