10 October 2011

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 10

THIS WEEK:


Fri., Oct. 14*
at Milwaukee Admirals
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 15^
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100
^My50

ALL GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON MY50 CHICAGO, NBC NONSTOP OR COMCAST NETWORK 100 ON XFINITY TV FROM COMCAST

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HOME COOKING


The Wolves open their 38-game home slate when they host the Milwaukee Admirals at the Allstate Arena on Saturday; Chicago has posted a 10-6-1-0 mark in home openers, which includes a 2-3-0-0 record against Milwaukee.


WOLVES HEADLINES


--- Darren Haydar: Shared the team lead with 2 points (2A) in two games last week ... Ranked second on the Wolves and fourth in the AHL with 74 points (27G, 47A) in 77 games last season ... Paced the team and shared 17th in the league with 27 goals and held second on the squad and tied for seventh in the circuit with 47 assists ... Named to the 2011 AHL Second All-Star Team ... Ranks sixth on Chicago’s all-time scoring register with 256 points (87G, 169A) in just 203 games with the club, spanning four seasons (2006-08; 2010-11-present)

--- Kevin Doell: Shared first on the team with 2 points (G, A) in two games last week ... Ranked first on Tappara Tampere with 18 goals and 38 points in 58 Finnish League contests last season ... Spent six seasons with the Wolves from 2003-2008 and 2009-10, and ranks 12th on Chicago’s all-time scoring register with 171 points (70G, 101A) in 361 career games

--- Eddie Lack: Turned aside 31 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime and two of four shootout attempts in his Wolves debut on Saturday ... Shared first among AHL rookies and tied for fourth overall in the league with 28 victories and ranked seventh in the circuit with a 2.26 goals-against average in 53 outings with the Manitoba Moose last season ... Posted a 28-21-4 record and shared fourth in the league with a .926 save percentage during his AHL debut ... Named to the 2011 AHL All-Rookie Team

--- Mark Mancari: Tallied his first goal as a member of the Wolves on Sunday ... Ranked fifth in the AHL with a career-high 32 goals and shared 14th in the league with 64 points in 56 games with the Portland Pirates last season ... Skated in 20 National Hockey League contests with the Buffalo Sabres last year, recording 7 assists and 8 points ... Named to the 2011 AHL First All-Star Team

--- Darren Archibald: Scored his first career AHL goal in his professional debut on Saturday ... Recorded career-highs with 41 goals and 66 points in 61 OHL contests with the Barrie Colts and Niagara IceDogs last season; his 41 markers shared ninth in the OHL ... Amassed 82 goals, 82 assists and 164 points in 186 career OHL games with Niagara and Barrie, spanning three seasons (2008-11) 


WOLF TRACKS


--- Defenseman Adam Polasek posted his first AHL point when he assisted on Mark Mancari’s goal on Sunday; the 20-year-old forward spent the past two seasons with Prince Edward Island of the QMJHL, where he amassed 60 assists, 80 points and 150 penalty minutes in 127 outings from 2009-11.

--- The Wolves scored on one of their 15 power-play chances this weekend; Chicago ranked fifth in the AHL with a 20.6 efficiency rating on the power-play last year (76 of 369) and its 20.6 rating was the second highest in franchise history, trailing only the 2007-08 squad’s 20.8 rating (107 of 515).

--- Chicago thwarted 10 of its opponents’ 12 power-play chances this weekend, which includes killing off all five of San Antonio’s attempts on Saturday; the Wolves ranked 29th in the league with an 77.7 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (290 of 373) last season.

--- The Wolves shootout loss on Saturday was the third time in franchise history they have lost in a shootout to open a season (1994, 1996); Chicago has notched a 30-34 (.469) mark in the shootout round since the AHL began using the format in 2004-05.

--- The average age on the Wolves roster is 23.9, with players ranging in age from 20 to 32.


HOT DIGGITY DOG!


--- For the 11th straight season, the Wolves have teamed up with the City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control to help find loving families for dogs. Visit “HAYDAR’S HOUNDS,” presented by Pets Supplies Plus, Evo, Natural Balance Pet Foods and Pedigree, in the South lobby of the Allstate Arena on Saturday and take home a furry friend! Over 900 dogs have found homes through Wolves Adopt-a-Dog nights since the program’s inception in 2001.


WOLVES REWIND (0-1-0-1)


Sun., Oct. 9
(at) Houston 4, Chicago 1
--- The Wolves fell into a 3-0 deficit and never recovered and eventually fell 4-1 to the Houston Aeros at the Toyota Center
--- Right wing Mark Mancari potted the lone tally for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 30 of 34 shots

Sat., Oct. 8
(at) San Antonio 3, Chicago 2 (SO)
--- The Wolves opened their 18th season with a 3-2 shootout loss to the San Antonio Rampage at the AT&T Center
--- Forwards Kevin Doell and Darren Archibald each scored for Chicago, while all four shooters for the Wolves failed to convert in the shootout
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack kicked out 31 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime and two of four attempts in the shootout