05 February 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 5

Wed., Feb. 7    
at Hamilton Bulldogs    
Copps Coliseum    
6:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 9    
at Hamilton Bulldogs    
Copps Coliseum    
6:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 10    
at Toronto Marlies    
Ricoh Coliseum    
3:00 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 11    
vs. Syracuse Crunch    
Allstate Arena    
4:00 p.m.



--- CORY LAROSE: Currently on a 10-game point streak, accruing six
goals and 13 assists during that span, which includes a helper on
Saturday ... Notched a point in 10 straight games from Dec. 12 to 30
... Ranks third in the AHL with 38 assists – which matches a career
high – and shares sixth with 53 points in 35 outings this season

--- BRETT STERLING: Named the MVP of the 2007 AHL All-Star Game last
Monday after netting two goals and two assists to lead the PlanetUSA
squad to victory ... Netted his AHL-leading 40th marker of the season
on Friday, becoming just the fourth player in Wolves history to hit
the 40-goal plateau in a single season ... Paces the league with 17
power-play goals and ranks second with 67 points, which is five shy of
matching the single-season rookie franchise record

--- MARK POPOVIC: Registered five goals and nine points in his last
nine games, which includes a marker in Saturday's loss ... Shares
fourth among AHL blueliners with nine goals and has posted 24 points
in 36 outings this season ... Netted 21 goals in 109 tilts with the
Wolves spanning two seasons after notching eight in 221 matchups with
the AHL's Cincinnati Mighty Ducks from 2002 to 2005

--- KEVIN DOELL: Racked up three points (G, 2A) in the last three
games, which includes matching a season-high with two assists in
Saturday's 4-3 loss against Manitoba ... Collected multiple points in
four tilts this season ... Posted nine of his 10 goals and 17 of his
21 points on the road this season

--- FRED BRATHWAITE: Earned wins in three straight starts, registering
92 saves on 97 shots during that span ... Shares eighth in the AHL
with 15 wins and paces Wolves goaltenders with a 2.62 goals-against
average and a .907 save percentage in 25 games

--- NATHAN OYSTRICK:  Notched five points in the last four games (G,
4A), which includes an assist on Saturday ... Recorded 10 goals this
season, third-best among AHL defensemen and the most by a rookie
blueliner in franchise history ... Ranks second among league
defensemen and is tied for eighth among AHL rookies with 35 points in
51 games

For complete team statistics, click here


The Wolves have posted a 3-1-0-1 record on their franchise-record
tying nine-game road trip thus far.  Chicago, which returns home on
Feb. 11, leads the AHL with 21 road wins (21-5-0-1), this season, six
shy of matching the franchise record for wins in a single season away
from the Allstate Arena.


--- Saturday's 4-3 loss against Manitoba was Chicago's first in
regulation since Jan. 17, a span of eight games.

--- The Wolves have racked up 31 wins this season, second-most in the
Western Conference and tied for third in the AHL; the squad's 67
points are tied for the most in the Western Conference and fourth in
the AHL.

--- Chicago has notched at least three goals in 43 of its 51 games
this season; the Wolves have accrued an AHL-high 223 goals this
season, which is 25 more than the next closest club (Norfolk, 198).

--- Defensemen ANDY DELMORE (12), NATHAN OYSTRICK (10) and MARK
POPOVIC (9) have combined for 31 goals this season; DELMORE, acquired
in a trade by the Atlanta Thrashers with the Tampa Bay Lightning on
Thursday, leads AHL blueliners with his 12 markers, while OYSTRICK
ranks third and POPOVIC is tied for fourth.

--- The Wolves allowed a power-play goal on Manitoba's only
man-advantage chance on Saturday after holding their opponents to just
one power-play goal in the previous seven games (28 of 29).


The Wolves wives will be selling autographed Valentine's Day pucks
during home games on Sun., Feb. 11; Sat., Feb. 24; Sun., Feb. 25;
Sat., March 3 and Sun., March 4.  The specially wrapped pucks, which
hold candy and are autographed by a surprise Wolves player, can be
purchased for $10.  Fans who buy a puck that has the Wolves player's
name signed in gold will have the chance to meet that player after the


Sat., Feb. 3                                          
(at) Manitoba 4, Chicago 3
--- The Wolves allowed an early third-period lead to slip away as the
Manitoba Moose collected two late goals to earn a 4-3 victory at the
MTS Centre
--- Defensemen JON AWE and MARK POPOVIC and left wing COLIN STUART
notched Chicago's goals while center KEVIN DOELL posted two assists
--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT recorded 24 saves

Fri., Feb. 2                                    
Chicago 3, (at) Manitoba 2 (OT)
--- Defenseman BRIAN FAHEY's goal with 14 seconds remaining in
overtime gave Chicago a 3-2 victory against the Manitoba Moose at the
MTS Centre
--- Blueliner NATHAN OYSTRICK (G, A) and center CORY LAROSE (2A)
contributed two points apiece
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE turned aside 34 of the 36 shots he
faced, which includes four saves in overtime