Wolves Weekly Press Notes for March 25 Defenseman Danny Groulx earned 2 assists in his Wolves debut Friday night. Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
25 March 2013

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for March 25


Wed., March 27^
vs. Oklahoma City Barons
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Fri., March 29*
vs. Lake Erie Monsters
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sat., March 30+
vs. Milwaukee Admirals#
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*CN 100
^My 50
+U Too
#Amtrak Rivalry


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The Wolves close out the month of March with three home games on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday before opening April with a season-high six- game road trip; Chicago has posted a 4-6-1-1 mark in March after dropping six regulation games in January and February combined (12-6-1-2).


--- Brett Sterling: Tallied twice in regulation and bagged the only goal in the shootout in his return to the Wolves lineup on Friday after missing 18 games due to injury ... Shares first on Chicago with 17 goals and holds second on the squad with 30 points in 34 games this season ... Accumulated 8 goals and 13 points in his last 10 games dating back to Dec. 30

--- Danny Groulx: Earned 2 assists in his Wolves debut Friday night just hours after he was assigned to the team by the San Jose Sharks ... Skated in all three of Chicago’s games last weekend, collecting 2 helpers, 3 shots, and an even plus/minus rating ... Tallied 4 goals, 12 assists, and 16 points in 33 games with the Worcester Sharks before joining the Wolves

--- Darren Archibald: Dished out a pair of helpers on Friday night to increase his point total to nine points (4G, 5A) in the team’s 12 games during the month of March ... Registered 10 goals, including four on the power play, and 19 points in 42 games this season ... He also accrued 13 points (6G, 7A) in 18 ECHL games with Kalamazoo this season before joining Chicago on Nov. 26 ... His -1 plus/minus rating on Sunday snapped a 13-game span in which he accrued a plus or even rating

--- Darren Haydar: Posted 2 assists in three games last week ... Shares first on Chicago with 17 markers and leads the club with 29 assists and 46 points in 57 games this season ... Sits 4 points shy of 50 on the year, which would mark the 11th time in his 11-year career he hit the 50-point plateau


--- The Wolves have posted a 3-5-1-1 mark in their last 10 outings and are clinging to the eighth and final spot in the Western Conference playoff standings; Chicago shares third place in the Midwest Division with 69 points in 62 tilts (30-23-5-4); the team’s 62 games are tied for the fewest-played in the AHL and it holds at least two games in hand on 10 of the other 14 teams in the Western Conference.

--- Forwards Kellan Lain and Ludwig Blomstrand made their pro debuts with the Wolves last week; the 23-year-old LAIN wrapped up his junior season at Lake Superior State University before joining the Wolves, while the 20-year-old BLOMSTRAND began the year in Sweden’s first division.

--- The Wolves have surrendered 12 goals in their last four games, seven of which have been man-advantage markers; Chicago has surrendered 33 tallies in 12 games during the month of March (20 even, 10 power play, 2 short-handed, 1 shootout).

--- Chicago and Hershey remain the only two teams in the AHL without a victory when trailing after two periods this season; the Wolves faced a 1-0 deficit on Saturday and a 3-1 disadvantage on Sunday after 40 minutes of play and were unable to score a goal in either of those third periods.


--- The Wolves have scored just one goal over their last seven full periods of hockey and have scored three or more goals in five of their 12 games during March; Chicago is averaging 2.65 goals per game this year, which ranks 18th in the AHL and is on pace to set a franchise low for average goals scored in a year.


Sunday, March 24
Milwaukee 4, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves fell to Milwaukee for the seventh time in nine tries this year, this time a 4-1 Amtrak Rivalry loss at the Allstate Arena
--- Defenseman Kevin Connauton bagged the lone tally for Chicago
--- Goaltender Joe Cannata thwarted 34 of 37 shots

Saturday, March 23
(at) Peoria 3, Chicago 0
--- The Wolves were shut out by goaltender Mike McKenna and the Peoria Rivermen 3-0 in an Illinois Lottery cup game at Carver Arena
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 21 of 23 shots in defeat

Friday, March 22
(at) Chicago 4, Toronto 3 (SO)
--- The Wolves survived a third-period rally by Toronto and won 4-3 in the shootout at the Allstate Arena
--- Left wing Brett Sterling scored twice and forward Michael Davies also bagged a marker in regulation
--- Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 31 of 34 shots in regulation and overtime and all five shootout attempts