23 April 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for April 23

Wed., April 25    
at Milwaukee Admirals    
Bradley Center    
7:00 p.m.

Fri., April 27*    
vs. Milwaukee Admirals    
Allstate Arena    
7:30 p.m.

Sat., April 28*    
at Milwaukee Admirals    
Bradley Center    
7:30 p.m.

Tue., May 1*    
vs. Milwaukee Admirals    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

*If necessary

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--- BRETT STERLING: Netted three goals in the first two games of the West Division Semifinal, tied for the most in the AHL ... Recorded two markers in his professional playoff debut in Game 1 on Friday ... Shares seventh in the league with a team-high four points ... Named the 2007 AHL Rookie of the Year after leading the league with 55 goals and ranking fourth with 97 points in 77 tilts during the regular season

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Shares the squad lead with two assists and ranks second with three points after his first two outings of the postseason ... Registered two points (G, A) on Sunday, a feat he accomplished in 36 of his 73 regular-season matchups ... Accrued 76 points (34G, 42A) in 58 career Calder Cup playoff contests ... Named the 2007 AHL MVP after leading the league with 81 assists and 122 points, both career highs

--- MICHAEL GARNETT: Registered 49 saves on 52 shots in the opening two games of
the West Division Semifinal to post back-to-back wins ... Registered a perfect 4-0 Calder Cup Playoffs record, surrendering just seven goals, which includes a 2-0 mark in Chicago's run to the 2005 Finals ... Paced Wolves netminders with a career-high 23 wins (23-15-1) and a career-most 42 appearances during the regular season

--- MATT ANDERSON: Recorded the game-winning goal in his professional debut on Sunday ... Signed by the Wolves to an ATO on March 29 and did not appear in any
regular-season contests ... Registered 57 assists and 90 points in 126 career outings with UMass-Amherst spanning four seasons (2002-2007), which includes 19 points (9G, 10A) this year during his senior campaign

--- JASON KROG: Dished out an assist in each of the first two West Division Semifinal contests ... Accrued at least one point in 43 of his 46 games as a member of the Wolves ... Appeared in 28 career Calder Cup Playoff matchups, recording 29 points (12G, 17A) ... Ranked fifth in the AHL during the regular season with a career-high 54 assists and shared seventh with a career-most 80 points despite missing two months due to NHL recall

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This marks the 11th time in franchise history that the Wolves have taken a
2-games-to-0 lead in a postseason series.  Chicago has accrued a 10-0 all-time series mark when entering Game 3 with a 2-0 advantage, which includes five
four-game sweeps.  Overall, the squad has posted an 18-11 mark in Game 3 of a playoff series.  


--- Chicago has thwarted all nine of Milwaukee's power-play attempts during the West Division Semifinal and leads the AHL with a 100.0 percent penalty kill rating.

--- The Wolves dented the net four times in Sunday's victory, a feat the squad
accomplished 46 times in 80 regular-season matchups (39-5-2-0).  

--- Including the 2007 West Division Semifinal, Chicago has posted victories in 12 of its 19 all-time postseason contests against Milwaukee which includes two series wins in three meetings.

--- The Wolves have held the Admirals to just three goals in the opening two games of the series, which includes surrendering just one marker on Sunday; the squad held its opponents to one or fewer markers 15 times during the regular season.

--- Center CORY LAROSE potted a goal in Sunday's win, his 17th career Calder Cup
playoff marker in 50 outings, which includes leading the Wolves with six tallies
during the squad's run to the Finals in 2005.

--- Sunday marked Chicago's 144th all-time postseason game; the squad has racked up an 87-57 mark (.604).


Chicago has accrued a 36-32 record (.529) in 68 all-time postseason road contests entering Game 3 at the Bradley Center on Tuesday.  The Wolves matched both an AHL and franchise record with 27 wins away from the Allstate Arena during the regular-season.


Sun., April 22                                              
(at) Chicago 4, Milwaukee 1
--- Despite being outshot, 30-24, the Wolves used goals from four different players to hand the Milwaukee Admirals a 4-1 defeat in Game 2 of the West Division Semifinal
--- DARREN HAYDAR and BRETT STERLING each collected a goal and an assist while centers MATT ANDERSON and CORY LAROSE also added markers
--- Netminder MICHAEL GARNETT kicked out 29 of the 30 shots he faced

Fri., April 20                                            
(at) Chicago 3, Milwaukee 2
--- Chicago jumped out to a 3-0 second-period lead and held off a late attack to earn a 3-2 victory at the Allstate Arena in Game 1 of the West Division Semifinal
--- Rookie BRETT STERLING notched two goals while KEVIN DOELL added the other marker
--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT recorded 20 saves on 22 shots