TALE OF THE TAPE: MARCH 26
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Saturday, March 26, 12:30 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena
The Chicago Wolves face their tightest turnaround of the season as they’re back on the ice less than 15 hours after wrapping up Friday night’s 3-2 victory against the Iowa Wild.
Why the uncustomary afternoon start? The Indoor Football League’s Iowa Barnstormers are hosting the Billings Wolves at 8 p.m. — hence the Wolves doubleheader — and Wells Fargo Arena needs to be turned over in time for the game.
The Wolves have the chance to wrap up their second Friday-Saturday sweep in as many weeks over the same time. After failing to beat the same opponent on back-to-back days all season, Chicago knocked off Rockford last Friday and Saturday.
The Wolves earned this weekend’s sweep opportunity by rallying for three third-period goals Friday night. That gives the Wolves 14 third- period goals against Iowa this season, which is particularly remarkable considering Chicago owns just 8 goals in the first and second periods combined against the Wild.
By The Numbers
1,106: The Wolves rank second among AHL’s Western Conference teams in penalty minutes with 1,106 as Rockford (1,136) flew past Chicago with 61 PIMs Friday night. It’s a far cry from last season when Chicago ranked 11th in the conference and 24th in the AHL with 1,076 PIMs.
.923: The Wolves’ all-time winning percentage at Wells Fargo Arena. Chicago has yet to lose in regulation at Iowa, compiling a 11-0-1-1 record over three seasons.
6: The Wolves earned their sixth win of the season when trailing after two periods — and their first since Feb. 5 at Iowa.
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Today’s game begins at 12:30 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: 21-37-4-4
Last Game: 3-2 L vs Chicago (March 25)
2015-16 Season Series: 3-5-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home Loss (March 25)
Team Record: 29-30-5-3
Last Game: 3-2 W at Iowa (March 25)
2015-16 Season Series: 6-2-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Road Win (March 25)
While it didn’t last for long last night, Iowa regained the lead at 9:06 of the third period on Christian Folin’s power-play goal. Iowa won a faceoff in the Wolves zone and worked it to Folin for a wrister from the top of the right circle that whizzed through traffic.
Folin has bounced between Iowa and Minnesota this season, splitting time between both clubs. The Sweden native has recorded three assists in 24 games with the big club this season while notching four goals and eight assists in 24 games with the AHL squad.
Folin is in his third year of professional hockey. He signed a two-year entry level contract with the Wild following the conclusion of his sophomore season with the UMass Lowell River Hawks. The defenseman re-signed with the Wild this offseason to a two-year deal.
Less than a week after he capped his four-year career at Minnesota State University, forward BRYCE GERVAIS signed a deal and made his professional debut Friday night. The Battleford, Saskatchewan, native was placed on a line with JEREMY WELSH and TY RATTIE and didn’t look out of place.
GERVAIS set up defenseman HUBERT LABRIE’s game-tying goal at 12:44 of the third as the 5-foot-10, 175-pounder used his strength to possess the puck for several seconds before dropping a nice pass to LABRIE for the score.
GERVAIS stacked up 67 goals and 34 assists at Minnesota State while playing in 163 consecutive games for the Mavericks. He earned third-team all-WCHA honors this season for his 16-goal effort.
Speaking of forwards who earned third-team all-WCHA honors this season for 16-goal efforts, rookie forward MARK COOPER could make his professional debut today as the Bowling Green product signed with the Wolves on Wednesday.