TALE OF THE TAPE: MARCH 13
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Saturday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. Allstate Arena
Hours before the Chicago area flipped to Daylight Saving Time, the Wolves cast aside their season-long five-game winless streak and knocked off the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 on Saturday night at Allstate Arena. The Admirals scored a pair of power-play goals to take a 2-0 lead in the first period, but the Wolves produced a pair of their own in the second to set up the third-period heroics.
Right wing TY RATTIE earned the game-winner 1:01 into the third period and right wing DANNY KRISTO added an empty-net goal in the final minute to give the Wolves their first 4-goal output since Jan. 26 at Iowa. More importantly, it gave the Wolves some Calder Cup Playoff hope with 15 regular-season games remaining.
“We talked (Saturday) morning about doing something that maybe nobody thinks we can do — and that’s make the playoffs,” said Wolves head coach JOHN ANDERSON. “It’s time to start and I thought we responded really well.”
Now the Wolves face red-hot Grand Rapids, which has won 10 games in a row and outscored its foes by a 41-11 margin during that stretch. However, Chicago already has stopped one long Griffins streak this season. Grand Rapids owned a 14-game home winning streak before the Wolves posted a 4-3 overtime triumph on the road Jan. 17.
By The Numbers
2: Grand Rapids’ 10-game winning streak includes a pair of victories over the Wolves.
3: The Wolves are the only team to score as many as 3 goals against the Griffins during their 10-game run — Chicago’s 4-3 overtime loss on Feb. 28 at Grand Rapids.
0: ZACH O’BRIEN has no penalty minutes this year. Last penalty? One year ago today when he was whistled for hooking.
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Today’s game begins at 3:00 p.m. and can be seen on WCIU The U Too and 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: 26-27-5-3
Last Game: 4-2 W vs Milwaukee (March 12)
2015-16 Season Series: 1-3-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Road OT Loss (Feb. 28)
Team Record: 38-20-1-1
Last Game: 5-1 W vs Grand Rapids (March 12)
2015-16 Season Series: 4-0-1-0
Last Meeting: 4-3 Home OT Win (Feb. 28)
Right wing TY RATTIE delivered a team-high 3 points (1G, 2A) during the Wolves’ 4-2 win over Milwaukee on Saturday night. It marked the team’s first 3-point performance since PAT CANNONE stacked up 3 goals and 1 assist and DANNY KRISTO posted 3 assists during the Wolves’ 4-3 overtime win on Jan. 26 at Iowa.
As for RATTIE, his 3-point showing was his first since Oct.17, when he dialed up 1 goal and 2 assists during a 9-5 home win over Charlotte. He also notched 3 points during the season opener on Oct. 10 versus Milwaukee. His early blast — 4 goals and 3 assists in the first three games — earned his first of four moves to the St. Louis Blues (NHL) this season.
RATTIE owns 12 goals and 19 assists in 47 games this season, which ranks him third on the Wolves in points and represents the first time in his professional career that the 23-year-old from Airdrie, Alberta, has posted more assists than points. It’s part of an improvement process that also finds him an important part of the team’s penalty kill.
The Grand Rapids Griffins roll into Chicago on the hottest streak of the year. Grand Rapids defeated Manitoba last night to move within .003 percentage points of first place in the Central Division with their 10th consecutive victory.
Center Andy Miele recorded two helpers in the victory to give him six points (1-5—6) over the last two nights. The Michigan native ranked first on the Griffins in scoring and second overall in the AHL with 70 points (26-44—70) in 71 games last season.
Combined with their 15-game run earlier this season, the Griffins have become the first AHL team since the 2009-10 Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears to post a pair of double-digit winning streaks in the same season.