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Tale of the Tape: Jan. 2

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.