Tale of the Tape: Nov. 28
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Saturday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena
Three weeks after playing a pair of terrific games at AT&T Center, the Chicago Wolves and San Antonio Rampage get together at Allstate Arena to play the other half of their four-game series.
The Wolves defeated the Rampage 4-3 in overtime on Nov. 6 and 8 in San Antonio — and both games were decided by DANNY KRISTO game-winners.
Since these teams met in Texas, they have cooled off from their terrific starts. The Rampage are winless in their last four starts, though two of those losses came in overtime. The Wolves have gone 2-3-1-0 in their last six games.
San Antonio enters tonight with two days’ rest while Chicago played last night in Rockford. The Wolves suffered a 3-1 defeat as they were assessed 72 penalty minutes after being whistled for just 139 penalty minutes in their first 14 games (a league-leading 9.9 minutes per game).
By The Numbers
139: The number of penalty minutes the Wolves were assessed during their 14 games through Thanksgiving.
72: The number of penalty minutes the Wolves were assessed during Friday’s game at Rockford. Their previous season-high was 19 minutes on Nov. 1 vs. Manitoba.
7: The number of penalty minutes Cody Beach received on Nov. 1 vs Manitoba, which was the Wolves’ individual high prior to Friday’s game.
4: The number of Wolves players who received at least 10 penalty minutes in Friday’s game as the team racked up four fighting majors and four 10-minute misconduct penalties.
Follow The Action
Tonight’s game begins at 7 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: 9-3-6-0
Last Game: 3-2 OT L at Rockford (Nov. 25)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-0-2-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Home OT Loss (Nov. 8)
Team Record: 9-4-1-1
Last Game: 3-1 L at Rockford (Nov. 27)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Road OT Win (Nov. 8)
MAXIM NOREAU has been producing even more than expected this season. The 28-year-old, who boasts four years of AHL experience to go along with three years spent in the Swiss-A league not to mention a few NHL games, has provided a scoring punch for the Rampage.
NOREAU has recorded four goals and 11 assists through 18 games this year, ranking him sixth in total points by a defenseman in the American Hockey League.
It’s nothing too surprising from the two-way defenseman, who put up 30 points (8G, 22A) in 39 games with San Antonio last season.
After being recalled by Minnesota on Nov. 17 and making his NHL debut Tuesday in Pittsburgh — recording one hit in 6:09 of ice time — MICHAEL KERANEN was reassigned to Iowa on Friday.
The Stockholm, Sweden, native has tallied 10 points (5G, 5A) including two power-play goals and eight penalty minutes in 15 games with the Wild this season. KERANEN has paced Iowa offensively this season, leading the team in goals and assists while tied for third with 39 shots.
The 6-foot-2, 170-pound forward put up 37 points (10G, 27A) last season with the Wild, which was good enough to rank first on the team in assists and tied for second in scoring.
Right wing DANNY KRISTO enjoyed a trip to remember when the Wolves visited San Antonio earlier this month.
On Nov. 6, KRISTO assisted on JORDAN SCHMALTZ’s first professional goal that started the Wolves’ comeback from a 2-0 deficit. He capped Chicago’s 4-3 win by scoring 3:26 into overtime.
On Nov. 8, KRISTO gave the Wolves another 4-3 overtime victory when he scored from a similar spot on the ice 53 seconds into the extra session.
In the six games since the Wolves departed San Antonio, the 25-year-old from Edina, Minn., has delivered two power-play goals. He shares first on the team in goals (7) and ranks second in points (13).