28 March 2011

Weekly Press Notes for March 28

Photo by Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves

THIS WEEK:

Thu., March 31*
at Houston Aeros
Toyota Center
7 p.m.

 
Fri., April 1*
at Texas Stars
Cedar Park Center
7:30 p.m.

Sat., April 2^
vs. Houston Aeros
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100
^My50

GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON MY50 CHICAGO OR ON 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

FIGHT TO THE FINISH
Despite dropping two of three games last week, the Wolves currently sit in a three-way tie with Peoria and Oklahoma City for fourth place in the West Division with 83 points (37-28-3-6); Chicago sits two points ahead of seventh-place San Antonio, which holds one game in hand.

WOLVES HEADLINES
--- Edward Pasquale: Stopped 37 of the AHL career-most 40 shots he faced in his ninth straight start on Sunday ... Posted a 5-3-1 mark, 2.33 goals-against average and .922 save percentage in his last nine games, after not appearing in an AHL game since Jan. 29 ... Paces Wolves goaltenders with a 2.75 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 21 outings this season (10-8-1) ... Also backstopped 12 ECHL tilts with Gwinnett (7-4-0), registering a 3.69 goals-against average and .898 save percentage

--- Jason Krog: Paced the Wolves with three points (3A) in three games last week ... Shares first on the Wolves and third in the AHL with 68 points in 74 outings this season ... Paces the team and is tied for second in the AHL with 50 assists and shares third on the club with 18 goals ... Tallied 15 points (5G, 10A) in his last 13 games, despite being held scoreless in five of them

--- Jaime Sifers: Ranked second on the Wolves with two points (2A) in three games last week ... Ranks third among team defensemen with 18 assists - which matches a career-best - and 21 points in 62 outings this season ... Posted a minus rating just two times in his last 22 games, and ranks third on the Wolves with a +18 plus/minus rating overall this season

--- Darren Haydar: Held scoreless in the last two games after amassing 10 assists and 13 points in his previous 10 matchups ... Shares first on the Wolves and third in the AHL with 68 points in 71 games this season ... Paces Chicago and is tied for 13th in the league with 25 goals and holds second on the team and shares fifth in the AHL with 43 assists

WOLF TRACKS
--- Chicago visits the Houston Aeros and Texas Stars on Thursday and Friday this week; the Wolves have posted a 1-6-0-0 mark in the Lone Star State this season, with the lone win coming against the Aeros on Feb. 17, after notching a 9-3-0-0 record in the state of Texas last season.

--- Chicago has won more games on the road (19) than at home (18) this season; the Wolves have finished a season with more road wins than home wins three times in its 17-year history (1999-00; 2001-01; 2006-07).

--- Twenty-seven of the Wolves’ 37 victories this season that have come when holding opponents to two or fewer goals (27-2-0-0), which includes each of the team’s last seven wins.

--- Left wing Carl Klingberg potted his first career AHL goal on Sunday; the 20-year-old forward tallied eight points (5G, 3A) in 49 Swedish Elite games with Vastra Frolunda and Timra IK this season before being assigned to the Wolves by the Atlanta Thrashers on March 18.

--- The Wolves have been perfect on the penalty kill in four of their last six games after blanking opponents on the man-advantage once in the previous six tilts; Chicago has held opponents without a power-play goal 25 times this year (17-5-0-3), and has recorded a 78.1 rating overall this year (267 of 342).

--- The Wolves have been held without a power-play goal in a season-high three straight games (zero of seven); Chicago ranks fourth in the AHL with a 20.3 efficiency rating (70 of 344).

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP
--- The Wolves will host an end of the season merchandise sale at their home game on Sat., April 2, in the Allstate Arena’s South lobby. Discounts on Wolves apparel will be available. For more information, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

WOLVES REWIND (1-2-0-0)
Sun., March 27
Rockford 3, (at) Chicago 2
--- The Wolves pulled within one goal late in the third period but couldn’t find the equalizer as the Rockford IceHogs earned a 3-2 win at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Fredrik Pettersson and Carl Klingberg posted tallies
--- Goaltender Edward Pasquale kicked out 37 of 40 shots

Sat., March 26
(at) Chicago 2, Hamilton 1 (SO)
--- The Wolves tied the score, 1-1, in the third and persevered in the shootout to beat the Hamilton Bulldogs, 2-1, at the Allstate Arena
--- Defenseman Mark Matheson scored in regulation, while Sergio Somma, Ryan Garbutt and MIKE DAVIES scored in the shootout
--- Netminder Edward Pasquale posted 31 saves on 32 shots and thwarted three of five shootout attempts

Fri., March 25
(at) Milwaukee 4, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves surrendered four straight goals after an early 1-1 tie and fell 4-2 to the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center
--- Forwards Ryan Garbutt and Spencer Machacek scored
--- Goaltenders Edward Pasquale (17 of 21) and Peter Mannino (one of one) split time in PASQUALE’S loss