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Chicago Wolves Weekly Press Notes for March 14-20


March 16, 2016

WOLVES STAY GREEN FOR EASTER SEALS AND CHICAGO WOLVES CHARITIES

The Wolves debuted their commemorative St. Patrick’s Day jerseys, presented by Jewel-Osco, on Sunday, March 13. The team will wear these on Friday and Sunday, too, to cap the organization’s 20th St. Patrick’s Day Fundraiser. The jerseys will be available via auction and raffle at Allstate Arena until Sunday with proceeds benefiting Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago Wolves Charities. Goaltender Pheonix Copley is wearing a different jersey for each game in order to maximize the amount raised for charity. One of his jerseys is the grand prize for the Golden Ticket Raffle, which is limited to just 50 tickets at $50 per ticket. First-come, first-served. For more information on the auctions and raffle, visit ChicagoWolves.com/StPatricksDay or contact Camille Colletti at ccolletti@chicagowolves.com or (847) 832-1954.

RIVALRY WEEKEND FOR WOLVES

Chicago plays three games in three days this weekend, starting with a home-and-home Illinois Lottery Cup series against Rockford. On Sunday, the Wolves host Milwaukee in an Amtrak Rivalry clash — the last visit from the Admirals this season.

THIS WEEK

Friday, March 18
vs. Rockford IceHogs
Allstate Arena
TV: The U Too (26.2)
Illinois Lottery Cup
St. Patrick’s Day Jersey Auction and Raffle, presented by Jewel-Osco
Sports Career and Networking Fair
Craft Beer Night
7 p.m.

Saturday, March 19
at Rockford IceHogs
MetroCentre
TV: The U Too (26.2)
Illinois Lottery Cup
7 p.m.

Sunday, March 20
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena
TV: WCIU, The U
Amtrak Rivalry
St. Patrick’s Day Jersey Auction and Raffle, presented by Jewel-Osco
Golf Expo
Fiesta Day
3 p.m.

Visit ChicagoWolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online

WOLVES HEADLINERS

  • Ty Rattie: Recorded his third 3-point game of the season with a goal and 2 assists in Chicago’s 4-2 win over Milwaukee in Amtrak Rivalry action Saturday night at Allstate Arena … RATTIE scored the game-winner just 1:01 into the third period off a turnover forced by Jeremy Welsh … Despite missing 14 games this year, RATTIE still ranks third in Wolves scoring, compiling 12 goals and 19 assists for 31 points in 48 contests.
  • Jordan Schmaltz: First-year defenseman moved into a share of the team assist lead, recording his 25th helper on March 10 at Charlotte … SCHMALTZ also scored his fourth goal of the season Saturday versus Milwaukee and has just one fewer point than Andre Benoit, the team’s top scoring defenseman.
  • Danny Kristo: Recorded his third straight 40-point season with a goal against Milwaukee Saturday night. The right wing needs one more goal to register his third consecutive 20-goal campaign … KRISTO continues to be a force on the road, compiling a team-best 30 points (15G, 15A) in 31 games.

WOLF TRACKS

  • Newly acquired defenseman Hubert Labrie appeared in his 200th career AHL game on Saturday. He became the eighth member of the Wolves squad to reach that milestone, joining Jared Nightingale (451), Andre Benoit (377), Pat Cannone (335), Zack Phillips (257), Jeremy Welsh (253), Peter Harrold (241), and Danny Kristo (204).
  • Forward ZACH O’BRIEN has yet to draw a penalty this season, and it’s been over one calendar year since he last made a visit to the penalty box (March 13, 2015 while playing for Manchester). O’BRIEN’s disciplined ways are nothing new. He was called for just one penalty in 192 games in the junior ranks, which earned his league’s most sportsmanlike player trophy in back-to-back years.
  • The Wolves own a 17-4-2-0 record (.783) when scoring the game’s first goal, but have done so only once in their last 10 games.

WOLVES REWIND (1-2-0-1)

Sunday, March 13 Grand Rapids 4, (at) Chicago 0

Saturday, March 12 (at) Chicago 4, Milwaukee 2

Thursday, March 10 (at) Charlotte 3, Chicago 1

  • Chicago mustered just 16 shots on goal in falling to Charlotte at Bojangles’ Coliseum
  • ZACH O’BRIEN scored the Wolves’ lone goal on assists from Jordan Schmaltz and Ty Rattie. Blair Jones netted 2 goals for the Checkers
  • Jordan Binnington kept the game close by making 38 saves

Tuesday, March 8 (at) Charlotte 3, Chicago 2 (SO)

  • The Wolves erased a pair of 1-goal deficits, but Charlotte’s Brody Sutter scored the only shootout goal to earn the win for the Checkers
  • Ivan Barbashev scored in the second period and Andre Benoit the game-tying power-play goal midway through the third
  • Jordan Binnington rejected 25 shots in regulation and overtime as well as 2 of 3 shootout attempts

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