12 October 2009

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 12

Fri., Oct. 16*
at Rockford IceHogs
Rockford MetroCentre
7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 17^
vs. Hamilton Bulldogs
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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The Wolves will play five of their remaining seven games in October on home ice; Chicago accrued a 23-15-0-2 at Allstate Arena last season, outscoring opponents 128-107 along the way.


--- Brett Sterling: Recorded his first goal of the season on Saturday ... Shares the team lead with two points (G, A) in three games this season ... Ranked fourth on the Wolves with 16 goals and fifth with 39 points in 52 games last season ... Also skated in six NHL games with Atlanta, netting one goal

--- John Pohl: Notched his first goal as a member of the Wolves on Friday ... Tied for first on the Wolves with two points (G, A) in three contests this season ... Collected three goals and 25 points in 22 outings with Lugano of the Swiss League and five goals and 12 points in 12 matchups with Vastra Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League last season

--- Jason Krog: Tied for first on the Wolves with two assists and two points in three games this season ... Led the Manitoba Moose and ranked third in the American Hockey League with 86 points (30G, 56A) in 74 matchups last season ... Also appeared in four National Hockey League tilts with the Vancouver Canucks, potting one goal

--- Jamie Hunt:
Shares the team lead with two assists and two points in three games this season ... Compiled 21 assists and 25 points in 50 outings with the Augsburg Panthers of the German Elite League last season

--- Angelo Esposito:
Registered his first professional point - an assist - on Friday ... Ranked second on the Montreal Juniors (QMJHL) with 24 goals and third with 42 points despite appearing in just 35 outings ... Tallied four points (3G, A) in six games while representing Canada in the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa, which includes netting the game-winner in the gold medal game ... Selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins with their first choice, 20th overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft ... Traded to Atlanta along with right wing Colby Armstrong, center Erik Christensen, and a first round draft choice in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by Pittsburgh in exchange for right wing Marian Hossa and left wing Pascal Dupuis on Feb. 26, 2008


--- The Wolves are the only remaining team in the AHL yet to register at least one point this season; Chicago has opened the season with a 0-3-0-0 mark for the first time in franchise history.

--- Defenseman Nathan Oystrick leads the Wolves with 11 penalty minutes in three games this season; the 26-year-old blueliner notched twelve points (4G, 8A) and 50 penalty minutes in 53 NHL outings with Atlanta last year.

--- Brett Sterling's goal on Saturday was the Wolves first power-play goal of the season (one of 12); Chicago ranked 25th in the league with a 15.0 percent efficiency rating on the man-advantage (69 of 459) last season.

--- Chicago has killed off 10 of its opponents' 13 power-play attempts this season; The Wolves ranked 23rd in the league with an 81.7 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (331 of 405) last season.

--- Chicago has been held to two or fewer tallies in all three of its games this season; the Wolves have registered a 6-30-2-2 mark since the start of last season when they are held to two or fewer goals.


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Sat., Oct. 10
(at) Manitoba 4, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves held a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes of play but allowed two second period tallies en route to dropping a 2-1 decision to the Manitoba Moose at the MTS Centre Saturday night
--- Left wing Brett Sterling potted the lone goal for Chicago
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre turned aside 35 shots

Fri., Oct. 9
(at) Manitoba 2, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves pulled even midway through the second period but could never grab the lead, dropping an eventual 4-1 decision to the Manitoba Moose at the MTS Centre Friday night
--- Center John Pohl scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre thwarted 30 of 34 shots