05 December 2011

Weekly Press Notes for Dec. 5

Right wing Mark Mancari. Photo: Steve Woltmann/Chicago Wolves

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Fri., Dec. 9^
at Rockford IceHogs#
BMO Harris Bank Center
7 p.m.

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vs. Milwaukee Admirals%
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 11*
vs. Grand Rapids
Allstate Arena
3 p.m.

*Comcast
^My50
#Illinois Lottery Cup
%Amtrak Rivalry

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LONG DIVISION


The Wolves play eight of their remaining 11 games in December against Midwest Division foes; Chicago, which sits in fourth place in the Midwest Division with 22 points (9-8-1-3), has posted a 6-5-0-1 mark against divisional opponents this season.


WOLVES HEADLINES


--- Mark Mancari: Paced the team with 3 goals and 5 points in three games last week ... Recorded the sixth hat trick of his career in the span of 4:20 on Dec. 3 at Grand Rapids ... Ranks second on the Wolves with 9 assists and 16 points in 21 games this season ... His 7 goals are tied for first on the squad ... Collected 12 points (5G, 7A) in his last nine contests

--- Darren Haydar: Paced the Wolves with 4 assists in three games last week, which included matching a season-best 3 helpers on Dec. 3 at Grand Rapids ... Ranks first on Chicago and shares seventh in the AHL with 24 points (7G, 17A) in 21 games this season ... Paces Chicago and shares sixth in the league with 17 assists and shares the team lead with 7 goals this year ... Is 2 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in AHL history to record 700 career points

--- Kevin Connauton: Tallied 5 goals and 8 points in his last 8 outings ... Paces Wolves defensemen and shares first among AHL blueliners with 7 goals and ranks first among Wolves rear guards and third overall with 12 points in 21 games this season ... His 7 markers share first overall on Chicago

--- Tim Miller: Posted 2 goals in three games last week and has bagged 3 markers in his last five outings ... Ranks third on Chicago with 6 assists and fourth with 11 points in 20 games this season ... His 5 goals share fourth on the team ... Holds third on the club with a +5 plus/minus rating

--- Victor Oreskovich: Dished out 2 assists in three games last week in his return to the Wolves lineup after missing the previous 10 contests ... Amassed 4 assists and 5 points in 11 games this season


WOLF TRACKS


--- Chicago was held without a power-play goal Sunday night (zero of two) for just the second time in 11 games; the Wolves, who have converted on 12 of their last 44 power play opportunities over their last 11 outings, share 13th in the league with a 18.9 efficiency rating on the power play this season (17 of 90).

--- Defenseman Chris Tanev notched his first two points of the season and the second multiple-point outing of his AHL career Saturday night (2A); the 21-year-old blueliner has posted 2 assists and 2 penalty minutes in nine games this season.

--- Ten of Chicago’s 21 games this year have been decided by one goal, which includes four of its last seven matchups; the Wolves have notched a 3-3-1-3 mark in one-goal games this season.

--- The Wolves have surrendered a power-play goal in a season-high three straight games (eight of 12) after allowing a man-advantage marker in back-to-back games just once previously this year; Chicago ranks ninth in the AHL with a 83.7 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (74 of 86).

--- Chicago has played past regulation in two of its last three outings after 15 straight regulation decisions; the Wolves have accrued a 0-3-1 mark in overtime games this year.


BACK TO THE FUTURE


--- The Wolves host their sixth Future Journalists Media Day for high school students at the Triphahn Community Center and Ice Arena in Hoffman Estates during the team’s practice at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Guest speakers for the event will include CBS-2 Chicago sports anchor and WGN radio host JILL CARLSON, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago feature reporter SARAH KUSTOK, the Chicago Tribune’s Wolves beat writer PAUL LaTOUR and ESPN 1000 radio host HARRY TEINOWITZ.


WOLVES REWIND (0-1-1-1)


Sun., Dec. 4
Abbotsford 3, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves dropped their fourth-straight decision 3-1 to the Abbotsford Heat at the Allstate Arena
--- Forward Tim Miller tallied the lone goal for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack turned aside 22 of 25 shots

Sat., Dec. 3
(at) Grand Rapids 5, Chicago 4 (OT)
--- Wolves right wing Mark Mancari’s hat trick wasn’t enough as Chicago fell to the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-4 in overtime at Van Andel Arena
--- Center Jordan Schroeder also scored in regulation
--- Goaltender Matt Climie thwarted 36 of 41 shots in regulation and overtime

Fri., Dec. 2
Abbotsford 3, (at) Chicago 2 (SO)
--- The Wolves and Heat battled into a shootout, with Abbotsford gaining the extra point with a 3-2 win at the Allstate Arena
--- Forward Tim Miller and defenseman Kevin Connauton scored in regulation while right wing Mark Mancari posted a goal in the shootout
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack kicked out 30 shots in regulation and overtime and two of four attempts in the shootout