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The Wolf Pack complete a stretch of seven straight road games this week with three Atlantic Division contests. With a regulation win in Wednesday's game at Manchester, the Pack would move into a first-place tie with the Monarchs.
Steve MacIntyre notched his first career AHL points, and his first-ever multiple-point game as a pro, with a goal and an assist in the second period of Saturday's 6-1 win at Hershey. The Pack's five goals in the second frame of that contest tied a franchise record. After Wednesday's 1-0 shootout victory in Norfolk, the Wolf Pack have triumphed in seven consecutive shootouts, after losing two of their first three. Steve Valiquette's scoreless streak came to an end at 221:50 when he surrendered a goal to Philadelphia's Ben Stafford at 1:26 of the first period of a 5-1 loss Friday night in Philadelphia.THE WEEK AHEAD:
The team returns to Atlantic Division action, putting its 20-7-1-2 divisional record on the line. They are in Manchester, where they are 2-0-0 on the year (handing the Monarchs two of their five total home losses), Wednesday, visit arch-rival Providence on Friday, and then make up the game at Lowell that was postponed from January 23rd on Super Bowl Sunday.Tuesday, February 1:
"Pack Talk" at Little Mark's Big Barbecue on ESPN Radio 1410
This week's scheduled guests Steve MacIntyre and Garth Murray talk Wolf Pack hockey with the voice of the Wolf Pack, Bob Crawford, live from Little Mark's Big Barbecue, 279 West Main St. (Rt. 44) in Avon, from 7-8 PM. Fans are invited to come to Little Mark's and join in the discussion, and it can also be heard live on ESPN Radio 1410.Wednesday, February 2
Hartford at Manchester - Verizon Wireless Arena 7:05 p.m.
The Monarchs began the week atop the Atlantic Division, and are tied with Rochester for first place overall, with 69 points, two ahead of the Wolf Pack.
The Wolf Pack are 3-0-0 vs. the Monarchs this season. Manchester's .750 winning percentage coming out of last weekend was tops in the AHL, earning Head Coach Bruce Boudreau the honor of coaching the Planet USA squad at the upcoming 2005 Dodge AHL All-Star Classic February 13th and 14th in Manchester. Radio - live on ESPN Radio 1410 with Bob Crawford and on the web at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com.Friday, February 4
Hartford at Providence - Dunkin' Donuts Center - Providence - 7:05 p.m.
After a 5-2 home loss to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Sunday, the Bruins had dropped six of their last eight games. The Pack are 4-3-0 on the year vs. the Bruins. Planet USA All-Star Andy Hilbert entered this week tied for third in the AHL in goals and tied for fourth in points (26-28-54 in 48 GP).
Radio - live on ESPN Radio 1410 with Bob Crawford and on the web at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com.Sunday, February 6
Hartford at Lowell - Paul Tsongas Arena - 2:00 p.m.
This is the makeup date for the game scheduled for January 23rd that was postponed due to that weekend's snowstorm. The Lock Monsters ended last weekend holding down the fourth-and-final playoff spot in the Atlantic Division with 56 points. As of the beginning of the week, Lowell had lost three out of its last five games, but had earned at least a standings point in 18 of its last 23 outings (16-5-0-2). Radio - live on ESPN Radio 1410 with Bob Crawford and on the web at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com.INJURIES:
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 indefinitelyRECENT TRANSACTIONS:
* Seats are going fast for the Second Annual Hartford Wolf Pack Tip A Player event at the Coach's Sports Bar and Grille Monday, February 7 to benefit Gaylord Hospital. There are two seatings, 5:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12 and include dinner and non-alcoholic refreshments, autograph signings, apron auctions, a silent auction, and Wolf Pack players will wait on all guests. Great fun for the whole family. Call 860-246-7825 for more details.
* The team returns to the Civic Center on Saturday, February 12. The game against the Portland Pirates will be a fundraiser for the Red Cross Tsunami Relief efforts. Proceeds of "Chuck-A-Puck", a silent game-worn jersey auction, the 50-50 draw and a portion of ticket sales will go to the charity. It's also Torpedo Bobblehead Night. Every fan in attendance will receive a Torpedo Bobblehead. And Cox Media presents Jimmy Neutron, who will also be 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.
* The 96.5 TIC Acoustic Café -Volume IV CD to benefit the Wolf Pack Community Foundation is available at Strawberries or FYE locations in Connecticut, Big Y World Class Markets in Connecticut and Massachusetts, FootPrints Family Super Shoe Store in Newington or the Hartford Wolf Pack store. CD's are only $9.65 and contain a voucher for a free Wolf Pack ticket (value $16.50).