28 April 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for April 28

Sat., May 3
vs. Rockford IceHogs
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

Sun., May 4
at Rockford IceHogs
Rockford MetroCentre
4:00 p.m.

Wed., May 7
at Rockford IceHogs
Rockford MetroCentre
7:00 p.m.

Fri., May 9*
vs. Rockford IceHogs
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sun., May 11*
at Rockford IceHogs
Rockford MetroCentre
4:00 p.m.

Tue., May 13*
vs. Rockford IceHogs
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

*If necessary

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ROCK THE BOAT

The Wolves notched a 6-3-0-1 record against the Rockford IceHogs during the regular season, which includes a perfect 5-0 mark at the Allstate Arena in the first year of competition between the franchises; Chicago outscored Rockford, 43-29 during the season series, which includes 22 power-play markers, the most against a single opponent in club history.

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Recorded his first professional postseason shutout in Game 6 of the West Division Semifinal on Saturday ... Registered a 1.74 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage during the six-game series, which includes holding Milwaukee to one or fewer markers three times .. Led AHL rookies and placed second overall in the league with 33 wins during the regular season

--- Jason Krog: Led Chicago with six assists and six points during the first round, which includes posting a pair of helpers in Games 1, 3 and 5 ... Accrued 52 points (17G, 35A) in 47 career Calder Cup outings .. Led the AHL in goals (39), assists (73) and points (112) - all career highs - in 80 regular-season games, becoming just the third player in the 72-year history of the AHL to earn the offensive "triple crown"

--- Darren Haydar: Tied for the team lead with three goals during the postseason, which includes netting two of the squad's four game-winners ... Netted 100 points (46G, 54A) in 77 career Calder Cup Playoff matchups ... Ranked fifth on the Wolves during the regular season with 58 points despite appearing in 51 of the team's 80 tilts due to NHL recall

For complete team postseason statistics, click here

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves knocked off Milwaukee, 4-games-to-2, in the West Division Semifinal to advance past the first round of the postseason for the 11th time in 13 playoff years.

--- Chicago will open the West Division Final against Rockford with home ice advantage; the squad has posted an 18-2 all-time mark in playoff series that begin at the Allstate Arena.

--- The West Division Champion Wolves finished 13 points above the second-seeded
IceHogs in the regular-season standings.

--- Six of the 10 matchups between Chicago and Rockford were decided by one goal; the squads combined for over 150 penalty minutes twice this season, which includes 186 on April 12, the most between the Wolves and an opponent during the regular season.

--- The Wolves did not allow a power-play goal in each of the last three games of the
West Division Semifinal (17 of 17); Chicago registered a 91.9 percent efficiency rating on the penalty kill in the six-game series, surrendering just three man-advantage markers on 37 chances, two of which came in Game 1.

DE-LIGHTFUL NEWS

The Wolves held Milwaukee to just one goal in the last two games of the West Division Semifinal, which includes the franchise's 16th all-time postseason shutout in the deciding Game 6 on Saturday; Chicago surrendered just 11 markers during the series, eight of which were given up in the third period.

WOLVES REWIND (3-1)

Sat., April 26 (Game 6)
Chicago 3, (at) Milwaukee 0
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec turned aside all 30 shots he faced to lead the Wolves to a 3-0 West Division Semifinal clinching victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center
--- Defenseman Boris Valabik potted his first two career postseason goals while blueliner Arturs Kulda netted the first tally of his professional career to pace Chicago's offense

Thu., April 24 (Game 5)
(at) Chicago 4, Milwaukee 1
--- Chicago scored 1:59 into the contest and never looked back, earning a 4-1 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Allstate Arena in Game 5 of the West Division Semifinal to take a 3-games-to-2 series lead
--- Forwards Darren Haydar, Joe Motzko and Brett Sterling and defenseman Brian Fahey all lit the lamp
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec (26 saves) held Milwaukee off the scoreboard for 59:52 before surrendering one goal

Wed., April 23 (Game 4)
(at) Milwaukee 2, Chicago 0
--- Netminder Pekka Rinne stopped all 37 shots he faced and the Milwaukee Admirals lit the lamp twice in the third period to earn a 2-0 win over the Wolves at the Bradley Center to tie the West Division Semifinal at two games apiece
--- Wolves netminder Ondrej Pavelec recorded 15 saves on 17 shots

Sun., April 20 (Game 3)
Chicago 4, (at) Milwaukee 3 (OT)
--- Chicago watched a 2-1 third-period lead slip away before coming from behind to earn a 4-3 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center to grab a 2-games-to-1 West Division Semifinal series advantage
--- Right wing Darren Haydar recorded two power-play tallies, including the overtime-winner, while linemate Jason Krog (2A) and defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski (2A) also collected two points
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec notched 27 saves on 30 shots, including six saves in overtime