08 June 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for June 8

Thu., June 12* (POP)
vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

* If necessary

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EYES ON THE PRIZE

The Wolves will take their third shot at clinching their fourth league championship - and second Calder Cup - when they host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Allstate Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m.; Chicago opened the Calder Cup Finals with three straight victories before dropping two straight to force the sixth contest in Rosemont.

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- Bryan Little: Netted Chicago's only goal in Game 5, his eighth of the playoffs, which established a franchise record by a rookie ... Shares the lead among league first-year pros and is tied for fourth on the team with his eight markers ... Ranks fifth on the Wolves with 12 points this postseason, three of which have been netted during the Finals (2G, A)

--- Jason Krog: Leads the AHL with 25 assists and 34 points - a postseason franchise record - in 23 contests ... Held off the scoresheet in Saturday's Game 5 loss, snapping a 13-game point streak (9G, 14A), which began on May 7 in Game 4 of the division final ... Shares the league lead with a +10 plus/minus rating and ranks fifth with nine goals this postseason, despite being held without a marker in the Calder Cup Finals (0G, 6A)

--- Darren Haydar: Held off the scoresheet on Saturday, snapping a 12-game point
streak (6G, 15A) ... Shares the AHL lead with 12 goals during the postseason, 10 of which have been netted on the power play, which leads the league ... Ranks second on the club and is tied for second in the AHL with 27 points ... Racked up 55 goals and 124 points in 94 career Calder Cup contests, the most in AHL history

--- Jordan LaVallee: Tied for third on the Wolves with five points (2G, 3A) during the Calder Cup Finals after being held to three points (G, 2A) in his previous 18 playoff tilts ... Appeared in all 38 of Chicago's postseason games over the last two seasons, notching 10 goals and 16 points

--- Joel Kwiatkowski: Leads AHL defensemen with 10 postseason goals and ranks second with 22 points, both franchise records by a blueliner ... Held without a point in Saturday's loss, snapping an eight-game point streak (7G, 5A)

For complete team postseason statistics, click here

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago has clinched two of its three league titles on home ice, which includes the 1998 Turner Cup (June 15) and the 2002 Calder Cup (June 3).

--- The Wolves are 13-3 all-time in clinching situations at the Allstate Arena, which includes 2-1 mark in the Finals and a 2-0 mark this postseason.

--- The Wolves also took a 3-0 series lead in the 1998 Western Conference Final (IHL) before needing three contests to finish off the Long Beach Ice Dogs to earn a berth in the Turner Cup Finals.

--- Chicago is 10-2 all-time in Game 6 of a postseason series, which includes a 2-0 mark this playoff year.

--- Saturday's Game 5 loss marked the first time this season the Wolves were defeated when scoring the game's first goal (11-1).

--- Chicago was held to just one goal in the Game 5 loss, marking just the sixth time in 23 postseason games the club did not net at least two markers; the squad has been held to three goals in its last two tilts after piling up six in it's Game 3 victory.

--- The Wolves have notched 33 of their 75 goals during the postseason on the power play (44.0 percent), which includes six of 18 during the Finals.

TAKE IT TO THE HOUSE

The Wolves have won six straight games at the Allstate Arena and have notched victories in 10 of their 12 matchups on home ice during the postseason, which includes wins in Games 1 and 2 of the Calder Cup Finals; the squad is outscoring opponents, 47-25, in Rosemont during the playoffs.

CALDER CUP REWIND

Sat., June 7 (Game 5)
(at) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 5, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves scored first midway through the second period before watching the
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins reel off five straight goals to post a 5-1 victory in Game 5 of the Calder Cup Finals at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
--- Center Bryan Little netted Chicago's only goal as the squad watched its series lead get trimmed to 3-2
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec notched 26 saves on 31 shots in the loss

Fri., June 6 (Game 4)
(at) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3, Chicago 2
--- Chicago erased a 2-0 second period deficit before allowing a third period goal to drop a 3-2 decision in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Finals at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
--- The Wolves surrendered all three of their goals short handed, while right wing Darren Haydar potted two man-advantage markers for Chicago
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec posted 20 saves on 23 shots

Wed., June 4 (Game 3)
Chicago 6, (at) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1
--- Trailing 1-0 after 20 minutes, the Wolves scored six straight times - including five in the second period - to open up a 3-games-to-0 Calder Cup Finals series lead with a 6-1 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
--- Five different skaters netted goals including Jesse Schultz, who scored twice, while Joey Crabb dished out two assists
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec surrendered just one goal on 25 shots