22 October 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 22

Fri., Oct 26
vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 27
at Milwaukee Admirals
Bradley Center
7:30 p.m.

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FOUR SURE

With four consecutive wins to begin the season, Chicago is off to its best start in franchise history. The 1997-98 and 2001-02 squads, which both won league titles, held the previous record with three straight victories to start the season. The Wolves are one of two teams in the AHL that are still undefeated.

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- Jesse Schultz: Posted at least one point in each of his first four games as a member of the Wolves, which includes netting two goals in Sunday's win over Peoria ... Paces the team with seven points and is tied for the club lead with three goals and four assists ... Collected 18 goals and 39 points in 67 games with the Manitoba Moose and was also held scoreless in two games with the Vancouver Canucks during his NHL debut last season

--- Fred Brathwaite: Collected two wins last week in his 2007-08 debut, recording 47 saves on 53 shots ... Registered a team season-high 28 saves in Sunday's win in Peoria ... Led Wolves netminders with a 2.74 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage in 40 regular-season games last year ... Recorded a 22-13-5 record and two shutouts for Chicago last season

--- Jason Krog: Tallied Friday's overtime-winning goal to defeat Rockford ... Shares the team lead with three goals and is tied for third with four points ... Held pointless on Sunday for just the fourth time in 48 career regular-season games with the Wolves ... Ranked fifth in the AHL with a career-high 54 assists and shared seventh with a career-best 80 points last season, despite skating in just 44 contests ... Appeared in 23 NHL tilts with Atlanta and the New York Rangers last year (3G, 3A)

--- Jordan LaVallee: Matched a career-high with two goals in Friday's overtime win ... Shares third on the club with two goals and four points this season ... Ranked second among Wolves rookies with 16 goals and third with 34 points in 79 outings last year

--- Colin Stuart: Notched his first points of the season with an empty-net goal and an assist on Sunday ... Accrued career-highs with 18 markers and 29 points in 67 regular-season matchups with Chicago last season

--- Steve Martins: Dished out an assist on Sunday, his fourth of the season, which shares the team lead ... Ranks second on the squad with six points ... Racked up 26 assists and 39 points in 48 contests with the Wolves last season

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WOLF TRACKS

--- After hosting San Antonio for a pair of games at the Allstate Arena on Wednesday and Friday, the Wolves start a season-high seven-game road trip in Milwaukee on Saturday; last season, Chicago matched both a league and club record with 27 wins on the road.

--- Chicago has potted seven of its 15 goals this season in the first period and have opened the scoring in all four contests; the Wolves have lit the lamp at least four times in three of their four outings.

--- The Wolves have drawn 35 power-play opportunities through the first four tilts,and rank sixth in the AHL with the man-advantage at 22.9 percent (eight of 35).

--- Through the first four games of the season 15 of the 19 Wolves skaters to dress for at least one game have posted a point, which includes 12 with two or more.

--- Chicago thwarted all seven of Peoria's power-play chances on Sunday, the first time this season the squad held its opponent without a man-advantage
marker; the Wolves share 10th in the AHL on the penalty kill at 85.7 percent
(30 of 35).

OLD MAN WINTER

The Wolves will host their first-ever winter clothing drive to benefit the Interfaith Council for the Homeless (ICH) at home games Wed., Oct. 24 and Fri., Oct. 26. Fans attending any of the two contests can donate new and gently-used winter clothing items such as hats, gloves, scarves and coats. For more information, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

WOLVES REWIND (2-0-0-0)

Sun., Oct. 21
Chicago 4, (at) Peoria 2
--- The Wolves built a two-goal lead in the first period and held on to defeat the Peoria Rivermen, 4-2, at Carver Arena
--- Right wing Jesse Schultz potted two goals, including the game-winner, while forwards Andre Deveaux and Colin Stuart each notched a marker and an assist
--- Goaltender Fred Brathwaite notched 28 saves on 30 shots

Fri., Oct. 19
(at) Chicago 5, Rockford 4 (OT)
--- Chicago overcame a two-goal, first-period deficit before using a Jason Krog marker with 25.2 seconds remaining in overtime to defeat the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena
--- Left wing Jordan LaVallee netted two goals for Chicago while KROG (G, A), Steve Martins (G, A) and Alexandre Giroux (2A) also posted multiple points
--- Goaltender Fred Brathwaite recorded 19 saves