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CHRIS TERRY CARRIES ON
Chris Terry just keeps piling up the points.
On Sunday, the Wolves forward became the 26th player in American Hockey League history to record 700 career points when he assisted on Nathan Sucese’s goal against the Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena.
“It’s a pretty cool milestone,” Terry, 34, said. “It’s not something when you start playing this game that set out to do but the years and games have added up. My strengths are offensively so it just kind of goes hand in hand.”
Terry reached the mark in his 764th career AHL game—and 10th with the Wolves. The Brampton, Ontario, native has also played for Albany, Charlotte, St. John’s Laval, Grand Rapids and Bridgeport. He has also picked up 38 points in 152 NHL games with Carolina and Montreal.
Before signing with the Wolves during the summer, Terry spent the previous two seasons in Bridgeport and posted a career-high 78 points (27 goals, 51 assists) during the 2022-23 campaign.
Terry, who has had four 30-plus-goal seasons in the league, said his ability to adapt to the changes in the game have allowed him to maintain his prodigious scoring output.
“This league is obviously a hard league to play in—there are really good players here,” Terry said. “The game is changing. There is less clutch-and-grabbing and it’s a little faster.
“So, I try to be innovative,” Terry continued. “I’ve learned from a lot of different players who have helped me along the way to kind of mold who I want to be as a player and continue to produce as a player.”
For the season, Terry is tied with Rocco Grimaldi for the team lead with five goals and his 10 points are one back of Grimaldi for tops on the Wolves.
DOMENICK FENSORE JOINS THE MIX
The Wolves have several familiar faces back on the roster—and a newcomer—after a flurry of reassignments from the Carolina Hurricanes.
Vasily Ponomarev, Griffin Mendel and Ronan Seeley have returned to the Wolves after spending the 2022-23 campaign with Chicago. In addition, fellow defenseman Domenick Fensore has joined the Wolves and the rookie has made an immediate impact.
Fensore was in the lineup during the Wolves’ 5-2 defeat at the hands of the Grand Rapids on Wednesday and displayed his ability to move the puck as well as help quarterback the power play.
The 5-feet-7-inch, 151-pounder from Bronxville, N.Y., was selected by the Hurricanes in the third round (90th overall) in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. He spent four seasons at Boston University and was a Hobey Baker Trophy nominee in the 2021-22 and ’22-23 seasons for best Div. 1 college player.
Fensore started this season with Norfolk of the ECHL where he had at least one point in seven of nine games and led Admirals defensemen with 10 points. On Sunday, he was assigned to the Wolves along with Mendel and Seeley.
“I’m really excited,” Fensore said. “It seems like a great group of guys, very welcoming. Griffin Mendel and Ronan Seeley played here last year and said it’s a great area with a lot of things around and great fans. I’m really excited to play in front of them and keep progressing as a player.”
Fensore should get plenty of opportunities and was paired with Seeley during his inaugural game with the Wolves.
“I’m a guy who likes to move the puck and make plays,” Fensore said. “Even though I’m a smaller guy, I still like to get feisty and use my skating abilities offensively and defensively.”
Fensore said the biggest hurdle at the start is to not try to do too much, too soon.
“You don’t want to do anything crazy out there, you just play simple and the game will come to you,” he said. “We have a lot of great players in this locker room. I saw that on my first day.”
IMPACT PLAY OF THE WEEK
During Sunday’s game against the Rockford IceHogs, Chris Terry fed Nathan Sucese for a tap-in goal that not only put the Wolves out in front 4-0, but was also Terry’s 700th career American Hockey League point.
REPUBLIC BANK SAVE OF THE WEEK
With Sunday’s game scoreless, goaltender Adam Scheel made a brilliant stop on the IceHogs’ Cole Guttman. Scheel went on to make 24 saves to record his first shutout of the season.
C.D.E. COLLISION CENTERS’ COLLISION OF THE WEEK
Saturday night was all right for fighting, including this bout between Wolves defenseman Tyson Feist and the Wild’s Adam Raska.
Weekly rewind (1-2-0-0)
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
Wild 4, Wolves 0: Iowa goaltender Jesper Wallstedt made 24 saves to record the shutout and four different Wild players scored to hand the Wolves their sixth consecutive defeat.
SUNDAY, NOV. 12
Wolves 5, IceHogs 0: Vasily Ponomarev and Rocco Grimaldi each had a goal and an assist, Max Comtois, Nathan Sucese and Isaac Ratcliffe also scored and goaltender Adam Scheel made 24 saves to earn the shutout.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15
Griffins 5, Wolves 2: Chris Terry and Max Comtois scored for the Wolves but four different players notched their first goals of the season to propel Grand Rapids.
First Star of the Week
MAX COMTOIS, F
The 24-year-old from Longueuil, Quebec, notched goals in back-to-back games Sunday and Wednesday against the IceHogs and Griffins, respectively, and now has six points in six games with the Wolves this season.
Where we stand
2-7-1-1, seventh in the Central Division.
|Saturday, Nov. 18||at Milwaukee||6 p.m.||UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena||AHLTV|
|Sunday, Nov. 19||vs. Milwaukee||3 p.m.||Allstate Arena||AHLTV/My50 Chicago|
|Friday, Nov. 24||at San Diego||9 p.m.||Pechanga Arena||AHLTV|
|Saturday, Nov. 25||at San Diego||9 p.m.||Pechanga Arena||AHLTV|
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