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TALE OF THE TAPE: JAN. 12


Tuesday, Jan. 12, 7:00 p.m. MetroCentre

Chicago makes the short trek to Rockford tonight to resume Illinois Lottery Cup action from the MetroCentre. The Wolves are winless (0-2-0-1) in the IceHogs’ building this season and have dropped five straight at the MetroCentre dating to last season. Rockford holds a 3-1-1 edge in the season series.

Chicago blanked Rockford, 2-0, Jan. 2 at the Allstate Arena in the last meeting between the teams. G JORDAN BINNINGTON stopped all 28 saves for his first shutout of the season, and the fourth of his AHL career (eighth-best in Wolves annals).

Rockford enters tonight’s contest in possession of first place in the Central Division Standings with the top winning percentage (.671) in the Western Conference. Chicago occupies sixth-place in the standings and plays solely Central Division opponents for its remaining 41 games.

By The Numbers

9: DANNY KRISTO’s shots on goal total (a team-best, season-high) from Saturday’s loss at Texas. RILEY BRACE finished with seven shots as Chicago peppered 50 shots on goaltender Philippe Desrosiers.

15: In each of the Wolves’ last 15 games, the team that scored the first goal went on to win the contest. In addition, the team that scored the first goal never trailed in those 15 games. The last Wolves game where both teams led was Dec. 4 at Grand Rapids.

225,150, 175: Three Wolves players reached playing milestones Jan. 9 in a 5-2 loss at Texas.JEREMY WELSH 175 appeared in his 225th AHL tilt while DANNY KRISTO skated in his 175th AHL contest and 150 SCOOTER VAUGHAN dressed for his 150th AHL game.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. Tonight’s contest 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: 16-15-1-2
Last Game: 5-2 L at Texas (Dec. 30)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-2-0-1
Last Meeting: 2-0 Home Win (Jan. 2)

Rockford

Team Record: 21-9-2-3
Last Game: 3-1 W at Iowa (Jan. 11)
2015-16 Season Series: 3-1-1-0
Last Meeting: 2-0 Road Loss (Jan. 2)

Player Spotlight

Cannone

#12 Pat Cannone – Center

The Wolves scoring leader board now includes a three-way tie among center PAT CANNONE, defenseman ANDRE BENOIT and right winger TY RATTIE, who’s currently with St. Louis.

BENOIT (3G, 20A) has led the scoring charge for several weeks now, and could become the first Wolves defenseman to capture a team scoring crown. His contributions have not gone unnoticed, as last week the 32-year-old was selected to skate in the AHL All-Star Classic.

CANNONE (8G, 15A) will be joining BENOIT in Syracuse the first week in February. CANNONE is on pace for a career-best season with the Wolves and continues to take care of his defensive responsibilities as well, leading the team with a plus-11 rating.

RATTIE (9G, 14A) is no stranger to the points race, having won the team scoring title two seasons ago as a rookie and finishing third last year.

Player Spotlight

December 20, 2014: The Oklahoma City Barons play the Rockford IceHogs in an American Hockey League game at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

#29 Ville Pokka – Defenseman

The Rockford IceHogs maintained first place in the Central Division with a win over Iowa on Sunday, and VILLE POKKA has maintained his strong scoring pace midway through the season.

The 21-year-old defenseman picked up assists on all three goals against the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday, and he added two more helpers on Sunday against the Wild.

Pokka is second on the team and first among team defensemen with 22 points (5g-17a) and ranks tied for seventh in the lead among defensemen.

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