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TALE OF THE TAPE: DEC. 19


Saturday, Dec. 19, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena

Chicago and Rockford resume their Illinois Lottery Cup series tonight as the IceHogs make their first Allstate Arena appearance of the season. The Wolves have dropped four straight against Rockford dating to last season.

The 2015-16 Illinois Lottery Cup rivalry has featured two close games in Rockford. Chicago rallied from two goals down to earn a road point in the series opener (Oct. 23). The rematch on Nov. 27 saw Chicago pull even in the second period before Bryan Bickell scored the game-winner.

The Wolves are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Texas on Wednesday. JOHN ANDERSON’s club jumped on the Stars early, striking for three goals in the first period. Chicago will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 8-12.

Tonight’s game marks the start of seven straight games against Central Division opponents as the Wolves look to improve upon their sixth-place position in the standings.

The Wolves are auctioning Epilepsy Awareness jerseys as part of Epilepsy Awareness Night, presented by Heidenhain. The commemorative jerseys, which have a father/son theme, are inspired by the bond between Wolves general manager Wendell Young and his older son, Matthew, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013.


By The Numbers

4: Number of consecutive one-goal games the Wolves have played.

37: PHEONIX COPLEY’s saves total from Thursday’s win over Texas, matching the Wolves’ season-high mark.

102: Combined penalty minutes between Rockford (9-30) and Chicago (14-72) in two meetings this season.

1.000: Chicago’s winning percentage (8-0-0) when scoring four-or-more goals in a game.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. 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.


RockfordTeam Record: 18-6-1-2
Last Game: 6-2 W at Milwaukee (Dec. 18)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 3-1 Home Win (Nov. 27)

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Team Record: 12-10-1-2
Last Game: 4-3 SO W vs Texas (Dec. 17)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-1-0-1
Last Meeting: 3-1 Road Loss (Nov. 27)

Player Spotlight

Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

#6 Andre Benoit – Defenseman 

ANDRE BENOIT continues to pace the Wolves in scoring (22 points) after earning a secondary assist against Texas on Thursday.

The St. Albert, Ontario native owns points in seven of eight games, amassing 11 points (2G, 9A) in the process. BENOIT’s defensive play has been just as stellar, resulting in eight-straight games with either an even or plus rating.

BENOIT is on track to have his best offensive season since totaling 44 assists and 55 points with Binghamton in 2010-11.

Player Spotlight

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#11 Jake Dowell – Center 

The IceHogs are heating up and veteran center JAKE DOWELL is heating up right with them.

Rockford enters Chicago searching for their sixth straight road win, and they can thank Dowell for some of that success recently. DOWELL is currently riding a season-long seven game point streak that dates back to Dec. 2.

Dowell also leads the IceHogs in points (18) and plus/minus (+17). The 30 year-old’s +17 ranks second overall in the AHL behind only Toronto’s Andrew Campbell (+18).

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