Welcome to Wolves Roundup, a weekly report of highlights, notes and transactions from the Chicago Wolves’ previous week of competition during the 2016-17 season.
|Wednesday, Dec. 7||at Grand Rapids^||Van Andel Arena||6 p.m. CT|
|Saturday, Dec. 10||At Milwaukee#||UWM Panther Arena||6 p.m. CT|
|Sunday, Dec. 11||vs. Grand Rapids*||Allstate Arena||4 p.m. CT|
|Thursday, Dec. 15||vs. Grand Rapids^||Allstate Arena||11 a.m. CT|
|Saturday, Dec. 17||vs. Cleveland#||Allstate Arena||7 p.m. CT|
^ AHL Live only, * U Too, # CW50
Games will be telecast live on CW50 or U Too; visit ChicagoWolves.com for a complete broadcast schedule; all games stream live on AHLLive.com
In his three games last week, the 24-year-old wing posted two goals and three assists for five points. That stint includes a three-point performance on Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the Chicago Wolves’ 4-3 victory against the Texas Stars to keep the Wolves perfect against Pacific Division opponents. The former Yale University Bulldog is also the team’s second-leading scorer and among the league’ top 10 with 20 points for the season. He’s also a force on the power play with 11 (6G, 5A) of his 20 points coming on the man advantage.
Two of last week’s three games were part of Binnington’s season-high five consecutive starts. In both starts, the 23-year-old backstopped the Wolves to victories. On Nov. 30, Binnington turned aside 21 shots to help Chicago to a 4-3 win over the Texas Stars and remain perfect (3-0-0-0) against Pacific Division rivals. Then, on Dec. 2, Binnington made 32 saves as the Wolves defeated their in-state rival, the Rockford IceHogs, 4-1 in Rockford.
The British Columbia native’s eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points not only leads all Wolves skaters, but also leads the 30-team American Hockey League. In Chicago’s last three games, Hunt has been a model of consistency, tallying two points in each contest. On Nov. 30, the former Bemidji State Beaver notched a goal and an assist to help the Wolves edge the Texas Stars 4-3. On Dec. 2, he nabbed helpers on both the score-opening and -closing goals in the Wolves’ 4-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs, and earned his career 150th AHL assist in the contest. The next night, Hunt registered two goals of his own to help power the Wolves to a 4-2 win against the Iowa Wild.
Mac in Action | Dec. 2 marked rookie Mackenzie MacEachern’s first game back since Oct. 23, the Wolves’ 2-1 victory against the Rampage at AT&T Center. The 22-year-old missed a hit, bounced himself off the boards and did not return to the game. In his first contest back after missing 15 tilts, the former Michigan State Spartan put one shot on net and managed to stay out of the penalty box. He also skated on a line with fellow wing Bryce Gervais and center Justin Selman. In his second game back — a 4-2 triumph over the Iowa Wild — MacEachern earned his first professional goal, which wound up as the game-winner, putting a rebound chance into the back of the net. The Troy, Michigan, native finished the game with a +1 plus/minus rating and earned second-star status.
Epilepsy Awareness Raffle and Night | In conjunction with Epilepsy Awareness Night, the Chicago Wolves are hosting a raffle that features unique prize packages and experiences. Packages include a pregame Chicago Cubs experience with Cubs and Wolves national anthem singer Wayne Messmer or a Wolves luxury-box experience with Wolves general manager Wendell Young and legendary NHL goaltender Martin Brodeur among other experiences. Tickets are $10 each and can be added to the package of choice. The winning raffle tickets will be drawn at the end of second intermission on Dec. 17, during the Wolves’ annual Epilepsy Awareness Night, presented by Heidenhain. That evening, the first 2,500 fans through the doors of Allstate Arena will receive a T-shirt courtesy of Heidenhain. Raffle tickets can be purchase online. For tickets to the Dec. 17 game against the Cleveland Monsters, click here.
Toys for Tots | Help the Chicago Wolves brighten the holidays for children in need by donating to the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Drive at Wolves home games from now through Dec. 22, excluding the Dec. 15 contest against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Fans are encouraged to bring in new, unwrapped toys and drop them into the Toys for Tots boxes on the concourse throughout Allstate Arena.
Holiday Gift Packs | For the holiday season, the Chicago Wolves are offering an open-dated ticket package for remaining regular-season games. The 10-voucher package also includes a Wolves winter hat, holiday puck, winter scarf and 30-minute Gameworks play card. The vouchers are redeemable in any increment for any remaining 2016-17 regular-season home games.
Saturday, Dec. 3 (at) Chicago 4, Iowa 2
- Chicago topped the Wild for the second time in as many games at Allstate Arena.
- Defenseman Brad Hunt tallied two goals while rookie Mackenzie MacEachern registered his first professional goal that stood as the game-winner.
- Rookie Samuel Blais nabbed his third marker of the season.
- Goaltender Pheonix Copley turned aside 19 shots in the victory.
Friday, Dec. 2 Chicago 4, (at) Rockford 1
- The Wolves topped their in-state rival for the third time this season in Illinois Lottery Cup action.
- Goaltender Jordan Binnington turned aside 32 shots for his 50th career AHL victory.
- Forward Landon Ferraro extended his goal streak to four games while forwards Kenny Agostino, Andrew Agozzino and Samuel Blais also tallied.
Wednesday, Nov 30 (at) Chicago 4, Texas 3
- Chicago cashed in twice on the power play to slide by the Stars for their third victory versus Pacific Division opponents.
- Wing Kenny Agostino (G, 2A) nabbed his second three-point performance in four games.
- Forwards Landon Ferraro, Brett Sterling and defenseman Brad Hunt also tallied.
- Goaltender Jordan Binnington made 21 saves for his sixth win of the year.