27 February 2012

Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 27

Forward Tim Miller. Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves


Wed., Feb. 29*
vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Amtrak-Rivalry-logo_awaySat., March 3*
at Milwaukee Admirals#
Bradley Center
7:30 p.m.

Sun., March 4*
vs. Oklahoma City Barons
Allstate Arena
4 p.m.

#Amtrak Rivalry


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With 21 games remaining in the regular season, the Wolves sit in second place in the Midwest Division with 65 points (30-20-2-3) and trail first-place Charlotte by three points, but hold one game in hand; Chicago, which has posted a 14-8-1-0 mark since the calendar turned to 2012, also holds the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.


--- Mark Mancari: Saw his three-game point streak snapped on Sunday after he posted 4 points (2G, 2A) from Feb. 19-25 ... Paces the Wolves and shares eighth in the AHL with 22 goals and ranks first on the team and is tied for 17th in the league with 45 points in 49 games this season ... Shares first on Chicago and first in the AHL with six game-winners this year

--- Tim Miller: Tallied 2 goals and 3 points in his last four outings ... Ranks second on Chicago with a career-best 16 goals and shares third on the club with a career-high 32 points in 54 contests this year ... His career-best 16 assists hold fifth on the team ... Shares fourth among AHL forwards and seventh overall in the league with a +16 plus/minus rating and has posted a plus or even rating in 20 of his last 23 tilts (+12)

--- Bill Sweatt: Held scoreless in his last two outings after he bagged 5 points (2G, 3A) in his previous four games ... Shares fourth on the Wolves with 12 goals and ranks sixth on the squad with 26 points in 50 contests this year ... Ranks third on Chicago and shares eighth in the AHL with five game-winning goals this season

--- Eddie Lack: Matched a season-high 40 saves in a 1-0 overtime loss on Sunday at Rockford ... Has surrendered just 12 goals in his last eight appearances, which includes two shutouts, and has posted a 1.48 goals-against average and .955 save percentage during that span (5-3-0) ... Shares second in the league with a .925 save percentage and ranks eighth in the AHL with a 2.36 goals-against average in 32 games this year (14-14-3)


--- Chicago hasn’t allowed a power-play goal in a season-high five straight games (15 of 15); the Wolves, who have been perfect on the penalty kill 31 times this year, rank sixth in the AHL with an 84.3 efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (182 of 216).

--- The Wolves bagged just three goals in three games last week after lighting the lamp 11 times in their previous three tilts; Chicago, which hasn’t dented the net in its last 90:30, is averaging 2.84 goals per game this year, which ranks 16th in the AHL.

--- When Chicago travels to Milwaukee on Saturday, March 3, it will mark the first time in 36 days the team has played outside the state of Illinois; nine of the Wolves 12 games during that stretch were played on home ice, while the other three were played against the IceHogs in Rockford.

--- Chicago has played past regulation in three of its last six games after not playing into overtime in its previous 20 contests; the Wolves have posted a 2-4-2 overtime mark and a 1-3 record in the shootout this year.

--- The Wolves are in the midst of a one for 31 stretch on the power play over their last seven games; Chicago shares 28th in the league with a 14.3 efficiency rating on the power play this season (34 of 238).


--- Wolves center Jordan Schroeder will visit the Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 North Elm Street, at 4 p.m. while forward Nathan Longpre will visit the Park Ridge Public Library,120 South Prospect Avenue, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, 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.


Sunday, Feb. 26
(at) Rockford 1, Chicago 0 (OT)
--- The Wolves and Rockford IceHogs battled through 64:38 of scoreless hockey before IceHogs forward Jeremy Morin bagged the only goal of the game to down Chicago 1-0 in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest at the MetroCentre
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack matched a season-high 40 saves

Saturday, Feb. 25
Abbotsford 4, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves surrendered three third-period goals en route to a 4-1 loss to the Abbotsford Heat at the Allstate Arena
--- Left wing Antoine Roussel posted the lone marker for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 20 of 23 shots

Friday, Feb. 24
Rockford 3, (at) Chicago 2
--- The Wolves saw their four-game winning streak come to an end at the hands of the Rockford IceHogs in a 3-2 Illinois Lottery Cup defeat at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Bill Sweatt and Tim Miller scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lackposted 32 saves