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Tale of the Tape: Game 3 of Western Conference Semifinals Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
14 May 2014

Tale of the Tape: Game 3 of Western Conference Semifinals

GAME 3

No. 2 Chicago Wolves (0-2) at No. 3 Toronto Marlies (2-0)
6 p.m. Wednesday
Ricoh Coliseum
TV: U-Too 26.2, XFinity 248 and 360, RCN 35, WOW 170
Radio: AHLLive.com
WOLVES (3-4)
  MARLIES (5-0)
2.86 Goals per game 4.4
3.4 Goals allowed per game 1.6
32.3 Shots per game 29.8
13.5 Penalty minutes per game 9.6
23.5 Power-play percentage 27.6
69.7 Penalty-kill percentage 90.9
2 Shorthanded Goals 2

NO PLANES, JUST GAMES

After some struggles flying to Toronto, the Chicago Wolves are ready to make up for dropping the first two games at home. The primary issue, according to Wolves head coach John Anderson, is limiting the number of Toronto’s premium opportunities. Wolves mistakes have enabled the Marlies to have too much space close to the net to make things happen.
“We’ve got to stop giving up Grade A chances,” Anderson said. “Our goalie (Jake Allen) can stop the (normal) shots, but their passing right across the crease to the wide-open net, I don’t know who can stop those. They’re very slick in front of the net. Fifteen feet in front, not only do they shoot well, they see people off to the side to pass to. They’re very good at that.”

NUMBERS TO RECITE

  • The Wolves have won two out of nine playoff series in their history after dropping the first two games.
  • The Marlies are expecting about 4,000 fans for tonight’s game at Ricoh Coliseum, but could sell out (7,000-plus) for Game 4 on Friday and Game 5 on Saturday (if necessary).
  • Wolves left wing Dmitrij Jaskin has produced 8 points (3G, 5A) in 7 playoff games, which is one off the AHL lead.

PLAYERS TO WATCH:

9 ShaneHarper

Wolves right wing Shane Harper

The 25-year-old Harper has delivered the Wolves’ first goal in two of their last three games. He set the tone early in Game 5 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against Rochester, then kickstarted the team’s third-period charge in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday at Allstate Arena. Harper also posted 2 assists in the team’s playoff opener at Rochester.

Jerry D'AmigoMarlies left wing Jerry D'Amigo

The 23-year-old D’Amigo shares the AHL playoff lead with 9 points (3G, 6A) in just five games. D’Amigo piled up 20 goals and 13 assists in 51 regular-season games with the Marlies and notched 1 goal and 2 assists in 22 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored 13 points in 17 playoff games during 2011-12 to help guide the Marlies to the Calder Cup Finals.



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