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Tale of the Tape: Dec. 4


Friday, Dec. 4, 6 p.m. Van Andel Arena

Chicago makes its first visit to Van Andel Arena tonight, taking on a red-hot Grand Rapids squad that has won six straight games. The Wolves are winless (0-2-1-0) in their last three road contests.

The Wolves are coming off their second-highest goal total of the season, an 8-2 win over Manitoba on Wednesday at Allstate Arena. JOHN ANDERSON’s team is 5-2-1-1 in games following a win.

The Griffins lost seven of eight games to start the season, but have since managed to reach the .500 mark and are coming off the team’s most successful November (7-2-0-1) in 10 years.

Chicago went 3-1-0-0 last season at Van Andel, finishing with a 14-13 edge in goal scoring. The Wolves will always have a fond spot for Van Andel Arena — the site of Chicago’s Turner Cup-clinching win in 2000.

Starting tonight, Chicago plays five of its next six games on the road. The team’s lone home game during that stretch is tomorrow night against Milwaukee.


By The Numbers

4 (+): Three Wolves finished with a +4 plus/minus rating in Wednesday’s game: SPENCER ASUCHAK, JACOB DOTY, and YANNICK VEILLEUX. 

12: ANDRE BENOIT paces the Wolves with 12 assists on the season. He’s looking to become the first defenseman to lead the team in helpers since Greg Hagwood in 2003-04.

35: Saves recorded by PHEONIX COPLEY on Wednesday — the second-highest total this season for a Wolves goaltender.

.875: The Wolves’ winning percentage this season when scoring first (7-1-0-0).


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 6 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U. 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.


ChicagoWolves

Team Record: 10-6-1-1
Last Game: 8-2 W vs Manitoba (Dec. 2)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 Home Loss (Nov. 21)

GrandRapids

Team Record: 8-8-0-1
Last Game: 3-2 OT W vs Lake Erie (Nov. 28)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 Road Win  (Nov. 21)

Player Spotlight

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#26 Spencer Asuchak – Right Wing

 

SPENCER ASUCHAK recorded the 89th hat trick in Wolves history with a three-goal performance against Manitoba on Wednesday night at Allstate.

He became the first Wolves rookie to accomplish the feat since Nicklas Jensen in April 2012.
ASUCHAK, who entered the game with one point (an assist) in 12 games, wasted little time getting on the board, striking 3:12 into the first period. It was the team’s quickest goal to start a game this season. ASHCAN completed the trick with 41 seconds left in regulation, redirecting a shot from JACOB DOTY.

Player Spotlight

GrandRapids

#15 Mitch Callahan – Right Wing

Just like it took a little while for the Griffins to get hot, Mitch Callahan needed a month or so to find his groove as well.

It took the veteran nine games to record his first goal of the season, but he has now scored in three consecutive games and has points in four of the last five contests.

Callahan led the way for Grand Rapid’s sixth straight win on Saturday, delivering the overtime goal against first-place Lake Erie to level their season-mark to an even .500.

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