28 September 2009

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Sept. 28

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Saturday's game against Milwaukee marks just the fifth time in the Wolves 16-year history, and first since 2003, the team has opened the season at home. The Wolves have posted an 8-3-2-2 mark in regular-season openers, which includes a 3-0-1-0 mark at the Allstate Arena.


--- Jason Krog: Led the Manitoba Moose and ranked third in the American Hockey League with 86 points (30G, 56A) in 74 matchups last season ... Appeared in four National Hockey League tilts with the Vancouver Canucks, potting one goal ... Tallied 23 points (8G, 15A) in 22 playoff contests and guided the Moose to a berth in the Calder Cup Finals ... Led the Wolves to the 2008 Calder Cup championship and became the first player in AHL history to capture both regular season and postseason MVP honors

--- Brett Sterling: Ranked fourth on the Wolves with 16 goals and fifth with 39 points in 52 games last season ... Tallied four points (2G, 2A) and 16 penalty minutes in 19 career NHL outings with Atlanta ... Ranks third all-time in franchise history with 110 goals and sixth with 207 points in 199 games with Chicago

--- Tim Stapleton:
Ranked first on the Toronto Marlies and tied for seventh in the AHL with 79 points in 70 outings last season ... Paced the Marlies with 28 goals and 51 assists ... Appeared in four NHL outings with the Toronto Maple Leafs, picking up his first career NHL goal on Feb. 28 at Ottawa ... Hails from La Grange, Ill.

--- Drew MacIntyre:
Led the AHL with a career-high 34 victories and ranked fifth in the league with a 2.30 goals-against average in 55 outings with the Milwaukee Admirals last season ... Posted a 34-15-4 record and .921 save percentage for the Admirals ... Accrued a 98-57-8 record with a 2.36 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 179 career AHL outings with Grand Rapids (2004-06), Manitoba (2006-08) and Milwaukee (2008-09) ... Appeared in two career NHL matchups with the Vancouver Canucks (2007-08), recording a 0-1-0 record and a 2.95 goals-against average

Originally selected by the Chicago Blackhawks with their first choice, 23rd overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft ... Appeared in 18 contests with Salavat Yulayev Ufa (KHL) last season, recording 16 penalty minutes ... Spent the 2007-08 campaign with the Atlanta Thrashers, notching seven points (G, 6A) and 48 penalty minutes in 55 games ... Amassed 55 points (17G, 38A) in 302 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks and Thrashers, spanning eight seasons (1999-2004, 2005-08)


--- Chicago finished sixth in the West Division with 81 points last year (38-37-3-2), the franchise's 15th straight year of finishing above .500.

--- The Wolves allowed 222 goals last season, third fewest in franchise history; Chicago ranked 12th in the AHL with an average of 2.78 goals-against per game last season, which includes holding opponents to two or fewer goals in 40 of 80 contests (30-7-2-1).

--- The Wolves played past regulation 16 times last season (3-10-3) and ranked second in the league with an .844 winning percentage in extra time; Chicago notched eight shootout wins last year, after collecting only seven shootout wins in the previous three seasons combined.

--- Last season, Chicago was whistled for 1,288 penalty minutes, the fourth fewest in the AHL and lowest total in franchise history, breaking the previous record of 1,508 penalty minutes tallied by the 1996-97 Wolves.

--- The current Wolves' roster contains 17 players that skated with the squad last year, four players that have over 100 games of NHL experience (STEVE McCARTHY, 302; Jason Krog, 202; JOHNNY POHL, 115; Anthony Stewart, 105) and three former first round NHL draft picks (Angelo Esposito, McCARTHY and STEWART).


--- Center Kevin Doell led Chicago in preseason scoring with three goals and four points in two games; center JOHNNY POHL ranked second with three points (G, 2A) in two games.


Sat., Sept. 26
(at) Chicago 3, Milwaukee 2 (OT)
--- Chicago center Darryl Smith potted the game-wining overtime goal as the Wolves closed out their preseason slate with a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Hoffman Estates Community Center and Ice Arena
--- Forwards Kevin Doell and Brett Sterling also notched markers for the Wolves
--- Goaltender KEVIN ARMSTRONG turned aside 17 of 19 shots in 31:16 of action, while Peter Mannino also kicked out 17 shots for the Wolves

Fri., Sept. 25
Chicago 5, (at) Milwaukee 1
--- The Wolves used three power-play goals in the third period to skate away with a 5-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at Wilson Ice Arena
--- Center Kevin Doell led the way with two goals and an assist, while forwards Riley Holzapfel (G, A) and JOHNNY POHL (G, A) also posted multiple points
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino thwarted 21 shots in the first two frames to pick up the win while KEVIN ARMSTRONG made five saves on six shots in 20:00 minutes of action

Wed., Sept. 23
(at) Rockford 4, Chicago 0
--- Rockford IceHogs goaltender Joe Palmer turned aside all 20 Wolves shots to help his club to a 4-0 victory over Chicago at Carlson Ice Arena
--- Netminders KEVIN ARMSTRONG (13 saves) and Kris Mayotte (13 saves) shared duty between the pipes in MAYOTTE's loss