Pack Tracks

By Steve Feldman

Welcome to the first issue of PACK TRACKS, formally the Hartford Wolf Pack Weekly Report. This is for the week of November 18, 2002 through November 25, 2002. See how the Wolf Pack have played in four games this past week and are going to face-off in three games this coming week.

GAME RECAPS

Tuesday, November 19, 2002 @ San Antonio Rampage
The Wolf Pack traveled down to Texas to take on the Innaugural season San Antonio Rampage. The Wolf Pack scored the first and only goal of the first period. In the second period neither team was able to score. Early in the third period the Rampage scored their only goal of the game to tie the score. The overtime period saw neither team score and the game finished in a 1-1 tie. The Wolf Pack were 1 of 4 on the power play and Johan Holmqvist stopped 27 of 28 Rampage shots to move his record to 0-0-1. The Rampage were 0 of 6 on the power play and Wade Flaherty stopped 33 of 34 Wolf Pack shots to move his record to 0-4-3.

WOLF PACK GOAL
Benoit Dusablon – 3 (PP) (Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner), 15:42, 1st period

RAMPAGE GOAL
M. Biron – 2 (SH) (Serge Payer), 6:49, 3rd period

Thursday, November 21, 2002 @ Houston Aeros
The Wolf Pack continued their Texas trip and moved on to Houston. This game saw the Aeros score the only goal of the first period. Early in the second period the Aeros went up by two goals, but the Wolf Pack responded with two goals of their own in under 30 seconds to tie the game before the end of the second period. In the third period the Aeros took the lead under one minute into the period, but the Wolf Pack tied the game to send the game into overtime. In their second overtime in as many games the Wolf Pack allowed the Aeros to score the winning goal. The Wolf Pack were 0 of 5 on the power play and Johan Holmqvist stopped 18 of 22 Aeros shots to drop his record to 0-1-1. The Aeros were 0 of 2 on the power play and Dieter Kochan stopped 32 of 35 Wolf Pack shots to improve his record to 6-2-1.

WOLF PACK GOALS
Jamie Lundmark – 4 (Matt Knich), 16:17, 2nd period
Benoit Dusablon – 4 (David Inman), 16:30, 2nd period
Ken Gernander – 7 (Joel Bouchard, John Tripp), 10:27, 3rd period

AEROS GOALS
Hnat Domenichelli – 8 (Richard Wallin), 18:25, 1st period
Curtis Murphy – 6 (Kyle Wanvig, Richard Wallin), 1:57, 2nd period
Chris Dyment – 1 (Richard Wallin, Jeremy Stevenson), 0:42, 3rd period
Erik Reitz – 4 (Lawrence Nycholat), 3:06, overtime

Saturday, November 23, 2002 vs. Springfield Falcons
The Wolf Pack ended their Texas road trip and took on their I-91 rivals, the Springfield Falcons. The Wolf Pack came out hard and fast and scored five goals in the first period, while keeping the Falcons off the scoreboard. In the second period the Wolf Pack increased their lead to six with one goal. The Falcons than started the scoring for their team and had 3 goals. In the third period the Falcons had one more goal while allowing the Wolf Pack to score three more times. The Falcons were 2 of 9 on the power play and Evgeny Konstantinov stopped 32 of 41 Wolf Pack shots to drop his record to 3-7-0. The Wolf Pack were 2 of 8 on the power play and Jason LaBarbera stopped 33 of 37 Falcons shots to improve his record to 7-4-2.

FALCONS GOALS
Erik Westrum – 4 (SH) (Unassisted), 13:44, 2nd period
Jeff Taffe – 5 (PP) (Erik Westrum, Darren Rumble), 16:26, 2nd period
Ramzi Abid – 11 (PP) (Dan Focht), 18:22, 2nd period
Darren Rumble – 3 (Ramzi Abid), 8:48, 3rd period

WOLF PACK GOALS
Ken Gernander – 8 (Mike Mottau), 7:40, 1st period
Garrett Burnett – 3 (Layne Ulmer, Bobby Andrews), 11:56, 1st period
Pat Aufiero – 1 (PP) (Billy Tibbets, Ken Gernander), 14:03, 1st period
Dixon Ward – 7 (PP) (Roman Lyashenko, Jamie Lundmark), 17:09, 1st period
Layne Ulmer – 2 (SH) (Pat Aufiero, Dixon Ward), 18:47, 1st period
Ken Gernander X2 – 9 (SH) (Matt Kinch, Roman Lyashenko), 5:20, 2nd period
Roman Lyashenko – 4 (Dean Arsene, Gerth Murray), 8:27, 3rd period
Garth Murray – 3 (Roman Lyashenko, Ken Gernader), 11:36, 3rd period
Billy Tibbets – 3 (Matt Kinch), 15:13, 3rd period

Sunday, November 24, 2002 @ Springfield Falcons
The Wolf Pack had the only goal of the first period in the second game of the home & home series between the Falcons & Wolf Pack. In the second period the Wolf Pack and Falcons each swapped a pair of goals. In the third period the Falcons scored the only two goals of the period and skated away with the win. The Wolf Pack were 1 of 3 on the power play and Jason LaBarbera stopped 35 of 39 Falcons shots to drop his record to 7-5-2. The Falcons were 2 of 9 on the power play and Zac Bierk stopped 40 of 43 Wolf Pack shots to improve his record to 5-4-0.

WOLF PACK GOALS
Joel Bouchard – 6 (PP) (Dixon Ward, Mike Mottau), 12:58, 1st period
Jamie Lundmark – 5 (Benoit Dusablon, Dixon Ward), 1:06, 2nd period
Matt Kinch – 1 (Jamie Lundmark), 15:47, 2nd period

FALCONS GOALS
Jason Bonsignore – 4 (Dan Smith), 11:39, 2nd period
Darren Rumble – 3 (PP) (Jeff Taffe, Jason Binsignore), 18:44, 2nd period
Shane Willis – 3 (Darren Rumble, Boyd Kane), 5:45, 3rd period
Dan Focht – 1 (PP) (Shane Willis, Erik Westrum), 19:15, 3rd period

EAST DIVISION STANDINGS

Through games of 11/24/02

EAST TEAM   GPWLTOTLPTS
Bridgeport 201054125
HARTFORD 19863221
Binghamton 19882119
Springfield229130018
Albany 226114117

TRANSACTIONS

Friday, November 22, 2002 – Defenseman Patrick Aufiero was reassigned to the Charlotte Checkers of the ECHL. Patrick has 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 points, and 4 minutes in penalties in 6 games played for the Wolf Pack.

TEAM LEADERS

GOALS
John Tripp – 11
Ken Gernander – 9
Rico Fata – 8

ASSISTS
Roman Lyashenko – 13
Dixon Ward – 12
Mike Mottau – 11

POINTS
Dixon Ward – 19
Roman Lyashenko – 17
Joel Bouchard – 16

PENALTY MINUTES
Tomas Kloucek – 81
Garrett Burnett – 74
Jeff State – 52
Gordie Dwyer – 52

GOALTENDERS
WINS
Jason LaBarbera – 7
Scott Meyer – 1

LOSSES
Jason LaBarbera – 5
Scott Meyer – 2
Johan Holmqvist – 1

TIES
Jason LaBarbera – 2
Johan Holmqvist – 1

GOALS AGAINST AVERAGE
Johan Holmqvist – 2.34
Jason LaBarbera – 2.75
Scott Meyer – 4.83

TEAM STATISTICS

Team Statistics will be posted in the first report of each month.

UPCOMING GAMES

The Wolf Pack currently have a record of 8-6-3-2 for 21 points. They are in second place of the East Division of the Eastern Conference, and out of first place by 4 points.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 vs. Worcester Ice Cats
The Ice Cats currently have a record of 10-6-2-1 for 23 points. They are in third place of the North Division of the Eastern Conference.

Friday, November 29, 2002 @ St. John’s Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs currently have a record of 6-11-2-0 for 14 points. They are in fourth place of the Canadian Division of the Eastern Conference.

Sunday, December 1, 2002 @ St. John’s Maple Leafs
The Maple Leafs currently have a record of 6-11-2-0 for 14 points. They are in fourth place of the Canadian Division of the Eastern Conference.

PACK IN THE APPLE

Hartford Wolf Pack players on the New York Rangers for the 2002-2003 season.

Mikael Samuelsson – 5 goals, 6 assists, 11 points, and 16 minutes in penalties in 23 games played.
Dale Purinton – 1 goal, 5 assists, 6 points, and 47 minutes in penalties in 22 games played. Dale is tied for the New York Rangers team lead in penalty minutes.
Ted Donato – 1 goal and 1 point in 9 games played.
Rico Fata – 1 assist and 1 point in 10 games played.
Jamie Lundmark – 1 assist, 1 point, and 4 minutes in penalties in 14 games played.
Richard Lintner – 1 game played.
Dixon Ward – 2 minutes in penalties in 7 games played.
Dan Blackburn – 4 wins, 5 losses, 2 ties, and 3.02 goals against average in 12 games played.

UPCOMING PROMOTIONS

Friday, December 6, 2002 – Radio Disney Family Night

Friday, December 13, 2002 – Teddy Bear Toss

Saturday, December 14, 2002 – Guaranteed Win Night

Thursday, December 26, 2002 – Day of Giving/Get a Gift Night

MISCELANEOUS

Listen to Wolf Pack games on the radio at 1410 AM ESPN Radio.

Listen to Wolf Pack games on the internet at www.hartfordwolfpack.com

The Wolf Pack host a weekly radio show on Monday nights from 6-7 pm at City Steam in Hartford. This can be heard on 1410 AM ESPN Radio.

Keep Skating
FELDMAN