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TALE OF THE TAPE: Dec. 15


Tuesday, Dec. 15, 7:00 p.m. Quicken Loans Arena

Chicago takes on its nemesis to the north with an Amtrak Rivalry game against Milwaukee tonight at the Bradley Center. The Wolves close a four-game road trip this evening and won’t pack their bags again until Dec. 28 (a return trip to Milwaukee).

Now in its seventh season, the Amtrak Rivalry has produced closer results as the series has unfolded this season. Chicago opened with a 5-1 blowout on Oct. 10, striking four times on the power play. Milwaukee answered with a 5-3 home win on Nov. 18, squelching a three-goal rally by the Wolves with a pair of third-period tallies. The last encounter on Dec. 5 at Allstate was decided by a shootout, with Milwaukee’s Kevin Fiala scoring the only shootout goal.

After reeling off a six-game winning streak from Oct. 25 to Nov. 12, Chicago hasn’t been able to win back-to-back games. Put another way, the Wolves posted an 8-1-1-1 record (.909) in their first 11 games and a 3-8-0-1 record (.291) in their last 12 games.

 


By The Numbers

5: The number of Wolves players who have played in all 23 games: ANDRE BENOIT, PETER HARROLD, DANNY KRISTO, JORDAN SCHMALTZ, and YANNICK VEILLEUX. 

80: Distance in miles between Amtrak Rivals Chicago and Milwaukee, who will be meeting for the 224th time tonight.

150: TY RATTIE’s next game appearance will signal his 150th AHL contest. In terms of seniority, he ranks behind ANDRE BENOIT (342), PAT CANNONE (296), JEREMY WELSH (213), PETER HARROLD (206), JUSTIN HODGMAN (157), and JORDAN CARON (156).

200: Faceoffs won this season by PAT CANNONE, who’s winning 54.7 percent of his duels inside the circle. Teammate JEREMY WELSH owns 199 faceoff wins, operating at a 53.9 percent clip.


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too or 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: 11-9-1-2
Last Game: 2-1 L at Lake Erie (Dec. 12)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-1-0-1
Last Meeting: 3-2 SO Home Loss (Dec. 5)

Admirals

Team Record: 16-8-1-0
Last Game: 4-3 SO Win at Manitoba (Dec. 13)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 SO Road Win (Dec. 5)

Player Spotlight

Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

#6 Andre Benoit/#7 Peter Harrold – Defensemen 

The offensive contributions of defensemen ANDRE BENOIT and PETER HARROLD cannot be underestimated as the Wolves run hot and cold in the scoring department.

A bonafide All-Star candidate, BENOIT leads the Wolves in scoring (20 points) and ranks third among AHL defensemen. BENOIT is closing in on a point-per-game status (0.86) dishing out a team-best 17 assists in the process. A third of his points (7) have occurred on the power play.

HARROLD, meanwhile, is tied for third in team scoring (17 points) and stands 11th among league defensemen. He has distributed 14 helpers and chipped in with five points in three games last week.

 

Player Spotlight

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#89 Frederick Gaudreau – Center

FREDERICK GAUDREAU keeps getting better. The Bromont, QC, native finished his rookie season with Milwaukee last season, tallying four goals and seven assists for 11 points to go along with 12 penalty minutes in 43 games.

GAUDREAU has already surpassed both of those numbers in just 24 games this season, posting seven goals and 11 assists for the Admirals, with three of those helpers coming in games against the Chicago Wolves this year.

In the Ads’ last game against the Wolves, GAUDREAU sliced his way through two Chicago defensemen and went in all alone on JORDAN BINNINGTON, who stopped his backhander, but Vladislav Kamenev was there to put the rebound home en route to Milwaukee’s 3-2 win.

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