26 March 2012

Weekly Press Notes for March 26

Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

THIS WEEK:


Thu., March 29*
at Abbotsford Heat
Abbotsford E&S Centre
9 p.m.

Fri., March 30*
at Abbotsford Heat
Abbotsford E&S Centre
9 p.m.

*Comcast

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VIEW FROM THE TOP


With nine games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in first place in the Midwest Division with 79 points (37-25-2-3); Chicago holds a four-point advantage over second-place Charlotte and Peoria, but the Checkers have one game in hand on the Wolves, while Chicago holds a game in hand on the Rivermen.


WOLVES HEADLINES


--- Darren Haydar: Paced the Wolves with 2 goals and shared the team lead with 3 points in three games last week ... Became the fourth player in franchise history to register 300 career points with his goal on March 22 ... Tallied 302 points (104G, 198A) in 263 career games with the Wolves spanning four seasons (2006-08; 2010-present) ... Ranks first on Chicago with 31 assists and second with 48 points in 62 games this year ... Posted 5 goals and 8 points in his last 10 outings after accruing 1 assist in his previous 10 games

--- Jordan Schroeder: Shared first on the team with 3 points (G, 2A) in three games last week, which included his ninth multiple-point outing of the year on Sunday (2A) ... Shares second on the squad with 17 goals and ranks third on the club with 38 points while appearing in all 67 of Chicago’s tilts this season ... Has surpassed the 10 goals, 18 assists, and 28 points he posted in 61 games as a rookie with the Manitoba Moose last season

--- Matt Climie: Backstopped the Wolves to two victories last week to push his winning streak to three games ... Has allowed just three goals in his last three outings after allowing a season-high six goals on March 3 ... Shares fifth in the AHL with a .923 save percentage and 12th in the league with a 2.42 goals-against average in 29 tilts this year (19-9-0) ... Posted a 2.16 goals-against average and .924 save percentage in 14 games (10-4-0) since the calendar turned to 2012

--- Yann Sauve: Tallied points in back-to-back games for the first time this season on Saturday and Sunday (G, A) ... Amassed 9 points (3G, 6A) and ranks fourth on the team with 78 penalty minutes in 65 games this season ... Ranks second among team rear guards and third overall on the Wolves with a +12 plus/minus rating


WOLF TRACKS


--- The Wolves embark on a season-high seven-game road trip beginning with a game at Abbotsford on Thursday; Chicago, which will play in six different cities during the trip, has recorded a 17-11-2-1 mark on enemy ice this season.

--- Chicago posted its 20th home win of the season Sunday, the eighth time in 11 years of AHL competition the team has won at least 20 home games; the Wolves have posted a 20-14-0-2 mark on home ice this season and allow 2.39 goals per game in Rosemont.

--- The Wolves have outshot their opponents in a season-high six straight games; Chicago has outgunned its foes 201-142 over the past four games and has averaged 33.5 shots per game during that span.

--- Chicago was perfect on the penalty kill for the 37th time this year on Sunday, thwarting all four of Houston’s chances; the Wolves rank ninth in the AHL with an 83.8 efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (212 of 253).

--- The Wolves collected three power-play goals on 13 chances in three games last week, which included bagging two man-advantage markers for the 10th time this year on March 22; Chicago ranks 30th in the AHL with a 13.7 efficiency rating on the power play this season (40 of 291).


TRICK ARE FOR KIDS


--- The Wolves will host the 12th annual Skates Mates Kids Club party, exclusively for members, at the Allstate Arena tonight from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Kids Club members will have the opportunity to meet their favorite players, get a tour of the Wolves locker room and get the chance to try on hockey equipment. For more information, or to sign up, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)


Sunday, March 25
(at) Chicago 4, Houston 1
--- The Wolves fell behind early, but rattled off four straight goals en route to a 4-1 victory over the Houston Aeros at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Darren Haydar (G, A) and Jordan Schroeder (2A) posted multiple points for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie registered 20 saves

Saturday, March 24
Hamilton 3, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves rallied from a two-goal deficit in the third period to tie the score, but the Hamilton Bulldogs scored the game’s final marker to send them to a 3-2 win at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Tim Miller and Mike Duco scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack kicked out 27 of 30 shots

Thursday, March 22
Chicago 3, (at) Lake Erie 2
--- The Wolves finished off a perfect three-game road trip with a 3-2 win over Lake Erie at Quicken Loans Arena
--- Forwards Jordan Schroeder, Andrew Gordon and Darren Haydar tickled the twine for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climiestopped 22 shots