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WOLVES WEEKLY PRESS NOTES, MARCH 21-27


March 21, 2016

SPEND PART OF YOUR SPRING BREAK WITH THE WOLVES!

Whether your children are enjoying spring break this week or next, the Chicago Wolves have the home games to entertain your family and light up your spring break. The Wolves host the Charlotte Checkers on Wednesday in a Central Division showdown. The following week, the Wolves welcome the Rockford IceHogs to Allstate Arena on Wednesday, March 30, before bringing the Lake Erie Monsters to town on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2. All four games start at 7 p.m. The game on April 2 is Marvel Superhero Night, which offers your youngster the chance to meet Spider-Man and Captain America as part of a special pregame event.

MAKING A PUSH FOR THE POSTSEASON

On Saturday night, Toronto became the first AHL team to punch its ticket for the Calder Cup playoffs. Chicago has its work cut out in order to earn its 18th playoff bid in 22 seasons. The first order of business is catching Charlotte in the Central Division race. As fate would have it, the Checkers visit Allstate Arena on Wednesday night in the series finale. The Wolves trail the Checkers by 7 points with 11 games (and a possible 22 points) remaining on the schedule.

THIS WEEK

Wednesday, March 23
vs. Charlotte Checkers
Allstate Arena
TV: The U Too (26.2)
Craft Beer Night
7 p.m.

Friday, March 25
at Iowa Wild
Wells Fargo Arena
TV: AHLLive.com
7 p.m.

Saturday, March 26
at Iowa Wild
Wells Fargo Arena
TV: AHLLive.com
12:30 p.m.

Visit ChicagoWolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online

WOLVES HEADLINERS

Danny Kristo: Recorded his third straight 20-goal campaign with a third-period goal in Friday’s win over Rockford … KRISTO scored 42 seconds into overtime on Saturday to lift Chicago to a 4-3 road win over Rockford. It was the fourth overtime game-winner for KRISTO, who leads the team with 21 goals.

Ty Rattie: A proven goal-scorer, RATTIE has shown his playmaking skills of late, churning out 6 assists in 6 games … The right winger picked up his 22nd assist on Sunday – the most helpers he has recorded in a professional season … The Wolves’ scoring champion as a rookie in 2013-14, RATTIE stands third in scoring this season with 34 points.

Jordan Schmaltz: Became the Wolves’ top-scoring defenseman over the weekend … The 22-year-old rookie has stockpiled 32 points to rank fourth overall in team scoring. In addition, his 27 assists are tied for the team lead … SCHMALTZ is the Wolves’ highest-scoring rookie defenseman since Brad Hunt, who totaled 33 points in 2012-13.

Jordan Binnington: Enters this week’s action with a 3-game winning streak … Over his last 3 starts, BINNINGTON has amassed a 3-0-0 record, along with a 2.01 goals-against average and a .938 save percentage … In just under two full seasons with the team, BINNINGTON has moved into the Wolves’ all-time top 10 in five categories: minutes played (7th-4,571), saves (8th-2,028), games played (T8th-80), shutouts (T8th-4), and wins (9th-41).

WOLF TRACKS

Hubert Labrie showed his versatility Sunday, making the transition from defense to left wing. The night before while serving in his usual role as a defenseman, he tallied his first point in a Wolves uniform with a third-period goal at Rockford. Teammate Scooter Vaughan knows all about switching positions, alternating at defense and forward most of the season.

• With their next home win, the Wolves will match their home win total of a season ago. The Burgundy and Gold are 18-12-1-1 (.594) on home ice this year after compiling a 19-15-3-1 ledger last season at Allstate Arena.

• Chicago sports a .944 winning percentage (17-1-0-0) this season when scoring 4 goals or more in a game.

WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)

Sunday, March 20
Milwaukee 2, (at) Chicago 1
• Milwaukee scored a pair of third-period goals to down the Wolves in Amtrak Rivalry action from Allstate Arena.
Jeremy Welsh struck on the power play in the second period to give Chicago the early advantage. Jordan Schmaltz and Ty Rattie assisted on the goal.
Pheonix Copley turned away 35 shots in the loss.

Saturday, March 19
Chicago 4, (at) Rockford 3 (OT)

Danny Kristo scored 42 seconds into overtime to lift Chicago to the win over Rockford in Illinois Lottery Cup action.
• Rookies Emerson Clark and Jordan Schmaltz scored goals, as did defenseman Hubert Labrie, who earned his first point with the Wolves. Jared Nightingale and Pat Cannonecontributed 2 assists apiece.
Jordan Binnington turned in another solid effort with 30 saves.

Friday, March 18
(at) Chicago 4, Rockford 1

Evan Trupp scored a pair of goals as the Wolves took an early lead and claimed the Illinois Lottery Cup victory at Allstate Arena.
Ivan Barbashev and Danny Kristo also scored while Ty Rattie and Emerson Clark picked up 2 assists apiece.
Jordan Binnington rejected 36 of 37 shots to earn the win.

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