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Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 28 Photo: Greg Hamill/Rockford IceHogs
28 January 2013

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 28

THIS WEEK:

Fri., Feb. 1*
at Milwaukee Admirals#
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 2^
vs. Peoria Rivermen$
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*CN 100
^My50
#Amtrak Rivalry
$Illinois Lottery Cup

GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON MY50 CHICAGO, THE U TOO 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

SHINING STARS

Chicago rookie defenseman Brad Hunt will skate for the Western Conference team in tonight’s 2013 Dunkin’ Donuts AHL All-Star Game in Providence, R.I.; left wing Brett Sterling was originally named to the team but had to withdraw due to injury.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Darren Haydar: Scored both goals in Chicago’s 2-1 win over Rockford on Friday ... Ranks first on the Wolves with 18 assists and second on the team with 27 points in 34 games this season ... Has averaged 1.14 points per game over his last 21 matchups and paced the Wolves with 13 points (5G, 8A) during the month of January ... Sits four points behind former teammate Jason Krog for third on the Wolves all-time scoring register ... Has amassed 338 points (117G, 221A) in 305 career tilts in a Chicago sweater

--- Joe Cannata: Stopped 83 of 87 shots while starting the Wolves last three games, which includes thwarting 32 of 33 shots in backstopping Chicago to a 2-1 win over Rockford on Friday ... Appeared in five AHL games as a rookie this season, registering a 3-2 mark with a 1.70 goals-against average and .932 save percentage ... Posted a 2-3-0 record with a 3.62 goals-against average and .892 save percentage in five ECHL games with Kalamazoo this season before joining Chicago on Nov. 27

--- Peter Andersson: Assisted on both Chicago goals in the team’s 2-1 victory over Rockford on Friday ... Posted 5 assists, 6 points, and a +5 plus/minus rating in 24 games during his North American debut this year ... Dished out 4 assists in his last four games after collecting just one helper in his first 20 outings

--- Andrew Gordon: Held scoreless in back-to-back games last week for the first time during the month of January ... Ranks second on the squad with 11 markers and third with 19 points in 35 games this season ... Paced Chicago with 6 goals and posted 9 points during the month of January

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago posted six wins and a .650 winning percentage in 10 games during the month of January (6-3-0-1) to make a move in the tightly contested Western Conference playoff standings; the Wolves sit in second place in the Midwest Division and 10th place overall in the Western Conference with 45 points in 39 tilts (20-14-3-2); the team’s 39 games are the fewest played in the AHL and it holds at least two games in hand on 11 of the other 14 teams in the Western Conference.

--- The Wolves start their sprint to the finish of the 2012-13 campaign on Friday, Feb. 1, with a Amtrak Rivalry game at Milwaukee; Chicago will play 37 games over the final 80 days of the season during February, March, and April.

--- The Wolves power-play unit has been held scoreless in back-to-back games for the first time since Dec. 1 and 7; Chicago, which has bagged at least one man-advantage marker in 10 of its last 14 outings, ranks 22nd in the league with a 15.5 conversion rate on the power play this year (24 of 155).

--- The Wolves have been shorthanded just 138 times this season, the fewest in the AHL; the team holds 25th in the AHL with a 80.4 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (111 of 138), but has surrendered just nine power-play goals on 59 chances since Dec. 1 (84.7%).

LADIES OF THE PACK

--- The Wolves Wives kick off their puck fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 2, and will be selling autographed pucks during home games throughout the month of February. The specially wrapped pucks, which contain candy and the autograph of a surprise Wolves player, can be purchased for $10 in the concourses of the Allstate Arena. Fans who buy a puck that has a player’s name signed in gold will have the chance to meet that player after the game.

WOLVES REWIND (1-1-0-0)

Friday, Jan. 25
Chicago 2, (at) Rockford 1
--- Wolves captain Darren Haydar scored two goals and goaltender Joe Cannata did the rest, stopping 32 of 33 shots, as the Wolves defeated the Rockford IceHogs 2-1 in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest at the Rockford MetroCentre
--- Defenseman Peter Andersson assisted on both of HAYDAR’s tallies

Wednesday, Jan. 23
(at) Peoria 2, Chicago 0
--- The Wolves were shut out for the third time this season, a 2-0 defeat by goaltender Jake Allen and the Peoria Rivermen
--- Goaltender Joe Cannata stopped 30 of 32 shots



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