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TALE OF THE TAPE: Dec. 17


Thursday, Dec. 17, 11 a.m. Allstate Arena

Chicago resumes its Illinois Lottery Cup series tonight against Rockford as the visitors make their first Allstate appearance of the season. The Wolves have dropped four straight in the series dating to last season.

The 2015-16 Illinois Lottery Cup rivalry has featured two close games in Rockford. Chicago rallied from two goals down to earn a road point in the series opener (Oct. 23). The rematch on Nov. 27 saw Chicago pull even in the second period before Bryan Bickell scored the game-winner.

The Wolves are coming off a 4-3 shootout win over Texas on Wednesday. JOHN ANDERSON’s club jumped on the Stars early, striking for three goals in the first period. Chicago will try to win back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 8-12.

Tonight’s game marks the start of seven straight games against Central Division opponents as the Wolves look to improve upon their sixth-place position in the standings.

The Wolves will wear purple jerseys in recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Night, presented by Heidenhain. The epilepsy-themed jerseys (to be auctioned) are inspired by the bond between Wolves general manager Wendell Young and his older son, Matthew, who was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2013 at the age of 22.


By The Numbers

4: Number of consecutive one-goal games the Wolves have played.

37: PHEONIX COPLEY’s saves total from Thursday’s win over Texas, matching the Wolves’ season-high mark.

102: Combined penalty minutes between Rockford (9-30) and Chicago (14-72) in two meetings this season.

1.000: Chicago’s winning percentage (8-0-0) when scoring four-or-more goals in a game.


Follow The Action

Today’s game begins at 7 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too. 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.


Texas
Team Record:
 14-10-2-1
Last Game: 3-2 W at San Antonio (Dec. 13)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-0-0-0
Last Meeting: 7-3 Road Win (Oct. 16)

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Team Record: 11-10-1-2
Last Game: 2-1 L at Milwaukee (Dec. 15)
2015-16 Season Series: 0-1-0-0
Last Meeting: 7-3 Home Loss (Oct. 16)

Player Spotlight

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#27 Jordan Caron – Right Wing 

Right wing Jordan Caron continues to stay hot.

JORDAN CARON scored the Wolves’ lone goal in a 2-1 loss to Milwaukee Tuesday night. The right winger received a bit of puck luck as his shot from the side of the net deflected off an Admirals player into the net. The goal was CARON’s fifth in seven games as his point production comes at a welcome time for the Wolves.

Over his last eight games, CARON has produced seven points (5G, 2A), surpassing his offensive production (5 points) from the first 15 games of the season. In addition to spending time on the top forward line, CARON is a contributor on special teams and has scored a pair of power play goals.

Player Spotlight

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#20 Brett Ritchie – Right Wing 

The Texas Stars got BRETT RITCHIE back when they needed him most.

After losing leading scorer DEVIN SHORE to injury on Friday, RITCHIE, who has spent the season in injured reserve after suffering an injury in preseason, took the ice on Saturday and impressed in a huge way, recording a hat trick. It was the third hat trick in his AHL career.

RITCHIE added a goal in Sunday’s 3-2 win against San Antonio to increase his total to four goals in three games of work.

 

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