08 January 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 8

Fri., Jan. 12    
vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins    
Allstate Arena    
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 13    
vs. Hamilton Bulldogs    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

To watch or listen to the action live online, log on to www.chicagowolves.com


--- DARREN HAYDAR: Racked up two goals and three assists last week to extend his
point streak to 39 games ... Paces the AHL with 55 assists - two shy of matching a career-high -  and 79 points, the most by a Wolves player in club history through 39 games ...  Leads the league with a +23 plus/minus rating and shares third with 24 goals ... Collected multiple points in 23 of his 39 tilts this season

--- BRETT STERLING: Notched his AHL-leading 35th goal of the year in Saturday's loss after being held without a marker in three straight games for the first time this season ... Named the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for December, the second straight month he has captured that award ... Ranks second in the AHL with 56 points while leading the league with 15 power-play markers.

--- NATHAN OYSTRICK: Accrued multiple points in three of his last five games, which includes recording a professional career-high three points (2G, A) on Friday ... Ranks second among AHL defensemen with nine goals, which is tied for the most recorded by a rookie blueliner in franchise history ... Ranks third among league defensemen and shares fifth on the Wolves with 24 points in 39 tilts

--- DEREK MacKENZIE: Tallied points in each of his last two games (G, A), after being reassigned by the Atlanta Thrashers on Wednesday ... Held scoreless in four games with Atlanta after being recalled on Dec. 21 ... Registered his ninth goal of the season on Saturday, which shares fourth on the squad ... Ranks seventh on the club with 19 points in 30 games this season

--- CORY LAROSE: Shares seventh in the AHL with 25 assists in 23 games this season, which includes posting a helper on Friday ... Notched 25 points (6G, 19A) in his last 13 contests ...  Ranks third on the squad with 33 points (8G, 25A) in 23 tilts this season


Right wing DARREN HAYDAR's 39-game point streak is tied for the fourth-longest of its kind in professional hockey history with Hall-of-Famer WAYNE GRETZKY's 39-contest run in 1985-86.  GRETZKY established the all-time record when he recorded a point in 51 straight games during the 1983-84 season.

--- The Wolves share the AHL lead with 26 wins and rank third overall with 55 points in the standings despite losing three of their last four games.

--- On Tuesday, the AHL will announce its teams for the 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL
All-Star Classic, which will take place at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto on Jan. 28 and 29; DARREN HAYDAR (79 points), BRETT STERLING (56) and NATHAN OYSTRICK (24) all have a chance at representing the Wolves in the game.

--- Chicago was held scoreless on all four of their power-play opportunities on
Saturday in Milwaukee, snapping a streak that saw the squad record a man-advantage in a season-high 13 consecutive games; the club leads the league with 62 power-play tallies.

--- Saturday marked just the fifth time this season that Chicago was held to fewer than three goals in a contest this season; the squad leads the league with 179 goals this year.

--- The Wolves will play six of their next seven games at the Allstate
Arena where the squad has posted a 9-6-1-2 record (.583) this season.


The Wolves will be sporting commemorative racing jerseys at home games on Tue., Jan. 9; Fri., Jan. 12; and Sat., Jan. 13.  These one-of-a-kind-jerseys, designed in-house, will be auctioned and raffled to benefit various Chicago-area charities.  For more information or tickets to the games, log on to chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


Sat., Jan. 6                                               
(at) Milwaukee 4, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves grabbed a 2-1 lead in the second period before being upstaged by three unanswered goals from the Milwaukee Admirals as they fell, 4-2, at the Bradley Center
--- Forwards DEREK MacKENZIE and BRETT STERLING posted goals for Chicago
--- Netminder FRED BRATHWAITE accrued 29 saves on 32 shots in the loss

Fri., Jan. 5                                               
Chicago 5, (at) Omaha 1
--- The Wolves scored early and often as they snapped a two-game skid with a 5-1 win against the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights at the Civic Auditorium
--- Blueliner NATHAN OYSTRICK poured in two goals and an assist while DARREN HAYDAR (2A), JORDAN LaVALLEE (G, A), and STEVE MARTINS (2A) also added multiple points
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE posted 18 saves on 19 shots

Wed., Jan. 3                                           
Houston 5, (at) Chicago 3
--- The Houston Aeros overcame two deficits with three second-period goals en route to handing the Wolves their second consecutive loss, 5-3, at the Allstate Arena
--- Right wing DARREN HAYDAR potted two goals while rookie JORDAN LaVALLEE posted a short-handed tally
--- Netminder MICHAEL GARNETT recorded 27 saves