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Since returning from injury on Nov. 8, center Brandon Pirri has shown flashes of his scoring prowess. The 26-year-old has averaged a point per game through the last four Chicago Wolves games and owns
three goals in that span. Overall, through eight games this season, Pirri is averaging a point per game with four goals and four assists. The Wolves will look for Pirri to continue or better his scoring pace as Chicago ranks among the bottom-five goal-scoring teams in the American Hockey League as the team averages just 2.64 goals per game.
STRING ‘EM ALONG
Though he has skated in all 14 games this season for the Chicago Wolves, wing T.J. Tynan owns just eight points (G, 7A). However, four of those assists have come in Chicago’s last three contests. A perennial 40-point collector, this span marks Tynan’s first point streak longer than two games of the 2017-18 campaign.
They Come in Bunches
Through two games against the Manitoba Moose, forward Stefan Matteau collected Goals No. 1, 2 and 3 of the season. Now carrying four points on the season, the 23-year-old last earned a point on Oct. 7 against the Texas Stars. Known for logging penalty minutes than points, Matteau has still been good for at least 20 points a season over the course of his five-year American Hockey League career. During the 2016-17 campaign with the St. John’s IceCaps, the Chicago-born skater registered 12 goals and 13 assist for 25 points.
There was some light in the dark 6-4 loss to the Manitoba Moose on Friday. While Manitoba’s Jack Roslovic was busy collecting two goals and two assists for four points to lead the Moose to victory, Wolves center Beau Bennett quietly assisted on three of the Wolves’ four goals. The contest was just Bennett’s second since being returned on loan by the St. Louis Blues. Through the 14 games of the season, the Wolves have struggled to record consistent points on the scoresheet. The 25-year-old Bennett was the first Wolves player to record three or more points in a game in more than a month.
By the Numbers:
- 0: Twenty-seven of 30 American Hockey League teams have netted at least one short-handed goal this season. However, the Chicago Wolves are one of the three clubs — a group that includes the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Hartford Wolf Pack — without a short-handed marker. Conversely, the Charlotte Checkers — former division rivals of the Wolves — are leading the league with four shorties. The Grand Rapids Griffins, Rochester Americans, Rockford IceHogs and Tucson Roadrunners are all next with three penalty-kill markers.
- 3: The most goals allowed by the Chicago Wolves in a single period of play is three. The instance has arisen six times against four separate opponents. The latest occurrence was Friday against Manitoba when the Moose piled up three goals in the opening period. In Chicago’s previous two contests against Milwaukee, the Admirals scored three goals in the first period (Nov. 8) and second period (Nov. 12) en route to victory. Grand Rapids shook down the Wolves for a 5-3 win on Oct. 27 with a three-goal third period.
- 4: Friday’s 6-4 loss to Manitoba Moose was one of four games in which the Chicago Wolves have collected four or more goals this season. The club’s record when scoring four or more goals? 1-2-1-0. None of the three losses were blowouts, either. The Wolves opened the season with a pair of 6-5 losses — one in overtime — to the Texas Stars. Friday’s loss included an empty-net insurance goal for the home team. Chicago’s sole victory while scoring four-plus goals was a 5-2 home-opening victory on Oct. 14 against the Ontario Reign.
- 6: The Chicago Wolves come into Sundays game with five consecutive regulation losses and are hoping to avoid No. 6. The franchise record stands as seven consecutive losses that was set nearly two decades ago from Dec. 23, 2000, to Jan. 6, 2001. However, the Wolves found a way to turn the tides that season and ended up competing in the Turner Cup Final during the International Hockey League final season. It was one of six times Chicago has been to a championship final and only one of two times they didn’t earn the title.
- 9: On Friday, the Chicago Wolves and Manitoba Moose recorded goals just nine seconds apart. That time frame is the quickest of the season for the Wolves and an opponent. It’s almost 12 seconds better than last season when Mackenzie MacEachern and Adam Gilmour netted goals 21 seconds apart in a 4-2 Wolves win over the Iowa Wild on Dec. 3 at Allstate Arena. Friday’s back-to-back tallies began with a Jason Garrison goal and ended with Jack Roslovic’s fourth point of the game and a 5-4 Moose lead.
- 34: On Friday, the Chicago Wolves — really the Manitoba Moose — pushed Chicago’s season-high for combined penalty minutes in a game to 34. The Wolves logged 10 minutes — five infractions — in Friday’s contest while the Moose earned 24 minutes — including a 10-minute misconduct for Branden Lemieux. While Chicago has relinquished its “least penalty minutes in the league” title, the Wolves average the second-fewest minutes with 10.71 per game.
- Chicago dropped the second of two games against Manitoba at Bell MTS Place.
- Center Beau Bennett collected three assists while defenseman Jason Garrison and center Brandon Pirri each collected a goal and an assist.
- Veteran Brett Sterling and forward Stefan Matteau netted his third goal in two games.
- Goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo made 25 saves in the loss.
- The Wolves fell to Manitoba for the second time this season.
- Forward Stefan Matteau netted both Chicago goals while three players tallied for the Moose.
- Wolves goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo made 28 saves in the loss and Manitoba’s Michael Hutchinson stopped 42 shots.
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