26 February 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 26

Sun., March 4    
vs. San Antonio Rampage    
Allstate Arena    
5:00 p.m.

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WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Netted his AHL-leading 92nd point of the season on Sunday,
matching the career-best 92 points he recorded in 80 games with the Milwaukee
Admirals last season ... Collected at least one point in 49 of his 54 outings with Chicago this year ... Paces the AHL with a career-best 60 assists, ranks third with a +24 plus/minus rating and fourth with 32 goals

--- NATHAN OYSTRICK: Leads AHL defensemen with 41 points in 61 games this season ... Shares the lead among AHL blueliners with 29 assists, which includes recording a helper on Sunday ... Registered 12 goals this season, third-best among league blueliners and the most by a rookie defenseman in franchise history

--- JARED ROSS: Recorded two goals in his last three games after being held without a marker in 13 straight games from Jan. 3 to Feb. 9 ... Registered eight assists and 15 points in 41 outings this season after accruing 27 assists and 37 points in 62 games with the Wolves last year during his rookie campaign

--- CORY LAROSE: Posted four assists in his last four games after being held without a point in three straight outings (Feb. 10 to 17) for the first time this season ... Ranks third in the AHL with a career-high 48 assists and fourth with 63 points - one shy of tying a career-best - in 45 tilts this year

--- BRAD SCHELL: Registered a goal and two assists in four contests with Chicago this season after posting a marker and two helpers in 10 outings with the Wolves during his AHL debut last year ... Paced the ECHL with 75 assists and 98 points - both career-highs and franchise records - in 52 matchups with the ECHL's Gwinnett Gladiators this year
    
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FAN-TASTIC SUPPORT

The Chicago Wolves are rewarding their fans for loyal support in the face of severe weather and travel conditions in the Chicago-area last Saturday night. Anyone holding a ticket for Saturday's game - used or unused - may redeem it for any other remaining Sunday thru Friday contest this season.  For details on how to redeem tickets, click here or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves, losers of three straight, pace the Western Conference and
rank fourth overall in the AHL with 77 points (35-19-2-5).

--- Chicago opened up a franchise-record, eight-game home stand with back-to-back losses against the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights on Saturday and Sunday; the team has posted an 11-12-1-3 record at the Allstate Arena this season.

--- Saturday's 2-0 loss marked the second time this season the Wolves have been shut out, both of which have come on home ice; Chicago has been shutout 39 times in its 13-year existence.

--- Chicago's league-leading offense was held to just four goals in three games
last week; the Wolves paces the AHL with 261 markers, 35 more than the next
closest team (Norfolk, 226) and 40 shy of matching the franchise-best 301 goals the 1997-98 squad netted.

--- The Wolves held the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights to just 15 shots in Sunday's loss, tied for the fewest by a Wolves opponent this season; the other time the squad held its rival to 15 shots this season was in a 5-3 loss against the Rochester Americans on Dec. 30.

GIRLS! GIRLS! GIRLS!

The Wolves will host their inaugural "Hockey For Her" fundraising event at the Hoffman Estates Park District Community Center and Ice Arena on March 1 at 7 p.m.  The event will provide 50 women, ages 18 and up, an introductory glance at the sport of hockey by giving them the chance to go behind the scenes of a professional team.  To sign up, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

WOLVES REWIND (0-3-0-0)

Sun., Feb. 25                                             
Omaha 4, (at) Chicago 2
--- The Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights used three power-play goals to hand the Wolves their third straight loss, a 4-2 defeat at the Allstate Arena
--- Center JARED ROSS and right wing DARREN HAYDAR tickled the twine for Chicago
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE posted 11 saves

Sat., Feb. 24                                             
Omaha 2, (at) Chicago 0
--- Chicago peppered Omaha goaltender CURTIS McELHINNEY with 29 shots but were denied every time as the Ak-Sar-Ben Knights shut out the Wolves, 2-0, at the Allstate Arena
--- Wolves netminder MICHAEL GARNETT notched 29 saves on 30 shots

Fri., Feb. 23                                          
(at) San Antonio 4, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves watched a nine-game winning streak against San Antonio disappear as the Rampage registered three first-period goals and hung on for a 4-2 victory at the AT&T Center
--- Forwards ANDRE DEVEAUX and BRETT STERLING collected Chicago's goals
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE accrued 18 saves