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Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 7 Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
07 January 2014

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 7

THIS WEEK:

Sat., Jan. 11*
at Milwaukee Admirals#
Bradley Center
7 p.m.

*U-Too
#Amtrak Rivalry

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

MOVIN’ ON UP

The Wolves have rattled off a 9-4-1-0 mark and .679 winning percentage since the start of December to move into second place in the Midwest Division with 41 points through 35 games (19-13-1-2); Chicago has won seven of its last nine tilts and has dropped one regulation contest since Dec. 15.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Mark Mancari: Paced the club with 4 assists and 4 points in three games last week and in the process became the 87th player in AHL history to record 500 career points ... Has posted 4 goals, 8 assists, and 12 points in his last 10 outings ... Shares fourth on Chicago with 8 goals and holds second on the squad with 23 points in 31 games this season ... Also paces team forwards and shares first on the Wolves with a +10 plus/minus rating and has accrued a plus or even rating in 20 of his last 21 outings ... Paced the Rochester Americans with 22 goals, 39 assists, and 61 points last season while appearing in all 76 games

--- Sergey Andronov: Tallied 2 goals and 3 points in three games last week to extend his point streak to a career-high four games ... Accumulated 5 goals and 6 points during that span ... Shares second on Chicago with 9 goals and fourth with 16 points in 31 games this season ... Missed Chicago’s tilts on Dec. 28 and 29 after being recalled by the St. Louis Blues on emergency conditions, but did not appear in any games with the Blues ... Recorded 8 goals, 11 assists, and 19 points in 59 AHL games with the Peoria Rivermen last season, his first year in North America

--- Pat Cannone: Bagged goals in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday, which marked the fourth time in his AHL career he has achieved that feat ... Pocketed 4 goals and 7 points in his last nine contests ... Shares fourth on Chicago with 8 goals and seventh with 15 points in 34 contests this year ... also ranks second among club forwards with a +9 plus/minus rating and has accrued a plus or even rating in 28 of his 34 tilts ... Tallied 25 points (10G, 15A) and 41 penalty minutes in 74 AHL games with Binghamton last season

--- Keith Aucoin: Dished out 2 helpers on Saturday to move into sole possession of seventh place on the AHL’s all-time scoring register with 830 points (237G, 593A) in 732 career outings... Collected 3 goals, 7 assists, and 10 points in eight games since returning to the lineup after missing nine games from Nov. 24 to Dec. 20 ... Tied for fifth on Chicago with 16 points (4G, 12A) in 25 matchups this year ... Appeared in an NHL career-high 41 games with the New York Islanders last year, where he posted an NHL career-best 6 goals and totaled 12 points ... Also collected 10 goals, 27 helpers, and 37 points in 34 AHL outings with Toronto

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves have won their last seven home contests, the longest such stretch since they won eight straight games at the Allstate Arena from Dec. 30, 2009 to Jan. 27, 2010; Chicago only plays two more games in Rosemont during January, which happens on Jan. 17 (Toronto) and 18 (Rockford).

--- Chicago has been short-handed three or fewer times in eight consecutive games; the Wolves, who have killed off 17 of 21 power plays during that stretch, rank eighth in the AHL with a 84.8 efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (134 of 158).

--- Chicago rookies have combined for 25 goals through 34 games this season, led by forward Ty Rattie’s 12 markers; last season’s first-year pros combined to score 21 tallies for the Wolves.

--- The Wolves have earned 10 victories against the Midwest Division through 18 divisional games this year; Chicago won just 10 games in its final 39 outings against the Midwest Division last season.

--- Chicago has bagged 14 goals on 24 attempts in five shootouts this season after converting on just 18 of 48 attempts in 10 shootouts last year.

--- The Wolves have scored seven of their 19 power-play goals against the Rockford IceHogs this season, which included two on three chances Sunday; Chicago has cashed in on 19 of its 164 power-play chances this season.

READING RAINBOW

--- Wolves defensemen Cade Fairchild and Brent Regner and right wing Shane Harper will combine to make five “Read to Succeed” visits, presented by Butternut Bread and J.U.L.I.E. Inc. on Wednesday. Members of the squad will make more than 25 library visits throughout the Chicago area this season for the program, which has reached more than 650,000 children since its inception in 1995. For the full schedule visit chicagowolves.com/community.

WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)

Sunday, Jan. 5
(at) Chicago 4, Rockford 3 (SO)
--- The Wolves allowed the tying goal with 47 seconds remaining in regulation, but were able to recover and win a 4-3 shootout decision over the Rockford IceHogs in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Alexandre Bolduc, Sergey Andronov, and Pat Cannone tickled the twine in regulation
--- Goaltender Jordan Binnington stopped 31 shots in regulation and overtime and three of four shootout attempts to earn his first AHL victory

Saturday, Jan. 4
(at) Chicago 4, Iowa 3 (SO)
--- The Wolves bounced back from a 3-1 deficit to win a 4-3 shootout decision against the Iowa Wild at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Sergey Andronov, Pat Cannone, and Ty Rattie potted tallies in regulation
--- Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 27 of 30 shots in regulation and overtime and two of three shootout attempts

Friday, Jan. 3
(at) Grand Rapids 3, Chicago 1
--- Defenseman David Shields’ short-handed goal pulled the Wolves into a 1-1 tie early in the third period, but the Griffins answered with a power-play tally and an empty-net goal to earn the win
--- Left wing Sergey Andronov picked up the lone assist on the SHIELDS goal
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 26 of 28 shots



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