Sunday, Nov. 12 | 3:00 a.m. | Allstate Arena
Though the Chicago Wolves are still struggling to score with a man advantage, the club has had no problem defending their crease when they are short a man. With a 90 percent kill rate, Chicago owns the top spot in the American Hockey League penalty kill rankings. The Wolves have allowed just five man-advantage markers over the course of 11 games.
The man advantage continues to be a struggle for the Chicago Wolves as the club is now zero for 19 dating back to the second period of their 5-3 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Oct. 27. After beginning the season as a top-five unit in the American Hockey League, the Wolves have sunk to No. 16 in the rankings.
A few Chicago Wolves players are still on the hunt for their first point of the 2017-18 season: forwards Bryce Gervais, Keegan Kolesar and Scooter Vaughan and defensemen Keith Aulie, Jason Garrison, Petteri Lindbohm and Griffin Reinhart are all scoreless. Of the seven skaters still looking for their first point, Lindbohm is the only to appear in all 11 games this season. Kolesar and Aulie have skated in nine and six games, respectively. Garrison (3), Vaughan (3), Gervais (5) and Reinhart (5) have skated in five or fewer contests.
WE MEET AGAIN
The Milwaukee Admirals and Chicago Wolves will know each other all too well by the time New Year’s Day rolls around. Sunday’s game marks the third between the teams in 15 days and they’ll meet four more times over the next seven weeks. When the Wolves and Admirals opened this series on Oct. 28 at Allstate Arena, goaltender C.J. Motte made his Wolves debut a successful one as he rejected 27 of 28 shots in a 2-1 Chicago win. He’s been waiting for a chance to repeat that feat.
By the Numbers:
- 0: Last time the Chicago Wolves and Milwaukee Admirals met on Wednesday, the Admirals sailed away with a 3-0 victory on home ice. Goaltender Anders Lindback backstopped the club to victory with a 29-save performance. Lindback comes into this afternoon’s game, however, fresh off a 5-2 loss Saturday night to the Rockford IceHogs in which the 29-year-old gave up five goals on 44 shots. Milwaukee does have two other goaltenders on its roster — Matt O’Connor and Jake Paterson. Paterson has yet to make his debut with the Admirals while O’Connor has been between the pipes for two games. In those two games, the 25-year-old allowed seven goals and earned two losses. He owns a 3.58 goals-against average and a .891 save percentage.
- 20: In Saturday’s 2-1 loss to the surging San Antonio Rampage, the Chicago Wolves allowed the Rampage just 20 shots on goal. The feat marked the fewest shots on goal allowed by the Wolves this season. Chicago also set a benchmark for the fewest shots allow in a period as San Antonio only mustered four shots on net in the middle frame. The Wolves had previously allowed opponents as few as five shots in a period and has twice held today’s opponent, the Milwaukee Admirals, to that number.
- 3: Goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo has spent nearly 290 minutes between the pipes for the Chicago Wolves this season. During that time, the 24-year-old Finn has posted a 1-4-0 record along with a .923 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average. Kaskisuo is approaching a career-high in American Hockey League games played. His next game will match his seven-game total from the 2016-17 season with the Toronto Marlies. While Kaskisuo has skated in five games for Chicago, he appeared in one game — Oct. 15 — with the Marlies. In a full 60-minute effort, Kaskisuo allowed just one goal on 27 shots for a victory.
- 292: Prior to Wednesday’s 3-0 shutout loss to the Milwaukee Admirals, the Chicago Wolves had not been shut out for 292 days. The last time the team was held off the scoreboard was Jan. 21 when Marek Mazanec — now backstopping Bratislava Slovan in the Kontinental Hockey League — made 30 saves en route to a 1-0 victory for the — surprise, surprise — Admirals.
- 9: From the final three seconds of a 2-0 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Nov. 3 to the 11:21 mark of the first period against the San Antonio Rampage at Allstate Arena on Saturday, the Chicago Wolves had been scoreless for 4,284 seconds — a 71-minute, 24-second span from Nov. 3-11. Through those three contests, the Wolves are 1–2-0-0. Nine skaters have been a part of all four Chicago Wolves wins this season.
- San Antonio ended its Central Division demolition with its third victory in five road games against Central Division opponents.
- Center Brandon Pirri netted his first goal in his second game back from injury to end the Wolves’ 71-minute, 24-second scoreless streak.
- Former Wolves forwards Andrew Agozzino and Adam Musil both scored for the victory.
- Chicago netminder Kasimir Kaskisuo made 18 saves.
- The Admirals sailed to victory over the Wolves with three first-period goals.
- Chicago’s best scoring chance came with 1:31 left in the game when defenseman Jason Garrison blasted a point shot that Paul Thompson tipped in but the goal was waved off for a high stick.
- Goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo made 34 saves in the loss.
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