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23 October 2006

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 23

Thu., Oct. 26    
vs. Philadelphia Phantoms    
Allstate Arena     
7:00 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 28    
vs. Iowa Stars    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

ALL GAMES TELECAST LIVE ON COMCAST
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WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Registered a point in each of Chicago’s first six games, which is tied for the longest current streak in the AHL ... Notched five points (2G, 3A) in his last two games which includes matching a team season-high four points (2G, 2A) on Wednesday ... Shares second in the AHL with six goals and third with 10 points in six games

--- JASON KROG: Posted a point in each of the squad’s first six games, which is tied for the longest current streak in the league ... Shares third in the AHL with 10 points and fifth with five goals ... Tied for the team lead with five assists and ranks second with 20 shots

--- FRED BRATHWAITE: Registered victories in each of his last two starts, his first wins in North America since posting four with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets in 2003-04 ... Leads Wolves netminders with a 2.01 goals-against average and a 0.919 save percentage ...  Accrued a 2.12 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage in 32 outings with Ak-Bars Kazan of the Russian Super League last year

--- BRETT STERLING: Collected three points (2G, A) in his last two games after being held to just one goal in his previous three outings ... Ranks third on the Wolves with three goals and sixth with four points in five tilts ... Ranked third in the WCHA with 55 points in 41 games with Colorado College last season

--- BORIS VALABIK: Leads AHL rookies and shares second in the league with a team-best +7 plus/minus rating ... Paces Wolves blueliners with two assists and three points and 13 penalty minutes in six games ... Accrued 10 points (G, 9A) and 216 penalty minutes in 52 games with the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers last season.

--- KEVIN DOELL: Dished out two assists on Friday after being held to just one helper in the first five games of the season ...   Finished third on the Wolves last year with an AHL career-high 34 assists and tied for third with an AHL career-most 51 points in 78 games

TUESDAY’S GONE

Tomorrow’s matchup against the Manitoba Moose marks just the ninth time in franchise history the Wolves will play a Tuesday home game and the first since Jan. 11, 2005.  Since its inception in 1994-95, Chicago has played just 52 of its 979 all-time regular-season tilts on Tuesday.

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago has earned each of its four wins on the road, which is tied for the best start away from the Allstate Arena in franchise history; the squad’s four road wins are tied for the most in the AHL.

--- Friday’s victory marked the first time this season the Wolves notched a victory when scoring less than five goals.

--- The Wolves have surrendered just one goal in each of their last two outings after giving up nine goals in their previous two; the team ranks fourth in the AHL allowing 2.67 markers per game.

--- Chicago has notched four power-play goals in its last two games (four of 20)
after being held to just one man-advantage marker in its previous four tilts (one of 27).

--- The Wolves will play just 24 of their 80 regular-season contests outside of the West Division beginning when they matchup against North Division rival Manitoba on Tuesday.  

NOTABLE

Wolves players SEAN McMORROW, JARED ROSS and TIM WEDDERBURN will visit the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Elmwood Park on Wed., Nov. 8, at 2 p.m., to meet patients, sign autographs and hand out goody bags.

WOLVES REWIND (2-0-0-0)

Fri, Oct. 20                                   
Chicago 3, (at) San Antonio 1
--- Chicago broke open a scoreless game with two second-period goals and held on for a 3-1 victory against the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center
--- Forwards BRETT STERLING and DEREK MacKENZIE and defenseman NATHAN OYSTRICK notched goals while center KEVIN DOELL dished out two assists
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE posted 22 saves on 23 shots

Wed, Oct. 18                                   
Chicago 6, (at) San Antonio 1
--- The Wolves used three power-play goals to best the San Antonio Rampage, 6-1, at the AT&T Center
--- Right wing DARREN HAYDAR led the charge with two goals and two assists while
defenseman JIMMY SHARROW (PPG, A) and forwards STEVE MARTINS (2A) and BRETT
STERLING (G, A) also collected multiple points
--- Netminder FRED BRATHWAITE notched 25 saves



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