Tale of the Tape: Nov. 12 2015
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Thursday, Nov. 12, 7:00 p.m. MTS Centre
The Chicago Wolves roll into Canada on a hot streak, winning five straight games and looking to maintain their position atop the Central Division standings with a two-game series against the Manitoba Moose starting tonight.
The Wolves swept a two-game set against Manitoba 11 days ago at the Allstate Arena. The Wolves overcame a 1-0 deficit with three goals in the third period to claim the opener, 3-1, on Oct. 30. Two days later, PHEONIX COPLEY stopped all 26 shots he faced in a 2-0 win. Captain PAT CANNONE scored in both games.
The Wolves (7-1-0-1) are off to their second-best start in franchise history. Only the 2007-08 squad started stronger, going 8-0-1-0 and capturing the 2008 Calder Cup Championship.
By The Numbers
7: Points needed by PAT CANNONE to reach 100 for his Wolves career. CANNONE is looking to become the 31st member of the Wolves’ Century Club.
78:32: The active shutout streak Chicago holds against Manitoba, which covers the better part of four periods.
749: Number of regular-season wins during JOHN ANDERSON’s 18-year professional coaching career, which in addition to the AHL and NHL includes stops in the International Hockey League (IHL), Colonial Hockey League (CoHL) and Southern Hockey League (SHL).
2,142: The number of days since the Wolves last played in Manitoba, dating to Jan. 1, 2010.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be streamed on www.ahllive.com.
Those away from a computer can follow @Chicago_Wolves or @ChiWolvesLive on Twitter for live in-game play-by-play.
Team Record: 7-1-0-1
Last Game: 4-3 OT W at San Antonio (Nov. 8)
2015-16 Season Series: 2-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-0 W Home Win (Nov. 1)
Team Record: 2-7-1-1
Last Game: 4-3 OT W at San Antonio (Nov. 6)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-2-0-0
Last Meeting: 2-0 Road Loss (Nov. 1)
DANNY KRISTO will remember his trip to the Alamo City after scoring back-to-back overtime game-winners last weekend. Skating three-on-three in the extra frame, KRISTO found the back of the net at the 3:26 mark on Nov. 6.
The forward then followed with a goal just 53 seconds into overtime on Nov. 8. KRISTO beat two different goaltenders from nearly the same spot to earn No. 1 Star of the Game honors both nights.
Game-winners are nothing new to KRISTO, who registered 10 GWGs over the past two seasons with Hartford. The Minnesota native has scored in five of nine games this season to take over a share of the team’s goal-scoring lead (5).
After notching his first goal of the season in just the second game of the year, JC LIPON went through a seven-game goal drought. That all changed this past weekend.
LIPON, who is in his third season in the AHL, tallied a shorthanded empty-netter to seal Manitoba’s shutout 3-0 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Friday. The 22-year-old forward followed up that performance with two more goals Saturday against the Checkers, but the struggling Moose couldn’t secure another victory.
LIPON scored two goals in the third period, lighting the lamp on the power play and shorthanded, including one goal that tied the game, but the Checkers spoiled his late rally by scoring with just 25 seconds remaining. After LIPON’s productive weekend, he now leads the team in scoring with four goals.