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Pirri returns to Vegas

The Chicago Wolves announced Thursday that forward Brandon Pirri, the American Hockey League’s leading scorer, has been recalled from loan by the NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights. Pirri produced three goals and one assist in three games for Vegas Dec. 20-23.

The 27-year-old Toronto native earned this NHL opportunity after piling up 17 goals and 24 assists in the Wolves’ first 28 games. The Golden Knights recalled Pirri from loan the first time on Dec. 19 and Pirri proceeded to record one goal in last Thursday’s win over the New York Islanders, two goals in Saturday’s overtime loss to Montreal and one assist in Sunday’s overtime loss to Los Angeles.

Pirri owns six goals and one assist in five career appearances with Vegas. He has delivered 63 goals and 42 assists in 231 career NHL games spread across the last eight seasons.

The Wolves, who took over sole possession of first place in the Central Division on Wednesday night with a 4-1 win at Milwaukee, return to the ice Friday night for an Illinois Lottery Cup contest at Rockford. Chicago plays its final home game of 2018 at 7 p.m. Saturday when it’s Super Hero Night for the Illinois Lottery Cup clash withthe Rockford IceHogs.