16 April 2012

Weekly Press Notes for April 16

THIS WEEK:
WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Thu., April 19
at San Antonio Rampage
AT&T Center
7 p.m.

Sat., April 21
at San Antonio Rampage
AT&T Center
7 p.m.

Tue., April 24
vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Wed., April 25*
vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Fri., April 27*
vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

*If necessary

POSTSEASON GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON COMCAST NETWORK 100 ON XFINITY TV FROM COMCAST

Visit to chicagowolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online

THE SECOND SEASON

Chicago will open its 15th postseason run in 18 years when it travels to San Antonio for Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 19; the third-seeded Wolves, who chose to start on the road due to the series being a 2-3 format, have never met the sixth-seeded Rampage in the postseason.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Mark Mancari: Ranked first on the team and shared eighth in the AHL with 30 goals and paced Chicago with 58 points in 69 contests this season ... Paced the AHL and matched a franchise record with 10 game-winners ... Ranked third on the Wolves with 28 assists and first with 10 power-play strikes ... Collected 9 goals and 23 points in 24 career Calder Cup playoff games

--- Darren Haydar: Ranked first on Chicago with 36 assists and second with 57 points in 70 games this season ... Shared second on the squad with 21 goals ... Surpassed 50 points for the 10th time in his 10-year pro career and 20 goals for the ninth time ... Bagged 12 points (6G, 6A) in his last 11 tilts of the season ... Ranks first all-time in AHL postseason scoring with 59 goals, 76 assists (tied), and 135 points in 105 career Calder Cup outings

--- Eddie Lack: Shared sixth in the AHL with a .925 save percentage and ninth in the league with a 2.31 goals-against average in 46 games this season (21-20-3) ... Logged 2,703 minutes this season, which was the seventh-most in the league ... Shared seventh in the AHL with four shutouts ... Held opponents to two or fewer tallies in 27 of his 46 appearances ... Notched a 6-5 mark, 1.99 goals-against average, .932 save percentage, and two shutouts in 12 career Calder Cup postseason outings

--- Jordan Schroeder: Registered career-highs with 21 goals, 23 points, and 44 points while being the only Chicago skater and one of 28 players in the league to appear in all 76 games this season ... His 21 markers shared second on the Wolves while his 44 points ranked third ... Posted 12 points (4G, 8A) in 20 career Calder Cup playoff tilts

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves dropped all four contests to the Rampage this season (0-3-0-1), but all four games were decided by one goal; Chicago and San Antonio last squared off on April 4 with the Wolves falling 2-1 on the road.

--- The Wolves have recorded a 5-2 mark in Calder Cup playoff series that begin on the road, with the last time they started on the road being the 2004 West Division Finals against Milwaukee; prior to the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals, Chicago had started its last 13 postseason series on home ice.

--- Chicago set a franchise record for goals-against this season by surrendering 193 markers in 76 games this year; the Wolves ranked fifth in the AHL with a 2.54 goals-against average this year.

--- The Wolves were perfect on the penalty kill 43 times this season and posted a 25-13-3-2 mark when not allowing a power-play goal; Chicago ranked sixth in the league with an 84.2 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (235 of 279), which was the seventh-highest kill rate in franchise history; the Wolves 279 short-handed opportunities and 1,065 penalty minutes were both franchise lows.

--- Left wing Nicklas Jensen tallied a hat trick in his sixth pro game on Sunday and became the first rookie to notch a three-goal performance for the Wolves since defenseman Paul Postma achieved the feat on Feb. 21, 2010.

GO SHORTY, IT’s YOUR BIRTHDAY

--- The Wolves ranked sixth in the AHL with 11 short-handed goals this season, the seventh straight year they have bagged double-digit shorties and ranked in the top 10 in shorties scored; Chicago has posted 10 or more short-handed goals in 15 of its 18 years of existence and has scored 230 shorties as a franchise.

WOLVES REWIND (2-1-1-0)

Sunday, April 15
(at) Chicago 4, Peoria 2
--- The Wolves wrapped up their 18th regular season with a 4-2 Illinois Lottery Cup victory over the Peoria Rivermen at the Allstate Arena
--- Left wing Nicklas Jensen notched a hat trick, while forward Tim Miller also scored
--- Goaltender Joe Cannata posted 38 saves in his pro debut

Saturday, April 14
Milwaukee 2, (at) Chicago 1 (OT)
--- The Wolves tied the score in the third, but it was the Milwaukee Admirals grabbing the game-winner in overtime to earn a 2-1 Amtrak Rivalry win at the Allstate Arena
--- Forward Anton Rodin posted the lone goal for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack kicked out 28 shots in regulation and overtime

Friday, April 13
Chicago 7, (at) Grand Rapids 5
--- The Wolves bagged four goals in the third period to claim the Midwest Division crown with a 7-5 victory over Grand Rapids at Van Andel Arena
--- Defenseman Kevin Connauton (3A) and forwards Steve Reinprecht (2G, A), Darren Haydar (G, A) and Stefan Schneider (2A) posted multiple points for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack posted 36 saves

Tuesday, April 10
(at) Texas 5, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves surrendered the first four goals of the game and could never recover, losing 5-2 to Texas at Cedar Park Center
--- Rookie forwards Anton Rodin and Nicklas Jensen scored
--- Goaltenders Matt Climie (eight of 11) and Eddie Lack (11 of 12) split time in CLIMIE’s loss