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14 April 2008

WOLVES WEEKLY PRESS NOTES FOR APRIL 14

Fri., April 18
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sun., April 20
at Milwaukee Admirals
Bradley Center
5:00 p.m.

Wed., April 23
at Milwaukee Admirals
Bradley Center
7:00 p.m.

Thu., April 24*
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

Sat., April 26*
at Milwaukee Admirals
Bradley Center
7:30 p.m.

Mon., April 28*
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena
7:00 p.m.

*If necessary

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WE MEET AGAIN

Chicago will open its 13th playoff season in 14 years when they battle the fourth-seed Milwaukee Admirals in the West Division Semifinal at the Allstate Arena on Wed., April 16 at 7 p.m; the Wolves have met Milwaukee four times in postseason action, posting wins in three of the series, which includes sweeping the Admirals, 4-games-to-0 in the 2007 West Division Semifinal.

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- Jason Krog: Became the third player in the 72-year history of the AHL to earn the offensive "triple crown" award by leading the league in goals (39), assists (73) and points (112) in 80 games this season ... Named the 2007-08 AHL MVP ... Tallied seven points (3G, 4A) in the final two regular-season games ... Posted 46 points (17G, 29A) in 41 career Calder Cup playoff games

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Led AHL rookies and ranked second overall with 33 wins in 52
regular-season appearances, the second-highest single-season victory total in franchise history ... Held opponents to one of fewer goals 14 times this season, which includes sharing the team lead with two shutouts ... Made his NHL debut with the Atlanta Thrashers in seven games from Oct. 20 to Nov. 24 posting a 3-3-0 mark

--- Brett Sterling: Tied for second in the AHL with 38 goals in 70 contests this season after leading the league with 55 markers during his professional debut last year ... Matched a franchise record and led the AHL with 10 game-winning tallies ... Ranked second on the squad and 13th in the AHL with 71 points in 70 games

--- Joel Kwiatkowski: Established a franchise record and led AHL defensemen with a career-high 21 goals ... Ranked third among league blueliners with 50 points despite appearing in just 59 of Chicago's 80 matchups due to NHL recall ... Finished the regular-season on a season-high five-game point streak (4G, 4A)

For complete team statistics, click here

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago posted a 6-3-1-0 record against Milwaukee during the regular-season series, which includes a 3-2-0-0 mark at the Allstate Arena; the squads have not faced off since March 1, when the Admirals knocked off the Wolves 6-4 in Rosemont.

--- The Wolves led the Western Conference and ranked second overall in the AHL with 53 wins and 111 points during the regular-season; Chicago's .694 winning percentage was one point shy of matching the 1999-2000 team's franchise-best .695 mark.

--- Chicago registered an AHL-best 300 goals this season after establishing a franchise record and pacing the league with 331 markers in 2006-07.

--- The Wolves have notched a 17-2 record in playoff series that begin at home; Chicago has posted a 52-28 all-time record (.650) on at the Allstate Arena during the playoffs.

--- Chicago has captured league titles three times in the 10 years: the 1998 and 2000 Turner Cups and the 2002 Calder Cup; the squad has reached the conference final seven times in 13 all-time postseason appearances, which includes last year's Western Conference Final.

HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF?

Every fan who purchases a non-discounted playoff ticket valued at $20 or more for Wolves playoff contests will get a complimentary pre-game meal. Fans can enjoy a buffet, which will include pastas, salads, chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, along with chips, desserts and soda, in the Skyline Room of the Allstate Arena 90 minutes prior to each home game. For more information, call 1-800-THE WOLVES.

WOLVES REWIND (2-2-0-0)

Sun., April 13
(at) Chicago 5, Peoria 3
--- Chicago closed out its 14th regular season and clinched the best record in the Western Conference with a 5-3 win over the Peoria Rivermen at the Allstate Arena
--- Right wing Darren Haydar (GWG, 2A) and defenseman JOEL KIWATKOWSKI (G, 2A) each posted three points while forwards Jason Krog (2G) and Brett Sterling (G, A) also netted multiple points
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec accrued 30 saves on 33 shots

Sat., April 12
(at) Chicago 7, Rockford 1
--- Six different players lit the lamp as the Wolves opened up an early lead on the way to beating the Rockford IceHogs, 7-1, at the Allstate Arena
--- Center Jason Krog led the offense with five points (G, 4A) while the squads combined for 186 penalty minutes, the most by the Wolves and an opponent this season.
--- Goaltender Robert Gherson posted 22 saves on 23 shots.

Fri., April 11
(at) Rockford 3, Chicago 2
--- After two scoreless periods, the Rockford IceHogs used three third-period power-play goals to edge out the Wolves, 3-2, at the Rockford MetroCentre
--- Forwards Jesse Schultz and Joey Crabb tallied Chicago's goals while goaltender Ondrej Pavelec posted 33 saves on 36 shots

Wed., April 9
(at) Toronto 8, Chicago 3
--- Tied 2-2, after the first period, Chicago allowed five second-period goals on the way to losing, 8-3 to the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum
--- Forwards Jordan LaVallee (G, A) and Bryan Little (2A) and blueliner Nathan Oystrick (G, A) each posted two points
--- Ondrej Pavelec (18 saves on 25 shots) and Robert Gherson (nine of 10) split time in net



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