Skates

Home Features

Wolves Roundup: Feb. 20-26, 2017


February 20, 2017

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.

Comforts of Home

The Chicago Wolves kick off a six-game homestand this Wednesday (Feb. 22) against the reigning Calder Cup champion Cleveland Monsters. The six-game string is comprised entirely of divisional matchups against Cleveland (3), the Iowa Wild (2) and the Manitoba Moose and marks the longest home showing of the 2016-17 season for the Wolves. This season, Chicago boasts a 17-6-1-1 record when playing at Allstate Arena. In the club’s last homestand — Jan. 3-7 — Chicago collected three wins, which was part of the team’s season-high eight-game victory streak. During that span, the Wolves outscored opponents 16-6 and were perfect on the penalty kill while recording a 41.7 success rate on the power play.

Those games were also against divisional opponents: the Charlotte Checkers made their first road trip to Allstate Arena for a set of games on Jan. 3 and 7, and the Wolves rattled the Rockford IceHogs 7-2 on Jan. 6 in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest. In that tilt, Chicago netted two power-play goals and scored seven tallies on just 26 shots. Netminder Pheonix Copley matched a team and personal season-high with 38 saves in the game.

Rattie Returns

On Sunday, right wing Ty Rattie rejoined the Chicago Wolves after being claimed off waivers by the St. Louis Blues (NHL). This marks Rattie’s second stint of the 2016- 17 season with the Wolves; he last skated with the club Nov. 9-11 on a conditioning assignment. The 24-year-old has spent parts of the last four seasons with the Wolves, appearing in 196 games while registering 69 goals and 68 assists for 137 points. Rattie is one of only two active players — the other is left wing Brett Sterling in the No. 5 slot — on the Wolves Top-35 all-time scoring list. The Alberta native is four points shy of passing Joey Crabb for the No. 18 spot. At the NHL level, Rattie has appeared in 35 games over the course of four seasons and recorded 10 points (4G, 6A). This season, Rattie split NHL action between the Blues and Carolina Hurricanes. He appeared in four games for St. Louis, and then was claimed off waivers by the Hurricanes on Jan. 4. He skated in five games with Carolina and nabbed two assists. Rattie was selected by the Blues in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

TOP LINE

Andrew Agozzino

After missing Friday’s game due to suspension, the 26-year-old earned first-star honors in Saturday’s 4-1 victory over the Texas Stars. The win marked the Chicago Wolves’ first at HEB Center in Cedar Park, Texas since the 2012-13 season. Agozzino tallied a goal near the midway point of the second frame that stood as the game- winner. He also assisted on Brett Sterling’s early third-period insurance marker. His presence on the faceoff dot also was welcomed back.

Samuel Blais 

The 20-year-old took over as the Chicago Wolves’ top-scoring rookie. Through two games, Blais registered two goals and an assist. Those points helped him take sole position of the No. 6 spot on the team scoring list. He also leapfrogged defenseman Vince Dunn for the team rookie scoring lead and now boasts 28 points (18G, 10A). Blais is in a four-way tie for second place in American Hockey League goal-scoring among first-year skaters. The Quebec native has also stepped up and played first- line minutes, filling time in ice in the absence of two of the Wolves’ top three scorers.

Brett Sterling

The veteran wing extended his season-high scoring streak to fie games and has seven points (2G, 5A) in that span. Saturday also marked the 32-year-old’s 350th career game in a Wolves sweater. He is No. 8 on the franchise games-played list. Sterling needs 12 more games to pass Tim Bergland and move into the No. 7 spot. Sterling is looking to finish the season in the No. 5 spot on the Wolves’ game-played list. The California native is also projected to skate in his 500th AHL contest this season.

Rewind

Saturday Feb. 18 Chicago 4, (at) Texas 1 

Friday, Feb 17 (at) Texas 4, Chicago 3 (OT)

  • The Wolves fell to the Stars for the seventh consecutive game at HEB Center.
  • Chicago thrice rallied from one-goal deficits with tallies from Samuel Blais, Morgan Ellis and Ty Loney.
  • Goaltender Jordan Binnington made 25 saves — four in overtime – in the loss.

ON DECK

Wednesday, Feb. 22 vs. Cleveland^ Allstate Arena 11 a.m. CT
Saturday, Feb. 25 vs. Iowa# Allstate Arena 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, Feb. 26 vs. Iowa# Allstate Arena 3 p.m. CT
Saturday, March 4 vs. Cleveland# Allstate Arena 7 p.m. CT
Sunday, March 5 vs. Manitoba# Allstate Arena 3 p.m. CT

^ AHL Live and Facebook 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

Upcoming Home Games

@
Sat, Apr. 21
7:00 pm

Game 1 – Central Division Semifinals

Buy Tickets
@
Chicago Wolves Logo
Thu, Apr. 26
7:00 pm

Game 3 – Central Division Semifinals

Buy Tickets

NEWSSTAND

Vegas’ Glass Highlights Wolves Roster Additions

The Chicago Wolves announced Tuesday that forward Cody Glass has been assigned to the team by the Vegas Golden Knights. Goaltender C.J. Mot...

MORE

Chicago Wolves Retain Illinois Lottery Cup

After a thrilling, roller-coaster ride that lasted five months, it was fitting that the 12-game Illinois Lottery Cup series between the Chic...

MORE

Wolves open Calder Cup Playoffs against Rockford

The Chicago Wolves clinched the American Hockey League’s Central Division title and the division’s top seed for the 2018 Calder Cup Play...

MORE

Wolves Roundup: April 10-16, 2018

Welcome to Wolves Roundup, a weekly report of highlights, notes and transactions from the Chicago Wolves’ previous week of competition...

MORE

AHL Picks Pulkkinen for Player of the Week

The American Hockey League announced Monday that Chicago Wolves forward Teemu Pulkkinen is the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the final week...

MORE

Game CenterMore

Next Home Game: VS Rockford IceHogs

April 2018

SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
Central Division Semifinals
Chicago Wolves Logo

Game 1 – Central Division Semifinals

Sat, Apr. 21
7:00 pm
Buy Tickets
22
Central Division Semifinals
Chicago Wolves Logo

Game 2 – Central Division Semifinals

Sun, Apr. 22
4:00 pm
Watch on ahl(1)(1)
23
24
25
26
Central Division Semifinals
Chicago Wolves Logo

Game 3 – Central Division Semifinals

Thu, Apr. 26
7:00 pm
Buy Tickets
27
28
29
Central Division Semifinals
Chicago Wolves Logo

Game 4* – Central Division Semifinals
*If necessary

Sun, Apr. 29
4:00 pm
Watch on ahl(1)(1)
30
Central Division Semifinals
Chicago Wolves Logo

Game 5* – Central Division Semifinals
*If necessary

Mon, Apr. 30
7:00 pm
Buy Tickets
         
Home Away Special