10 March 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for March 10

Fri., March 14 vs. Lake Erie Monsters (21-29-4-7)
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sat., March 15
vs. Peoria Rivermen (32-24-4-4)
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

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The Wolves, who lead the 29-team American Hockey League with a .742 winning percentage, play all three of their games this week at the Allstate Arena, where they have registered a 23-7-1-1 record this season, outscoring opponents, 116-83 along the way.


--- Jason Krog: Racked up 10 points (6G, 3A) in the last eight games, which includes potting both of Chicago's goals in Sunday's 2-1 win over Peoria ... Leads the AHL with 84 points in 62 outings, a career-high and 10 more than the next-closet player ... Ranks second in the league with 54 assists and is tied for second with 30 goals, both career highs ... Netted multiple points 25 times this year, which includes posting a season-high two goals on seven occasions

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Has not been defeated in regulation in 14 consecutive starts, racking up 11 wins, one overtime loss and two shootout losses during that span ... Surrendered just 18 goals in his last 14 games (411 saves on 429 shots) ... Leads AHL rookies and ranks second overall with 26 wins (26-9-2) in just 37 appearances this season ... Named the AHL's goaltender of the month for February

--- Brett Sterling: Leads the AHL with 32 goals and shares third on Chicago and 15th in the league with 54 points in 52 games this season ... Ranks fourth in franchise history with 87 markers in just 129 career games in a Wolves uniform, which includes a league-best 55 tallies last year

--- Colin Stuart: Registered four assists and a +5 plus/minus rating in the last two games, which includes tallying a career-high three assists and a +4 rating on Saturday ... Recorded eight helpers and 12 points in 42 games with the Wolves and three goals and five points in 18 games during his NHL debut with the Atlanta Thrashers this season

--- Joe Motzko: Held without a point for the first time in a Wolves uniform on Sunday after racking up seven points (2G, 5A) in his first five tilts ... Assigned to the Wolves on Feb. 26 after being acquired by the Atlanta Thrashers from the Washington Capitals ... Ranks second on the Wolves and is tied for 13th in the league with 55 points, 48 of which (21G, 27A) were recorded in 48 contests with the Hershey Bears

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--- Chicago's 44 wins and 92 points are the most in franchise history through 62 games; the squad's 44 victories share the AHL lead with Providence while its 92 points rank second behind the Bruins, who have played two more contests.

--- The Wolves hold a 12-point cushion for the West Division lead and an eight-point advantage for the top spot in the Western Conference.

--- The Wolves and Hamilton Bulldogs will square off at the Allstate Arena
on Wednesday at 7 p.m., for the first time since the 2007 Western Conference Finals, which the Bulldogs won, 4-games-to-1; Chicago knocked off Hamilton, 4-3, in the first meeting between the squads this season at Copps Coliseum on Nov. 10.

--- Forwards Jason Krog and Brett Sterling share the AHL lead with eight game-winning goals, two shy of matching a single-season franchise record.

--- Despite playing in just 62 games, tied for the third-fewest in the AHL, the Wolves have registered a league-high 233 goals this season.

--- Sunday's 2-1 win over Peoria marked just the 15th time this season the Wolves were held to two or fewer markers (6-6-2-1).


For the 12th straight season, the Wolves will wear special St. Patrick's Day jerseys, sponsored by Jewel-Osco, at home games on Wed., March 12;
Fri., March 14 and Sat., March 15. Fans can bid on the green jerseys worn by their favorite players in a silent auction, with the exception of four, which will be available in a raffle. Proceeds will benefit Easter Seals. For more information, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


Sun, March 9
Chicago 2, (at) Peoria 1
--- The Wolves used two first-period goals from Jason Krog to earn a 2-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec registered saves on 32 of the 33 shots he faced

Sat., March 8
(at) Chicago 5, Quad City 3
--- Trailing 3-1 midway through the second period, Chicago staged a comeback with four straight goals to earn a 5-3 win over the Quad City Flames at the Allstate Arena
--- Linemates Andre Deveaux (2G), Kevin Doell (2A) and Colin Stuart (3A) all posted multiple points in the tilt
--- Goaltender Robert Gherson notched 25 saves on 28 shots

Fri., March 7
Iowa 4, (at) Chicago 3 (SO)
--- The Wolves yielded a 3-1 third-period lead on the way to dropping a 4-3 decision in the shootout against Iowa at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Joe Motzko and Brett Sterling and defenseman Boris Valabik posted goals for Chicago
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec recorded 33 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped three of four attempts in the shootout