The Wolf Pack won two out of three games this week, to climb back to the .500 mark at 3-3-0-1 for seven points. After a 5-4 shootout loss in Worcester on Wednesday night, the Pack rebounded to post its first back-to-back wins of the season. They outlasted the Philadelphia Phantoms, 2-1, at the XL Center on Friday evening and then posted their first multiple-goal triumph of the season Saturday at home vs. Manchester, 4-1. P.A. Parenteau scored goals in all three of the week’s games and totaled 3-2-5 for the three contests, and Miika Wiikman was First Star of both Friday’s and Saturday’s wins, stopping 61 out of 63 total shots.
The Wolf Pack continues a stretch of seven straight home games with three home-ice outings. Head Coach Kevin Dineen and the divisional-rival Portland Pirates invade the XL Center for a 7:00 game on Wednesday night, followed by the Worcester Sharks for Guida’s Family Value Night and “Howl-een” Night Friday (7:00). The Albany River Rats then make their one and only regular-season visit to
Hartford on Saturday night (7:00).
Wednesday, October 29th vs. Portland at the XL Center, 7:00 pm
The Pirates have a new NHL affiliate this year, the Buffalo Sabres, after three seasons of partnership with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Former Hartford Whaler icon Kevin Dineen, however, is still at the helm of the Pirates, after leading the club to Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Finals last spring.
Portland has won four of its five games thus far this year, for eight points, and sits in second place in the Atlantic Division, three points behind division-leading Providence
Mark Mancari is averaging two points per-game (4-6-10 in 5 GP) to lead the Pirates in scoring, and former Boston College star Nathan Gerbe (5-2-7 in 5 GP) tops the club in goals.
The Pirates ended the Wolf Pack’s season last year, in a five-game triumph in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs, after the Pack had compiled a 3-3-0-1 regular-season record vs. Portland
Friday, October 31st vs. Worcester at the XL Center, 7:00 pm
Celebrate “Howl-een” with the Wolf Pack! The first 1,000 kids into the game will receive a free goodie bag, and adults who come to the game in costume can receive a $5 discount on red-level seats at the XL Center box office.
Kids in costume will be invited to join in an on-ice costume parade during the first intermission.
This is also a “Guida’s Family Value Night”. Family Value packages start at $39 and include three tickets, three hot dogs or pizza slices, three sodas and a Wolf Pack souvenir. To order your Family Value Night pack, visit the XL Center box office, or go on-line to www.ticketmaster.com.
With their 5-4 shootout victory over the Wolf Pack in Worcester on Wednesday, the Sharks broke an 8-0-0 Wolf Pack streak in the rivalry between the two teams.
Jamie McGinn notched a pair of goals in Worcester’s win over the Pack Wednesday and continues to lead the Sharks’ club in scoring, with 4-1-5 in six games.
Worcester has lost back-to-back games since its first battle with the Wolf Pack, to fall to 2-4-0-0 on the season for four points.
Saturday, November 1st vs. Albany at the XL Center, 7:00 pm
This is the lone regular-season visit to the XL Center by the River Rats, top affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes. The Rats are 1-4-1-0 thus far in six games.
The Wolf Pack have won the last 11 games between themselves and the River Rats, a Wolf Pack franchise record for longest winning streak against a single opponent. The Pack swept a two-game season series last year, winning 4-1 on November 10th in Hartford and 1-0 on January 23rd in Albany
It’s “Blue Jeans for Babies Night”. Fans are encouraged to wear jeans to support the March of Dimes’ mission to give every baby a healthy start.
Former Wolf Pack Jakub Petruzalek paces the Albany offense, having generated 3-2-5 in six games.
Tysen Dowzak - reassigned by the NY Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Charlotte (ECHL) October 21st.
Joe Barnes – reassigned by the NY Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Charlotte (ECHL) October 23rd.
Andreas Jämtin – reassigned by the NY Rangers from the Wolf Pack to Charlotte (ECHL) October 23rd.