Chicago Wolves Hockey - Chicago Wolves Hockey - Super User http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:44:52 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Wolves sign Zach Pochiro; release Caissy http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/releases/item/4043-wolves-sign-zach-pochiro-release-caissy http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/releases/item/4043-wolves-sign-zach-pochiro-release-caissy Wolves sign Zach Pochiro; release Caissy

The Chicago Wolves announced Tuesday that they have signed forward Zach Pochiro to a Professional Tryout Contract (PTO) and released center Christopher Caissy from his Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO).

The 20-year-old POCHIRO was selected in the fourth round in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. He ranked for Prince George (WHL) during the 2013-14 season with 27 goals, 39 assists and 66 points in 63 games while leading the Cougars with 123 penalty minutes. At the conclusion of Prince George’s season, the St. Louis, Mo., native joined Kalamazoo (ECHL) and contributed two assists in nine games with the Wings.

CAISSY appeared in one game with the Wolves after signing on April 2. The 20-year-old joined Chicago after posting 16 goals and 27 assists in 53 regular-season games with Moncton (QMJHL).

The Wolves travel to Iowa at 7 p.m. Wednesday and Rockford for an Illinois Lottery Cup game at 7 p.m. Friday before returning to Allstate Arena for their regular-season finale at 7 p.m. Saturday versus Milwaukee. For special deals on tickets to this Amtrak Rivalry game or the Calder Cup playoff tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:28:48 -0500
Wolves receive Andronov, Cundari, and Rattie http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/releases/item/4042-wolves-receive-andronov-cundari-and-rattie http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/releases/item/4042-wolves-receive-andronov-cundari-and-rattie Wolves receive Andronov, Cundari, and Rattie

The Chicago Wolves announced Monday that they have regained the services of left wing Sergey Andronov, defenseman Mark Cundari, and right wing Ty Rattie with one week left in the American Hockey League regular season.

RATTIE appeared in two games for the St. Louis Blues, which included his National Hockey League debut on Friday against Dallas. The 21-year-old fired four shots in 22 minutes, six seconds of ice time. He leads the Wolves (and shares sixth in the AHL) with 29 goals and paces Chicago with 46 points in 69 games.

CUNDARI, who was recalled by the Calgary Flames on April 1, was returned on loan to the Wolves after playing in the Flames’ final four games of the season. The 23-year-old defenseman has posted five goals and eight assists in 22 games for the Wolves.

ANDRONOV missed the Wolves’ games on Saturday and Sunday after being recalled by the St. Louis Blues, but did not make his NHL debut. He owns 12 goals and 13 assists in 50 games this season with the Wolves.

The playoff-bound Wolves close out their regular-season schedule with a 7 p.m. game Wednesday at Iowa and a 7 p.m. Illinois Lottery Cup game Friday at Rockford before hosting Milwaukee in an Amtrak Rivalry clash at 7 p.m. Saturday at Allstate Arena. For deals on Calder Cup playoff tickets, visit ChicagoWolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:15:20 -0500
Wolves Weekly Press Notes for April 14 http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/weekly-reports/item/4041-wolves-weekly-press-notes-for-april-14 http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/weekly-reports/item/4041-wolves-weekly-press-notes-for-april-14 Wolves Weekly Press Notes for April 14

The Wolves close out their regular-season schedule this week with three games against division opponents while continuing to chase Grand Rapids for the Midwest Division title, sitting 4 points back with a game in hand; Chicago clinched the 16th playoff berth in team history on April 5 and needs 1 point to ensure home-ice advantage for the Calder Cup playoffs.

THIS WEEK:

Wed., April 16*
at Iowa Wild
Wells Fargo Arena
7 p.m.

Fri., April 18*
at Rockford IceHogs$
MetroCentre
7 p.m.

Sat., April 19*
vs. Milwaukee Admirals#
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*U-Too
#Amtrak Rivalry
$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

PLAYOFFS ARE COMING

The Wolves close out their regular-season schedule this week with three games against division opponents while continuing to chase Grand Rapids for the Midwest Division title, sitting 4 points back with a game in hand; Chicago clinched the 16th playoff berth in team history on April 5 and needs 1 point to ensure home-ice advantage for the Calder Cup playoffs.

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- Alexandre Bolduc: Bagged four goals and a +3 plus/minus rating in three games last week as he stepped up in the absence of forwards Ty Rattie, Adam Cracknell, Keith Aucoin, and Sergey Andronov ... Has tallied in four of six games in April, including his third and fourth two-goal games of the season ... Sits second on the Wolves in goals (17) and points (36) with 21 of his points coming since February ... Represented Team Canada at the Spengler Cup in December ... Held scoreless in 14 NHL games with Phoenix last season ... Was the second-leading scorer for Portland in the AHL with 51 points (24G, 27A) in 56 games

--- Jake Allen: Extended his win streak to three games with victories on Friday and Sunday, allowing just three goals in the span ... Possesses a 3-0-1 record, 0.98 goals-against average, .958 save percentage, and 1 shutout in April ... Named to the AHL’s First All-Star Team on Thursday, the week after entering Wolves record books by tying the franchise record for shutouts in a single season (6) and becoming the fourth goaltender in team history to record 30 wins ... Paces the league with a 2.07 goals-against average, .927 save percentage, 32 wins, six shutouts, and 3,078:28 minutes played

--- Pat Cannone: Dished out three assists last week, including two on Sunday, to bring his season total to 32 points (15G, 17A), good for third on the Wolves ... Missed 16 games following an injury on Jan. 21, but has contributed 7 goals and 10 assists in 17 games since returning to the lineup ... Paces Chicago with a +21 plus/minus rating, which would tie his career-high set last season ... Tallied 25 points (10G, 15A) and 41 penalty minutes in 74 AHL games with the Binghamton Senators in 2012-13

--- Yannick Veilleux: Reassigned to the Wolves on Saturday, recording his first AHL fight and point with a bout against Milwaukee and an assist on the game-winning goal against Rockford ... Was held scoreless in his two games with the Wolves in October ... Has collected 39 points (16G, 23A) and a +16 plus/minus rating in 62 games with Kalamazoo (ECHL), with 36 of his points coming since January

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves scored on the penalty kill on Friday (Alexandre Bolduc) and Saturday (Christian Hanson) last weekend, their first shorthanded goals since Feb. 28 and first of the season without defenseman David Shields on the ice; Chicago is tied for third with 11 shorthanded goals this season and forward Nathan Longpre leads the league in shorthanded assists (4) and is tied for first in shorthanded points (6).

--- Chicago collected 4 of a possible 6 points in last week’s three-in-three, the team’s final of the season; the Wolves posted a 12-3-2-1 record over six of these marathons, a .750 winning percentage, and never dropped a Game 3.

--- Head coach JOHN ANDERSON needs just one more victory this season to pick up the 700th regular-season win of his career as a head coach, spanning the SHL, CoHL, AHL, and NHL; of his 699 wins, 548 of them have come with the Wolves.

--- With the victory over Rockford on Sunday, Chicago boosted its home winning percentage this season to .716, third-best in the league behind conference leaders Texas (.797) and Manchester (.776).

GOING TO THE DOGS

--- Sunday’s regular-season home finale against Milwaukee will feature not only the Wolves’ final Adopt-A-Dog Night of the season but the annual Adopt-A-Dog Drive. Fans are asked to help out our furry friends by bringing items such as new toys, treats, and food to the game that will benefit Chicago Animal Care and Control. Each fan that donates will receive a raffle ticket for a team-autographed helmet. Tickets for the game can be purchased by calling 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visiting ChicagoWolves.com.

WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)

Sunday, April 13
(at) Chicago 4, Rockford 2
--- Three third-period goals boosted the Wolves over the IceHogs in a physical matchup at Allstate Arena
--- Alexandre Bolduc (PP, EN) led the way with two tallies while Michael Davies and Tyler Shattock also had goals
--- Goaltender Jake Allen thwarted 24 shots to earn the win

Saturday, April 12
(at) Milwaukee 4, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves surrendered a power-play hat trick to Admiral Austin Watson as they fell in Milwaukee
--- Center Christian Hanson scored shorthanded for Chicago’s lone goal
--- Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 20 of 24 shots

Friday, April 11
Chicago 4, (at) Iowa 1
--- The Wolves scored once in the first and twice in the second, and again in the third as they rolled to a victory at Wells Fargo Arena
--- Forwards Sergey Andronov (PP), Alexandre Bolduc (2, SH), and Shane Harper scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Jake Allen came 1:35 short of a franchise-record seventh shutout this season as he stopped 22 of 23 shots

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Weekly Reports Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:30:44 -0500
Wolves take down Rockford 4-2 http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/game-recaps/item/4040-wolves-take-down-rockford-4-2 http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/game-recaps/item/4040-wolves-take-down-rockford-4-2 Wolves take down Rockford 4-2

Rosemont, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves reeled off three third-period goals to earn a 4-2 victory over Rockford in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest Sunday afternoon before 11,535 at Allstate Arena.

 

Rosemont, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves reeled off three third-period goals to earn a 4-2 victory over Rockford in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest Sunday afternoon before 11,535 at Allstate Arena.

Center Alexandre Bolduc produced his fourth two-goal game of the year and Michael Davies and Tyler Shattock added scores for the Wolves (42-21-5-5), who remained within 4 points of Grand Rapids for first place in the Midwest Division.

Wolves goaltender Jake Allen stopped 24 of 26 shots to earn his AHL-leading 32nd win as Chicago’s magic number for home-ice advantage in the first round of the Calder Cup playoffs dropped to 1.

“We had [Bolduc] stepping up. We had [Shattock] blocking shots and our other guys stepped it up another notch too,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “Hopefully that’s a sign of a championship team.”

Rockford (34-31-5-4) opened the scoring at 13:10 when Adam Clendening fired a puck to the crease from the corner. Brandon Mashinter tipped the puck toward the net and it stopped on the goal line between Allen’s legs before Alex Broadhurst skated in and tapped the puck across the line.

The Wolves pulled even on Bolduc’s power-play strike at 3:07 of the second. Allen rifled a pass from just outside of his crease to Bolduc waiting at the far blue line. Bolduc delivered a cross-ice pass to Pat Cannone, who sent it back to Bolduc for a one-timer over Rockford goaltender Jason LaBarbera’s glove. Allen earned his first assist of the season on the play.
Davies gave the Wolves a 2-1 lead at 10:19 of the third as Cannone claimed the puck along the near boards and cycled it behind the net to Shane Harper, who fed it to Davies waiting just outside the crease to tuck it past LaBarbera.

Shattock pushed the lead to 3-1 at 11:44 when Yannick Veilleux intercepted LaBarbera’s clearing attempt behind the net and centered it to Shattock, who buried the shot before LaBarbera could return home.

Broadhurst earned his second goal of the night with 5:50 to play as Clendening’s shot from the point bounced from Allen’s pads to Broadhurst’s stick for an unchallenged goal on the rebound.

LaBarbera (15-15-3) stopped 21 of 24 shots for the IceHogs, who moved to the brink of elimination from the playoff chase.

The Wolves travel to Iowa on Wednesday and Rockford on Friday before returning to Allstate Arena for the regular-season finale at 7 p.m. Saturday versus Milwaukee. For special deals on tickets to this Amtrak Rivalry game or the Calder Cup playoff tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.



WOLVES 4, ICEHOGS 2

Rockford 1 0 1 -- 2

Chicago 0 1 3 -- 4



First Period---1, Rockford, A. Broadhurst 15 (Mashinter, Clendening), 13:10. Penalties---Mashinter, Rockford (hooking), 0:49; Rockford (too many men on the ice), 7:07; Brookbank, Rockford (fighting), 14:49; Selleck, Chicago (fighting), 14:49; Johns, Rockford (delay of game), 17:30.



Second Period---2, Chicago, Bolduc 16 (Cannone, Allen), 3:07 pp. Penalties---Shattock, Chicago (holding), 0:19; Teravainen, Rockford (interference), 1:09; Bouchard, Rockford (tripping), 1:56; Selleck, Chicago (roughing), 16:47.



Third Period---3, Chicago, Davies 10 (Harper, Cannone), 10:19; 4, Chicago, Shattock 5 (Veilleux), 11:44; 5, Rockford, A. Broadhurst 16 (Clendening, Brisebois), 14:10; 6, Chicago, Bolduc 17 (unassisted), 18:48 en. Penalties---None.



Shots on goal---Rockford: 9-8-9—26; Chicago: 8-11-6—25. Power plays---Rockford 0-2; Chicago 1-5. Goalies—Rockford, LaBarbera (21-24); Chicago, Allen (24-25). A---11,535. Referees---Darcy Burchell and Geno Binda. Linesmen---John Grandt and Alex Stagnone.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Game Recaps Sun, 13 Apr 2014 18:42:35 -0500
Week In Pictures http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/features/item/4035-week-in-pictures http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/features/item/4035-week-in-pictures Week In Pictures

This week in pictures features photos from the Amtrak Rivalry home game against Milwaukee and the home game against Iowa.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Features Fri, 11 Apr 2014 06:00:00 -0500
Regner wins Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/releases/item/4033-regner-wins-tim-breslin-unsung-hero-award http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/releases/item/4033-regner-wins-tim-breslin-unsung-hero-award Regner wins Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award

Chicago Wolves defenseman Brent Regner received the 2014 Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award prior to the Wolves game against Iowa on Sunday at Allstate Arena. The award honors the Wolves player who best exemplifies Breslin’s on-ice spirit, team-first attitude, and community involvement.

Chicago Wolves defenseman Brent Regner received the 2014 Tim Breslin Unsung Hero Award prior to the Wolves game against Iowa on Sunday at Allstate Arena. The award honors the Wolves player who best exemplifies Breslin’s on-ice spirit, team-first attitude, and community involvement.

Breslin, one of the first three players signed by the Wolves after the franchise was formed in 1994, passed away on Feb. 9, 2005, due to complications from appendiceal cancer. The Addison, Ill. native and Driscoll Catholic High School graduate played five seasons for the Wolves and earned a ring as a member of the 1998 Turner Cup Championship squad. Breslin’s family, including his widow, Jami, and their children, Shane, Paige, and Chase, attended the on-ice ceremony for REGNER.

“His dedication to the game reminds me of Tim,” said Wolves head coach JOHN ANDERSON, who coached Breslin for two seasons. “He loves the game. He plays hard. He’s a quiet leader who leads by example.”

REGNER earned this year’s Breslin Award after fans cast their votes on ChicagoWolves.com for the three candidates nominated by the Wolves coaching staff: REGNER, forward Michael Davies, and defenseman Evan Oberg. He joined Bill Sweatt (2013), Mark Matheson (2012), Jaime Sifers (2011), Matt Anderson (2010), Steve Martins (2009), Brian Sipotz (2008), Brian Fahey (2007), Kevin Doell (2006) and Tim Wedderburn (2005) on the list of Unsung Hero honorees.

“I’m excited,” REGNER said. “You look at all of the great names who have won it before -- and you see all the things that Tim Breslin accomplished on and off the ice --- and it’s a great honor.”

The 24-year-old Westlock, Alberta, native was the only Wolves player to appear in the team’s first 60 games and racked up a streak of 113 consecutive games before suffering an upper-body injury on March 15. He has posted three goals and 21 assists in 62 games this season and ranks second on the team in assists.

Sunday’s pregame ceremony also included St. Viator High School senior Tim Gruensfelder, the winner of the Tim Breslin Memorial scholarship. The Mount Prospect, Ill. resident was diagnosed with cancer when he was 4 years old. He battled spinal tumors and multiple surgeries that forced him into a wheelchair, yet he has developed into a 4.0 student who played three years for a nationally ranked wheelchair basketball team and finished second in archery at the 2012 National Junior Disability Championship. Gruensfelder, who earned homecoming king honors at St. Viator in the fall, receives one semester of college tuition at Saint Louis University.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Releases Mon, 07 Apr 2014 17:30:12 -0500
Wolves Weekly Press Notes for April 7 http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/weekly-reports/item/4032-wolves-weekly-press-notes-for-april-7 http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/weekly-reports/item/4032-wolves-weekly-press-notes-for-april-7 Wolves Weekly Press Notes for April 7

By claiming three points against Milwaukee last week (1-0-0-1), the Wolves clinched the 16th playoff berth in the team’s 20-year history; additionally, Chicago reclaimed the Amtrak Rivalry trophy from the Admirals for their fourth win in five seasons since its inception in 2009-10.

THIS WEEK:

Fri., April 11*
at Iowa Wild
Wells Fargo Arena
7 p.m.

Sat., April 12*
at Milwaukee Admirals#
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Sun., April 13*
vs. Rockford IceHogs$
Allstate Arena
3 p.m.

*U-Too
#Amtrak Rivalry
$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

IT’S A CLINCH

By claiming three points against Milwaukee last week (1-0-0-1), the Wolves clinched the 16th playoff berth in the team’s 20-year history; additionally, Chicago reclaimed the Amtrak Rivalry trophy from the Admirals for their fourth win in five seasons since its inception in 2009-10.

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- Jake Allen: Allowed just one goal in two games against Milwaukee last week to improve his numbers against the Admirals this season to 6-0-2 with a 1.69 goals-against average and .933 save percentage ... Entered the Wolves record books by tying the franchise record for shutouts in a single season (6) and becoming the fourth goaltender in team history to record 30 wins ... Has set or tied his AHL career-highs in wins, minutes, and shutouts this season and is on pace for the best goals-against average and save percentage of his AHL career ... Paces the league with 30 wins, six shutouts, and 2,958:41 minutes played and sits second behind Grand Rapids’ Petr Mrazek with a 2.09 goals-against average and .926 save percentage

--- Pat Cannone: Scored twice in Sunday’s shootout loss to give him seven goals and 14 points in 14 games since returning from injury on March 5 after missing 16 games ... Sunday marked his fourth AHL multiple-goal game and second this season after recording his first professional hat trick on March 8 at Abbotsford ... Sits second on Chicago in goals (15) and plus/minus rating with a +19 and fourth in points (29) ... Tallied 25 points (10G, 15A) and 41 penalty minutes in 74 AHL games with the Binghamton Senators last season, ranking seventh in the AHL with a career-high +21 plus/minus rating

--- Alexandre Bolduc: Dented the net on both Saturday and Sunday, moving his second-half totals to seven goals and 13 assists after posting just 12 points (6G, 6A) in the first half of the season ... Stands third on the Wolves with 13 goals and 32 points ... Represented Team Canada at the Spengler Cup in December ... Held scoreless in 14 NHL games with Phoenix last season ... Was the second-leading scorer for Portland in the AHL with 51 points (24G, 27A) in 56 games

--- Derek Nesbitt: Returned to the Wolves lineup on Tuesday after missing 17 games injured and contributed the game-winning power-play goal on Saturday ... Appeared in two games for Chicago after being acquired from San Antonio on Feb. 8 in exchange for future considerations before leaving the game on Feb. 15 with an injury ... Posted 11 goals and 20 points in 43 games with Oklahoma City and San Antonio this season prior to joining the Wolves

WOLF TRACKS

--- With the victory on Saturday, the Wolves succeeded in putting together a 40-win season for the 14th time in team history; it is just the third time Chicago has done so since head coach JOHN ANDERSON left for Atlanta in 2008.

--- Chicago defenseman Brent Regner returned to the lineup last week as the Wolves put together a perfect 9-for-9 performance on the penalty kill; the team’s PK success rate dipped to 83.3 percent (30-for-36) without REGNER in the lineup as opposed to 86.3 percent (240-for-278) with him.

--- Despite being held scoreless on Sunday, Wolves rookie Ty Rattie tied his AHL-high with a team-leading nine shots on goal; the first-year pro paces Chicago with 204 shots in 69 games while the second-closest active Wolves player is Derek Nesbitt with 119.

--- The Wolves have gone to the shootout in four of their last five games at Allstate Arena, posting a 2-2 mark in those contests; Chicago has a 7-5 season record in the shootout and a 10-10 record overall when the game goes beyond regulation.

WOLVES REWIND (1-0-0-2)

Sunday, April 6
Iowa 4, (at) Chicago 3 (SO)
--- Neither the Wolves nor Wild could hold a lead before the teams decided the game in a six-round shootout
--- Alexandre Bolduc scored 18 seconds in and Pat Cannone bagged two goals, but no Wolves converted shootout attempts
--- Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 29 shots through regulation and overtime and stopped five of six in the shootout

Saturday, April 5
(at) Chicago 4, Milwaukee 1
--- A tight contest, the Wolves scored the winning goal on a power play in the third period and added two empty-net markers late
--- Jani Hakanpaa opened scoring at 2:06 and Chicago got third-period tallies from Derek Nesbitt, Alexandre Bolduc, and Adam Cracknell
--- Goaltender Jake Allen stopped 24 of 25 shots for his 30th win

Tuesday, April 1
Milwaukee 1, (at) Chicago 0 (SO)
--- The Wolves and Admirals battled for 65 minutes with no score
--- Keith Aucoin scored the lone tally for Chicago in the six-round shootout as Milwaukee converted two chances
--- Goaltender Jake Allen saved all 22 shots through regulation and overtime for his sixth shutout, tying the Wolves franchise record for single-season shutouts by a goaltender

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Weekly Reports Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:01:43 -0500
Wolves settle for point in shootout loss to Iowa http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/game-recaps/item/4031-wolves-settle-for-point-in-shootout-loss-to-iowa http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/game-recaps/item/4031-wolves-settle-for-point-in-shootout-loss-to-iowa Wolves settle for point in shootout loss to Iowa

Rosemont, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves earned a point for the 24th time in their last 25 home games, but the Iowa Wild claimed a 4-3 shootout victory Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

Rosemont, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves earned a point for the 24th time in their last 25 home games, but the Iowa Wild claimed a 4-3 shootout victory Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

Center Pat Cannone scored two goals and Alexandre Bolduc notched the other for the Wolves (40-20-5-5) while goaltender Matt Climie stopped 29 shots in regulation and overtime and rejected five of six in the shootout. Iowa’s Dylan Labbe provided the shootout’s only goal in the sixth round.

Chicago, which wrapped up a playoff berth Saturday night, pulled within six points of Midwest Division-leading Grand Rapids and holds two games in hand with six to play.

“We scored one goal in the first period and then went to sleep every shift after that and let them in the game,” said Wolves coach John Anderson. “If we want to push on to the playoffs and play better than that, then we’ve got to be smarter than that.”

Chicago jumped on top 18 seconds into the game as defenseman Brett Ponich sent the puck up the ice from the Wolves zone. Bolduc chased it down and fired it past Iowa goaltender Cody Reichard from the left faceoff dot.

Iowa (27-33-6-4) seized a 2-1 lead with a pair of goals in a 53-second span of the first period. Forward Tyler Graovac scored at 6:28 as he slipped free in the slot past a Wolves defenseman, accepted Marc Hagel’s pass from the top of the right circle and sneaked the puck past Climie (9-9-2) from close range.

Left wing Kris Foucault made it 2-1 at 7:21 as he pounced on a loose rebound just outside the crease and squeezed it home before Climie could jam his left skate against the post.

Cannone and Michael Davies teamed up to pull the Wolves into a 2-2 tie at 7:01 of the second. After a faceoff in the Iowa zone, Davies claimed the puck, carried it behind the net and sent a nifty backhand pass to Cannone just in front of the crease. Cannone chipped the puck into the top left corner of the net for his 14th goal of the year.

Cannone added his second goal at 2:00 of the third to give the Wolves a 3-2 edge as Taylor Chorney’s shot from the point deflected off Cannone in the slot and past Reichard.

Foucault answered Cannone with his second goal of the night at 8:37 to pull Iowa even and force overtime. Warren Peters flung a shot from the right point that Foucault secured in the crease and nudged past Climie with a backhand while falling to the ice.

Reichard (1-0-0) registered 42 saves in regulation and overtime and rejected all six shots he faced in the shootout to earn the win in his first AHL start of the season.

The Wolves hit the road Friday at Iowa and Saturday at Milwaukee for an Amtrak Rivalry game, but return to Allstate Arena at 3 p.m. Sunday for an Illinois Lottery Cup showdown with Rockford. To obtain ticket deals for this game or the Calder Cup playoffs, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

WILD 4, WOLVES 3 (SO)

Iowa 2 0 1 0 1 -- 4

Chicago 1 1 1 0 0 -- 3

First Period---1, Chicago, Bolduc 13 (Ponich), 0:18; 2, Iowa, Graovac 10 (Hagel, MacQueen), 6:28; 3, Iowa, Foucault 10 (Labbe, Medvec), 7:21. Penalties---Gabriel, Iowa (boarding), 3:13; Cannone, Chicago (slashing), 16:50.

Second Period---4, Chicago, Cannone 14 (Davies, Harper), 7:01. Penalties---Peters, Iowa (holding), 9:09; Gabriel, Iowa (hooking), 19:10.

Third Period---5, Chicago, Cannone 15 (Chorney, Harper), 2:00; 6, Iowa, Foucault 11 (Peters, Medvec), 8:37. Penalties---Baldwin, Iowa (fighting), 13:38; Ponich, Chicago (fighting), 13:38.

Overtime---None. Penalties---None.

Shootout---Iowa 1 (McMillan NG, Graovac NG, Phillips NG, Kampfer NG, Bussieres NG, Labbe G); Chicago 0 (Aucoin NG. Cracknell NG, Harper NG, Rattie NG, Davies NG, Cannone NG).

Shots on goal---Iowa: 14-8-8-2-1—33; Chicago: 7-19-13-6-0—45. Power plays---Iowa 0-1; Chicago 0-3. Goalies—Iowa, Reichard (42-45); Chicago, Climie (29-32). A---8,516. Referees---Shaun Davis and Keith Kaval. Linesmen---Al Stensland and Alex Stagnone.

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ijaved@chicagowolves.com (Super User) Game Recaps Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:55:11 -0500
Wolves clinch playoff bid with win over Milwaukee http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/game-recaps/item/4030-wolves-clinch-playoff-bid-with-win-over-milwaukee http://206-123-105-208.static.directrouter.com/news/game-recaps/item/4030-wolves-clinch-playoff-bid-with-win-over-milwaukee Wolves clinch playoff bid with win over Milwaukee

ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves clinched the 16th postseason berth in their 20-year history with a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday night before 10,126 at Allstate Arena.

ROSEMONT, Ill.---The Chicago Wolves clinched the 16th postseason berth in their 20-year history with a 4-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday night before 10,126 at Allstate Arena.

Left wing Derek Nesbitt’s power-play goal at 3:55 of the third period served as the game-winner for the Wolves, who also received an early goal from defenseman Jani Hakanpaa and empty-net goals from forwards Alexandre Bolduc and Adam Cracknell. Jake Allen stopped 24 of 25 shots to earn his AHL-leading 30th win of the season.

The Wolves (40-20-5-4) also clinched the Amtrak Rivalry trophy as they have won seven of their 10 meetings with the Admirals (34-23-6-7). Every game had been decided by a one-goal margin until tonight.

“It’s a little bit of a breather (to clinch), but it’s an unfinished task,” said Wolves head coach John Anderson. “It’s exhausting, believe me. I’m glad we hooked it up tonight and we got our win and we’re in the playoffs. Now we’re trying to run down first place (in the Midwest Division).”

Hakanpaa gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead 2:06 into the game on a wrister from the right circle that eluded Milwaukee goaltender Scott Darling. Sergey Andronov fought to win the puck along the near boards and got it to Pat Cannone working along the goal line to Darling’s right. Cannone delivered a cross-ice pass to Hakanpaa for his fourth goal of the year.

Milwaukee pulled even on Joonas Rask’s goal at 7:49 of the second. Scott Valentine banged a pass off the boards in the Milwaukee zone that Rask claimed just outside Allen’s crease and stuffed it in the net.

The Wolves regained their one-goal edge at 3:55 of the third on Nesbitt’s goal. He set up at the top of the right circle, accepted a pass from Ty Rattie and rifled a blast that Darling appeared to stop, but the puck trickled between his legs and across the goal line for Nesbitt’s first goal with the Wolves. Brent Regner also assisted on the game-winner.

Bolduc hustled for his unassisted empty-net goal at 18:39 and Cracknell earned his at 19:06 with assists from Keith Aucoin and Brett Ponich.

Allen (30-16-3) allowed one goal in 105 minutes against Milwaukee this week and has picked up six wins against the Admirals this year. Darling (12-5-2) rejected 22 of 24 shots in the loss.

The Wolves wrap up their homestand with a 3 p.m. game Sunday against Iowa at Allstate Arena. To save money on tickets, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

WOLVES 4, ADMIRALS 1

Milwaukee 0 1 0 -- 1

Chicago 1 0 3 -- 4

First Period---1, Chicago, Hakanpaa 4 (Cannone, Andronov), 2:06. Penalties---Andronov, Chicago (interference), 6:36; Bitetto, Milwaukee (holding), 14:04; Bolduc, Chicago (slashing), 16:30; Rask, Milwaukee (goaltender interference), 19:26.

Second Period---2, Milwaukee, Rask 4 (Valentine), 7:49. Penalties---Ponich, Chicago (hooking), 5:04; Selleck, Chicago (boarding major, game misconduct), 13:25; Davies, Chicago (hooking), 19:35.

Third Period---3, Chicago, Nesbitt 12 (Rattie, Regner), 3:55 pp; 4, Chicago, Bolduc 12 (unassisted), 18:39 en; 5, Chicago, Cracknell 12 (Aucoin, Ponich), 19:06 en. Penalties---Milwaukee (too many men on ice, served by Pimm), 3:37; Hakanpaa, Chicago (delay of game), 7:19; Salomaki, Milwaukee (slashing), 9:48; Rodney, Milwaukee (boarding), 11:28.

Shots on goal---Milwaukee: 7-12-6—25; Chicago: 12-7-7--26. Power plays---Milwaukee 0-6; Chicago 1-5. Goalies—Milwaukee, Darling (22-24); Chicago, Allen (24-25). A---10,126. Referee---Jarrod Ragusin. Linesmen---Aaron Mills and Alex Stagnone.

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