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After a tough three weeks on the road, the Pack return home to put their nine game home winning streak on the line versus the Portland Pirates. The team went 2-5-0-0 on their longest road trip of the year, which, although it kept them in second place in the Atlantic Division with 67 points, dropped them to fifth overall in league standings with a record of 32-16-1-2. The team also dropped to fifth in penalty killing (87.93%) and stand seventh in the league on the powerplay (17.87%). The club has lost four in a row, and has not scored in its last two outings. After a couple of tough games on the road, the Pack is now the most penalized team in the league, with 1527 minutes, and the only club assessed more than 100 major penalties (101).

On the bright side, goaltender Steve Valiquette remains atop the goalie leader board with the best goals against average (1.78%) and is tied for the top saves percentage (.934). Defenseman Bryce Lampman is the league's top sharpshooter, with the best shooting percentage in the league at .137.

This Week:
The team plays only one game this week before the All Star break, but off the ice, the club will be busy in the community. On Monday, the entire team takes part in the 2nd annual Tip A Player event for charity. Players will dish up dinner at Coach's Sports Bar and Grille in Hartford and earn "Puck Bucks" as tips. All proceeds go to the Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford. Then on Saturday, the club hosts the Portland Pirates in a game where funds will be raised for the Red Cross Tsunami Relief efforts.

Jed Ortmeyer (left foot contusion) - day to day
Jozef Balej (lower back) - day-to-day
David Liffiton (right shoulder sprain) - day-to-day
Ken Gernander (concussion) - one week
Trevor Gillies (broken left foot) - two weeks
Martin Grenier (right thumb) - 8-10 weeks
Blair Betts (right shoulder) - out indefinitely

Fighting to maintain their spot atop the East Division, the Charlotte Checkers faced off against the Pee Dee Pride on Friday at Cricket Arena. The Checkers have not beaten the Pride in their two previous meetings this season, dropping both games 3-2. This time, the Checkers turned the tables, topping the Pride in a 3-2 victory. With the win, Charlotte's record stands at 25-15-2, good for first place in the East Division.

The Charlotte Checkers took on the Dayton Bombers on Saturday that pitted former Checkers Head Coach Don MacAdam against current Checkers Head Coach Derek Wilkinson. Dayton smeared the Checkers, coming away with a 7-1 victory and breaking their five game losing streak.

Currently, the Checkers sit in first place in the East Division with a 25-16-2 record. Charlotte faces the Columbia Inferno on the road Tuesday, February 8th. This will be their seventh meeting of the season.

Ryan Callahan (Guelph) - Callahan has recorded at least one point in 7 of his last 10 games including 5 multi-point games and two 3-point games since returning from the WJC...Has registered 23 goals and 20 assists for 43 points, along with 63 penalty minutes in 44 games.

Jakub Petruzalek (Ottawa) - Has recorded a point in 3 of his last 4 outings...Leads all OHL rookies in assists with 31 and ranks 3rd amongst rookies with 50 points...Has registered 19 goals and 31 assists for 50 points, along with 44 penalty minutes in 43 games ....Has 8 multi-assist games...Has 13 multi-point games...Has two multi-goal games.

Jonathan Paiement (Lewiston) - Has registered at least one point in 6 of his last 7 games...Has recorded 7 goals and 40 assists for 47 points, along with 142 penalty minutes in 50 games...Has posted 10 multi-point games...Has 10 multi-assist games including four games with three assists...Ranks second among all QMJHL defensemen with 40 assists and fourth with 47 points...Ranks eighth in the QMJHL with 40 assists...Ranks second on his team with 40 assists and ranks third on his team with 47 points and 142 penalty minutes.

Zdenek Bahensky (Saskatoon) - Named third star of the game on Feb. 4 vs. Prince Albert...Tied for second in the WHL with four short-handed goals...Ranks second on the team with four short-handed goals and fifth on the team with thirteen goals...Tied for seventh in points scored by rookies in the WHL with 26 points (thirteen goals, 13 assists)...The Blades are 13-5-0 when he registers a point. 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points along with 70 penalty minutes in 49 games.

Dane Byers (Prince Albert) - Named the second star of the game after the match against Regina on Feb. 1...He ranks first on his team with 136 penalty minutes...Skated in 49 contests so far this season, tallying fourteen points (eight goals, six assists).

Rick Kozak (Prince Albert) - Registered a three game point streak from Jan.22 to Jan. 30 (0-5-5)...He ranks second on his team with 122 penalty minutes (Byers-1st)...Has 11 goals and 10 assists for 21 points, along with 122 penalty minutes in 36 games for Prince.

Roman Psurny (Medicine Hat) - Ranks' tied for fourth in scoring on his team with 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists)...Among WHL rookies, ranks third in scoring with 35 points, third with 16 goals and third with a +18 rating...In 52 games, notching 35 points (16 goals, 19 assists) and 51 penalty minutes.

Marcus Jonasen (Tri-City) - Current three-game point streak from Feb.2 to Feb. 5, scoring four points (three goals, one assist)...Named 1st star of the game on Feb. 4 vs. Prince George (W 4-0)...Ranks first on the team with 17 goals and is fifth on the club with 31 points...Has 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points, along with 47 penalty minutes in 50 games.

Brandon Dubinsky (Portland) - Current four-game point streak from Jan. 23 to Feb. 4, scoring six points (three goals, three assists)...Named the third star of the game on Jan. 28 (W 4-2) against Everett and on Jan. 29 against Tri-City (W 2-1)...Ranks tied for third on the team in goals (18), third in assists (28), third in points (46) and third in penalty minutes (114)...Has 18 goals and 28 assists for 46 points, along with 114 penalty minutes in 49 games.

Nigel Dawes (Kootenay) - Registered a seven-game point streak from Jan. 7 to Jan. 22, scoring 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists)...Tied for 8th in the WHL with 27 goals and first with ten game-winning goals. Ranks first on his team with team with 27 goals and 12 power play goals. Ranks first on his team with team with 27 goals and 12 power play goals...Has recorded 27 goals and seventeen assists for 44 points, along with 26 penalty minutes in 44 games.

Al Montoya (Michigan) - In 2 ties this past weekend against Michigan State Montoya turned aside 46 of the 49 shots he faced...In 28 games has a record of 19-6-3, along with a goals against average of 2.63 and save percentage of .897...He now ranks 6th in the CCHA with a 2.63 GAA, first with 19 wins, seventh with 634 saves...Montoya is 10-2-0 since the beginning of December...Montoya was named 3rd star of the game last Saturday, Jan. 29, in a 3-1 win over Northern Michigan when he turned aside 19 of 20 shots... Michigan is ranked #4 in the country.

Chris Holt (Nebraska-Omaha) - Stopped 60 of 64 shots this weekend in a 2 game set vs Notre Dame, earning one win and a tie...Was Named 2nd star on Feb. 4th against Notre Dame in a 1-1 tie, stopping 30 of 31 shots... Appeared in 27 games, posting a 15-9-3 record along with a 2.53 goals against average and a .914 save percentage ... He ranks second in the CCHA with 726 saves and 5th in the league with a 2.53 GAA....Was named 1st star in a 2-2 draw with Ferris State on 1/14 and was named 2nd star in a 4-1 win over Ferris State on 1/1...Named 1st star on Jan. 28 against Wayne State after stopping 32 of 34 shots in a 3-2 victory...Had a record of 6-1-1 in the month of January with a GAA of 1.63 and a Save % of .948

Nate Guenin (Ohio State) - Named last week's CCHA Defensive Player of the Week...Leads his team in penalty minutes with 104...Has registered 2 goals and 8 assists for 10 points, along with 108 penalty minutes in 29 games...Recorded his first goal of the season on Oct. 21 vs. Miami (Ohio)...Recorded first assist of the season on Nov. 5 vs. Sacred Heart...Season high 17 penalty minutes recorded on Nov. 5 vs. Sacred Heart...Forced to sit out game on Nov. 6 vs. Sacred Heart after receiving a major and misconduct penalty on Nov. 5 vs. Sacred Heart.

Darin Olver (Northern Michigan) - Olver recorded a point in each game this past weekend against Alaska-Fairbanks and has a point in 4 of his last 5 games...Olver leads his team in both points (26) and assists (20)... Has posted four multi-point games and three multi-assist games.

Greg Moore (Maine) - Registered a six game point streak from Jan. 7 to Jan.22, registering 8 points (4 goals, 4 assists)...Tied for first on his team with eleven goals, ranks first with eight power-play goals, and tied for third with 17 points...Has 11 goals and six assists for 17 points, along with 14 penalty minutes in 30 games.

Billy Ryan (Maine) - Named first star of the game on Feb.4 vs. New Hampshire (W 3-1), registering his first collegiate multi-goal game...Second among all Maine freshmen with seven assists and 12 points...Tied for ninth on his team with seven assists and tied for eight on his team with 12 points...Has five goals and seven assists for 12 points, along with 26 penalty minutes in 25 games.

Joey Crabb (Colorado College) - Registered a five-game point streak from Jan.21- Feb. 4, scoring six points (four goals, two assists)...Ranks tied for third on his team with 24 points...Ranks third on his team with thirteen goals...Has 13 goals and 11 assists for 24 points, along with 28 penalty minutes in 30 games... Colorado College is ranked #2 in the USA Today/U.S. Hockey Magazine polls and #2 in the polls.

Dylan Reese (Harvard) - Named first star of the game on Feb. 4 vs. Dartmouth (W 2-1). Tied for fourth on team with 13 points. Ranks tied for fourth on the team with seven assists. Ranks tied for sixth among ECAC defensemen with 13 points. Ranks first among team defensemen with five goals and 13 points. Through 22 regular season games, has six goals and seven assists for 13 points, along with 16 penalty minutes.

Rob Flynn (Harvard) - Named the first star of the game after the match against Regina on Feb. 1 (W 8-1). Recorded his fourth multi-point game of the season on Jan. 28 vs. Princeton (1-1-2)...Three goals and four assists for seven points, along with 10 penalty minutes in 19 games.

Henrik Lundqvist (Sweden) - Had back-to-back shutouts last week on Jan. 30th & Feb. 1st amidst a shutout streak of 172:71...Lundqvist is 10-1-1 in his last 12 appearances in goal ...Ranks among the Swedish Elite league goaltending leaders in several categories, including saves ( 1037, third), save percentage (.938, first), wins (31, first), goal against average (1.73, first), shutouts (6, first) and minutes played (2393:09, second)...18 of his victories have come while allowing one goal or less...Frolunda has a 31-7-6 record and sole position of first place in the Swedish Elite League...Was unbeaten in the month of January with a record of 8-0-1, a Save % of .952, and a GAA of 1.33

Jarkko Immonen (Finland) - Recorded a goal and an assist en route to being named 2nd star of the game on Feb. 3rd in a 3-2 victory over Espoo...Has recorded at least one point in 6 of his last 8 games...JYP has won 6 of their last 8, winning the six games Immonen recorded at least one point in and losing the two games where he was pointless...Has registered 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points, along with 20 penalty minutes in 45 games... Ranks 3rd in the Finnish League in assists (27), 4th in points (44), and is T-11th in goals (17)...Leads his team in all three categories with 17 goals, 27 assists, and 44 points.

Kim Hirschovits (HIFK) - HIFK has won 4 in a row and Hirschovits has recorded a point in 3 of the 4 wins for his team...Named 1st star last week on Jan. 29th after netting a goal in a 4-2 win over TPS...Has registered 7 goals and 10 assists for 17 points, along with 55 penalty minutes in 45 games...Tallied game winning goal vs. Espoo Blues on Oct. 20...Was named 1st star vs. Espoo on Oct. 20...Was named 2nd star vs. Ilves on Oct. 12.

Petr Prucha (Pardubice) - Came back from injury on Feb. 4 vs. Plzen to record his second multi-point game of the season (W 8-3). Has skated in 41 games, notching 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) and 22 penalty minutes.
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