26 December 2006

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Dec. 25

Wed., Dec. 27    
vs. Houston Aeros    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 29    
at Peoria Rivermen    
Carver Arena    
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 30    
vs. Rochester Americans    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

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HISTORY LESSON

Right wing DARREN HAYDAR established an AHL record on Saturday by recording a point in his 32nd consecutive contest, eclipsing the 31-game run Binghamton Whalers forward MIKE RICHARD strung together from Oct. 18 to Dec. 23, 1987. If HAYDAR notches a point on Tuesday against Milwaukee, he will shatter the Wolves franchise-record 32-game streak former right wing ROB BROWN put together from Oct. 16 to Dec. 31, 1996.


WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Posted a point in all 32 games this season, which includes recording his 18th multiple-point game of the year with a goal and an assist on Saturday ... Notched at least one helper in 27 of his 32 games this year, which includes setting a franchise record with an assist in 14 straight games from Nov. 4 to Dec. 8 ... Paces the AHL with 45 helpers and 64 points - the most by a Wolves player through 32 outings in club history - and shares fifth with 19 goals

 

--- BRETT STERLING: Registered at least one goal in six consecutive games, two contests shy of matching a franchise record ... Potted his AHL-best 31st goal of the season on Saturday, already a franchise record for a rookie and the most by a Wolves player in team history through 32 contests ... Racked up 27 goals in his last 20 matchups, which includes two or more in a tilt 11 times ... Leads the AHL with 14 power-play goals, is tied for first with five game-winners and ranks second with 49 points in 30 outings

--- CORY LAROSE: Currently on a season-high six-game point streak, collecting 15 points (5G, 10A) during that span, which includes an assist on Saturday ... Dressed in just eight of the team's previous 24 games due to a three-game suspension from Nov. 25 to Dec. 2 and the veteran rule ...  Ranks third on the club with 16 assists and 23 points despite appearing in just 16 of the Wolves' 32 contests

--- ALEX BOURRET: Accrued the first three-assist outing of his career on Friday against Houston ... Accumulated 12 points (3G, 9A) in his last eight games, which includes matching a career-most three points three times ... Shares fourth on the team with 15 assists and 21 points in 23 games

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago's 23 wins is the most in the AHL, while its 48 points in the
standings (23-7-1-1) is tied for first in the league with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

--- Saturday's win was the Wolves' first in overtime since notching a 4-3 win in the extra frame at the Grand Rapids Griffins on Dec. 31, 2005; the squad has notched a 1-1-2 mark in overtime this year and a 29-24-30 record overall.

--- The Wolves have won an AHL-best 14 games in 17 road contests this year, two
victories shy of matching last season's entire win total (16-15-2-7) away from the Allstate Arena.

--- Chicago has been held to two goals twice in their last four games, which includes Saturday night, after posting at least three goals in 24 consecutive tilts from Oct. 18 to Dec. 15.

--- The Wolves have potted an AHL-best 50 power-play goals this season; Chicago has netted a man-advantage marker in seven consecutive contests, which matches a team season-high.

For complete team statistics, click here

NET GAIN

Wolves netminders FRED BRATHWAITE and MICHAEL GARNETT have each recorded 11 wins this season, which shares fourth in the AHL; BRATHWAITE has not lost in regulation over his last 10 starts while GARNETT has posted wins in back-to-back starts, which includes his 20-save outing on Saturday.  

WOLVES REWIND (3-0-0-0)

Sat., Dec. 23                              
(at) Chicago 2,  San Antonio 1 (OT)
--- Chicago surrendered a late lead but used an overtime goal from BRETT STERLING to defeat the San Antonio Rampage, 2-1, at the Allstate Arena

--- Right wing DARREN HAYDAR tallied a goal and assisted on STERLING's game-winner

--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT posted 20 saves on 21 shots

Fri., Dec. 22                                           
Chicago 7, (at) Houston 5
--- The Wolves broke a 5-5 tie with two late third-period tallies to defeat the Houston Aeros, 7-5, at the Toyota Center

--- Four Chicago players recorded multiple points including STEVE MARTINS (G, 2A) and ALEX BOURRET (3A), who each collected three points.

--- Netminder FRED BRATHWAITE notched 29 saves

Thu., Dec. 21                                   
Chicago 4, (at) San Antonio 3
--- Chicago yielded three leads in the third period including two in the last 1:49 of the contest but used a goal with 10 seconds left in regulation to slide by the San Antonio Rampage, 4-3, at the AT&T Center.
--- Left wing BRETT STERLING pumped home three goals, including the game-winner, while linemate DARREN HAYDAR added two assists to lead the offense.
--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT posted 21 saves in the win