28 December 2009

Weekly Press Notes for Dec. 28

Thu., Dec. 31*
at Peoria Rivermen
Carver Arena
7 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 2^
vs. Peoria Rivermen
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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Chicago has scored four or more goals in five of its last seven games - which includes its last three outings - after not netting four or more markers in its previous 10 matchups; the Wolves rank seventh in the AHL with an average of 3.00 per game.


--- Brett Sterling:
Saw his team season-high six-game point streak snapped on Sunday; he tallied eight points (5G, 3A) during that span from Dec. 11 to Dec. 26 ... Paces the Wolves and shares first in the AHL with 16 goals in 28 games this season ... Holds second on the team and shares 16th in the league with 28 points ... Shares first on the team with three power-play strikes while his four game-winning goals pace the Wolves and share second in the league

--- Tim Stapleton: Potted a goal in each of his last two games after being held to one tally in his previous 10 outings ... Ranks second on the Wolves and shares seventh in the league with 14 goals and ranks third on the team with 22 points in 32 games this season ... He also leads the Wolves with two short-handed markers and shares the team lead with three power-play tallies

--- Riley Holzapfel:
Collected four points (2G, 2A) in two games this week, which includes a career-high three points (G, 2A) on Sunday ... Shares fifth on the Wolves with 10 assists and seventh with 13 points in 29 contests this season ... Has recorded five points (3G, 2A) in his last four games, which includes all three of his goals this year

--- Joey Crabb: Registered four points (G, 3A) in two games this week, which includes a season-high three points (G, 2A) on Saturday ... Shares fifth on the Wolves with six goals and ranks ninth on the team with 11 points in 31 games this season

--- Spencer Machacek: Matched a team season-high two goals on Sunday after being held without a goal in his previous 15 contests ... Shares second on the Wolves with 12 assists and ranks fourth with 19 points in 32 games this season; his seven goals rank fourth on the club ... Tied for first among team forwards with a +4 plus/minus rating


--- Wolves captain Jason Krog has been held scoreless in his last two outings, the first time he has failed to register a point in back-to-back games in 21 outings; the 34-year-old forward paces the Wolves and ranks third in the AHL with 25 assists and leads the team and shares ninth in the league with 31 points in 30 games this year.

--- Chicago's loss on Sunday was just the third time the club has suffered a defeat at home when scoring four or more goals dating back to the start of last season; The Wolves have notched a 16-3-0-0 mark since the beginning of last year when potting four or more markers at home, including a 3-2-0-0 record this season.

--- The Wolves thwarted all five of Rockford's power-play attempts on Sunday, the first time in five games they have been perfect on the penalty kill; Chicago ranks fifth in the league with an 87.9 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (124 of 141).

--- The Wolves have potted 14 power-play goals in their last 12 games (14 of 56) after scoring only 10 man-advantage markers in their previous 20 matchups (10 of 79); Chicago ranks 11th in the AHL with a 17.8 efficiency rating on the power-play (24 of 135).

--- Spencer Machacek's short-handed strike on Sunday was the Wolves eighth shortie this season, second most in the AHL.


--- The Wolves will wear commemorative Police and Fire jerseys, available for fans to purchase or win, at home games on Jan. 2, Jan. 9 and Jan. 10. The one-of-a-kind jerseys, will be auctioned and raffled to benefit the 100 Club of Chicago, Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, Gold Badge Society and Camp I Am Me. For more information, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


Sun., Dec. 27
Rockford 6, (at) Chicago 4
--- The Wolves and Rockford IceHogs traded goals for two periods before the IceHogs earned the edge with three markers in the final 20 minutes, defeating the Wolves, 6-4, at the Allstate Arena
--- Right wing Spencer Machacek potted a pair of goals, while forwards Tim Stapleton and Riley Holzapfel also scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 24 shots

Sat., Dec. 26
Chicago 7, (at) Grand Rapids 4
--- The Wolves matched a season-high seven goals on the way to defeating the Grand Rapids Griffins, 7-4, at Van Andel Arena
--- Forwards Riley Holzapfel, Johnny Pohl, Joey Crabb, Brett Sterling, Tim Stapleton and Matt Anderson and defenseman Paul Postma tickled the twine for Chicago
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino thwarted 31 shots