27 December 2011

Weekly Press Notes for Dec. 27

Center Jordan Schroeder. Photo: Steve Woltmann/Chicago Wolves


amtrak-rivalry-awayWed., Dec. 28*
at Milwaukee Admirals#
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Thu., Dec. 29^
vs. Rockford IceHogs%
LotteryCupAllstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 31^
vs. Charlotte Checkers
Allstate Arena
3 p.m.

#Amtrak Rivalry
%Illinois Lottery Cup


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Chicago has won six of its last seven contests after suffering through a season-high five-game winless streak; the Wolves rank seventh in the Western Conference with 34 points (15-10-1-3), but hold at least one game in hand on everyone ahead of them in the standings except the Milwaukee Admirals.


--- Jordan Schroeder: Shared first on the team with 2 goals and 3 points in two games last week, which included his third multiple-point outing of the season on Monday (GWG, A) ... Shares second on the Wolves with 8 goals and fourth with 15 points in 29 games this season ... Accrued a plus or even rating in 15 of his last 16 outings (+8) after he recorded a plus or even rating in five of his first 13 contests (-8)

--- Mark Mancari: Matched a season-high 3 points (2G, A) on Dec. 22 in his return to the Wolves lineup after skating in three NHL games with Vancouver during his recall from Dec. 15-22 ... Paces the Wolves and shares 14th in the AHL with 12 goals and ranks second on the team with 12 assists and 24 points in 26 games this season ... Collected 8 goals and 13 points during a team season-best seven-game point streak from Nov. 27 to Dec. 22

--- Steve Reinprecht: Shared the team lead with 3 points (G, 2A) in two games last week, which included his first career AHL marker on Monday ... Tied for fourth on the Wolves with 8 assists and has bagged nine points in 18 games this season ... Skated in five contests with San Antonio before being acquired by Vancouver on Oct. 22

--- Bill Sweatt: Tallied his third multiple-point outing of the season on Monday (G, A) and has registered 5 points (3G, 2A) in his last five outings since being reassigned by Vancouver on Dec. 13 ... Made his NHL debut in two games with the Canucks this year ... Shares fifth on the Wolves with 7 goals and ranks sixth with 14 points in 24 games this season ... Shares third on the squad with a +6 plus/minus rating

--- Eddie Lack: Has won four of his last five starts, which includes a current three-game winning streak ... Recorded a 1.95 goals-against average and .938 save percentage during his three-game winning streak ... Ranks 16th in the AHL with a 2.47 goals-against average and 14th in the league with a .920 save percentage in 18 games this season (7-7-3)


--- The Wolves play all three of their remaining games in December against Midwest Division foes; Chicago has posted a 8-6-0-1 mark against divisional foes this year.

--- The Wolves have surrendered just 25 goals in their 15 victories this season (15-0-0-0), compared to allowing 53 markers in their 14 defeats (0-10-1-3); Chicago shares 10th in the AHL with a 2.69 goals-against average this year.

--- The Wolves didn’t commit a minor penalty on Monday, the first time since March 13, 2010, they have held their opponent without a man-advantage opportunity; Chicago ranks 13th in the AHL with a 82.5 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (99 of 120).

--- Chicago has converted on three of its last eight power-play chances over the last two games after being blanked on the man-advantage in its previous three outings (zero of 11); the Wolves rank 14th in the league with a 19.4 efficiency rating on the power play this season (24 of 124).

--- Forward Stefan Schneider bagged his first goal of the season on Monday, his first marker since Oct. 29, 2010; the 22-year-old forward has posted 2 points (G, A) and 6 penalty minutes in 21 games this season.


--- Right wing Darren Haydar has been held to one assist in his last five games after he posted 6 assists and 7 points in his previous five tilts; the 32-year-old forward ranks first on the Wolves and 13th in the AHL with 20 assists and paces the team and shares 12th in the league with 28 points in 28 games this season.


Monday, Dec. 26
Chicago 4, (at) Peoria 3 (OT)
--- Wolves center Jordan Schroeder scored with 47 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the team to a 4-3 Illinois Lottery Cup win over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena
--- Forwards Bill Sweatt, Steve Reinprecht and Stefan Schneider also scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack posted 31 saves in regulation and overtime

Thursday, Dec. 22
(at) Chicago 5, Abbotsford 2
--- The Wolves trailed 2-1 after 20 minutes of play but rattled off the final four goals to earn a 5-2 victory over the Abbotsford Heat at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Mark Mancari (2G, A), Tim Miller (G, 2A) and Steve Reinprecht (2A) all posted multiple points
--- Goaltender Eddie Lackthwarted 29 of 31 shots