03 January 2012

Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 3

Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

THIS WEEK:


LotteryCupFri., Jan. 6*
at Peoria Rivermen#
Carver Arena
7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 7^
vs. Lake Erie Monsters
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 8*
vs. Charlotte Checkers
Allstate Arena
3 p.m.

*Comcast
^My50
#Illinois Lottery Cup

ALL GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON MY50 CHICAGO, NBC NONSTOP OR COMCAST NETWORK 100 ON XFINITY TV FROM COMCAST

Log on to chicagowolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online


HOMEWARD BOUND


The Wolves open a season-high six-game homestand against Lake Erie on Saturday; Chicago, which has notched a 8-5-0-2 mark at home this year, has played just 15 of its 32 games this season at the Allstate Arena, tied for the fifth-fewest home tilts in the AHL.


WOLVES HEADLINES


--- Steve Reinprecht: Paced the Wolves with 3 assists and 4 points in three games last week ... Ranks second on the team with 11 assists and sixth with 13 points in 21 games this season ... Skated in five contests with San Antonio before being acquired by Vancouver on Oct. 22 ... Amassed 5 helpers and 7 points in his last five tilts

--- Kevin Connauton: Shared second on the team with 3 points (G, 2A) in three games last week ... Shares first on the Wolves and ranks first among AHL defensemen with 9 goals and ranks second on Chicago and is tied for 12th among league blueliners with 18 points in 32 games this year ... Has collected 5 points (G, 4A) during a current five-game point streak, which matches a career- and season-high

--- Anton Rodin: Tallied 2 points (G, A) in three games last week, which included scoring Chicago’s lone goal on Dec. 31 ...Ranks first among Wolves rookies with 8 assists and 12 points in 25 games this year during his North American debut ... Has accrued 3 assists and 4 points during a current four-game point streak, which is a season-best

--- Chris Tanev: Dished out two assists in his last two outings after being held off the scoresheet in his previous five contests ... Paces team defensemen and ranks second overall on the Wolves with 10 assists in 19 games this season ... Has already surpassed his 2010-11 point total of 9 (G, 8A) in 39 matchups with Manitoba ... All 10 of his points came in 13 games during December ... Has accrued a plus or even rating in 16 of his 19 tilts this season, which includes 11 of his last 12 games


WOLF TRACKS


--- The Wolves play four of their next five games against Midwest Division foes; Chicago, which has posted a 8-7-0-1 mark against divisional foes this year, ranks fourth in the Midwest Division with 36 points (16-12-1-3).

--- The Wolves failed to open scoring on Saturday for the first time in four games; Chicago has posted an 11-5-0-1 mark when lighting the lamp first this year.

--- Chicago was blanked on the man-advantage on Saturday (zero for three) for the first time in five games; the Wolves, who have converted six of their last 24 power-play chances, share 13th in the league with a 19.3 efficiency rating on the power play this season (27 of 140).

--- Right wing Darren Haydar bagged 8 assists and 10 points in 13 games during December, despite being held scoreless in six of those tilts; the 32-year-old forward paces the Wolves and shares 11th in the league with 30 points (9G, 21A) in 31 outings this season.

--- The Wolves have surrendered at least one power-play goal in seven of their last 10 contests (34 of 44); Chicago shares 14th in the AHL with a 82.1 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (110 of 134).

--- The Wolves sit in second place in the Illinois Lottery Cup with a .600 winning percentage (6-4-0-0); Chicago trails Peoria (.633, 9-5-1-0) and leads Rockford (.346, 4-8-1-0) in the Illinois Lottery Cup standings.


READING RAINBOW


--- Wolves forward Tim Miller will visit the Summit Public Library, 6233 South Archer Road, at 4:30 p.m. and the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 South Ravinia Avenue, at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 4, as part of the team’s “Read to Succeed” program, presented by Vista Health System and Butternut Bread. Members of the squad will make library visits throughout the Chicago area this season for the program, which has reached more than 600,000 children since its inception in 1995.


WOLVES REWIND (1-2-0-0)

Saturday, Dec. 31
Charlotte 4, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves dropped a 4-1 decision to the Charlotte Checkers at the Allstate Arena
--- Forward Anton Rodin scored the lone goal for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 17 of 20 shots

Thursday, Dec. 29
(at) Chicago 5, Rockford 3
--- The Wolves skated to a 4-0 lead and hung on for a 5-3 Illinois Lottery Cup victory over the Rockford IceHogs in front of 11,029 fans at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Tim Miller, Antoine Roussel, and Stefan Schneider and defensemen Kevin Connauton and Nolan Baumgartner lit the lamp for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 35 of 38 shots

Wednesday, Dec. 28
(at) Milwaukee 4, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves were upended by the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 in an Amtrak Rivalry contest at the Bradley Center
--- Forwards Steve Reinprecht and Darren Haydar posted tallies for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lackthwarted 29 shots