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St. patrick’s day blind auction starts today
The Chicago Wolves debut their 2020 St. Patrick’s Day jerseys — presented by Jewel-Osco — for Saturday’s game against the Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena, but fans can start bidding now on these exclusive green jerseys with proceeds benefiting Easterseals Metropolitan Chicago and Chicago Wolves Charities.
The online portion of the blind auction begins today and features six jerseys: Goaltender Oscar Dansk, forwards Brandon Pirri and Nicolas Roy, defenseman Zach Whitecloud, mascot Skates and one Size 56 jersey that allows the winner to personalize the number and the name on the back.
The blind auction process is easy: simply bid the highest amount you would like to pay for the jersey and the highest bid submitted for each jersey by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 16, will be the winner. The minimum bid is $250 and all bids are private. To bid online, click here. Fans also can bid during the home games on March 14-15 by picking up a blind auction form at the Chicago Wolves Charities Table behind Section 105.
The silent auction features St. Patrick’s Day jerseys for every Wolves player along with Skates, head coach Rocky Thompson, general manager Wendell Young, senior executive vice president Wayne Messmer and more. To place bids, visit the Chicago Wolves Charities Table behind Section 105. Bidding begins at 6 p.m. Saturday and concludes at the end of the second intermission on Sunday.
CURTIS MCKENZIE BOBBLEHEAD night
What better way to celebrate Curtis McKenzie’s two-goal effort in Sunday’s 3-2 overtime victory over Rockford than by receiving a bobblehead of the Wolves alternate captain when the Wolves face Rockford in the next Illinois Lottery Cup clash? The first 2,500 fans to enter Allstate Arena on Saturday, March 14, will receive a McKenzie bobblehead, courtesy of My50 Chicago.
Calling all gamers and esports fans! Esports Night returns to Allstate Arena on Saturday, March 14, as the Wolves battle the Rockford IceHogs! Prior to the game, join us for a panel of esports experts who will share insight into this exciting phenomenon that sells out arenas worldwide. Meet esports players and special guests and test your skills in the new Gaming Zone or one of the other Gaming Stations in the arena!
With his assist Saturday against Tucson, 29-year-old forward Tye McGinn extended his point streak to a career-high-tying six games. The Fergus, Ontario, native posted two goals and five assists over the course of those six games from Feb. 23 to March 7. He owns 17 goals this season — tied for tops on the Wolves.
Defenseman Dylan Coghlan came to the Wolves rescue Sunday afternoon against Rockford. At the 3:24 mark of overtime, Coghlan blasted home the game-winning goal to knock off the IceHogs — his second overtime GWG in the last three weeks. The 22-year-old leads all Wolves defensemen in goals (11) and points (24).
For the fourth straight Sunday, goaltender Garret Sparks earned points for the Wolves. The Elmhurst, Illinois, native stopped 38 shots Sunday to lead the Wolves to a 3-2 overtime win over Rockford. Sparks has posted a 3-0-1-0 record over the last four Sundays with a 2.17 goals-against average and .932 save percentage.
LAST WEEK (1-1-0-1)
SUNDAY, MARCH 8: (at) CHICAGO 3, ROCKFORD 2 (OT)
- Defenseman Dylan Coghlan rifled home a power-play goal 3:24 into overtime to give the Wolves the Illinois Lottery Cup victory at Allstate Arena.
- Forward Curtis McKenzie scored twice in the third period to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead while Lucas Elvenes handed out three assists and Keegan Kolesar posted two helpers.
- Goaltender Garret Sparks stopped 38 shots in the win.
SATURDAY, MARCH 7: TUCSON 3, (at) 2 (SO)
- Tucson’s Jordan Gross and Markus Hannikainen converted on their shootout attempts to earn the extra point for the Roadrunners on Saturday night at Allstate Arena.
- Forwards Gage Quinney and Curtis McKenzie scored in the first period to stake the Wolves to a 2-0 lead, but Tucson rallied for two goals in the first nine minutes of the third.
- Goaltender Oscar Dansk stopped 29 shots during regulation and overtime.
THURSDAY, MARCH 5: TUCSON 4, (at) CHICAGO 2
- Forward Tyler Steenbergen’s rebound goal with 3:37 left snapped a 2-2 tie and lifted the Pacific Division-leading Roadrunners to the road win at Allstate Arena.
- Center Gage Quinney posted a game-tying power-play in the first, then forward Valentin Zykov’s power-play goal made it 2-2 just 19 seconds before Steenbergen’s game-winner.
- Goaltender Oscar Dansk stopped 26 of 29 shots.
NEXT FIVE GAMES
|Friday, March 13||vs. San Antonio||7 p.m.||Allstate Arena||Tickets|
|Saturday, March 14||vs. Rockford||7 p.m.||Allstate Arena||Tickets|
|Sunday, March 15||vs. Manitoba||3 p.m.||Allstate Arena||Tickets|
|Friday, March 20||at Texas||7 p.m.||H-E-B Center||AHLTV|
|Saturday, March 21||at Texas||7 p.m.||H-E-B Center||AHLTV|
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