February 12, 2022
HARTFORD, Conn. – The Hartford Wolf Pack continues its four-game homestand tonight with visiting Rochester Americans. This is the Wolf Pack’s fourth home game of 2021-22 against the North Division. Tonight is also “Olympic Night” at the XL Center, with the Wolf Pack set to wear USA-themed jerseys.
The puck drop is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Tale of the Band:
This is the third of fourth meetings between the Wolf Pack and the Americans in the 2021-22 campaign. This is the second and final visit to Hartford for the Americans. Teams will end the season series on April 16and in Rochester. The Americans won each of the first two meetings between the teams.
Rochester first took a 4-3 decision at the XL Center on January 2n/a, Arttu Ruotsalainen scoring the winning goal. In the January 7 rematchand, the Americans took a 5-3 decision at home. Linus Weissbach had the winner that night.
Hartford’s last win against the Americans was on Dec. 22n/a2018, by a score of 5-1 at the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester.
Wolf Pack Outlook:
The Wolf Pack suffered a 4-2 loss to the Springfield Thunderbirds last night at home. Matthew Peca scored shorthanded just 2:06 from the start of the game to open the scoring, while James Neal scored twice on the power play. Hugh McGing scored the winner for the T-Birds late in the first period. Ty Ronning and Tarmo Reunanen lit the Pack’s lamp in defeat.
Jonny Brodzinski leads the club in scoring with 33 points (16 g, 17 a) on the season. His 16 goals are also the best in the Wolf Pack. Brodzinski had a nine-game scoring streak last night. Anthony Greco is second in the club with 29 points (9g, 20y) this season. Keith Kinkaid leads the pack in goal with a 16-3-2 record. He is currently tied for third in the league in wins.
On Friday afternoon, the New York Rangers recalled forward Morgan Barron. Earlier in the week, the Wolf Pack loaned defenseman Zach Berzolla to the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL, while the Rangers assigned veteran defenseman Jarred Tinordi to Hartford.
The Americans enter tonight’s game with a 23-15-2-2 record, good for a .595 point percentage. The Amerks are coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to the Providence Bruins last night in Rhode Island. Chris Wagner tied the game at 18:22 of the third period to force overtime and possibly a shootout. In the shootout, Justin Brazeau and Jesper Froden scored to propel the Bruins to victory. Brett Murray and Ethan Prow scored for the Amerks in the loss.
Michael Mersch leads the Americans with 39 points (19 g, 20 y) on the season. JJ Peterka is the team’s second scorer with 38 points (11 g, 27 a). Yesterday, the Americans loaned forward Lukas Craggs to the Cincinnati Cyclones of the ECHL. Goalkeeper Tyler Parks was released from his PTO by the club on Thursday.
Tonight, join us for “Olympic Night” at the XL Center! The pack will wear special USA-themed jerseys to mark the occasion! The jerseys will be auctioned online on DASH, starting tonight. The first 1,500 fans will also receive a t-shirt offered by CTDOT!
Tickets for tonight’s game are still available on www.hartfordwolfpack.com. To bid on tonight’s specialty jerseys online, visit DASH here.
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ABOUT THE HARTFORD WOLF PACK: The Hartford Wolf Pack has been a premier franchise in the American Hockey League since the team’s inception in 1997. The Wolf Pack is the top player development affiliate of the NHL’s New York Rangers and plays in the XL Center. The Wolf Pack have welcomed some of Rangers’ new faces including Igor Shesterkin, Filip Chytil and Ryan Lindgren. Follow the pack of wolves on Facebook, Twitter, instagramand TikTok.