29 January 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 29

Sat., Feb. 3    
at Manitoba Moose  
MTS Centre    
7:30 p.m.



--- FRED BRATHWAITE: Registered saves on 58 of the 61 shots he faced last
week, which includes a 24-save shutout performance on Friday in Omaha, the
20th of his North American professional hockey career ... Held his opponents
to one or fewer goals six times this season, which includes Friday’s
performance ... Shares 10th in the AHL with 14 wins and paces Wolves
netminders with a 2.65 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage

--- STEVE MARTINS: Matched a season-high with two goals and three points on
Saturday, his eighth multi-point outing of the season ... Notched four
points (2G, 2A) in his last two contests after being held to four points (G,
3A) in his previous nine ... Ranks fifth on the Wolves with 21 assists and
30 points in 37 contests this season

--- CORY LAROSE: Currently on an eight-game point streak, notching six goals
and 10 assists during the span, which includes posting the game-winning goal
on Saturday ... Posted multiple points six times during the steak and in 14
of his 33 outings this season ... Shares fourth in the AHL with 35 assists
and ninth with 50 points in 33 outings

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Registered a point in each of the last six games,
accruing nine points (5G, 4A) during that span ... Notched at least one
point in all 25 of his road contests this season (15G, 35A) ... Leads the
AHL with a career-high 59 assists and 89 points, just three shy of equaling
the career-best he accrued last year, in 49 tilts ... Ranks second in the
league with a +27 plus/minus rating and shares third with 30 goals

For complete team statistics, click here


Wolves forwards DARREN HAYDAR and BRETT STERLING and defenseman NATHAN
OYSTRICK will participate in tonight’s 2007 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic
at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.  HAYDAR (Canadian Team) and STERLING
(PlanetUSA) will be in the starting lineup, while OYSTRICK (Canadian Team)
will come off the bench, marking the first time Chicago will have three
players skate in the contest since the franchise joined the AHL in 2001.


Friday’s 5-0 victory marked Chicago’s second shutout victory of the year and
first since the season-opener on Oct. 7; the Wolves have blanked their
opponents 64 times in franchise history, which includes 27 times away from
the Allstate Arena.


--- The Wolves have racked up 10 points in their last six games (4-0-0-2)
after dropping a season-high five straight games, all in regulation, from
Jan. 6 to 17; Chicago has accrued 65 points this season, which shares the
lead in the Western Conference and third overall in the AHL.

--- Chicago’s franchise record-tying, nine-game road swing continues when
the squad plays a pair of games in Manitoba this weekend; the Wolves lead
the AHL with 20 road wins, which is four more than the club collected last
season (16-15-2-7).

--- The Wolves have held their opponents to just one power-play goal in the
last six games (23 of 24), which includes blanking their rivals with the
man-advantage in five of those outings.

--- Chicago exploded for seven goals on Saturday night, already the 10th
time in 49 outings this season the squad has potted seven or more markers;
the clubpaces the AHL with 217 goals this year, which is 29 more than the
next closest squad (Norfolk, 188).


Sat., Jan. 27      
Chicago 7, (at) Iowa 3
--- The Wolves snapped a 3-3 tie late in the second period with four
unanswered goals as they blasted the Iowa Stars, 7-3, at Wells Fargo Arena
--- Center STEVE MARTINS netted two goals and one assist while forwards ALEX
defensemen JON AWE (2A) and TROY MILAM (2A) all notched two points
--- Netminder FRED BRATHWAITE notched 34 saves on 37 shots in the win
Fri., Jan. 26      
Chicago 5, (at) Omaha 0
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE posted saves on all 24 shots he faced as
Chicago earned its second shutout victory of the season with a 5-0 win
against the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights at the Omaha Civic Auditorium
--- Rookies JORDAN LaVALLEE and BRETT STERLING each potted two goals while
blueliner NATHAN OYSTRICK (2A) and forwards CORY LAROSE (2A) and DARREN
HAYDAR (G, A) also posted two points to pace the offense

Tue., Jan. 23      
(at) Iowa 3, Chicago 2 (SO)
--- The Wolves and Iowa Stars played even hockey for 65 minutes before the
Stars converted on all three of their shootout attempts to earn a 3-2
victory at Wells Fargo Arena
--- Right wing DARREN HAYDAR and defenseman MARK POPOVIC posted goals for
Chicago while center CORY LAROSE dished out assists on both tallies
--- Netminder MICHAEL GARNETT recorded 27 saves in the contest