09 February 2009

WOLVES WEEKLY PRESS NOTES FOR FEB. 9

Fri., Feb. 13
at Milwaukee Admirals (33-13-2-2)
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 14
at Peoria Rivermen (25-23-1-1)
Carver Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 15
at Houston Aeros (23-21-1-8)
Toyota Center
5 p.m.

MAKE IT SNAPPY

Chicago's 6-3 loss to Houston on Sunday snapped a streak which saw the club post wins in a season-high six straight matchups on home ice; the Wolves share fourth in the West Division with 55 points through 53 games (26-24-2-1), three points behind second place Rockford.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Jeff Hamilton: Leads the team and ranks 12th in the AHL with 32 assists, and paces the team with 44 points and nine power-play goals in 40 games ... Shares third on the squad with 12 goals ... Tallied at least one point in 27 of his 40 outings this season, which includes 10 multiple-point performances - six of which were three or more

--- Joey Crabb: Posted six goals and eight points in six games since being reassigned by the Atlanta Thrashers on Jan. 30 ...Recorded Chicago's first hat trick of the season and the first of his professional career on Feb. 4 ... Made his NHL debut in 26 games with the Thrashers, recording seven points (3G, 4A) - which includes his first NHL marker on Dec. 10 vs. the New York Rangers - and 28 penalty minutes ... Registered 18 points (11G, 7A) and 31 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Wolves this season

--- Brett Skinner: Tallied 13 points (G, 12A) in 12 games with the Wolves since being acquired in a trade on Jan. 13 ... Shares first among team blueliners and third on the Wolves with 25 points, which includes 12 points (G, 11A) in 24 contests with the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers ... Ranks second on the club with 23 assists ... Made his NHL debut in 11 games with the New York Islanders this season, collecting four penalty minutes

--- Jordan LaVallee: Recorded six goals in the last seven games to move into the team-lead with 15 goals ... Shares sixth on the squad with 23 points in 45
games ... Shares first on the club with three short-handed goals ... Stands five shy of the career-high 20 markers he potted in 76 games with the Wolves last season

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago has held opponents to two or fewer goals 26 times this year, which includes Saturday night's 2-1 win over Milwaukee; the Wolves have posted a 20-4-2-0 mark when allowing two or fewer tallies this season.

--- Chicago ranks third in the American Hockey League with 10 short-handed goals, which includes netting a shortie on Saturday.

--- The Wolves have lit the lamp first in five consecutive games, after surrendering the first goal in 10 of the previous 11 outings; Chicago has posted a 14-9-1-1 mark when lighting the lamp first this season.

--- The Wolves failed to net a power-play marker on Feb. 6, snapping a streak which saw them bag a man-advantage marker in a season-high eight straight games (15 of 53); Chicago ranks 25th in the league with a 14.9 percent efficiency rating on the power play (44 of 296).

--- Chicago has held opponents without a power-play goal in three of the last five game and has been perfect on the penalty kill 17 times this season (11-3-2-1); the Wolves rank 27th in the league with a 79.6 percent efficiency rating on the penalty kill (219 of 275).

--- Defenseman Grant Lewis leads the Wolves and shares seventh in the AHL with a +17 plus/minus rating; the 24-year-old blueliner has notched 18 assists and 58 penalty minutes in 41 matchups this season.

READING RAINBOW

--- Wolves defenseman Alex Brooks will make two library visits on Tuesday as part of the team's Read to Succeed program, sponsored by Pace. BROOKS will appear at the Schaumburg Library at 4 p.m., and the Elk Grove Library at 7 p.m. For more information, log on to chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

WOLVES REWIND (2-2-0-0)

Sun., Feb. 8
Houston 6, (at) Chicago 3
--- The Wolves lost hold of a 2-2 deadlock and surrendered four straight third period goals en route to suffering a 6-3 loss to the Houston Aeros at the Allstate Arena Sunday night
--- Right wings Jeff Hamilton, Spencer Machacek and Joey Crabb scored for Chicago
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec posted 20 saves

Sat, Feb. 7
(at) Chicago 2, Milwaukee 1
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 23 of 24 shots to backstop the Wolves to their sixth straight home win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Allstate Arena Saturday night
--- Center Matt Anderson and left wing Jordan LaVallee posted the Wolves goals

Fri., Feb. 6
(at) Grand Rapids 6, Chicago 3
--- With the game tied, 2-2, in the second period, the Wolves allowed three straight goals, on the way to dropping a 6-3 decision to the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena on Friday night
--- Left wing Jordan LaVallee (2G) and defenseman Chad Denny potted goals for Chicago
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec turned aside 34 of 39 shots

Wed., Feb. 4
(at) Chicago 5, Peoria 1
--- Right wing Joey Crabb tallied the Wolves first hat trick of the season to lift the squad to a 5-1 win over the Peoria Rivermen at the Allstate Arena Wednesday night
--- Jordan LaVallee and Spencer Machacek also scored for the Wolves
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 30 saves on 31 shots