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TALE OF THE TAPE: Dec. 26


Saturday, Dec. 26, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena

Chicago returns from its four-day Holiday Break to host Iowa tonight at Allstate Arena. The Wolves have won three straight contests, signaling the team’s second-longest win streak of the season.

JOHN ANDERSON’s club is averaging 4.00 goals per game during its winning streak. As a result the team’s season average stands at 3.15, ranking as the fourth-highest scoring offense in the AHL.

Tonight’s contest also marks the last home game of the calendar year, as the Wolves next host Rockford on Saturday (Jan. 2), one of just five home games slated for January.

Chicago looks to continue its success against Iowa, having claimed the first two games of the season series. Overall, the Wolves are winners of six straight against the Wild dating to last season.

Chicago is coming off a 4-1 home win over Manitoba on Dec. 21. The decisive victory marked a change of pace for the Wolves, who had previously played five straight one-goal games (going 2-3-0-0 during that stretch).


By The Numbers

4: Scoring average for the Wolves during their three-game win streak.

5: Consecutive starts by PHEONIX COPLEY, the most by a Wolves goaltender this season.

10-0: Chicago’s record when scoring four-or-more goals in a game.

15: Team-best home points total for ANDRE BENOIT (2G, 13A) and TY RATTIE (6G, 9A).

300: Number of career AHL games played by captain PAT CANNONE


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.


IowaTeam Record: 5-22-2-3
Last Game: 2-1 L vs San Antonio (Dec. 21)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-2-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-3 Home Loss (Dec. 8)

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Team Record: 14-10-1-2
Last Game: 4-1 W vs Manitoba (Dec. 21)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-3 Road Win (Dec. 8)

Player Spotlight

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#44 Christoph Bertschy – Center

Forward CHRISTOPH BERTSCHY has turned things up a notch in the month of December. The Swiss center is now tied for the team lead in points.

With two assists Sunday, Bertschy leads the team with 12 assists and is tied for first with 16 points in 29 games played.

A 21-year-old native of Fribourg, Switzerland, Bertschy had 14 goals, 16 assists and 26 penalty minutes in 44 games with SC Bern in the Swiss League in 2014-15. He added a goal and two assists in seven playoff games. The Minnesota Wild signed him to a three-year contract in April.

Player Spotlight

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#31 Pheonix Copley – Goaltender

Goaltender PHEONIX COPLEY earned his fifth consecutive start on Monday, and received No. 3 star honors with 23 saves against the Moose. COPLEY has spent most of the season platooning with JORDAN BINNINGTON, giving the Wolves a solid 1-2 tandem in goal.

The North Pole, Alaska, native however, has earned the call of late by posting a 3-2-0 record, a 2.16 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage during his last five appearances.

The third-year pro is also the subject of this month’s Breakaway cover story, as he shows a striking resemblance to Superman’s alter ego.

 

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