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Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 17 Photo: Dale Woltman/Chicago Wolves
17 February 2014

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 17

THIS WEEK:

Fri., Feb. 21*
at Rockford IceHogs$
MetroCentre
7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 22*
vs. Abbotsford Heat
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 23^
vs. Abbotsford Heat
Allstate Arena
3 p.m.

*U-Too
^WCIU
$Illinois Lottery Cup

GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON THE U-TOO OR WCIU
Log on to chicagowolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online

ONE DIRECTION

The Wolves 3-2 win over Milwaukee on Sunday was their fourth straight one- goal decision and 31st one-goal game this season; Chicago’s 31 one-goal games are tied with Milwaukee for the most in the Western Conference but its 19 one-goal victories are the most in the AHL (19-6-4-2).

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Jake Allen: Stopped 17 of 19 shots against Milwaukee on Sunday to notch his fifth straight victory and his league-leading 22nd win of the season ... Shares third in the AHL with a 2.19 goals-against average and ranks ninth with a .921 save percentage in 35 games this season (22-11-2) ... Has played the second-most minutes in the circuit this year, appearing in 2,112 minutes of action ... Started the 2014 AHL All-Star game on Feb. 12 against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League and kicked out all 14 shots he faced in 28:28 of action

--- Ty Rattie: Tallied 2 assists and 3 points in three games last week to improve his February totals to 4 goals and 8 points in seven tilts ... Ranks first on Chicago and shares second among AHL rookies with 19 goals and paces the team and shares for ninth among league first-year pros with 33 points in 50 outings ... Needs 1 goal to become the first Wolves rookie to post a 20-goal campaign since Spencer Machacek bagged 23 markers in 2008-09

--- Keith Aucoin: Pocketed a goal and an assist against Rockford on Friday, his eighth multiple-point outing of the season ... Has registered 7 points (2G, 5A) in his last seven tilts after dishing out 1 assist in his previous seven games ... Ranks second on Chicago with 18 helpers and fourth with 25 points in 41 matchups this season ... Sits 1 assist shy of becoming the fifth player in AHL history to record 600 career helpers ... he has amassed 599 assists in 748 career AHL tilts

--- Adam Cracknell: Collected an assist in Saturday’s and Sunday’s games after missing Friday’s tilt due to the AHL veteran rule ... Has chipped in 9 points (5G, 4A) in nine games with Chicago since joining the team on Jan. 25, which includes posting at least a point in seven of those contests ... Posted 2 assists in 17 NHL games with St. Louis this year before joining the Wolves

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago has won 17 of its last 25 tilts (17-4-4-0) and has dropped four regulation contests since Dec. 15 -- and the team was held to one goal in all four tilts; the Wolves have registered a 19-7-4-0 mark and .700 winning percentage since the start of December to move one point behind Grand Rapids for the top spot in the Midwest Division.

--- Sixteen different skaters notched at least one point during Chicago’s three-in-three set last week; Nine different skaters posted multiple points last week, including forwards Shane Harper (2G), Mark Mancari (G, A), and Michael Davies (G, A), and defenseman Evan Oberg (2A).

--- Chicago has been perfect on the penalty kill in 25 of its 51 contests this season, which includes all three games last week (13 of 13); the Wolves rank sixth in the AHL with a 85.4 efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (199 of 233).

--- The Wolves scored their first power-play goal in eight games against Milwaukee on Sunday (one of 33); Chicago, which has posted a 15-4-1-1 record when collecting a man-advantage marker, has cashed in on 28 of its 233 power-play chances this season.

READ IT AND WEEP

--- Wolves forwards Michael Davies, Shane Harper, and Tyler Shattock will combine to make five “Read to Succeed” visits, presented by Butternut Bread and J.U.L.I.E. Inc. on Tuesday. Members of the squad will make more than 25 library visits throughout the Chicago area this season for the program, which has reached more than 650,000 children since its inception in 1995. For the full schedule visit chicagowolves.com/community.

WOLVES REWIND (2-0-1-0)

Sunday, Feb. 16
(at) Chicago 3, Milwaukee 2
--- The Wolves scored twice in a 28-second span in the third period and held on for a 3-2 Amtrak Rivalry win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Michael Davies and Cody Beach and defenseman Jani Hakanpaa lit the lamp for Chicago
--- Goaltender Jake Allen kicked out 17 of 19 shots he faced

Saturday, Feb. 15
Milwaukee 3, (at) Chicago 2 (OT)
--- The Wolves and Milwaukee Admirals traded goals in the first and second period before Milwaukee grabbed the overtime winner in an Amtrak Rivalry game at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Ty Rattie and Shane Harper scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 23 of 26 shots in regulation and overtime

Friday, Feb. 14
Chicago 5, (at) Rockford 4 (SO)
--- The Wolves forced overtime in the final seconds and emerged victorious in the eighth shootout round Friday at the MetroCentre
--- Forwards Dmitrij Jaskin, Mark Mancari, Shane Harper, and Keith Aucoin scored regulation goals for Chicago
--- Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 38 of 42 shots in regulation and overtime and five of eight in the shootout31 of 33 shots



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