13 October 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Oct. 13

Fri., Oct. 17
at Quad City Flames (1-1-1-0)
I Wireless Center
7 p.m.

Sat., Oct. 18
vs. Peoria Rivermen (1-1-1-0)
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

IT'S A CELEBRATION

After a three-game road trip to start the season, the Wolves return to the Allstate Arena to kick off their 40-game home slate against the Peoria Rivermen on Sat., Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. The team will host a pre-game banner raising ceremony in honor of last season's Calder Cup Championship.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Stopped 25 of 27 shots in Saturday's overtime loss to Houston ... Led AHL rookies and ranked second in the league with 33 regular-season victories last year, the second-highest single-season total in franchise history ... Recorded a 33-16-3 record with a 2.77 goals-against average and .911 save percentage in 52 regular-season appearances ... Made his NHL debut with Atlanta, notching a 3-3-0 record with a 3.11 goals-against average and .904 save percentage in seven outings

--- Colin Stuart: Notched his first-career power-play tally on Saturday after appearing in 243 career games with the Wolves ... Recorded eight goals and eight assists in 58 games with Chicago last season ... Made his NHL debut with Atlanta, notching three goals and five points in 18 contests

--- Joe Motzko: Assisted on the lone Wolves goal against the Aeros ... Notched at least one point in 16 of 25 regular-season games played in a Wolves sweater ... Ranked third on the Wolves and 14th in the American Hockey League with a career-high 70 points in 72 regular-season games last season, which includes 21 goals and 48 points in 44 games with the Hershey Bears ... Registered NHL career-highs with two goals and four points in eight games with the Washington Capitals

--- Grant Stevenson: Pocketed an assist in his Wolves debut on Saturday ... Paced Quad City and ranked 10th in the AHL with a career-best 73 points (30G, 43A) last season ... Ranked second in the league with 19 power-play markers and third with eight game-winning tallies

--- Spencer Machacek: Made his pro debut against Houston on Saturday ... Led the WHL's Vancouver Giants with 33 goals and 78 points, which ranked 14th in the league, in 70 regular-season games last season ... Selected by the Atlanta Thrashers with their first choice (67th overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft

--- Jeff Hamilton: Held scoreless in his Wolves debut against the Aeros... Posted nine goals, 15 assists and 24 points in 58 games with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and nine points (3G, 6A) in nine AHL matchups with the Albany River Rats last year ...Registered 29 goals, 42 assists and 71 points in 142 career NHL matchups with the New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and Hurricanes, spanning four seasons (2003-04, 2005-08)

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves lone goal on Saturday came on the power-play (one for five). Last season Chicago potted a league-high 107 power-play markers and shared third in the AHL on the man-advantage at 20.8 percent (107 of 514)

--- Chicago was perfect on the penalty kill against Houston on Saturday (four of four). The Wolves held their opponent without a man-advantage marker 30 times last season.

--- Saturday night's overtime loss was the fourth time in franchise history that the Wolves have skated in overtime to open the regular season. Chicago is
0-0-2-2 in those games.

--- Chicago was held to one goal in the loss to the Aeros on Saturday. The Wolves were winless in seven outings last season when they were held to one or fewer goals (0-5-2-0).

--- Saturday's loss snapped the Wolves three-game win streak in season openers on the road. Chicago is 8-3-2-2 all-time in season openers, which includes a
5-3-1-2 record away from Allstate Arena.

PUPPY LOVE

--- Wolves fans will have the opportunity to adopt a dog at Saturday's home opener through Chicago's Department of Animal Care and Control's (ACC) Adopt-a-Dog program, sponsored by Pedigree. Fans will have a chance to bring home a furry friend both at the tailgate party - which runs from 2 to 6 p.m., in the Southwest Parking Lot - or during the game in the East Lobby of the Allstate Arena.

WOLVES REWIND (0-0-1-0)

Sat., Oct. 11
(at) Houston 2, Chicago 1 (OT)
--- Chicago carried a 1-1 tie into overtime before dropping an eventual 2-1 decision to the Houston Aeros at the Toyota Center in the team's 15th season opener
--- Left wing Colin Stuart netted the lone power-play tally for the Wolves, while forwards Joe Motzko and Grant Stevenson assisted on the marker
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec turned away 25 of 27 shots