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.
|Thursday, Dec. 15||vs Grand Rapids^||Allstate Arena||11 a.m. CT|
|Saturday, Dec. 17||vs. Cleveland#||Allstate Arena||7 p.m. CT|
|Sunday, Dec. 18||vs. Rockford*||Allstate Arena||4 p.m. CT|
|Wednesday, Dec. 21||at IceHogs^||at Rockford||7 p.m. CT|
|Thursday, Dec. 22||vs. Milwaukee^||Allstate Arena||7 p.m. CT|
^ AHL Live only, * U Too, # CW50
Through three games last week, the former Yale University Bulldog compiled a goal and six assists to extend his point streak to 12 points (3G, 9A) in six games. On Dec. 7, Agostino became the third American Hockey League player of the season to collect four assists in a game; he is the first Wolves player to accomplish the feat since Jason Krog on April 12, 2008, as part of Krog’s five-point night (G, 4A) to help the Wolves overcome their in-state rivals, the Rockford IceHogs, 7-1, in Rockford. In that Dec. 7 matchup, Agostino registered two power-play points to push his man-advantage point total to 11, which is second-best among Wolves skaters.
The North Pole, Alaska, native backstopped the Chicago Wolves for both of the squad’s victories. In two contests, the 24-year-old made 56 saves and only gave up three goals for a .949 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average. This two-game stretch marks Copley’s first back-to-back contests since Nov. 19 and 22 — a shutout against Iowa and a 4-3 loss to Charlotte. Copley has won four of his last five starts for Chicago.
The 28-year-old defenseman only appeared in one game last week with the Chicago Wolves, but he quietly registered a goal and two assists in the 6-5 overtime setback against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Dec. 7. The next day, Hunt was recalled from loan by the St. Louis Blues (NHL) and made his debut with the squad on Dec. 9 against the New Jersey Devils, and then stayed in the Blues lineup for their Dec. 11 game versus the Minnesota Wild. Through two NHL games, Hunt has two assists, a +2 plus/minus rating and three shots on goal.
The Rookies are All Right | The 2016-17 rookie class keeps producing for the Chicago Wolves. Through three games last week, they collected four goals and four assists for eight points. Rookie defenseman Vince Dunn led the charge with a two-goal performance on Saturday, Dec. 11, in the Wolves’ 5-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals. The 20-year-old is also the Wolves’ leading rookie scorer with nine points (3G, 6A) through 21 games. Samuel Blais (A), Conner Bleackley (A), Bryce Gervais (2G, A) and Justin Selman (A) were the other rookies who registered points this past week.
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.
Recent Games Recaps
- Chicago handled Grand Rapids in the clubs’ fifth meeting of the season.
- Goaltender Pheonix Copley made 27 saves in the victory.
- Forwards Andrew Agozzino, Jordan Caron, Bryce Gervais and Wade Megan all tallied for Chicago.
- The win was the Wolves’ sixth consecutive game scoring four or more goals.
- The Wolves toppled the Admirals for the first time this season in four meetings.
- Rookie defenseman Vince Dunn registered two goals while forward Kenny Agostino nabbed two points (G, A).
- Forward Ivan Barbashev and captain Chris Butler also tallied in the win.
- Goaltender Pheonix Copley (4-3-1) turned aside 29 shots in the game.
- The Wolves were edged in overtime for the second time this season by the Griffins.
- Forward Kenny Agostino registered four assists and center Wade Megan collected two goals.
- Forwards Andrew Agozzino, Bryce Gervais and defenseman Brad Hunt also tallied.
- Goaltender Jordan Binnington made 29 saves in the loss.