12 May 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for May 12

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SEVENTH HEAVEN

Tuesday's contest at the Allstate Arena marks just the Wolves' fourth all-time Game 7 and first on home ice since June 15, 1998, when the franchise captured its first league title - the Turner Cup Championship - with a 3-0 victory over the Detroit Vipers in the seventh contest of the finals. Chicago has notched a 2-1 mark in its three previous Game 7 playoff matchups.

WOLVES HEADLINERS

--- Jason Krog: Posted three goals in the last two contests - which includes Sunday's game-winner - after being held without a marker in his first 10 postseason matchups ... Leads the AHL with 13 assists and ranks second with 16 points during the playoffs, which includes a team-best seven helpers and 10 points in the West Division Semifinal ... Matched a playoff-high three points in Chicago's Game 6 victory

--- Joel Kwiatkowski: Notched three points (G, 2A) in Sunday's Game 6 win after
being held without a point in the previous three contests ... Shares the lead among AHL defensemen with three goals and ranks third with 10 points - second on Chicago - during the playoffs ... Posted a point in five of Chicago's 12 playoff tilts, during which the club has notched a perfect 5-0 mark ... Established a franchise record and led AHL blueliners with 21 goals in just 59 regular-season outings

--- Darren Haydar: Dished out three assists in the last two games - which includes two on Sunday - and ranks third on the squad with six points (3G, 3A) during the six-game West Division Final ... Leads Chicago with six goals during the postseason - tied for fifth in the AHL - and ranks third on the team with nine points ... Potted 49 career Calder Cup Playoff goals, two shy of matching the most in league history ... Collected 106 points in 83 career AHL postseason tilts

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Backstopped Chicago to all seven of its postseason wins, which includes notching 31 saves on 34 shots in Sunday's Game 6 victory ... Posted a 7-5 mark with a 2.39 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage in 12 appearances during his professional playoff debut ... Faced an average of 34.5 shots per game during the West Division Final against Rockford after facing an average of 26.0 shots per outing during the first round against Milwaukee

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WOLF TRACKS

--- Including its three Game 7 tilts, the Wolves have skated in six winner-take-all postseason matchups, accruing a 5-1 record.

--- Chicago's last Game 7 matchup occurred on May 7, 2002, when the squad earned a 6-2 road victory against the Syracuse Crunch in the Western Conference Semifinal.

--- The road team has posted wins in each of the last two games of the West Division Final after the home squad notched victories in the opening four contests.

--- Chicago is attempting to join the 1998 Turner Cup Championship club as the
second team in franchise history to register a playoff series win despite trailing, 3-games-to-2, heading into the sixth contest; the 1998 team was behind, 3-2, in the Turner Cup Finals.

--- Chicago potted four goals in Game 6 on Sunday - all of which were tallied during the second period - after being held to five markers in its Games 3, 4 and 5 losses; the Wolves netted four of more goals in 44 of its 80 regular-season games on the way to leading the league with 300 goals.

--- A win on Tuesday would also mark the franchise's eighth all-time berth in the conference finals and fourth in seven years since joining the AHL in 2001-02.

POWER SURGE

The Wolves established a postseason club record by potting four power-play goals in Sunday's second period; the squad's four man-advantage markers during the tilt matched a playoff franchise record. Eleven of Chicago's 19 goals during the West Division Final against Rockford have been recorded on the power play.

WEST DIVISION FINAL REWIND (1-2)

Sun., May 11 (Game 6)
Chicago 4, (at) Rockford 3
--- Down 1-0 after the first period, Chicago tallied four times on the power play in the second stanza and held off the Rockford IceHogs to tie the West Division Final at three wins apiece and force a Game 7 with a 4-3 victory at the MetroCentre
--- Center Jason Krog (2G, A) and defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski (G, 2A) paced the offense with three points each while goaltender Ondrej Pavelec kicked out 31 of the 34 shots he faced to snap a three-game losing streak

Fri., May 9 (Game 5)
Rockford 5, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves allowed three second-period goals as the Rockford IceHogs took a 3-games-to-2 West Division Final series lead with a 5-1 victory at the Allstate Arena
--- Center Jason Krog netted Chicago's only goal, his first of the playoffs
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec registered 20 saves on 25 shots before being pulled in favor of Robert Gherson (2 saves) at the 52:44 mark

Wed., May 7 (Game 4)
(at) Rockford 3, Chicago 2
--- Chicago staged a comeback with two goals in the middle of the third period, but it wasn't enough as the Rockford IceHogs earned a 3-2 win at the MetroCentre to tie the West Division Final at two wins apiece
--- The Wolves used third frame tallies from Brian Fahey and Jesse Schultz 3:12 apart to make it a one goal deficit
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec recorded 27 saves on 30 shots