The Chicago Wolves announced Monday that center Andrew Poturalski has been selected as the American Hockey League’s Player of the Week — one day after registering his first professional hat trick.
Poturalski produced four goals and five assists in three games last week as the Wolves earned three road victories to extend their winning streak to five and seize the lead in the AHL’s Central Division.
The 27-year-old from Williamsville, New York, opened his week with a pair of assists in the Wolves’ 3-0 win Wednesday night at Grand Rapids. He followed up with one goal and one assist Friday night when the Wolves rallied for a 4-2 triumph at Milwaukee.
The team captain capped his big week with his first hat trick and first five-point effort since turning pro in 2016 to lead Chicago to a 6-3 victory Sunday afternoon at Grand Rapids. Poturalski became the first Wolves player since Cory Larose on Dec. 12, 2006, to combine a hat trick and a five-point night in the same game.
“He worked on (his speed) all summer and you could see it in training camp,” said Wolves head coach Ryan Warsofsky. ”You can see the difference in his skating and his speed and his play away from the puck.”
Poturalski and the Wolves return to Allstate Arena for seven games in November — starting with a 7 p.m. Saturday date against the Manitoba Moose and a 3 p.m. Sunday clash with the Milwaukee Admirals. To find the best ticket deals, contact a Wolves representative here or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.