22 May 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for May 21

Fri., May 25   
at Hamilton Bulldogs   
Copps Coliseum   
6:30 p.m.

Sat., May 26*   
at Hamilton Bulldogs   
Copps Coliseum   
6:00 p.m.

Mon., May 28*   
vs. Hamilton Bulldogs   
Allstate Arena   
7:00 p.m.

Wed., May 30*   
vs. Hamilton Bulldogs   
Allstate Arena   
7:00 p.m.
 
*If necessary

ALL GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON COMCAST
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WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Registered a point in seven straight games, posting six goals and 17 points during that span ... Averaging an AHL-best 2.00 points per game during the postseason, which includes leading the league in goals (10), assists (14) and points (24) in 12 outings ... Netted 10 markers during the playoffs, two shy of matching a postseason franchise record ... Tallied 97 points (43G, 54A) in 68 career Calder Cup Playoff matchups, fourth-most in AHL history

--- JASON KROG: Held of the scoresheet for the first time this postseason on Sunday after collecting at least one point in the first 11 tilts ... Ranks second in the AHL with 17 points and shares third with 12 assists during the playoffs ... Racked up at least one point in 52 of his 56 outings in a Wolves uniform, including the postseason ... Accrued 44 points (17G, 27A) in 38 career Calder Cup Playoff contests

--- JORDAN LaVALLEE: Netted his sixth goal of the postseason in Sunday's overtime loss, tied for second among AHL rookies and sixth overall in the league ... Shares eighth on the squad with six points in 11 tilts during his playoff debut ... Netted 16 goals and 34 points in 79 matchups during the regular season

--- BRETT STERLING: Recorded at least one point in nine of the 12 games during his postseason debut, which includes dishing out an assist on Sunday ... Tallied a goal in seven of those contests, racking up seven in that span, the most among AHL rookies and tied for third overall ... Shares the league lead with five power-play markers and ranks third on the Wolves with 12 points

--- NIKO DIMITRAKOS: Dished out an assist in Sunday's loss, his sixth of the playoffs, tied for third-most on the team ... Ranks fifth on the Wolves with eight points in 12 tilts this postseason

For postseason team statistics, click here

CHICAGO HOPE

This marks the eighth time in franchise history Chicago has begun a playoff series with two losses.  The Wolves have posted a 2-5 record in those series, which includes rebounding to defeat the Houston Aeros, 4-games-to-2, in the 2000 Western Conference Final despite losing the first two games on home ice.

TWO MUCH TO SAY

The Wolves were held to fewer than three goals for the first time this postseason in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss against Hamilton; Chicago is averaging 4.00 goals per game during the playoffs, tied for the most in the AHL with the Hershey Bears.

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves dropped both Game 1 and 2 in overtime, marking the first time in franchise history that two straight postseason contests have reached the extra frame; Chicago has notched a 13-11 all-time mark in playoff tilts that reach overtime, which includes a 1-2 mark this season.

--- The squad's three overtime contests are one shy of matching a single-postseason franchise record; the 2002 Calder Cup Championship team went to the extra session a club record four times (4-0). 

--- Chicago has posted wins in four of its five road games during the postseason while Hamilton has won just three of its six home contests; the Wolves have accrued a 40-33 record all time away from the Allstate Arena in the postseason, which includes a 12-5 mark in the conference finals. 

--- The Wolves held the Bulldogs without a power-play marker in Sunday's loss, the seventh time in 12 postseason games the squad has shut out an opponent with the man advantage.

--- Chicago has failed to open the scoring in each of its last four games after lighting the lamp first in seven of its first eight playoff matchups.

WOLVES REWIND (0-2)

Sun., May 20                                         
Hamilton 3, (at) Chicago 2 (OT)
--- The Wolves battled back to tie the contest twice before surrendering a goal 3:18 into the overtime session as the Hamilton Bulldogs earned a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final at the Allstate Arena to grab a 2-games-to-0 series lead
--- Forwards DARREN HAYDAR and JORDAN LaVALLEE posted goals for Chicago
--- Netminder FRED BRATHWAITE notched 27 saves on 30 shots

Fri., May 18                                        
Hamilton 6, (at) Chicago 5 (2OT)
--- The Wolves surrendered two third-period leads, including a two-goal advantage entering the frame, before the Hamilton Bulldogs scored at the 6:50 mark of the second overtime to earn a 6-5 victory in Game 1 Western Conference Final at the Allstate Arena
--- Four Chicago players tallied multiple points including right wing DARREN HAYDAR, who posted two goals and an assist
--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT recorded 33 saves on 39 shots