04 January 2010

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 4

Sat., Jan. 9^
vs. Peoria Rivermen
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 10*
vs. Toronto Marlies
Allstate Arena
3 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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Chicago is on a three-game winning streak - which matches a season-high - and has posted victories in five of its last six outings; the Wolves rank sixth in the West Division with 38 points through 35 games, four points behind second place Peoria.


--- Peter Mannino: Named the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week after turning aside 100 of 104 shots, which includes a career-high 45 on Saturday, en route to recording wins in all three games this week ... Notched an 8-2-0 record with a 2.10 goals-against average and .935 save percentage in 12 appearances this season ... Has held opponents to two or fewer goals in nine of his 12 outings, which includes each of his last three matchups ... Amassed a 1.98 goals-against average and .942 save percentage during a current five-game winning streak, which is a professional career-high

--- Brett Sterling: Netted a goal in each of his last two outings after being held scoreless in his previous two contests ... Paces the Wolves and ranks second in the AHL with 18 goals in 31 games this season ... Holds second on the team and shares 19th in the league with 30 points ... Leads the team with four power-play strikes while his four game-winning goals pace the Wolves and share third in the league

--- Anthony Stewart: Collected four points (2G, 2A) in three games this week to extend his point streak to six games, which matches a team season-high; he has posted three goals and seven points during that span ... Shares third on the Wolves with eight goals and seventh with 14 points in 32 games this season

--- Arturs Kulda: Dished out an assist in each of his last four games ... Ranks second among Wolves blueliners with nine assists and 12 points in 26 matchups this year ... Paces the Wolves and shares third in the AHL with a +19 plus/minus rating; has accrued a plus or even rating in 21 of his 26 tilts this season and has posted a minus rating just twice in his last 22 outings


--- Wolves captain Jason Krog dished out four assists in his last three games; the 34-year-old forward paces the Wolves and shares first in the AHL with 29 assists and leads the team and shares seventh in the league with 35 points in 33 games this year.

--- Chicago has scored four or more goals in seven of its last 10 games after not netting four or more markers once in the previous 10 matchups; the Wolves rank seventh in the AHL with an average of 3.09 per game.

--- The Wolves have potted 16 power-play goals in their last 15 games (16 of 66) after scoring only 10 man-advantage markers in their previous 20 matchups (10 of 79); Chicago ranks 11th in the AHL with a 17.9 efficiency rating on the power-play (26 of 145).

--- The Wolves allowed two power-play goals on Saturday, the first time in seven contest they have allowed multiple man-advantage markers in a game; Chicago ranks sixth in the league with an 87.0 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (134 of 154).

--- Chicago's victory on Saturday marked the fourth time the club has won when trailing after two periods (4-12-0-1); conversely, Chicago has yet to suffer a loss when leading after 40 minutes of play (9-0-0-0).


--- Wolves defenseman Mike Vernace will be visiting St. Norbert School, 1817 Walters Avenue in Northbrook, on Fri., Jan. 8 at 2 p.m. He will meet with kindergartners, answering their questions and dressing a student in hockey gear. For more information visit chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


Sat., Jan. 2
(at) Chicago 3, Peoria 2 (SO)

--- Chicago goaltender Peter Mannino denied four of five Peoria Rivermen attempts in the shootout to lift his team to a 3-2 shootout victory before an American Hockey League season-high 15,319 fans at the Allstate Arena

--- Forwards Brett Sterling and Anthony Stewart scored in regulation while STEWART and Tim Stapleton converted in the shootout

--- MANNINO stopped 33 of 35 shots in regulation and overtime

Thu., Dec. 31
Chicago 4, (at) Peoria 1

--- The Wolves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and never looked back as they beat the Peoria Rivermen, 4-1, at Carver Arena

--- Forwards Joey Crabb, Tim Stapleton, Kevin Doell and Brett Sterling lit the lamp for Chicago

--- Goaltender Peter Mannino turned aside a career-high 45 shots

Wed., Dec. 30
(at) Chicago 5, Houston 1

--- The Wolves scored five times and goaltender Peter Mannino shut the door the rest of the way en route to a 5-1 win over the Houston Aeros Wednesday night

--- Forwards Joey Crabb, Andrew Kozek, Tim Stapleton and Anthony Stewart and defenseman Nathan Oystrick scored

--- MANNINO thwarted 22 of 23 shots in his third straight win