Weekly Reports

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for April 7

April 7, 2014

By claiming three points against Milwaukee last week (1-0-0-1), the Wolves clinched the 16th playoff berth in the team’s 20-year history; additionally, Chicago reclaimed the Amtrak Rivalry trophy from the Admirals for their fourth win in five seasons since its inception in 2009-10.


Fri., April 11*
at Iowa Wild
Wells Fargo Arena
7 p.m.

Sat., April 12*
at Milwaukee Admirals#
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Sun., April 13*
vs. Rockford IceHogs$
Allstate Arena
3 p.m.

#Amtrak Rivalry
$Illinois Lottery Cup

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By claiming three points against Milwaukee last week (1-0-0-1), the Wolves clinched the 16th playoff berth in the team’s 20-year history; additionally, Chicago reclaimed the Amtrak Rivalry trophy from the Admirals for their fourth win in five seasons since its inception in 2009-10.


Jake Allen: Allowed just one goal in two games against Milwaukee last week to improve his numbers against the Admirals this season to 6-0-2 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .933 save percentage … Entered the Wolves record books by tying the franchise record for shutouts in a single season (6) and becoming the fourth goaltender in team history to record 30 wins … Has set or tied his AHL career-highs in wins, minutes, and shutouts this season and is on pace for the best goals-against average and save percentage of his AHL career … Paces the league with 30 wins, six shutouts, and 2,958:41 minutes played and sits second behind Grand Rapids’ Petr Mrazek with a 2.09 goals-against average and .926 save percentage

Pat Cannone: Scored twice in Sunday’s shootout loss to give him seven goals and 14 points in 14 games since returning from injury on March 5 after missing 16 games … Sunday marked his fourth AHL multiple-goal game and second this season after recording his first professional hat trick on March 8 at Abbotsford … Sits second on Chicago in goals (15) and plus/minus rating with a +19 and fourth in points (29) … Tallied 25 points (10G, 15A) and 41 penalty minutes in 74 AHL games with the Binghamton Senators last season, ranking seventh in the AHL with a career-high +21 plus/minus rating

Alexandre Bolduc: Dented the net on both Saturday and Sunday, moving his second-half totals to seven goals and 13 assists after posting just 12 points (6G, 6A) in the first half of the season … Stands third on the Wolves with 13 goals and 32 points … Represented Team Canada at the Spengler Cup in December … Held scoreless in 14 NHL games with Phoenix last season … Was the second-leading scorer for Portland in the AHL with 51 points (24G, 27A) in 56 games

Derek Nesbitt: Returned to the Wolves lineup on Tuesday after missing 17 games injured and contributed the game-winning power-play goal on Saturday … Appeared in two games for Chicago after being acquired from San Antonio on Feb. 8 in exchange for future considerations before leaving the game on Feb. 15 with an injury … Posted 11 goals and 20 points in 43 games with Oklahoma City and San Antonio this season prior to joining the Wolves


— With the victory on Saturday, the Wolves succeeded in putting together a 40-win season for the 14th time in team history; it is just the third time Chicago has done so since head coach JOHN ANDERSON left for Atlanta in 2008.

— Chicago defenseman Brent Regner returned to the lineup last week as the Wolves put together a perfect 9-for-9 performance on the penalty kill; the team’s PK success rate dipped to 83.3 percent (30-for-36) without REGNER in the lineup as opposed to 86.3 percent (240-for-278) with him.

— Despite being held scoreless on Sunday, Wolves rookie Ty Rattie tied his AHL-high with a team-leading nine shots on goal; the first-year pro paces Chicago with 204 shots in 69 games while the second-closest active Wolves player is Derek Nesbitt with 119.

— The Wolves have gone to the shootout in four of their last five games at Allstate Arena, posting a 2-2 mark in those contests; Chicago has a 7-5 season record in the shootout and a 10-10 record overall when the game goes beyond regulation.


Sunday, April 6
Iowa 4, (at) Chicago 3 (SO)
— Neither the Wolves nor Wild could hold a lead before the teams decided the game in a six-round shootout
Alexandre Bolduc scored 18 seconds in and Pat Cannone bagged two goals, but no Wolves converted shootout attempts
— Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 29 shots through regulation and overtime and stopped five of six in the shootout

Saturday, April 5
(at) Chicago 4, Milwaukee 1
— A tight contest, the Wolves scored the winning goal on a power play in the third period and added two empty-net markers late
Jani Hakanpaa opened scoring at 2:06 and Chicago got third-period tallies from Derek Nesbitt, Alexandre Bolduc, and Adam Cracknell
— Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 24 of 25 shots for his 30th win

Tuesday, April 1
Milwaukee 1, (at) Chicago 0 (SO)
— The Wolves and Admirals battled for 65 minutes with no score
Keith Aucoin scored the lone tally for Chicago in the six-round shootout as Milwaukee converted two chances
— Goaltender Jake Allen saved all 22 shots through regulation and overtime for his sixth shutout, tying the Wolves franchise record for single-season shutouts by a goaltender


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