08 October 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 8

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WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Named the fifth captain in Wolves history before Saturday's season-opener ... Dished out an assist on Saturday, the 64th time in 74 career regular-season games as a member of the Wolves that he has recorded at least one point ... Named the 2006-07 AHL MVP after leading the league with a career-high 81 assists and a career-best 122 points, while sharing third with a career-most 41 goals in 73 outings with the Wolves

--- JESSE SCHULTZ: Registered a goal 70 seconds into his Wolves debut on Saturday before finishing the contest with three points (G, 2A) ... Posted 18 markers and 39 points in 67 games with the Manitoba Moose last season ... Made his NHL debut in 2006-07 and was held scoreless in two outings with the Vancouver Canucks ... Notched 64 goals, 131 points and 133 penalty minutes in 219 career AHL matchups in four seasons with the Moose (2003 -2007)

--- ONDREJ PAVELEC: Registered 21 saves to earn the win in his professional debut on Saturday, which includes holding Houston scoreless through the opening 33:55 ... Captured back-to-back Jacques Plante Trophies for posting the QMJHL's lowest goals-against average with Cape Breton in 2005-06 and 2006-07 ... Notched a 55-29-0 record and a 2.52 goals-against average in 103 career QMJHL outings and was named to the league's First All-Star Team in each of his two seasons

--- STEVE MARTINS: Notched the game-winning goal and two assists in Saturday's season opener ... Awarded assistant captain status for the season prior to the opener ... Racked up 26 assists and 39 points in 48 regular-season games with Chicago last year

--- JASON KROG: Recorded a goal on Saturday, the 42nd time in 45 career regular-season games with the Wolves that he has collected at least one point ... Ranked fifth in the AHL with a career-high 54 assists and shared seventh in the league with a career-best 80 points in just 44 contests with the Wolves in 2006-07 ... Averaged 1.82 points per game with Chicago last year ... Accrued three goals and three assists in 23 NHL outings with the Atlanta Thrashers and New York Rangers last year

--- ALEXANDRE GIROUX: Tallied an assist in his Wolves debut on Saturday ... Ranked second in the AHL behind Wolves rookie Brett Sterling with a career-high 42 goals and paced the Hershey Bears with a career-best 70 points in 67 games last season ... Potted two goals and two assists in nine NHL outings with the Washington Capitals ... Collected 165 goals and 305 points in 431 career AHL games

--- BRIAN FAHEY: Netted a goal and an assist on Saturday matching a Wolves career-high two points ... Accrued AHL career-highs with 11 markers and 29 points in 75 games with Chicago last year

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HOME COOKING

The Wolves open their 40-game home slate when they battle the Milwaukee Admirals at the Allstate Arena on Sat., Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.  Chicago has notched a 7-5-0-1-0 (.577) record in 13 all-time home openers, which includes losses in each of the last three and a 5-1 defeat by the Admirals last year.

WOLF TRACKS

--- Two of Chicago's four goals in the season-opener last Saturday came on the power play; last season, the Wolves notched a franchise record and AHL-high 112 man-advantage markers, accounting for 33.9 percent of their 331 overall goals.

--- The Wolves jumped out to a 3-0 first-period lead in Saturday's opener, a frame in which the squad outscored rivals, 104-66, during the 2006-07 regular-season. 

--- Saturday's 4-2 win over Houston improved Chicago's all-time record in season openers to 8-3-1-2.

--- Including this Saturday's home opener, Chicago will play at the Allstate Arena just four times in its first 13 games this season; the Wolves recorded a 19-17-1-3 mark on home ice last year, the franchise's 13th consecutive winning season at the Allstate Arena.

--- Chicago potted four goals in Saturday's victory, a feat the 2006-07 squad accomplished in 46 of its 80 tilts (39-5-2-0); last year's team posted a 27-3-1-0 recordwhen holding its opponents to two or fewer goals, which the Wolves did against Houston in the opener.

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?

Wolves fans will have the opportunity to adopt a dog at Saturday's home opener through Chicago's Department of Animal Care and Control's (ACC) Adopt-a-Dog program, sponsored by Pedigree.  Fans will have a chance to bring home a furry friend both at thetailgate party - which runs from 2 to 6 p.m., in the Southwest Parking Lot - or during the game in the East Lobby of the Allstate Arena.

WOLVES REWIND (1-0-0-0)

Oct. 6                                     
Chicago 4, (at) Houston 2
--- The Wolves opened their 14th season with three quick first-period goals before holding on for a 4-2 victory over the Houston Aeros at the Toyota Center on Saturday
--- Forwards JESSE SCHULTZ and STEVE MARTINS led the offensive charge with a goal and two assists apiece while defenseman BRIAN FAHEY also posted multiple points (G, A)
--- Goaltender ONDREJ PAVELEC accrued 21 saves on 23 shots