Tale of the Tape: Nov. 13
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Friday, Nov. 13, 7:00 p.m. MTS Centre
After earning a 5-3 win over Manitoba on Thursday night, the Chicago Wolves can extend their winning streak to seven games tonight at the MTS Centre. And somehow it seems fitting that it could happen on Friday the 13th.
Chicago has been particularly successful on Friday the 13th during its 22-season history. The Wolves own a 14-5-0-1 record on this date and have won eight of their last nine games. Chicago and Manitoba have met once on Friday the 13th — when the Wolves claimed a 4-3 shootout win 17 years ago today in Winnipeg.
The Wolves (8-1-0-1) boast the best record in the Western Conference and are enjoying the second-best start in franchise history. The 2007-08 squad opening 9-0-1-0 en route to a 13-0-1-0 start and the 2008 Calder Cup championship.
By The Numbers
599: Head coach JOHN ANDERSON earned his 750th win as a head coach last night; tonight he can pick up his 600th win as the Wolves boss (he has 399 while in the AHL and 200 in the IHL)
99: Right wing TY RATTIE registered an assist Thursday night, which leaves him just 1 point shy of 100 for his AHL career. He owns 57 goals and 42 assists in 136 regular-season games for the Wolves
100: Center PAT CANNONE posted two assists Thursday night, which gave him 100 assists for his five-year AHL career. The Bayport, N.Y., native owns 65 goals and 100 assists in 285 regular-season appearances for the Wolves and Binghamton.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. (channel listings can be found here) The game can also 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: 8-1-0-1
Last Game: 5-3 W at Manitoba (Nov. 12)
2015-16 Season Series: 3-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-3 Road Win (Nov. 12)
Team Record: 2-8-1-1
Last Game: 5-3 L vs Chicago (Nov. 12)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-3-0-0
Last Meeting: 5-3 Home Loss (Nov. 12)
The Wolves hoped to rely on veteran right wing ERIAH HAYES from the season’s start, but the La Crescent, Minn., native fractured three bones in his face during a preseason scrimmage when he was smacked by a goalie stick inadvertently.
HAYES finally received the go-ahead to make his Wolves debut on Thursday night. Though he wore a cage on his helmet for protection, the 27-year-old handed out a pair of assists in the opening period.
The Wolves signed HAYES in August after he spent the first two-plus years of his professional career in the San Jose Sharks organization. While he played primarily for the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, he made 19 appearances for the Sharks and scored one goal.
The Moose might still be winless at home this season, but Manitoba put together one of its better efforts in its 5-3 loss to Chicago on Thursday night.
Forward PATRICE CORMIER helped spark his struggling squad in the second period, as he bolted out of the box after serving a minor penalty and went in all alone to beat Jordan Binnington for his second goal of the season.
CORMIER was recently reassigned to the Moose on Nov. 9 after being recalled to the Winnipeg Jets on Nov. 4 and playing in the NHL club’s Nov. 7 matchup with the Philadelphia Flyers. Cormier has compiled five points (1G, 4A) in 51 career games with Winnipeg and the Atlanta Thrashers in his NHL career.