09 January 2012

Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 9

Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves


LotteryCupWed., Jan. 11*
vs. Rockford IceHogs#
Allstate Arena
11 a.m.

Fri., Jan. 13^
vs. Milwaukee Admirals%
Allstate Arena
amtrakrivalry-home7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 14+
vs. Lake Erie Monsters
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

+NBC NonStop
#Illinois Lottery Cup
%Amtrak Rivalry


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The Wolves swept a three-games-in-three-nights set last weekend for the first time since Dec. 27-29, 2010; Chicago, which has posted a 10-3-0-0 mark in its last 13 tilts after suffering through a season-long five-game winless streak from Nov. 27 to Dec. 9 (0-3-1-1), sits in second place in the Midwest Division with 42 points (19-12-1-3).


--- Mark Mancari: Collected 4 assists, 6 points and a +5 plus/minus rating in three games last week after being reassigned by the Canucks on Jan. 2 ... Paces the Wolves with 14 goals and ranks second with 16 assists and 30 points in 29 games this season ... Recorded 19 points (7G, 12A) in his last 11 outings, which includes at least one point in 10 of those games and six multiple-point contests ... Skated in six contests with Vancouver this year spanning two recalls

--- Steve Reinprecht: Notched 4 assists, 5 points and a +8 plus/minus rating in three games last week, which included matching a team season-high +4 plus/minus rating on Friday ... Ranks third on the team with 15 assists and shares fourth with 18 points in 24 games this season ... Skated in five contests with San Antonio before being acquired by Vancouver on Oct. 22 ... Amassed five multiple-point outings in his last eight games and collected nine assists and 12 points during that span

--- Darren Haydar: Bagged 4 points (2G, 2A) in two contests last week, which included his fourth game this year posting three or more points on Saturday (G, 2A) ... Paces the Wolves and ranks 11th in the AHL with 23 assists and leads the team and shares 11th in the league with 34 points in 33 games this season ... His empty-net goal on Sunday tied him with Jason Krog for fifth on the Wolves all-time goal-scoring register with 98 career tallies in 232 games with Chicago ... Will represent the Wolves as a playing captain at the 2012 AHL All-Star Classic

--- Byron Bitz: Scored the eventual game-winning goal Friday night in his first game since March 27, 2010 and added an assist in his second game on Sunday ... Missed the entire 2010-11 campaign and the start of this year due to injuries ... Split the 2009-10 season between the NHL’s Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers, posting 5 goals, 11 points, and 33 penalty minutes in 52 contests


--- The Wolves continue a season-high six-game homstand with three games at the Allstate Arena this week, beginning with their third School Day Game at 11 a.m. Wednesday against Rockford; Chicago has won seven of its last eight home tilts, which includes a season-best five-game home winning streak from Dec. 10-29.

--- Chicago held its opponents to five goals in its three victories last week; fifteen of the Wolves 19 victories this season have come when they have surrendered two or fewer goals (15-1-0-0).

--- The Wolves did not surrendered a power-play goal last weekend (11 of 11), which includes thwarting both of Charlotte’s attempts on Sunday; Chicago shares 10th in the AHL with a 83.4 efficiency rating on the penalty-kill (121 of 145).

--- Goaltender Eddie Lack earned his sixth victory in his last eight starts with a 32-save performance on Sunday; the 24-year-old netminder ranks 15th in the AHL with a 2.50 goals-against average and shares 11th in the league with a .920 save percentage in 21 games this year (9-8-3).

--- Chicago has bagged just one power-play goal in its last four tilts (one of 16) after the team scored six man-advantage markers in its previous four outings (six of 21); the Wolves rank 14th in the league with a 18.3 efficiency rating on the power play this season (28 of 153).

--- The Wolves sit atop the Illinois Lottery Cup standings with a .636 winning percentage (7-4-0-0); Chicago leads Peoria (.594, 9-6-1-0) and Rockford (.346, 4-8-1-0).


--- The Wolves will wear commemorative “Cancer Survivors” jerseys, presented by Chase, available for fans to purchase or win, at home games on Jan. 14, 18, and 21. The one-of-a-kind jerseys will be auctioned and raffled to benefit Chicago Wolves Charities and cancer-related charities. For more information about the jerseys, visit chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


Sunday, Jan. 8
(at) Chicago 5, Charlotte 2
--- The Wolves toppled the Midwest Division-leading Charlotte Checkers 5-2 at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Mark Mancari (2G, A) and Tim Miller (2G) each bagged two goals for the Wolves
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack kicked out 32 of 34 shots

Saturday, Jan. 7
(at) Chicago 3, Lake Erie 1
--- The Wolves erased a 1-0 deficit after 20 minutes of play with three second-period goals to earn a 3-1 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters in front of a season-high 15,319 fans at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Darren Haydar (G, 2A) and Steve Reinprecht (G, A) and defenseman Chris Tanev (2A) paced the offense for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 19 of 20 shots

Sunday, Jan. 6
Chicago 5, (at) Peoria 2
--- Left wing Mike Duco’s first career hat trick helped lead the Wolves to a 5-2 Illinois Lottery Cup victory over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena
--- Forwards Byron Bitz and Nathan Longpre also tickled the twine for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lackstopped 30 of 32 shots