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Wolf Pack Weekly: February 21-27, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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Four out of six points for the Wolf Pack this past weekend leaves the team in second place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 35-17-1-2 and 73 points, five points back of division-leading Manchester. The club continues to lead the league with the best home record (23-4-0-1) and in penalty minutes with 1,682. The Wolf Pack are rated fourth overall in penalty-killing this week with a 88.4% efficiency and eighth overall with the man advantage with a 17.1% efficiency rating.

Goaltender Steve Valiquette continues to lead the league's net minders with a goals against average of 1.71, and has the second-best saves percentage at .935. Lawrence Nycholat is in seventh place among league defensemen with 32 points (5-27).


THE WEEK AHEAD:
The team is at home for three games in four nights this week, starting Wednesday versus San Antonio. The club sees action again on Friday versus Bridgeport and Saturday versus Atlantic Division leading Manchester

Tuesday, February 22
"Pack Talk" at Little Mark's Big Barbecue on ESPN Radio 1410

This week's scheduled guests captain Ken Gernander and Chad Wiseman will join the voice of the Wolf Pack, Bob Crawford, at Little Mark's Big Barbecue, 279 West Main Street (Route 44) in Avon from 7 to 8:00 p.m. Fans are invited to come down to Little Mark's to participate live, or to listen in on ESPN Radio 1410.

Wednesday, February 23
Hartford vs. San Antonio - Hartford Civic Center 7:05 p.m.
 The Rampage are currently tied for fifth in the West Division with a record of 23-29-2-4 for 52 points. The club has an 11-18-1-2 road record. This is the first game of a three game road swing for the Rampage, and the only game for the Rampage at the Civic Center this year.
 Hartford will visit San Antonio on March 5.
 The Rampage are tied for most powerplay goals against with 58.
 Live on the web only with Bob Crawford at www.hartfordwolfpack.com

Friday, February 25
Hartford vs. Bridgeport - Hartford Civic Center 7:05 p.m.
 This is game eight of the 10 game series between the two clubs, and could be the deciding game of the GEICO Connecticut Cup. A win tonight for the Wolf Pack assures them the series win.
 The Sound Tigers start the week in sixth place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 23-26-1-1
 The Pack are 5-2-0-0 versus Bridgeport, their last game, a 6-4 loss in Bridgeport
 The Pack's top point-getter versus the Sound Tigers is Alexandre Giroux with 3-4-7, while Bridgeport's leading scorer against Hartford is Jim Campbell with 2-3-5.
 It's Guida's Family Value Night - a family of four can purchase a package for as low as $44 and receive tickets to the game, refreshments and a Wolf Pack souvenir ... call 548-2000 for more information
 Live on the web only with Bob Crawford at www.hartfordwolfpack.com

Saturday, February 26
Hartford vs. Manchester - Hartford Civic Center 7:05 p.m.
 The Monarchs remain the Atlantic Division leaders with a record of 36-12-3-3 for 78 points. Manchester leads the league in goals, assists and points, while Michael Cammalleri has the most goals and is second in the league in scoring with 32-42-74. Brad Smyth has scored at least one point in his last nine straight games.
 The Pack are 3-1-0-0 against the Monarchs, their last game, a 5-2 defeat in Manchester on February 2
 Alexandre Giroux and Jeff Hamilton top Pack's scorers against the Monarchs with four points each, while Noah Clarke, Michael Cammalleri and Denis Grebeshkov each have four points for Manchester against the Wolf Pack.
 All fans in attendance will receive a team poster, courtesy of Minuteman Press.
 This is the Wolf Pack's second "Guaranteed Win Night" of the season and is sponsored by WTIC and Advance AutoParts. If the Pack lose to Manchester, all fans in attendance can exchange their ticket stub for a complimentary ticket to the Pack's game against these same Monarchs on Wednesday, March 2. The Pack won their first "Guaranteed Win Night" this year, against Bridgeport back on November 6.
 Television - live on CN8
 Radio - live with Bob Crawford on ESPN Radio 1410 and on the web at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com

INJURIES:
Ken Gernander (ribs) - day-to-day
Chad Wiseman (concussion) - day-to-day
Jed Ortmeyer (broken left toe) - 2 weeks
Martin Grenier (right thumb) - 3-4 weeks
Blair Betts (right shoulder) - out indefinitely

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Steve MacIntyre and Ryan Cuthbert recalled from Charlotte of the ECHL on Saturday, February 19, 2005

LOOKING AHEAD:
On March 12, the Hartford Wolf Pack and CTNow.com present "Town Night" when the club plays the Lowell Lock Monsters. Comcast is sponsoring a T-shirt giveaway for all fans in attendance and Sponge Bob Square Pants, sponsored by Cox Media, will be meeting fans at the game.

The new Hartford Wolf Pack "Pack Shop" is now open at its new location - 100 Allyn Street. The store is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, as well as two hours prior to and one hour after each and every Wolf Pack home game, including Saturday and Sundays. A full line of Wolf Pack merchandise is available, while a limited selection of items will still be available in the Civic Center Mall before games.


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