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Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 3

With Chicago’s win over Iowa on Saturday, it posted its 14th victory over a Midwest Division opponent in just 23 games this season (14-7-0-2); the Wolves earned just 13 wins against the Midwest Division last year (13-22-4-3).


Tue., Feb. 4*
vs. Utica Comets
Allstate Arena
11 a.m.

Fri., Feb. 7*
at Iowa Wild
Wells Fargo Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 9*
at Milwaukee Admirals#
Bradley Center
1 p.m.

#Amtrak Rivalry

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With Chicago’s win over Iowa on Saturday, it posted its 14th victory over a Midwest Division opponent in just 23 games this season (14-7-0-2); the Wolves earned just 13 wins against the Midwest Division last year (13-22-4-3).


Ty Rattie: Tallied 3 goals and 4 points in three games last week, which included the game-winning overtime marker against Iowa on Saturday … Paces Chicago and shares third among league rookies with 17 goals and leads the club with 27 points in 44 games this season … Potted 5 goals in his last seven contests after scoring just one goal in his previous 10 matchups

Mark Cundari: Recorded 3 points (G, 2A) in three games last week and has accrued 5 points (2G, 3A) in five games since joining Chicago on Jan. 23 … Loaned to the Wolves by Calgary as compensation for Chicago trading center Corey Locke to the Abbotsford Heat … Collected 6 goals, 9 assists, and 15 points in 37 AHL tilts with Chicago and Abbotsford this year … His 5 points in five games with Chicago match the 5 points he compiled in his last 16 tilts he played with the Heat

Adam Cracknell: Matched a career-high 2 goals and 3 points Friday night, which included opening scoring for the second straight contest … Has chipped in five points (3G, 2A) during a current three-game point streak … Skated in four games with Chicago since he was assigned to the club by St. Louis on Jan. 23 and has tallied 5 points (3G, 2A) in those tilts … Dished out 2 assists in 17 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues this season

Alexandre Bolduc: Registered 3 points (G, 2A) in three games last week to extend his current point streak to a season-high four games … He has netted 4 points (G, 3A) during that span after posting 4 points (G, 3A) in his previous 11 matchups … Ranks sixth on Chicago with 7 goals and has accumulated 16 points in 30 contests this season … Represented Team Canada at the Spengler Cup in December


— Chicago has won 13 of its last 19 tilts (13-4-2-0) and has dropped four regulation contests since Dec. 15 — and the team was held to one goal in all four tilts; the Wolves have registered a 15-7-2-0 mark and .667 winning percentage since the start of December to move into second place in the Midwest Division with 54 points through 45 games (25-16-2-2).

— The Wolves have surrendered two or fewer goals in 22 of their 45 games this season, which includes six of their last seven tilts; Chicago, which holds fourth in the AHL with a 2.56 goals against average, has posted a 19-3-0-0 mark when allowing two or fewer goals this year.

— Chicago has been perfect on the penalty kill in 22 of its 45 contests this season, which includes killing off all six of Iowa’s attempts on Saturday; the Wolves, who have been perfect on the PK in 11 home games and 11 road tilts, rank sixth in the AHL with a 85.2 efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (178 of 209).

— The Wolves went zero for 10 on the man-advantage last week and have not scored a power-play goal in 27 of their 45 tilts this year; Chicago has cashed in on 23 of its 208 power-play chances this season.


— Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 23 of Grand Rapids’ 25 shots Friday night to finish January with an even 4-4-0 mark, 1.99 goals-against average and .925 save percentage; he received six goals of support Friday night after he got just 11 goals of offensive support in his previous seven starts; the 23-year-old netminder is one of two goalies representing the AHL in the All-Star game on Feb. 12.


Saturday, Feb. 1
(at) Chicago 3, Iowa 2 (OT)
— The Wolves used a two-goal game from rookie winger Ty Rattie to defeat the Iowa Wild 3-2 in overtime at the Allstate Arena
— Left wing Dmitrij Jaskin also scored for Chicago
— Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 24 of 26 shots to post his third straight win

Friday, Jan. 31
Chicago 6, (at) Grand Rapids 2
— The Wolves drubbed the Grand Rapids Griffins 6-2 at Van Andel Arena
— Forwards Adam Cracknell (2G, A) and Nathan Longpre (G, A) and defenseman Taylor Chorney (2A) paced Chicago’s offense
— Goaltender Jake Allen kicked out 23 of 25 shots

Wednesday, Jan. 29
(at) Rochester 4, Chicago 1
— The Wolves scored 15 seconds into the contest, but never again en route to dropping a 4-1 decision to the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena
— Center Adam Cracknell notched the lone goal for Chicago
— Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 18 of 21 shots