TALE OF THE TAPE: FEB. 27
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Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
After not meeting for nearly two months, the Chicago Wolves and Milwaukee Admirals are meeting twice in 24 hours. The Admirals claimed the front end of this back-to-back series with a 4-1 victory on Friday night at Bradley Center.
Milwaukee has taken home 2 points from each of the last five Amtrak Rivalry games. Moreover, the Wolves have not held the lead in an Amtrak Rivalry contest since dominating Opening Night on Oct. 10.
The Wolves trotted out three new skaters Friday night as forward JUSTIN CRANDALL, left wing MIKE EMBACH and defenseman NICK PETRECKI signed professional tryout contracts Friday morning.
JEREMY WELSH and PAT CANNONE lead active Wolves players in scoring against the Admirals. WELSH is averaging nearly 1 point per game with 14 points (9G, 5A) in 16 games while CANNONE has registered 11 points (4G, 7A) in 25 contests.
By The Numbers
3: The Wolves are in the midst of their third three-in-three stretch of the season. The team went 0-3-0-0 during the first one and 2-1-0-0 in the second — and their fourth and final three-in- three occurs March 18-20.
5: Friday’s game started a 15-day run where the Wolves and Admirals meet for five games. For a frame of reference, the Wolves and Admirals met five times in the first 140 days of the 2015-16 regular season.
1: On Friday, Milwaukee forward Max Reinhart recorded the first hat trick against the Wolves this season and the first since Milwaukee’s Austin Watson on April 12, 2014.
41: The Wolves surrendered a season-high 41 shots on Friday — the most in a regular-season game since April 18, 2015, at home versus Milwaukee.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too 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: 24-25-3-2
Last Game: 4-1 L at Milwaukee (Feb. 26)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-4-0-1
Last Meeting: 4-1 Road Loss (Feb. 26)
Team Record: 33-17-3-0
Last Game: 4-1 W vs Chicago (Feb. 26)
2015-16 Season Series: 5-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 4-1 Home Win (Feb. 26)
Forward JUSTIN CRANDALL, left wing MIKE EMBACH and defenseman NICK PETRECKI made their Wolves debuts Friday night at Milwaukee.
For CRANDALL, a 23-year-old from Lakeville, Minnesota, Friday’s game marked his first American Hockey League appearance. He launched 3 shots and posted an even plus/minus rating. Prior to joining the Wolves, he posted 15 goals and 35 assists for Reading (ECHL). His point total led all ECHL rookies.
EMBACH, a 28-year-old native of south suburban Orland Park, isn’t a stranger to the Wolves as he participated in a pair of preseason camps and even scored a game-winning goal in 2014. He piled up 23 goals and 30 assists in 51 games for the Fort Wayne Komets prior to coming to Chicago. His point total ranked fifth in the ECHL. He contributed 1 shot and a -1 plus/minus rating Friday.
PETRECKI has much more AHL experience as he has spent three full seasons and parts of four others in the league. The 2007 first-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks comes to Chicago from the Indy Fuel (ECHL), where he contributed 2 goals, 5 assists and a +6 plus/minus rating in just 18 games. He posted 1 shots and a -2 plus/minus rating Friday.
Max Reinhart singlehandedly propelled the Milwaukee Admirals back into a first-place tie with Rockford in the Central Division last night.
Reinhart finished with a goal in each period to lift the Admirals to a 4-1 win over Chicago on Friday night. The 24-year-old recorded his first hat trick on Dec. 21, a feat that took 231 AHL games and 23 games in the NHL. It took him just 21 more games to get his second.
The 24-year-old, who recorded two goals in the 20 games between hat tricks, leads Milwaukee with 15 goals this season.