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Hartford Wolf Pack Update - October 28 to November 3

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


The Hartford Wolf Pack concluded a two-game weekend road trip with a 4-0 win in Chicago (Atlanta Thrashers) on Saturday, following a 4-4 tie on Friday with Milwaukee (Nashville Predators). The Wolf Pack have posted a 4-3-2-1 record to start the 2002-03 American Hockey League season.

GAME RECAPS:
Saturday, November 2, 2002 – Hartford 4, Chicago Wolves 0 - John Tripp recorded a hat trick and Jason Labarbera posted his first shutout to help the Hartford Wolf Pack blank the Chicago Wolves, 4-0. Tripp struck first with help from Benoit Dusablon and Tomas Kloucek with 3:55 remaining in the first period. He added a power-play tally 5:34 into the second and 18 seconds later, tallied his team-leading 10th goal of the year for a 3-0 lead. Labarbera made 31 saves, including 19 in the third period, for his third win. Garrett Burnett added his second goal of the season midway through the second and Dusablon finished with a pair of assists for Hartford, which posted its first shutout of the year.

Friday, November 1, 2002 – Hartford 4, Milwaukee Admirals 4 - Roman Lyashenko scored a late third period goal to help the Hartford Wolf Pack tie the Milwaukee Admirals, 4-4. Lyashenko's power-play goal, his third of the season, with just 2:40 remaining in the final stanza pulled Hartford even and forced overtime. Dixon Ward and John Tripp each scored a goal for the Wolf Pack, who rallied to score three goals in the third period. Scott Meyer made 14 saves and Jason LaBarbera finished the contest with six stops for Hartford, which improved to 3-3-2.

WOLF PACK NOTES:
John Tripp leads the AHL with 10 goals … Is the only AHL player to record two hat tricks this season (six players have notched hat tricks) … Has now recorded goal in five of his last six games … Ranks second on the Wolf Pack in scoring with 10 points (10 goals, 0 assists) and leads all Hartford players with 38 shots on goal.

Joel Bouchard leads Hartford and is tied for second among AHL defensemen with 11 points (four goals, seven assists) … Is tied for first among defensemen with four goals … Has notched at least one point in six of the last seven games.

Tomas Kloucek ranks fourth in the AHL with 58 penalty minutes … Registered an AHL-high 28 penalty minutes on October 25 at Manchester … Has collected one goal and four assists for five points in 10 games with Hartford this season.

Garth Murray is tied for eighth among AHL rookies with eight points (two goals, six assists) in six games this season … Is tied for fourth among AHL rookies with six assists and is tied for third with 27 penalty minutes.

Ted Donato is in the midst of a six-game assist/point streak, collecting one goal and seven assists over the span.

The Wolf Pack are unbeaten (3-0-0-0) when leading after two periods and winless (0-2-2-1) when trailing after two periods … Hartford ranks first among all AHL teams with 351 total penalty minutes and a 35.1 penalty minute per game average … The Wolf Pack are tied for first with 17 major penalties this season … Hartford is tied for fourth in the AHL with a 19.3 power play percentage (11-57).

THE WEEK AHEAD:
Wednesday, November 6 - St. John's Maple Leafs (7:05 PM ET)
Friday, November 8 - at Providence Bruins (7:05 PM ET)
Saturday, November 9 - Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7:05 PM ET)
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