TALE OF THE TAPE: MARCH 25
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Friday, March 25, 7:00 p.m. Wells Fargo Arena
The Wolves travel to the Hawkeye State this weekend for a two-game series against the Wild that starts tonight at Wells Fargo Arena.
Chicago has won 9 straight games in Iowa dating to the 2013-14 season.
Third periods have been the key to Chicago’s success on Iowa ice. In the team’s initial visit on Dec. 8, the Wolves scored twice in a span of 3:47 late in the period to pull out a 5-3 win. On Jan. 26, JORDAN CARON scored with 2:39 left in regulation and PAT CANNONE tallied the overtime game-winner in a 4-3 triumph. The Wolves’ last trip to Iowa on Feb. 5 produced a 2-1 win as Chicago scored twice in the third with ERIAH HAYES’ game-winning goal occurring with 3:40 left. The Wolves own an 11-5 third-period scoring advantage in the season series.
Among active Wolves players, PAT CANNONE and TY RATTIE have experienced the most success against the Wild. CANNONE owns 18 points (11G, 7A) in 22 games while RATTIE has compiled 14 points (8G, 6A) in 23 contests. In net, JORDAN BINNINGTON sports a 7-1-0 record, a 1.65 goals-against average, a .941 save percentage and one shutout in eight career starts versus the Wild.
By The Numbers
4: Goals this season the Wolves have scored at Wells Fargo Arena with under 5 minutes left in regulation. Those strikes have taken place at the 15:17, 16:20, 17:21 and 19:04 marks.
5: Number of wins for Chicago against Iowa this season, the Wolves’ most against any opponent besides Manitoba (6).
.917: The Wolves’ all-time winning percentage at Wells Fargo Arena. Chicago has yet to lose in regulation at Iowa, compiling a 10-0-1-1 record over three seasons.
Follow The Action
Today’s game begins at 7:00 p.m. and can 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: 21-36-4-4
Last Game: 3-2 L at San Jose (March 20)
2015-16 Season Series: 3-4-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Road Win (Feb. 18)
Team Record: 28-30-5-3
Last Game: 7-3 L vs Charlotte (March 23)
2015-16 Season Series: 5-2-1-0
Last Meeting: 3-2 Home Loss (Feb. 18)
Colton Beck hasn’t been with the Iowa Wild for long, but he’s made an impact during his short time with the squad.
Beck arrived with the Iowa Wild in December when a rash of injuries forced a search for players who could help the club weather the extended loss of players like Zac Dalpe, Grayson Downing and Tyler Graovac. At the time, Beck, who played collegiate hockey for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Nanooks, had become a key cog for the ECHL’s Idaho Steelheads.
Last season, Beck started slow with the Steelheads, but ended the season with 48 points in 63 games and earned the club’s “Unsung Hero” award. When the Wild signed him to a player-tryout contract in December, Beck had become Idaho’s leading scorer with 23 points in 18 games and had been elected as an alternate captain.
Now in his sixth professional season, JORDAN CARON is experiencing his best offensive year to date. On Wednesday, he found the back of the net for his 15th goal, the third-best total on the team. CARON has scored 5 of his goals on the power play and is a member of the penalty-killing unit as well.
The Quebec native has also surpassed 30 points for the first time in his career with another three weeks to add to the total.
It should come as no surprise that CARON’s linemates are excelling as well.PAT CANNONE recently notched his 48th point to set a new personal season standard and DANNY KRISTO is 5 points shy of establishing a season career-high.