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TALE OF THE TAPE: DEC. 28


Saturday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m. Bradley Center

The Chicago Wolves didn’t return from their holiday break just the way they entered it. After winning three consecutive home games heading into their four-day respite, the Wolves suffered a 2-1 loss to the Iowa Wild on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.

Saturday’s loss restored the Wolves’ penchant for one-goal verdicts. After playing just six one-goal games during their first 19 contests, seven of the team’s last nine games have been decided by one goal.

Included in that stretch are the last two Amtrak Rivalry clashes between the Wolves and the Admirals. Milwaukee posted a 3-2 shootout win on Dec. 5 at Allstate Arena as well as a 2-1 win on Dec. 15 at the Bradley Center.

Tonight’s game starts a 33-day stretch that finds the Wolves with 10 road games and just four games at Allstate Arena.

By The Numbers

+15: Scoring differential for the Wolves at Allstate Arena (53-38).

-5: Scoring differential for the Wolves away from Allstate Arena (33-38).

13: The Wolves have succeeded on their last 13 penalty kills — a streak that encompasses the last three games. Texas’ Greg Rallo posted the last power-play goal against Chicago at 13:32 of the third period on Dec. 17.

9: In each of the Wolves’ last nine games, the team that scored first went on to earn the win.

4: Number of Wolves who have played in all 28 games this year: ANDRE BENOIT, PETER HARROLD, JORDAN SCHMALTZ, and YANNICK VEILLEUX.


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.


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Team Record: 14-11-1-2
Last Game: 2-1 L vs Iowa (Dec. 26)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-2-0-1
Last Meeting: 2-1 Road Loss (Dec. 15)

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Team Record: 20-9-1-0
Last Game: 2-1 SO W at Rockford (Dec. 26)
2015-16 Season Series: 3-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-1 Home Win (Dec. 15)

Player Spotlight

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#13 Evan Trupp – Forward

 

Forward EVAN TRUPP hails from Anchorage, Alaska, which was a little too far to fly home for the holidays. Instead, his parents flew to Chicago on Saturday and witnessed their son’s first goal at Allstate Arena.

Trupp, who joined the Wolves in the offseason after posting 16 goals and 24 assists for the Worcester Sharks last year, recorded Chicago’s lone goal in Saturday’s 2-1 home loss against Iowa. It marked his second goal in a Wolves uniform.

Not that the 28-year-old Trupp is superstitious, but his parents will be in the crowd tonight and he hopes that means another goal might be in store.

Player Spotlight

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#25 Max Reinhart – Forward

Forward MAX REINHART is fitting in just fine with the Milwaukee Admirals.

The 23-year-old forward, who was selected by Calgary in the third round of the 2010 draft, never took off with the Flames. He appeared in just 23 games and tallied just five points over three seasons before Nashville acquired him in July.

Fast forward to December, and Reinhart has already tallied a hat trick this season to go along with leading the team in goal-scoring with ten, having 17 points total on the year while being a plus-11.

ever found his way with the Flames, appearing in just 23 games and scoring five points over three seasons. The Predators acquired him in July for a 2016 conditional fourth-round draft pick,

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.

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