TALE OF THE TAPE: FEB. 14
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Sunday, Feb. 14, 2:00 p.m. MTS Centre
It might be 14 below zero in Winnipeg during the morning, but the Wolves will carry a warm feeling to the rink for today’s game. Not just because it caps a week-long trip in wintry climes, but because Chicago rallied for a 3-2 overtime victory Saturday afternoon at the MTS Centre.
The Wolves shrugged off a pair of Manitoba power-play tallies in the first period and snapped a three-game winless streak when right wing DANNY KRISTO scored 3:13 into extra time.
KRISTO has proven to be the American Hockey League’s most dangerous man in overtime as he leads the AHL with three overtime winners. He also delivered on Nov. 6 and 8 at San Antonio. The 25-year- old from Edina, Minn., also has been remarkably effective on the road as his last 15 goals have come away from Allstate Arena.
The Wolves have fared well on Canadian soil in recent years, compiling an 8-0-1 record in regular-season play over the last three seasons. This includes road wins at Toronto and Hamilton (2013-14, 2014-15) and Abbotsford (2013-14) in addition to 5 of a possible 6 points at Manitoba this season.
By The Numbers
26: The Wolves have played nine of their last 11 games away from home, which gives them 26 road games for the season. Lake Erie (27) is the only Central Division team with more.
21: JACOB DOTY’s goal on Saturday snapped a 21-game pointless streak for the physical right wing. He contributed 2 assists during an 8-2 home win over Manitoba on Dec. 2.
14: SCOOTER VAUGHAN’s assist on PAT CANNONE’s goal Saturday snapped a 14-game pointless streak for the versatile defenseman/forward. He last posted an assist Jan. 8 at Texas.
0: CHRIS BUTLER’s number of fights this season prior to Saturday.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 2:00 p.m and can 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.
Team Record: 12-27-4-5
Last Game: 3-2 OT L vs Chicago (Feb. 13)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-5-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home OT Loss (Feb. 13)
Team Record: 23-21-2-2
Last Game: 3-2 OT W at Manitoba (Feb. 13)
2015-16 Season Series: 6-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Road OT Win (Feb. 13)
The Manitoba Moose couldn’t pull out a win on Throwback Night at MTS Centre, but John Albert pulled out yet another impressive performance.
The Ohio native scored his eighth goal of the season and third in his last four games. The Captain of this year’s Moose team has recorded a point in every game in February and is on a five game point streak.
Albert made his NHL debut with the Jets in December — scoring his only goal in his first game on December 2nd against the New York Rangers — and led Winnipeg AHL affiliate St. John’s with 28 goals in the regular season
The Wolves signed left wing EMERSON CLARK to a PTO during breakfast Saturday morning. Six hours later, the 23-year-old from Whitby, Ontario, suited up for his first American Hockey League game and wasted no time making his presence felt.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound left wing promptly found Manitoba’s DARREN KRAMER during his first shift and their encounter led to a lengthy fight that generated sticktaps from his teammates and served as a tone-setter for the game. Before the first period ended, Wolves defensemen JARED NIGHTINGALE and CHRIS BUTLER earned their first fighting majors for the team this season.
CLARK came to the Wolves from the ECHL’s Tulsa Oilers, where he posted 15 goals, 11 assists and 96 penalty minutes in 32 games. He wasn’t the only player to join the Wolves in Manitoba as defenseman JÉRÉMIE BLAIN was summoned from Brampton (ECHL) for his second stint of the season.