Tale of the Tape: Nov. 8
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Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:00 p.m. AT&T Center
The first meeting between the Chicago Wolves and San Antonio Rampage lived up to its billing as the teams traded blows for more than 60 minutes before the Central Division- leading Wolves came away with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Pacific Division-pacing Rampage Friday night at AT&T Center.
In addition to running their winning streak to four games, the Wolves maintained their lead in the Central Division and ensured they’re off to one of their top three starts in franchise history. Only the 2007-08 squad (7-0-1-0) and the 1997-98 team (6-1-1) earned at least as many points during their first eight games as this year’s bunch. Of course, the 1998 and 2008 Wolves — also coached by JOHN ANDERSON — went on to capture league championships.
The Wolves won Friday night despite trailing 3-2 after two periods. Last season, the Wolves didn’t earn their first win when trailing after two periods until April 10, 2015, when they rallied to win 4-1 at Milwaukee.
By The Numbers
8: When captain PAT CANNONE set up DANNY KRISTO’s game-winning goal in overtime Friday night, he extended his career-high point streak to 8 games.
20: The Wolves’ streak of 20 straight penalty kills ended with San Antonio’s first power-play opportunity Friday night. Chicago went more than four full games — 246 minutes, 11 seconds to be exact — between Charlotte’s PPG on Oct. 17 and the Rampage’s PPG at 16:20 of the first period Friday.
40: The Wolves surrendered 40 shots on Friday, which was 10 more than their previous season-worst total. On the plus side, JORDAN BINNINGTON easily set a season high with 37 saves.
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Today’s game begins at 4:00 p.m. and can be streamed on www.ahllive.com.
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Team Record: 6-1-0-1
Last Game: 4-3 OT W at San Antonio (Nov. 6)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 OT Road Win (Nov. 6)
Team Record: 6-0-3-0
Last Game: 4-3 OT L vs Chicago (Nov. 6)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 OT Home Loss (Nov. 6)
Right wing TY RATTIE was loaned back to the Wolves on Friday by the St. Louis Blues (NHL), but his flight didn’t arrive in San Antonio soon enough for him to play in Chicago’s 4-3 overtime win.
Though the Wolves earned 9 of a possible 10 points while RATTIE was away, they’re more than happy to have him back. The 22-year-old from Airdrie, Alberta, stacked up 4 goals and 3 assists in 3 games for the Wolves before being recalled on Oct. 23. He contributed 2 assists in 5 games for St. Louis.
RATTIE has notched 56 goals and 41 assists in 134 appearances with the Wolves since joining the team prior to the start of the 2013-14 season. He owns 4 assists in 18 games for the Blues since making his NHL debut on April 11, 2014.
After falling to the Wolves in overtime Friday night, the Rampage had little time to rest as they battled the Texas Stars the next night. San Antonio bounced back with a 4-3 win at the Cedar Park Center, in large part due to the play of MIKKO RANTANEN.
RANTANEN paced San Antonio with two goals and two assists to earn the First Star of the Game. The winger’s four points finishes one point shy of a Rampage franchise record for points in a game, which has been reached three times in San Antonio history.
The Colorado Avalanche 2015 first-round draft pick spent some time in the NHL to start off the 2015-16 season, but after going pointless and minus-5 in six games with Colorado, he was sent down to the AHL.