Tale of the Tape: Jan. 2
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Saturday, Jan. 2, 7 p.m. Allstate Arena
The Chicago Wolves did not finish 2015 as hoped as they dropped their final three games, a streak capped by a 5-2 road loss to the Rockford IceHogs on Wednesday.
Immediately prior to the three-game downturn, the Wolves thought they found some answers during a three-game wining streak Dec. 17-21 that featured victories over the Texas Stars, Rockford IceHogs, and Manitoba Moose.
Wednesday’s game featured a strong return by right wing DANNY KRISTO, who scored a pair of goals in his second game back from injury, and strong debuts from forwards ZACK TORQUATO and RILEY BRACE. BRACE contributed 2 assists and Torquato posted 4 shots and a strong performance in the faceoff circle one day after signing PTOs with the Wolves.
By The Numbers
1: Wednesday’s game at Rockford marked the first time this season Wolves head coach JOHN ANDERSON opted to change his goaltender during the game.
5: In each of the last five Illinois Lottery Cup contests, the home team has emerged as the victor.
11: In each of the Wolves’ last 11 games, the team that scored the first goal went on to the win the contest. In addition, the team that scored the first goal never trailed in those 11 games. The last Wolves games where both teams held the lead was Dec. 4 at Grand Rapids. The lead hasn’t changed hands in any of the four Illinois Lottery Cup games this season.
.833: In five of the last six seasons, the Wolves have won their first home game in the new year.
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.
Team Record: 19-8-2-3
Last Game: 5-2 W vs Chicago (Dec. 30)
2015-16 Season Series: 3-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 5-2 Home Win (Dec. 30)
Team Record: 14-13-1-2
Last Game: 5-2 L at Chicago (Dec. 30)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-2-0-1
Last Meeting: 5-2 Road Loss (Dec. 30)
The Rockford IceHogs capped off 2015 on the right foot, topping the Chicago Wolves 5-2 and it was right wing RYAN HAGGERTY who played a big role in that decisive victory.
The 23-year-old Connecticut native potted two goals and an assist in the win, including the tally that came 2:16 into the second period to put Rockford up 3-0 and which also forced head coach JOHN ANDERSON to replace PHEONIX COPLEY with JORDAN BINNINGTON.
HAGGERTY was traded from the New York Rangers to the Chicago Blackhawks back in June for goaltender Antti Raanta. Haggerty spent all of last season in the AHL and had 15 goals and 18 assists in 76 games for the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Right wing DANNY KRISTO missed five games with an injury, but he has returned with a hot streak similar to the way he started this season. KRISTO posted both Wolves goals on Wednesday and enjoyed several other strong scoring chances among his game-high seven shots.
KRISTO became the fourth Wolves forward this season to score multiple goals in a game — joining SPENCER ASUCHAK (3 vs. Manitoba on Dec. 2), JEREMY WELSH (2 at Manitoba on Nov. 12), and TY RATTIE (2 vs Milwaukee on Oct. 10.
The 25-year-old Edina, Minn., native became the team leader in goals with 10 — with a suggestions that there’s soon more to come based on his streaks this year. KRISTO scored in three consecutive games Oct. 16-23 and scored four goals in five games Nov. 6-18.