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Chicago Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 26-Nov. 1


After a four-year hiatus, the Manitoba Moose return to the Chicago area for their first game at the Allstate Arena since March 6, 2011. The Moose moved after the 2010-11 season and became the St. John’s IceCaps for four seasons. The Moose play their home games at the MTS Centre, the same arena used by their NHL parent club, the Winnipeg Jets.

This Week

Friday, Oct. 30*
vs. Manitoba Moose
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 1*
vs. Manitoba Moose
Allstate Arena
4 p.m.

*The U Too (26.2)

Games will be telecast live on The U Too or WCIU, The U or D2 Channel 7.2
Visit ChicagoWolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online


  • Danny Kristo: Has moved into a share of the team scoring lead after compiling four points (G, 3A) last week. KRISTO, who owns a four-game point streak, reached three career milestones over the weekend: 50th AHL goal, 100th AHL point, and 150th AHL game played.
  • Pat Cannone: Is in midst of a five-game point streak, the team’s longest streak of the young season. CANNONE shares team scoring honors with linemate Danny Kristo, averaging 1.6 points per game. The Wolves captain has provided timely goals as well, scoring the game-winner in the season opener and providing the game-tying goal with 4:58 left in regulation last Friday at Rockford.
  • Andre Benoit: Has compiled points in four of five games to rank third in AHL defensemen scoring with 6 points (G, 5A). Benoit has also finished even or higher in plus/minus rating every game this season, leading Wolves blueliners with a plus-5. Half of his points this season have occurred on the power play. BENOIT and defensive partner Peter Harrold played in a combined 102 NHL games last season.
  • Pheonix Copley: Gives Chicago a solid goaltending tandem, coming off his first shutout in a Wolves uniform. The second-year pro sports four AHL shutouts in 28 games played. Teammate Jordan Binnington has yet to lose in regulation and stopped the team’s first penalty shot of the season, turning away Rockford’s Ryan Hartman during the first period of Friday’s road opener. Both goaltenders are benefiting from a solid defense in front of them, as the Wolves are allowing just 24.6 shots per game — fourth-lowest in the AHL.
  • Magnus Paajarvi: Scored two goals on six shots Sunday to register his third multiple-point game of the season. He shares team goal-scoring honors (4) and stands third in points (7). A left winger, PAAJARVI skates on Chicago’s top line along with Pat Cannone and Danny Kristo.
  • Ivan Barbashev: Paces the Wolves in rookie scoring, having compiled 5 points (2G, 3A) in five games. The 19-year-old ranks ninth in AHL rookie scoring coming off a 45-goal season last year with Moncton of the QMJHL.


  • The Wolves hold down a share of first place in the Central Division, sporting a .700 winning percentage (3-1-0-1) that is identical to the Lake Erie Monsters.
  • Chicago continues to lead the AHL in scoring, averaging 4.60 goals per game. This is despite losing its top scorer, Ty Rattie, who was recalled last week by St. Louis.
  • The Wolves have earned six out of a possible eight points at home this season, outscoring opponents, 20-13.
  • The burgundy and gold have killed off nine straight short-handed situations, improving their penalty-killing rate to 81.0 percent on the season.
  • Trailing by two goals with 6:01 left in regulation on Friday, Chicago rallied for two goals (scored 1:03 apart) to earn a point in a shootout loss at Rockford. The Wolves have earned points in four of five games.
  • Chicago is 3-0 this season when scoring the game’s first goal.


Sunday, Oct. 25 (at) Chicago 3, Charlotte 0

  • Chicago improved to 2-0-0-0 against Charlotte this season with a 3-0 win Sunday afternoon at the Allstate Arena
  • Magnus Paajarvi scored two goals, Danny Kristo chipped in with two assists and Pheonix Copley logged his first shutout in a Wolves uniform
  • COPLEY turned away 23 shots for his fourth career AHL shutout

Friday, Oct. 23 (at) Rockford 4, Chicago 3 (SO)

  • The Wolves scored two third-period goals to force overtime, but the IceHogs outscored the Wolves 2-1 in the shootout to claim the extra point at the MetroCentre
  • Jeremy Welsh and Pat Cannone scored goals in the third period while Danny Kristo added a goal and assist
  • Goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 21 of 24 shots during regulation and overtime and 1 of 3 in the shootout


Kids who want to get more use out of their costumes — and enjoy some more candy to boot — should dress up in their Halloween best for Sunday’s game. Every child who comes to the game in costume gets to trick-or-treat on Allstate Arena’s main concourse prior to the game.