22 March 2010

Weekly Press Notes For March 22


Fri., March 26*
vs. Texas Stars
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sat., March 27*
at Rockford IceHogs
Rockford MetroCentre
7 p.m.

Sun., March 28^
vs. Texas Stars
Allstate Arena
3 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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Chicago clinched a berth in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs with its win over San Antonio on Sunday, marking the 14th time in 16 years the squad has qualified for the postseason. The Wolves are six points away from securing home ice in the first round.


--- Tim Stapleton: Collected three goals and four points in three games this week, which includes potting both of Chicago's goal in regulation on Sunday ... Ranks second on the team and shares eighth in the AHL with 29 goals and ranks second on the Wolves and shares 20th in the league with 58 points in 70 games this year ... Is the only Wolves player to have appeared in all 70 matchups this season ... Bagged four goals in his last three outings after being held to four markers in his previous 22 matchups

--- Drew MacIntyre: Turned aside 73 of 75 shots he faced in two appearance this week, which includes a season-high 45 shots in regulation and overtime and kicking out all four attempts in the shootout on Sunday ... Shares seventh in the AHL with a .920 save percentage and ranks 11th in the league with a 2.44 goals-against average in 36 outings this season (19-14-2) ... Held opponents to two or fewer goals in 20 appearances this season

--- Joey Crabb: Notched three assists and four points in three games this week, which includes his 10th multiple-point outing on Saturday ... Ranks third on the team with a career-high 22 goals and shares fifth with 25 assists - one shy of matching a career high ... Holds fourth on the team with a career-best 47 points in 69 games overall this season

--- Jason Krog: Held scoreless on Sunday after recording three assists and four points in his previous three contests ... Ranks first on the Wolves and second in the AHL with 56 assists and paces the team and ranks fifth in the league with
70 points in 68 matchups this year


--- Chicago (45-19-1-5) ranks third in the AHL with 45 wins and 96 points, the third most victories and second most points in team history through 70 games.

--- With 10 games remaining in their regular season, the Wolves hold a nine-point cushion over Texas for the West Division lead.

--- Defenseman Arturs Kulda has accrued a +6 rating in his last three games and paces the AHL with a +45 plus/minus rating in 58 games overall this season; the 21-year-old blueliner has registered a plus or even rating in 50 of his 58 outings this year.

--- The Wolves have potted a short-handed strike in each of their last two games and share fourth in the league with 13 shorties overall this season.

--- Center Kevin Doell posted his second multiple-goal outing of the season on Saturday, and has bagged three goals in his last three games; the 30-year-old forward shares sixth on the team with 14 goals and ranks eighth with 34 points in 69 games this season.

--- The Wolves have surrendered one man-advantage marker in each of the last three contests after allowing just one power-play goal in their previous six games; Chicago ranks seventh in the league with an 84.3 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (225 of 267).

--- Chicago has bagged just one power-play goal in its last nine outings (one for 24); the Wolves rank 14th in the AHL with an 17.6 efficiency rating on the power-play (50 of 284).


--- The Wolves will host the 10th annual Skates Mates Kids Club party, exclusively for members, at the Allstate Arena tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Kids clubs members will have the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite players, get a tour of the Wolves locker room and get the chance to try on hockey equipment. For more information or to sign up, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


Sat., March 21
(at) Chicago 3, San Antonio 2 (SO)
--- The Wolves clinched a berth in the 2010 Calder Cup Playoffs with a 3-2 shootout victory over the San Antonio Rampage at the Allstate Arena
--- Right wing Tim Stapleton provided both Wolves goals in regulation and converted in the shootout, as did left wing Andrew Kozek
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre made a season-high 45 saves in regulation and overtime and stopped all four San Antonio attempts in the shootout

Sat., March 20
(at) Chicago 6, San Antonio 3
--- The Wolves gave up three goals in the game's first 10 minutes but rallied with six straight markers for a 6-3 win over San Antonio at the Allstate Arena
--- Center Kevin Doell (2G) was one of five Wolves to dent the net
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped all 28 shots he faced in 49:59 of relief duty to pick up the win

Tue., March 16
Chicago 4, (at) Milwaukee 3
--- The Wolves scored three goals in the third period to come back and earn a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center
--- Forwards Tim Stapleton, Kevin Doell, Rylan Kaip and Johnny Pohl scored
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino made 26 saves on 29 shots