Tale of the Tape: Nov. 1
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Sunday, Nov. 1, 4 p.m. Allstate Arena
The Chicago Wolves are firing on all cylinders. Though the Wolves have spent the last two weeks sitting atop the American Hockey League lists for goals average, the team hasn’t forgotten it was billed in the preseason as a defensive-oriented squad.
During Chicago’s 3-1 win over the Moose on Friday at Allstate Arena, the Wolves extended their shutout streak to 120 minutes and 34 seconds before surrendering a goal 1:28 into the third period.
Goaltender JORDAN BINNINGTON started the streak during the third period on Oct. 23 at Rockford, the Pheonix Copley notched a shutout last Sunday against Charlotte. BINNINGTON kept the streak rolling Friday as the team’s collective defensive effort limited the Moose to just 18 shots.
Meanwhile, the Wolves didn’t slack off at the offensive end of the rink. Forward YANNICK VEILLEUX registered his first game-winning goal of the season and third in a Wolves sweater while center PAT CANNONE scored late to extend his point streak to six games.
By The Numbers
23.5: In a hockey world that increasingly prizes teams that produce a positive shots differential, the Wolves are allowing just 23.5 shots per game while averaging 31.5 shots per game.
15: The Wolves’ penalty-kill units have snuffed out their opponents’ last 15 power-play opportunities. Chicago hasn’t allowed a PPG since Charlotte’s Trevor Carrick tallied at 15:08 of the first period on Oct. 17. That’s a run of 169 minutes and 51 seconds.
6: When he scored an empty-net goal with 1:19 to play Friday night, Wolves captain PAT CANNONE equaled his longest professional point streak.
24: EVAN TRUPP made his Wolves debut Friday to become the 24th player to appear in a Chicago uniform this season.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 4 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. (channel listings can be found here) The game can also be streamed on www.ahllive.com.
Those away from a TV or computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
Team Record: 1-5-1-1
Last Game: 3-1 L vs Chicago (Oct. 30)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-1 Road Loss (Oct. 30)
Team Record: 4-1-0-1
Last Game: 3-1 W vs Manitoba (Oct. 30)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-1 Home Win (Oct. 30)
The Manitoba Moose have struggled out of the gate, but their lack of wins can’t be blamed on their goaltending tandem of CONNOR HELLEBUYCK and ERIC COMRIE.
The duo have combined to record a .923 save percentage this season, which is among the best in the AHL. HELLEBUYCK has been especially impressive to start the season, notching his first win Thursday night against Milwaukee with a 39-save performance. The Michigan native led the league in saves last season.
HELLEBUYCK and COMRIE haven’t exactly received a ton of goal support this season, as the Moose enter Sunday’s game ranked 30th in goals scored per game averaging just 1.4 Meanwhile, the Wolves are leading the league in goals scored at 4.3 goals. The Moose have scored one goal or less in five of their eight games this season.
ZACH O’BRIEN got the monkey off his back Friday night. The right wing delivered his first goal with the Wolves on Friday night, burying a power-play goal to start the scoring in Chicago’s 3-1 win over Manitoba.
After the game, head coach John Anderson said O’BRIEN has been a “little snakebitten”to start the season, but now that he got his first one out of the way, he should start producing even more.
O’BRIEN proved he had the skill last year when he produced 14 goals and 18 assists for the Manchester Monarchs — and now he has proof that his skills paid off. After the Wolves practiced on Wednesday, general manager Wendell Young presented the St. John’s, Newfoundland, native with his 2015 Calder Cup championship ring.