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ADAM SCHEEL FINDING MOMENTUM IN HIS GAME
Wolves goaltender Adam Scheel was pleased when he got the news Monday that he was named American Hockey League Player of the Week, but he doesn’t plan on resting on those laurels.
To that end, Scheel has certainly done his part. The 24-year-old from Lakewood, Ohio, was sensational in the Wolves’ sweep of the Stars in Texas over the weekend, stopping 56 of 58 combined shots in the two games.
“I’m just finding some momentum in my game and I kind of look to build on that,” Scheel said. “I’m working on getting better every day, whether it’s in practice, in a game or during an off-day—whatever I can do to get better.”
Scheel has been splitting time in goal with veteran Keith Kinkaid, with Scheel having made 17 appearances and Kinkaid 15 this season. The duo also splits reps in practices.
“When your opportunity comes, you have to do what you can for the team and not worry about what you can’t control and just kind of stick to your game,” said Scheel, who has a 6-7-2-1 record, 2.76 goals-against average and .910 save percentage. “The more pucks you’re seeing and more situations you’re seeing, the more you can pick up and learn and the better you’ll be from it. We’ve had a lot of good practices so it’s just growing and getting more comfortable in the net.”
Helping matters has been the strong play of late in front of the netminder. The Wolves have won four of their last five games and yielded a combined five goals during the victories.
“We had a great weekend last weekend and throughout the whole season we’re really trending in the right way,” Scheel said. “It’s starting to show with the points. We’ve just continued to get better and better and grow and come together as a team. That goes a long way. But we have a lot more to prove still.”
COLE SCHNEIDER NEARING A RETURN
After suffering what he deemed “a little setback” in his recovery from a broken hand, Cole Schneider is again nearing a return to the Wolves lineup.
“I was trying to work hard to come back and I just pushed it a little too hard,” Schneider said. “It’s a little setback but I’m hoping to return sooner rather than later.”
The 33-year-old said the recovery process has been difficult, especially seeing his teammates go into battle without him.
“You’re a competitor so you want to be out there trying to help your team win,” Schneider said. “The longer it goes, the harder it is mentally. Sometimes, you don’t want to believe in that mental stuff but when you’re sitting in the stands long enough it definitely gets to you. I want to get out there as soon as I can.”
When Schneider does return, he hopes to use the comeback as a way to reset his season. In 18 games before the injury, the Williamsville, N.Y., native had five goals and four assists.
“I didn’t start as well as I would have liked,” said Schneider, who signed as a free agent over the summer after spending two seasons with the Milwaukee Admirals. “But I have a fire under me seeing a few more wins from the team. The pressure is on to score some more goals and that’s what I want to do.”
IMPACT PLAY OF THE WEEK
Chris Terry notched this goal against the Stars on Sunday night in Texas to give the veteran forward his first hat trick of the season.
REPUBLIC BANK SAVE OF THE WEEK
Goaltender Adam Scheel made this massive stop on the Stars’ Riley Damiani during the second period of the Wolves’ 3-1 victory in Dallas on Saturday night.
C.D.E. COLLISION CENTERS’ COLLISION OF THE WEEK
During Saturday night’s game in Texas, Wolves forward Max Comtois stepped into the Stars’ Chase Wheatcroft for an open-ice hit.
DEMENTIA AWARENESS SILENT AUCTION
In January, the Wolves are spotlighting Dementia Awareness and the tireless and heroic work done by caregivers.
These commemorative jerseys will be available to own through a variety of initiatives with proceeds benefitting the Alzheimer’s Association, Lewy Body Dementia Association, Dementia Society, other Dementia Awareness-related charities and Chicago Wolves Charities, driven by Kia.
A silent auction will be held for all remaining Dementia Awareness jerseys, including the Wolves Legends Bob Nardella, Wayne Messmer, Steve Maltais, Billy Gardner and Darren Haydar.
The silent auction can be entered online and at Allstate Arena. The online portion of the silent auction opens Tuesday, Jan. 16 and closes Friday, Jan. 26 at noon. Place a bid on your favorite player’s jersey at the Chicago Wolves Charities Table behind Section 105. Bidding in-arena begins on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m., and concludes at the end of the second intermission on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Weekly rewind (2-0-0-0)
SATURDAY, JAN. 13
Wolves 3, Stars 1: Ronan Seeley, Chris Terry and Rocco Grimaldi scored as the Wolves kicked off a five-game road trip with a victory.
SUNDAY, JAN. 14
Wolves 4, Stars 1: Chris Terry had a hat trick, Nathan Sucese also scored, Vasily Ponomarev had three assists and Adam Scheel was strong in goal to help the Wolves complete a sweep of the weekend series.
First Star of the Week
Where we stand
12-16-3-2, fifth in the Central Division.
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