19 October 2009

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 19

Sat., Oct. 24^
vs. Abbotsford Heat
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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The Wolves have accrued a 35.7 efficiency rating on the power-play in their last three tilts (five of 14), which includes potting a season-high three man-advantage markers against Rockford on Oct. 14; Chicago ranks ninth in the AHL with a 23.1 conversion rate on the man advantage (six of 26).


--- Tim Stapleton: Shares first on the team with three goals and four points in six games this season ... Ranked first on the Toronto Marlies and tied for seventh in the AHL with 79 points in 70 outings last season ... Paced the Marlies with 28 goals and 51 assists ... Appeared in four NHL outings with the Toronto Maple Leafs, picking up his first career NHL goal on Feb. 28 at Ottawa

--- Andrew Kozek: Tallied his second career multiple-goal game and matched a team season-high three points on Saturday ... Shares the team lead with four points (2G, 2A) in six games this year ... Recorded two goals, two penalty minutes and a +2 plus/minus rating in five outings with the Wolves last season after signing an Amateur Tryout Contract on March 31 ... Tallied eight goals and 20 points in 38 games with the University of North Dakota (WCHA) during his senior year last season

--- Matt Anderson: Netted a career-high two goals on Wednesday ... Shares first on the club with three goals in three games this season ... Shared second among team rookies with 13 goals and tied for eighth on the Wolves with 31 points in 66 outings last season ... Paced Chicago and shared 19th in the AHL with a +20 plus/minus rating

--- Paul Postma: Set a team season-high with three points (G, 2A) on Wednesday - the first points of his professional career ... Shares first on the team with four points (G, 3A) in six games this season ... Paced Western Hockey League defensemen and set career-highs with 23 goals, 61 assists and 84 points in 70 outings with the Calgary Hitmen last season ... Led the WHL with a +67 plus/minus rating, which also broke a Calgary franchise record ... Was the runner-up for the 2008-09 Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy, given annually to the WHL's top defenseman


--- Chicago was perfect on the penalty kill for the first time this season against Hamilton on Saturday (five of five); The Wolves have thwarted 19 of their opponents' 24 power-play chances this season (79.2 percent).

--- Defenseman Brian Sipotz matched a career-high with two assists in his season debut on Saturday; the 28-year-old blueliner matched a career-most two goals and registered seven points and 36 penalty minutes in 66 contests with the Wolves last season.

--- Right wing Spencer Machacek has notched four points (G, 3A) during his current three-game point streak; the 21-year-old forward ranked second on the team and shared 14th among league rookies with 48 points (23G, 25A) in a team-high 77 games during his rookie year last season.

--- Chicago's loss on Saturday was just the fifth time the club has suffered a defeat when scoring four or more goals since the start of last season; The Wolves have notched a 20-4-1-0 mark since the beginning of last year when potting four or more markers, including a 1-1-0-0 record this season.

--- The Wolves will play their next three contests at the Allstate Arena, which includes the team's first ever meeting with the Abbotsford Heat; Chicago has posted a 1-2-0-0 record on home ice this season.


--- The Wolves will take to the ice with special pink sticks in warmups for their Sat., Oct. 24 game. The sticks will then be autographed and auctioned off throughout the game. Fans will also be able to purchase a "Stick It To Breast Cancer" T-shirt for a $20 donation and the Wolves encourage fans to wear pink to the game that night. Proceeds benefit the Breast Cancer Network of Strength and Chicago Wolves Charities.


Sat., Oct. 17
Hamilton 5, (at) Chicago 4
--- The Wolves rallied to pull within one late in the third period, but it wasn't enough to get by the Hamilton Bulldogs, who took a 5-4 decision at the Allstate Arena Saturday night
--- Rookie forward Andrew Kozek led the way for Chicago with two goals and three points, while Brian Sipotz (2A), Kevin Doell (2A) and Spencer Machacek also posted multiple-point outings
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre turned aside 22 of 27 shots

Fri., Oct. 16
(at) Rockford 4, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves lost hold of a 1-1 tie in the second period, surrendering three straight goals on the way to a 4-1 loss to the Rockford IceHogs at the Rockford MetroCentre Friday night.
--- Right wing Tim Stapleton scored for the Wolves
--- Goaltender Manny Legace posted 29 saves

Wed., Oct. 14
(at) Chicago 5, Rockford 4
--- The Wolves rallied from a 4-2 third-period deficit with three straight markers to earn their first win of the season, 5-4, over the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday
--- Center Matt Anderson potted two goals, including the game-winner, while Paul Postma led the way with three points (G, 2A)
--- Goaltender Manny Legace stopped 34 shots in his Wolves debut