19 March 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for March 19

Sat., March 24    
at Peoria Rivermen    
Carver Arena    
7:00 p.m.

Sun., March 25    
vs. Peoria Rivermen    
Allstate Arena    
3:00 p.m.


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--- BRETT STERLING: Held without a goal on Saturday, snapping a streak that saw him notch a marker in four straight games (6G), which includes registering his third hat trick of the season on Wednesday ... Leads the AHL with 50 goals, becoming just the fifth rookie in league history to hit that mark ... Paces the league with 21 power-play goals and ranks second with 86 points and 239 shots

--- DARREN HAYDAR: Registered nine points (3G, 6A) in the last four games, which
includes three multiple-point efforts ... Accrued at least one point in 55 of his 62 tilts this season, which includes 30 multi-point performances ... Leads the AHL with a career-high 104 points, the fifth-highest single-season total in club history ... Dished out a league-best 69 assists this year, third-most in a single season in team history

--- JASON KROG: Recorded 12 points (3G, 9A) in eight games since returning to the Wolves on March 3, which includes a goal and an assist on Saturday ... Tallied a point in 32 of his 33 tilts in a Chicago uniform this season, averaging an AHL-best 1.94 points per game in the process ... Shares sixth in the league with a career-most 42 assists and 13th with a career-high 64 points in 33 outings

--- NATHAN OYSTRICK: Potted a goal in each of his last two games - which includes Friday's overtime winner - after being held off the scoresheet in six straight matchups ... Ranks second among AHL defensemen with 43 points in 69 games ... Recorded 14 goals this season, tied for the second-best among league blueliners and a club record by a rookie defenseman

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Linemates BRETT STERLING and DARREN HAYDAR reached milestones in Friday's
5-4 overtime win over Omaha.  STERLING potted his 50th goal of the season,
joining retired forwards ROB BROWN and STEVE MALTAIS as the only players to hit the 50-goal mark in franchise history.  HAYDAR topped the 100-point mark in the win, joining BROWN and MALTAIS as the only players in the club's 13-year
existence to accomplish that feat.  


--- With 11 games remaining on their regular-season slate, the Wolves
(87 points) hold a four-point edge over the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (83) for first place in the West Division; the Knights have three games in hand.

--- Chicago's 40 wins leads the Western Conference while its 87 points rank second.

--- The Wolves play two of their three tilts on the road this week; Chicago
leads the AHL with 25 road wins this season     (25-7-1-2), two shy of matching both a league and franchise record.

--- All three of Chicago's games last week were decided by one marker (2-1-0-0); the squad has posted an 11-6-2-5 (.604) mark in contests decided by one goal this season.

--- The Wolves have potted a franchise-best and AHL-high 102 power-play goals this season, eclipsing the 98 man-advantage markers the 2002-03 squad posted in 80 contests; the squad has netted two man-advantage markers in five of the last seven tilts.

--- Friday's win was Chicago's fifth in overtime this season; the squad has accrued a 5-2 record in games decided in overtime this season while registering a 1-4 mark in the shootout.


Wolves rookie JOEY CRABB will visit the Eisenhower Library in Harwood Heights, 4652 N. Olcott Ave., on Tue., March 27 at 4:30 p.m., part of the team's Read to Succeed program, sponsored by Fisher Nuts and College Illinois!, which has reached nearly 400,000 children in 10 seasons.


Sat., March 17                                     
Milwaukee 5, (at) Chicago 4
--- The Wolves came back from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game but were victimized by two third-period goals en route to a 5-4 loss to the Milwaukee Admirals at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards JASON KROG and DARREN HAYDAR each collected a goal and an assist
--- Netminder FRED BRATHWAITE posted 19 saves

Fri., March 16                                     
Chicago 5, (at) Omaha 4 (OT)
--- Chicago surrendered leads of 3-1 and 4-2 but scored 17 seconds into overtime to earn a 5-4 victory over the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights at the Omaha Civic Auditorium
--- Linemates DARREN HAYDAR (2PPG, A) and BRETT STERLING (G, 2A) led the offense with three points apiece
--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT accrued 24 saves

Wed., March 14                                       
(at) Chicago 4, Peoria 3
--- The Wolves erased two one-goal deficits and used a marker by rookie BRETT STERLING with 51 seconds remaining in regulation to best the Peoria Rivermen, 4-3, at the Allstate Arena
--- STERLING posted a hat trick, while linemate DARREN HAYDAR contributed three assists
--- Netminder FRED BRATHWAITE recorded 21 saves