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Wolf Pack Weekly: March 21-28, 2005

by Staff Writer / New York Rangers


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The Wolf Pack took three out of a possible four points in a pair of Atlantic Division road battles this past week. On Friday night in Manchester, the Pack suffered a 2-1 shootout loss to the Monarchs, running their record to 4-2-0-1 against the division leaders. Then on Saturday evening at Lowell, the Wolf Pack erased 1-0 and 2-1 deficits on their way to a 3-2 victory. The Pack currently maintain a second-place standing in the Atlantic, four points behind Manchester and nine points up on Lowell.

Alexandre Giroux surpassed his pro career high with his 25th and 26th goals of the season over the weekend. Lawrence Nycholat notched assists in both games, giving him 35 helpouts on the year. That total ties him for second among AHL defensemen, just two off the league lead. Steve Valiquette (1.77) and Jason LaBarbera (1.86) still sport the top two goals-against averages in the AHL, and are second and third in the league in save percentage, with marks of 93.4 and 93.3 respectively.

THIS WEEK:
Hartford hosts the Lowell Lock Monsters in an intra-divisional game on Wednesday and visits the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday. The Wolf Pack captured the GEICO Connecticut Cup with their 2-1 win over the Sound Tigers on March 11th. The Cup will be presented to the Wolf Pack and the City of Hartford before the club's last game of the season on April 17th.

Tuesday, March 22
"Pack Talk" at Little Mark's Big Barbecue on ESPN Radio 1410
This week's scheduled guests Alexandre Giroux and Jason LaBarbera 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, March 23
Hartford vs. Lowell - Hartford Civic Center, 7:05 p.m.
The Lock Monsters are third in the Atlantic Division standings with a 37-22-1-5 record for 80 points. Lowell is the only team to have beaten the Wolf Pack twice at the Hartford Civic Center this season, as they are 2-1-0-0 in three previous trips to Hartford. The Pack are 3-2-0-1 overall against Lowell. Their high scorers are Jed Ortmeyer (4-1-5) and Jamie Lundmark (1-4-5), while the Lock Monsters' leading scorers against the Wolf Pack are Mike Zigomanis (3-2-5) and Eric Staal (2-3-5). Two Wolf Pack players will participate in an autograph session after the game. Radio - live with Bob Crawford on ESPN Radio 1410 and on the web at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

Saturday, March 26
Hartford at Bridgeport - Bridgeport's Arena at Harbor Yard, 7:05 p.m.
The Sound Tigers are 31-31-3-1 for 66 points on the year, which puts them in sixth place in the East Division, 12 points out of a playoff spot. Bridgeport's Chris Campoli is the highest-scoring rookie defenseman in the AHL, with 9-28-37 in 65 GP, and is the Sound Tigers' plus/minus leader at a +10. The Wolf Pack are 6-2-1-0 against the Sound Tigers, the last game a 2-1 win for the Wolf Pack in Hartford. High scorers against Bridgeport for Hartford include Alexandre Giroux (5-4-9) and Lawrence Nycholat (0-8-8). Rob Collins leads the Sound Tigers in points against Hartford with 2-5-7. On the web only at: www.hartfordwolfpack.com.

INJURIES:
Chad Wiseman (post-concussion syndrome) - day-to-day
Jeff MacMillan (shoulder strain) - day-to-day
Layne Ulmer (groin) - two weeks
Jake Taylor (groin) - two weeks
Blair Betts (right shoulder) - out indefinitely

RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
Joel Bouchard signed to an AHL contract on March 17

PACK TRACKS:
April 2, the CT Sled Hockey team will play local media in a sled hockey game before the Wolf Pack game against Portland. The game will be played from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with proceeds going to the CT Sled Hockey trip to Ottawa, Canada. Admission to the game is by a donation of discretion. Confirmed media participating include: Brad Drazen, Kevin Nathan, Brian Shactman (NBC); Bob Rumbold (FOX), Damon Scott, Kevin Johnson (WTIC); and Donny Marshall (ESPN).

The Calder Cup Tour makes its stop in Hartford on Saturday, April 9 when the Pack host the Portland Pirates. Come get your picture taken with the most coveted trophy in the American Hockey League.

Red and Blue Wolf seating is offered at half price for all members of the armed forces presenting their military ID. Adult tickets cost $8 or $10, with a limit of four (4) tickets per ID. College students with ID can purchase tickets in the Red and Blue Wolf seating areas to Wednesday, Friday and Sunday games for half price. Tickets are $8 or $10, with a limit of two (2) tickets per ID. Both offers are good for tickets purchased at the Hartford Civic Center Box Office ONLY.

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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