Friday, Dec. 17 | 3:00 p.m. | Allstate Arena | The U Too | NHL Network

READY THE ARMADA

In the early going of this 12-game season series, the Milwaukee Admirals lead the Wolves with a 3-1-0- 0 record. Chicago’s lone win came in the series’ opening game on Oct. 28 at Allstate Arena. Three of the four contests have been decided by a single goal. However, just one of those games has needed extra time to decide a victor. On Nov. 24 — the last meeting between the two clubs — Bobby Butler netted the game-winner at 2:32 of overtime.

Drive for Five

The Chicago Wolves enter today’s game looking for their fifth straight victory. The challenge is a welcome one as the Wolves have struggled since Game 1 of the season and their longest streak was a eight-game winless stint that saw the club produce a 0-5-2-1 record from Nov. 8-24. The Milwaukee Admirals were the first of a pair victories for the Wolves before they entered that winless skid. Milwaukee was also the Wolves’ final loss of their stint before they stopped the slide with a 4-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs over Nov. 25.

FIRST TIME FOR TYNAN

Forward T.J. Tynan’s first career hat trick powered the Chicago Wolves to a 6-3 win over the Iowa Wild. Collecting the majority of his 151 career points by setting his teammates up for goals — 115 of his points are assists — the 25-year-old Illinois native has only one other multi-goal game to his credit. Tynan netted a pair of tallies on April 11, 2015, agains the Syracuse Crunch in his rookie campaign with the Springfield Falcons.

SHORT-HANDED SENSATION

The first two goals of T.J. Tynan’s three-goal performance in Saturday night’s victory over the Iowa Wild were short-handed tallies. For Tynan, the shorties were the just the third and fourth of his career. Additionally, they were No. 2 and 3 for the Wolves on the season. Chicago earned its first shortie of the season when captain Paul Thompson scored during a breakaway opportunity on Nov. 19 when Chicago edged the Rockford IceHogs 4-3 in Illinois Lottery Cup action.

WOLVES ON PRADE

Sundays’s contest against the Milwaukee Admirals is the first of a pair of Chicago Wolves home games that will be nationally televised on by NHL Network as part of the American Hockey League’s largest slate of games on the network to date. NHL Network will carry the Chicago production conducted by executive producer Ron Storto and voiced by play-by-play announcer Jason Shaver and color analyst Bill Gardner.

By the Numbers:

  • 2: With two assists in Saturday’s game, defenseman Chris Casto recorded the fifth multi-point performance of his American Hockey League career. In his fifth full season as a professional, Casto has collected four points, all assists, through 21 games with the Chicago Wolves. Additionally, Saturday night’s two-assist effort was the first of the 2017-18 season for the Minnesotan. Prior to Saturday, Casto’s last multi-point performance was a three-assist effort on Jan. 21, 2017, while wearing a Providence Bruins jersey against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
  • 3: T.J. Tynan’s hat trick in Saturday’s victory marked the second hat trick of the season for the Chicago Wolves. Chicago’s first hat trick occurred in the opening game of the 2016-17 campaign. Forward Alex Tuch — now skating with the Vegas Golden Knights — netted three goals against the Texas Stars in a 6-5 barn-burning loss for Chicago. The Wolves and Stars played in another game the next day that ended in the same score with the same winner. However, no hat tricks were had and the game needed extra time to decide a victor
  • 5: Though he has skated in just three of the previous 14 games — missing time due to injury — Tomas Hyka has collected five points (3G, 2A) in his last two games. On Friday, after missing three straight games because of injury, Hyka returned to the lineup and powered the club to a 6-3 victory over the pesky Grand Rapids Griffins with two goals and two assists. On Saturday, the 24-year-old earned another goal, his fifth point, that stood as the game-winning tally.
  • 10: Forward T.J. Tynan launched 10 shots on goal in Saturday’s game against the Iowa Wild. The feat marked the first time a Wolves player netted a double-digit shots-on-goal total this season. It was also Tynan’s career-high for shots in a single game. The 25-year-old has met or surpassed the five-shot mark nine times in his five-year career. His previous career best was seven shots on April 11, 2015, against the Syracuse Crunch as a member of the Springfield Falcons.
  • 23: The first time the Chicago Wolves and Milwaukee Admirals met on Oct. 28, the Wolves won the contest by a 2-1 margin. However, they were outshot by the Milwaukee 28-23 and those 23 shots were the least put on net by the Wolves in a game this season. The contest was one of just seven games this year in which Chicago as been outshot by an opponent and the first of two times Milwaukee has outshot the Wolves in the season series. But, Chicago owns a 4-2-0-1 record when they are outscored, so giving up a few extra shots to the opponent isn’t too detrimental.
  • 43: The Chicago Wolves put 43 shots on goal Saturday en route to a 6-3 victory over the Iowa Wild at Allstate Arena. The total was the Wolves’ second-highest of the season, one shot less than their season-high against the Manitoba Moose on Nov. 15. The Wolves have outshot their opponents in 19 of their 27 games this year. However, when their shots-on goal total is greater than their opponent, the Wolves own a 6-9-4-0 record.

Game Review

  • Chicago rattled off three consecutive third-period goals en route to victory over Iowa.
  • Forward T.J. Tynan netted his first career hat trick that included two short-handed tallies.
  • Forward Tomas Hyka registered his fifth point (3G, 2A) in two games with a goal, center Wade Megan collected three points (G, 2A) and Teemu Pulkkinen ended a goal drought at six games.
  • Goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo made 15 saves for the victory.

Friday, Dec. 15 Chicago 6, (at) Grand Rapids 3

  • The Wolves earned their second victory over Griffins in as many games at Van Andel Arena.
  • Returning from injury, forward Tomas Hyka registered four points — two goals and two assists.
  • Forward Brett Sterling netted two goals en route taking sole possession of the No. 4 spot on the Wolves franchise scoring list.
  • Defenseman Jason Garrison earned a goal and two assists while forward Tobias Lindberg collected his third point, a goal, in as many games.
  • In his second consecutive start, goaltender Max Lagace made 29 saves for his fourth Wolves win.