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Tale of the Tape: Jan. 17

Last season, the Wolves opened the second half with a 4-3 shootout victory over Rockford on the third Saturday in January before 16,005 fans on Girl Scout Night. That served as the springboard for a 25-7-3-3 run that earned Chicago’s second Midwest Division title in three years.

Saturday, Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
Allstate Arena

RFD
Team Record: 22-12-4-2
Last Game: 4-0 W vs. Iowa (Jan. 16)
Season Series: 4-1-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-0 Road Win (Jan. 3)
CHI
Team Record: 19-15-4-0
Last Game: 1-5 L vs. Lake Erie (Jan. 16)
Season Series: 2-4-0-0
Last Meeting: 0-3 Home Loss (Jan. 3)

Storylines

  • Last season, the Wolves opened the second half with a 4-3 shootout victory over Rockford on the third Saturday in January before 16,005 fans on Girl Scout Night. That served as the springboard for a 25-7-3-3 run that earned Chicago’s second Midwest Division title in three years.

  • It just so happens that today is the third Saturday in January, Rockford’s in town, and there should be 15,000-16,000 people in Allstate Arena for Girl Scout Night.

  • The Wolves wrapped up the first half of the 76-game American Hockey League season on Friday night with a 5-1 home loss to Lake Erie. Chicago carries a 19-15-4-0 record into the second half, which is just 2 points behind last year’s pace (20-14-2-2).

  • Friday’s contest against Lake Erie kicked off a stretch where the Wolves play six games in nine days. It’s the second time the Wolves have been asked to play six in nine games. From Nov. 21-29, the team posted a 3-2-1-0 mark.


By The Numbers

34 – Consecutive regular-season games that the Wolves have won when leading after two periods. Their record was improved to 17-0-0-0 in that situation this season in Tuesday’s victory at Iowa to go along with a 9-0-0-0 mark when leading after one period. Utica is the only other AHL team to post perfect records in both categories in 2014-15.

.853 – The Wolves’ points percentage when scoring first, accruing a 14-2-1-0 record when potting the first goal. It is the fourth-highest percentage in the league, however Chicago has opened scoring in fewer than half of its games and only six times (in 16 games) since Nov. 29.

9 – The Wolves were whistled for 13 penalties on Friday night that led to 9 power plays for Lake Erie. That’s the most the team has allowed since giving up 10 power-play opportunities in a 6-5 shootout victory over San Antonio on Oct. 27, 2012. 


Follow The Action

Tonight’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on The U-Too (channel 26.2). U-Too also can be found on XFinity’s Chs. 230 (HD) and 360 (SD), RCN’s Ch. 35 and WOW’s Ch. 170. The game can also be streamed on www.ahllive.com.

Those away from a TV or computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.


Player Spotlight

9 ShaneHarper

#9 Shane Harper
Right Wing

On Friday night, Harper recorded his 14th goal of the season, which breaks his career single-season record for goals scored. 

During a time when scoring has been a rarety for the Wolves, Harper has hit his stride over the last month. He’s tallied seven goals since December along with two assists. The chemistry between him and Cannone as of late has been evident, and the recent addition of Magnus Paajarvi has created quite a trio for John Anderson’s starting line. 

Harper potted two goals and an assist in the Wolves’ three matchups with Rockford, and tonight would be a crucial opportunity for him to make it three-straight games with a goal.  

Mark McNeill

#28 Mark McNeill
Center

The last matchup between Rockford and the Wolves didn’t go so well at Allstate Arena, as the IceHogs won in a shutout 3-0.

McNeill has only played in three of the two teams’ six rivalry games, but he’s tallied two goals and three assists in those matchups. While he hasn’t cracked the scoresheet since the last time the center took the ice at Allstate Arena four games ago, McNeill still sits third among active players for the IceHogs in points with 11 goals and 11 assists in 27 appearances.

Finding a way to keep as many IceHogs off the scoresheet is the name of the game for the Wolves tonight, and that is no easy task along with their two hot-handed goalies in net.