09 April 2012

Weekly Press Notes for April 9

Photo: Houston Aeros

THIS WEEK:


Tue., April 10*
at Texas Stars
Cedar Park Center
7:30 p.m.

Fri., April 13*
at Grand Rapids Griffins
Van Andel Arena
6 p.m.

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vs. Milwaukee Admirals&
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., April 15#
vs. Peoria Rivermen$
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4 p.m.

*Comcast
^My50
#NBC NonStop
&Amtrak Rivalry
$Illinois Lottery Cup

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THE FINAL COUNTDOWN


The Wolves enter the final week of the regular season one point shy of the 15th playoff berth in their 18-year history; Chicago, who sits in first place in the Midwest Division with 86 points (40-26-3-3), can clinch a spot in the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs by earning a point at Texas or any type of Rochester loss against Grand Rapids on Tuesday.


WOLVES HEADLINES


--- Darren Haydar: Shared the team lead with 2 goals and 3 points in three games last week, which included bagging his 20th goal of the year on Saturday ... Ranks first on Chicago with 34 assists and second with 54 points in 67 games this year ... His 20 goals this year marks the ninth time in his 10-year AHL career he has potted 20 or more goals in a season, the lone exception came in 2007-08 when he scored 19 in 51 games with Chicago ... Collected 9 points (5G, 4A) in his last eight outings

--- Bill Sweatt: Tied for first on Chicago with 2 goals and 3 points in three games last week, which included his first two-goal game of the year on Saturday ... Ranks fifth on the team with 16 markers and sixth with 33 points in 67 contests this season ... Tallied 5 points (3G, 2A) in his last six tilts after posting 5 points (2G, 3A) in his previous 16 games

--- Eddie Lack: Recorded his fourth shutout of the season with a 29-save performance at Oklahoma City on Saturday ... His four whitewashes this year are the most by a Wolves netminder in one season since Kari Lehtonen’s five shutouts in 2004-05 ... Shares fourth in the AHL with a .926 save percentage and ranks seventh in the league with a 2.26 goals-against average in 43 matchups this year (20-19-3)

--- Jordan Schroeder: Registered 3 points (G, 2A) during a current three-game point streak and has bagged 7 points (3G, 4A) in his last six contests ... Shares second on the Wolves with 20 goals and ranks third with 43 points while appearing in all 72 games this season ... Has surpassed the 10 goals, 18 assists, and 28 points he posted in 61 games as a rookie with the Manitoba Moose last season

--- Michael Davies: Collected 3 points (G, 2A) in three games last week, which helped him surpass his rookie point total (20) in 49 games with Chicago last year ... Shares seventh on the team with 11 goals and ranks 10th with 23 points in 49 tilts ... Holds second on the squad with a +13 plus/minus rating and has accrued a plus or even rating in 43 of his 49 outings this season


WOLF TRACKS


--- The Wolves have tallied 9 power-play goals in 29 chances over their last eight games after scoring 9 man-advantage markers on 125 chances in their previous 29 tilts; Chicago shares 26th in the AHL with a 14.8 efficiency rating on the power play this season (46 of 310).

--- The Wolves posted their 20th road win of the year on Saturday, the third straight season and sixth since joining the AHL in 2001-02 they have won at least 20 games on enemy ice; Chicago, which has posted a 3-1-1-0 mark on its current seven-game road trip, has recorded a 20-12-3-1 mark on enemy ice this season.

--- Right wing Mark Mancari scored his team-leading ninth game-winning goal of the year on Saturday, which shares first in the AHL; the 26-year-old forward is one game-winner shy of matching the franchise mark held by Steve Marinucci (1998-99) and Brett Sterling (2007-08).

--- After starting the season 0-19-0-0 when trailing after two periods, the Wolves have rallied in two straight games when facing a deficit entering the third period, which includes a 2-1 disadvantage in Houston on Friday; Chicago bagged three third-period goals to knock off the Aeros 4-2.

--- Chicago has been perfect on the penalty kill in four straight games (10 of 10) and 41 times overall this season; the Wolves rank eighth in the AHL with an 84.2 efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (224 of 266).


SHIRTS AND SKINS


--- The Wolves will host their annual Fan Appreciation Night when they close out their 18th regular season at the Allstate Arena at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 15. The Wolves players will give the “Shirts Off Their Backs” to 20 lucky recipients who purchased scratch-and-win cards throughout the season, with proceeds benefiting Chicago Wolves Charities. After the game, the winners will join the players on the ice to receive the game-worn autographed jerseys. For more information, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)


Saturday, April 7
Chicago 3, (at) Oklahoma City 0
--- Wolves goaltender Eddie Lack thwarted all 29 shots he faced to lead the team to a 3-0 win over the Oklahoma City Barons at Cox Convention Center
--- Forwards Bill Sweatt (2G) and Darren Haydar tickled the twine for Chicago

Friday, April 6
Chicago 4, (at) Houston 2
--- The Wolves rallied from a 2-1 third-period deficit with three goals in the final frame to edge the Houston Aeros 4-2 at the Toyota Center
--- Center Steve Reinprecht (G, 2A) and right wing Darren Haydar (G, A) paced the offense for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie posted 23 saves

Wednesday, April 4
(at) San Antonio 2, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves and San Antonio Rampage traded goals through the first 40 minutes of play, but the Rampage were able to grab the lone goal in the third to hand the Wolves a 2-1 defeat at the AT&T Center
--- Forward Michael Davies potted the lone goal for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lackstopped 30 of 32 shots