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Wolf Pack Weekly

The Wolf Pack climbed to within one game of the .500 mark last week, with a 2-1-1-0 record in four games. The week began Wednesday night at the Hartford Civic Center with a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phantoms, a game which the Wolf Pack trailed 2-0 at one point. On Friday at home against Worcester the Pack suffered a 5-4 overtime loss, and then they rebounded for a 1-0 shootout win over the first-place Portland Pirates Saturday night at home. Then on Sunday in Manchester the Wolf Pack fell to the Monarchs in another tight game, dropping a 2-1 decision. Steve Valiquette saw action in all four games during the week, allowing six goals on 92 shots (1.84 GAA, 93.5% save percentage) and registering his second shutout in a span of five starts on Saturday. Ryan Callahan stretched his franchise-record and AHL season-high goal-scoring streak to eight games (10-4-14) before it was stopped in Saturday's game.

This week:

The Wolf Pack head into the Christmas holiday with back-to-back home games this Friday and Saturday nights. Friday will see the Springfield Falcons visit the Hartford Civic Center for the second installment of the DATTCO I-91 Challenge (7:00 start). Like all Fridays, that is a Guida's Family Value Night, and the Wolf Pack and Rockville Bank will be giving away $1,000 in the "Go for Green" promotion. The Providence Bruins are the opponents on Saturday (7:00) on "Get a Gift Night". Everyone at the game will receive a free surprise gift, and one lucky fan will win a diamond from Becker's Jewelers.

Friday, December 22 vs. Springfield at the Hartford Civic Center, 7:00 p.m.

This is the second 2006-07 game of the DATTCO l-91 Challenge; New this season, the challenge will see the Wolf Pack taking on the Springfield Falcons in 10 bouts, with one winner being named at the end of the series.

The Wolf Pack have not seen the Falcons since the Pack's opening night, October 7, a game that Springfield won by a score of 3-2.

The Falcons are currently five points ahead of the Wolf Pack in the Atlantic Division, with a record of 15-13-0-1 for 31 points.

Long-time NHL mainstay Sean Burke has appeared in seven games in the Springfield net this season.

As is the case at every Friday night home game, the Wolf Pack and Rockville Bank will be giving away $1,000 during the "Go for the Green" promotion.

Friday night home games are Guida's Dairy Family Value Nights. Fans can purchase Family Value Night packages of three or four tickets, with each package including a hot dog or a pizza slice and a soda per ticket, as well as a Wolf Pack souvenir. Three-packs start as low as $36. To order, call the Wolf Pack ticket office at (860) 548-2000.

Radio - live with Bob Crawford on ESPN Radio 1410 and on the web at: Hartford Wolf Pack ||, or watch on B2 Networks! Go to Hartford Wolf Pack || for details

Saturday, December 23 vs. Providence at the Hartford Civic Center, 7:00 p.m.

The Bruins (14-11-1-2, 31 pts.) are tied with Springfield for fourth place in the Atlantic. They have lost three straight and nine of their last 12 (3-7-0-2).

The Bruins won their only previous visit to Hartford, 3-2, on November 3, and the Wolf Pack captured a 3-2 victory November 24 in Providence.

Rookie Kris Versteeg leads the Bruins' club in points and goals, with 13-14-27 in 25 games.

This game is the Wolf Pack's "Get a Gift Night". Every fan in attendance receives a gift from the Wolf Pack, and one lucky fan will win a diamond, courtesy of Becker's Jewelers.

Television - live on Fox Sports Net New England with Bob Crawford (play-by-play) and P.J. Stock (color commentary).

Webcast - live with Mark Bailey at Hartford Wolf Pack ||, or watch on B2 Networks! Go to Hartford Wolf Pack || for details.

Injury Report:

Dale Purinton - fractured right foot (4-6 weeks)

Jake Taylor - clavicle/shoulder surgery (1-2 months)

Recent Transactions: Jed Ortmeyer - assigned to the Wolf Pack by the New York Rangers on a conditioning loan December 12. Thomas Pock - recalled by the New York Rangers from the Wolf Pack December 18.

Pack Tracks:

"Wolf Pack Confidential", the Wolf Pack's weekly hour-long Tuesday-night talk show, will be taking a holiday break for the next two weeks. The show will return to Little Mark's Big Barbecue, located at 279 West Main St. (Rt. 44) in Avon, on Tuesday, January 2. Wolf Pack Confidential airs from 7-8 PM and can be heard live on ESPN Radio 1410 and on-line at

The 96.5 TIC Acoustic Café - Volume VI CD, featuring the music of some of today's most popular musical artists, recorded acoustically, is now on sale at all Big Y World Class Markets, FYE and Strawberries locations, as well as at the new Hartford Wolf Pack "Pack Shop" in the Hartford 21 Mall surrounding the Civic Center. Net proceeds from the sale of the CD will benefit the charitable efforts of the Hartford Wolf Pack Community Foundation. The retail price of the CD is only $9.65, and it includes cuts from Staind, KT Tunstall, The Fray, Five for Fighting, Goo Goo Dolls, Barenaked Ladies, Anna Nalick, James Blunt, Nick Lachey and Smash Mouth. Each CD includes a voucher worth $16.50 for a free ticket to see a Wednesday night or Sunday night Wolf Pack game during the 2006-07 season.

The Wolf Pack's home game December 30 against the Manchester Monarchs (7:00 faceoff) will include an in-game concert featuring the Jonas Brothers, the Truth Squad and Nothing but Strings. The concert is sponsored by Radio Disney.

The Hartford Wolf Pack "Pack Shop", located in the newly-renovated Hartford 21 Mall surrounding the Civic Center, will be open for special shopping hours during this holiday season. The Pack shop is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays through Christmas 2-7 p.m. and for one hour after games, and Sundays, including Christmas Eve, noon to four p.m.. The Pack Shop features a Wolf Pack hockey rink-tiled replica floor and offers a full line of Wolf Pack merchandise and special 10th Anniversary items. Stop by and pick something up for all of the hockey fans on your shopping list!

Individual tickets for Wolf Pack games are on sale now at the Hartford Civic Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations including Macy's at the Buckland Hills Mall and at the Westfarms Mall. Tickets may also be charged by phone at (860) 525-4500, (203) 744-8100, (203) 624-0033 or (413) 733-2500 or online at Official Ticketmaster site. Tickets for Concerts, Sports, Arts, Theater, Family, Events, more. Season tickets, five, 10 and 20 game packages and group tickets are also available. Contact 860-548-2000 for more details.

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Moose snag five of eight in Texas

The Moose earned five of a possible eight points in week 11, as they did the "Texas two-step"on their four-game tour of "The Lonestar State". The Moose started the week on Wednesday in Houston with a 4-1 victory before heading to San Antonio on Friday and earning a 6-1 win versus the Rampage. On Saturday the team travelled back to Houston where the Aeros rebounded to defeat the Moose 3-1 and then Manitoba headed back to San Antonio to conclude their four-game tour of Texas with a 4-3 overtime loss. The trip leaves the Moose third in the North Division standings at 14-13-4-2 for a total of 34 points, just one point behind the second place Hamilton Bulldogs who the Moose will host for two games this week.

Wednesday night the Moose started their four-game tour of Texas with their first of four scheduled meetings versus the Houston Aeros this season. The Moose played a strong road game against the Aeros, getting offensive contributions from unexpected sources as Maxime Fortunus and Adam Keefe both scored their first goals of the season. Drew MacIntyre continued his strong play, as he stopped 35 of 36 saves earning his third straight victory.

Friday night the Moose blew open a 2-1 game with 10:00 left in the third period to rout the Rampage 6-1. Wade Flaherty improved his record versus his former team to a perfect 8-0, making 18 saves along the way. While Brad Moran scored two goals and added an assist to move his points streak to seven games in the victory.

Saturday the Moose returned to Houston, where the Aeros were out for revenge for the 4-1 defeat suffered earlier in the week to Manitoba. Josh Harding was the big difference in this game for the Aeros, as he stopped 38 of 39 shots enroute to the 3-1 victory. The Aeros scored the first three goals of the game and then watched as Harding turned away all but one opportunity, snapping the Moose's season-long four-game winning streak in the process.

The Moose then finished off their four-game road trip Sunday with an afternoon contest in San Antonio. The Moose got down two goals early before battling back with three straight goals of their own to take the lead. The Rampage were resilient however, as they pulled goalie David LeNeveu with under 2:00 left. Yanick Lehoux scored his second goal of the game with the extra attacker to tie it and send the game into overtime, where Donald MacLean scored just :47 seconds into OT to give San Antonio the extra point in the standings. The Moose finished their third "3-in-3" stretch of the season with a 1-1-1 record.

The Moose now return home where they will host the Hamilton Bulldogs in a battle for second place in the North Division standings. The Moose trail the Bulldogs by just a single point in the standings and will play on Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday, December 21st before taking a few days for the Christmas break.


Moose special teams streaks end on the road: Manitoba's streak of scoring at least one powerplay goal in consecutive games came to an end at ten games, as they failed to score in four powerplay chances versus the Houston Aeros on Saturday night. The team had managed to score on the powerplay in 17 of their previous 19 contests heading into that game, climbing eight spots in the AHL powerplay rankings from 20th to 12th thanks to that stretch. The Moose currently hold a powerplay percentage of 17.2%. The Moose's streak of games not allowing a powerplay goal against also came to an end on their Texas road trip, giving up the game-winning goal in overtime to San Antonio on the powerplay. It was the first goal that the Moose had surrendered in seven games on the penalty-kill. Manitoba's penalty-killing has climbed to second in the AHL with an 88.6% success rate along the way.

Record in 3-in-3's: The Manitoba Moose went 1-1-1-0 on their most recent "three-games-in-three-nights" stretch this past weekend in Texas. The Moose won their first game of the stretch on Friday in San Antonio 6-1 (12/15), before losing on Saturday in regulation at Houston 3-1 (12/16), and then losing in overtime at San Antonio on Sunday 4-3 (12/17). Having now played three of their five scheduled 3-in-3 stretches this season, the Moose are now 3-5-1-0 on the year and have moved their overall record to 33-33-6-6 in games played during such stretches. The Moose have two 3-in-3 stretches left to play this season: Feb. 23-25/07 (vs. Rochester, Syracuse, and Toronto) and Mar. 16-18/07 (two games in Grand Rapids followed by a trip to Peoria). In 3-in-3 match-ups last season, the Moose were 10-6-4-1.

Moran assists streak snapped: Brad Moran failed to register a point in the 4-3 overtime loss to the San Antonio Rampage on Sunday, which ended his season-long assists streak at seven games. Moran collected 11 points in that seven-game stretch scoring two goals and nine assists, taking over the team scoring lead in the process. Moran currently has 36 points in 28 games this season and sits sixth in league scoring.


The Moose host Hamilton in back-to-back games on Wednesday, December 20th and Thursday, December 21st this week in a battle for second place in the North Division standings. The Moose and Bulldogs have split their first two meetings of the season, with Hamilton winning the first matchup 5-3 on Oct. 6/06, and the Moose winning at Copps Coliseum for the first time in over two years with a 5-4 victory on Nov. 21/06. This will mark the first meeting between the clubs at the MTS Centre this season. The last time these two teams played at the MTS Centre was on Jan. 21/06 where the Moose scored the first four goals of the game before coasting to a 4-1 victory.


#20 Brad Moran - Center

Brad Moran appeared in all four games for the Moose this week, collecting two goals and three assists for five points for the second time in three weeks...As a result, Moran now the team leader in scoring with 13 goals and 23 assists for 36 points which leaves him in sixth in the entire AHL in scoring...Moran had his season- and team-high seven-game assists streak dating back to Dec. 6/06 ended in Sunday's 4-3 overtime loss to San Antonio...His 13 goals is tied for 20th in the AHL in goal-scoring while he is tied for fourth overall in assists...He scored a pair of goals in the third period to extend Manitoba's lead in a 6-1 victory over San Antonio as well as adding an assist...He also fired 16 shots on net and finished the week -1 overall...He is sixth in the league with eight powerplay goals and ninth in the AHL with 12 powerplay assists...

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Rampage weekly


Thursday, Dec. 21 vs. Chicago Wolves

@ AT&T Center-7:00 p.m.

This will be the fourth match-up against the Chicago Wolves this season ... The Rampage are 11-25-4-1 lifetime against the Wolves and own a 4-15-1-0 record at Chicago ... Bryan Helmer and Yanick Lehoux each have three points against the Wolves in three games played.

Friday, Dec. 22 vs. Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights

@ Omaha Civic Auditorium-7:00 p.m.

This will be the Rampage's second visit to Omaha ... So far this season, the Rampage are 1-2-0-0 through the first three games including an overtime win Nov. 30th ... The Knights rank second in the West Division with 36 points and a 7-4-0-0 record at home ... Rampage defenseman, Bryan Helmer spent two seasons with the Moose (2001-03).

Saturday, Dec. 23 vs. Chicago Wolves

@ Allstate Aerna-7:00 p.m.

The Rampage host the West Division leader, Chicago Wolves, for the third time this season ... The Wolves are 20-7-1-1 good for 42 points which is second in the league only to Wilkes/Barre Scranton ... The Wolves also have the league's top three leading scorers, Darren Haydar, Jason Krog and Brett Sterling ... The Rampage return to the Windy City January 20th.

All games can be viewed through B2 Networks' live video web cast for $6 to anyone with a high-speed internet connection, through a link at


MacLEAN'S THE MAN: Donald MacLean has scored four goals in his last six games, leaving him one goal shy of his 200th career AHL goal. He tallied the game-winner in overtime against the Manitoba Moose on Sunday. MacLean is currently on a six-game scoring streak with 12 points.

LEHOUX LEADS: Yanick Lehoux's team-high nine-game scoring streak ended Friday night against Manitoba. The streak tied the Rampage's franchise mark set by Ryan Jardine during the team's inaugural 2002-03 season. Lehoux had 12 points (six goals and six assists) and continues to lead his team in scoring with 28 points on the season.

LOOK OUT FOR LeNEVEU: Goaltender David LeNeveu, who had lost his previous five starts, stopped 24 of 27 shots Sunday against Manitoba for his second win of the season. LeNeveu spent six games with the Rampage's parent club, Phoenix Coyotes, from Oct. 26-Nov. 28 and recorded a 2-1-0 record including 38 saves against the Los Angeles Kings Nov. 4th.


- 12 DAYS OF GIVING: The Rampage are in their second week of their "12 days of Giving" initiative, where the team will provide a charitable act, donation and spread holiday cheer for 12 consecutive days leading up to Christmas Day. The festivities will continue from December 11-22 and include the team delivering presents to children, singing Christmas carols, and helping take care of sheltered animals.

- PERFECTION: The Rampage continue their perfect record past 60 minutes of play. They have recorded three overtime wins and two shootout wins.


COLLEGE NIGHT-Dec. 21: One lucky college student will win $500 towards the purchase of books. The first 100 students to register will receive a coupon for a free buffet courtesy of Pizza Hut. Each student must show their college ID and must be present to win.

Ticket Info: Tickets start at just $9.50. To order tickets by phone call 210.444.5554 or go on-line at or

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Reid to Join Canada at Spengler Cup

Today, the Manitoba Moose, in conjunction with the Vancouver Canucks and Hockey Canada, announced forward Brandon Reid will join Team Canada for the Spengler Cup in Davos, Switzerland from December 26th-December 31st, 2006.

Reid, 25, is currently the fourth-leading scorer on the Moose with eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points in 27 games. The Kirkland, PQ native is also currently riding a three-game points streak which has seen him collect four points (2G,2A) in that time. In his six-year pro career, Reid has played in 234 games with the Moose and has scored 63 goals and 104 assists for 167 points 55 penalty minutes. Reid was the team's leading scorer back in 2003-04 and 2002-03. In 10 career NHL games with the Canucks, he has two goals and four assists for six points.

Reid becomes the third player in consecutive years to join Canada for the Spengler Cup, as goaltender Alex Auld helped backstop Canada to a silver medal in 2004, while defenceman Brett Skinner also won silver with Team Canada in 2005. The Spengler Cup is the oldest continual club tournament the world, dating back to 1923. Canada has competed since 1984 and has won 10 titles in that time.

Reid will be joined on Team Canada by former Manitoba Moose Josh Holden (2001-02) and Jason Doig (2005).

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Day nine of Rampage 12-Days of Giving

December 19 Rampage Players Visit the Animal Defense League

Randall Gelech, David LeNeveu, Pascal Rheaume, and Ryan Flinn will help feed, bathe and walk animals at this local shelter that are waiting to be adopted.

11300 Nacogdoches

San Antonio, TX 78217

Time: 2 - 4 p.m.

December 20 Rampage Donate a Suite Night at Spurs game

The Rampage have donated a suite to Special Olympics-Texas, where 22 special Olympians will enjoy the Spurs take on the Memphis Grizzlies. Logan Stephenson, Tyler Redenbach and Bill Thomas will greet the guests upon arrival.

Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies

AT&T Center, 7 p.m.

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Sound Tigers Spread Holiday Cheer

The Bridgeport Sound Tigers and their fans teamed up to put smiles on the faces of children at area hospitals this week. Players, coaches and staffers were in the giving mood for the holidays as they hand-delivered teddy bears and other stuffed animals to children from Stamford to Derby.

"It shows the true meaning of Christmas," Stamford Hospital Dr. Georgette Bordas said.

The Sound Tigers' players and coaches, along with front office personnel, including President Howard Saffan, also went to Norwalk Hospital, St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport Hospital and Derby's Griffin Hospital. They brought thousands of stuffed animals, donated by their fans during Sunday's game against Norfolk, to healthy newborns as well as sick children.

Every year, fans participate in the Teddy Bear Toss, throwing their gifts onto the ice after the Sound Tigers score their first goal of the designated game. When Allan Rourke got the Sound Tigers on the scoreboard with his second-period tally on Sunday, he sparked a celebration as stuffed toys rained from the stands onto the skating surface.

"It's fun being here and making the kids a little bit happier," said Sound Tiger forward Robert Nilsson, while visiting several children and their moms at Stamford Hospital on Monday.

Nilsson, accustomed to setting up his teammates on the ice, was assisting children, some recovering from surgery and others fighting viruses, in their efforts to feel better.

"It puts everything in perspective," Sound Tigers Head Coach Dan Marshall said. "It's great to see a smile on the kids' faces."

Santa Claus and members of AMR joined the Sound Tigers in their trips to the local hospitals.

Sound Tiger defenseman Kevin Mitchell said the excursion from the rink "brought the players down to earth a little bit" and was well worthwhile because it made the children happy.

"It's great. To be able to come out and help these kids who are less fortunate than us is a good feeling," rookie forward Blake Comeau said.

The Sound Tigers visit Norfolk and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this week and return to the Arena at Harbor Yard to host the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. Saturday is Santa Claus Night, and all fans who dress as Santa will watch the game for free. For schedule and ticket information for all Sound Tigers games, including group discount opportunities, visit or call 334-4625. Tickets are also available at the Arena Box Office.

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Crunch Announce Details of Time Warner Cable 'Buy One, Get One Free' Night

Syracuse, NY (December 19, 2006) - The Syracuse Crunch announced today the details of the Time Warner Cable 'Buy One, Get One Free' Night on Wednesday, December 27.

Anyone that purchases a ticket to the Crunch's Wednesday, December 27 (7:00 p.m. start time) game against Toronto will receive a ticket of equal or lesser value free to that's night game, compliments of Time Warner Cable. (Discount not valid with any other offer).

The Crunch host Albany on Saturday, December 23 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Crunch office at (315) 473-4444, stopping by the Oncenter box office located on the State Street side of the War Memorial or by calling TicketMaster at (315) 472-0700.
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