Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 7 Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
07 January 2013

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Jan. 7


Fri., Jan. 11
at Abbotsford Heat
Abbotsford E&S Centre
9 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 12
at Abbotsford Heat
Abbotsford E&S Centre
9 p.m.


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The Wolves sit four points out of a Western Conference playoff spot with 35 points through 32 games this year (15-12-3-2); Chicago’s 32 games are tied for the second-fewest games played in the AHL and are the fewest in the Western Conference.


--- Brett Sterling: Paced the team with 4 assists and 5 points in three games last week, which included matching a team season-high 3 points (G, 2A) and posting his 400th career AHL point on Sunday ... Paces the club with 10 markers and 23 points in 28 games this season ... Shares second on the squad with 13 assists ... Leads Chicago with a +7 plus/minus rating ... Tallied 6 points (G, 5A) during a current four-game point streak

--- Andrew Gordon: Bagged 3 goals and 4 points in three games last week, which included his first two-goal game as a member of the Wolves on Sunday ... Ranks third on Chicago with 8 markers and shares sixth with 14 points in 29 games this season ... Has potted 3 goals in his last three games after scoring 3 markers in his previous 19 tilts

--- Derek Joslin: Tallied his second two-goal outing of his professional career on Sunday, and his first since April 11, 2009 ... Accrued 5 points (2G, 3A) and 12 penalty minutes in 27 games this season ... Posted 3 points (2G, A) in his last two outings after collecting two helpers in his first 25 contests this year

--- Darren Haydar: Moved into 18th place on the AHL’s all-time scoring register when he dished out 2 assists on Sunday ... He has compiled 748 points (277G, 471A) in 736 career AHL tilts ... Shares fourth on Chicago with 12 assists and ranks fifth on the team 17 points in 27 games this season

--- Brad Hunt: Scored his second goal of the season on Sunday and has registered 5 points (G, 4A) in his last five matchups ... Paces team defensemen and shares fourth overall on the team with 12 assists and leads Chicago rear guards with 14 points in 27 games this season


--- The Wolves exploded for six goals on Sunday, which matched a season-high and the third time they have done so this season; Chicago has lit the lamp 12 times in its last three tilts after scoring 12 goals in its previous six contests.

--- Chicago has converted at a 31 percent clip on the power play over its last eight tilts (nine of 29), which includes scoring six times on 18 chances in its last four games; the Wolves, who ranked 30th in the league at the beginning of December, shares 19th in the AHL on the power play with a 15.3 conversion rate on the man-advantage (20 of 131).

--- Outside a pair of four-game winning streaks, the Wolves have not won back-to-back games this season; Chicago will look to change that when the Wolves travel to Abbotsford and battle the Heat on Friday.

--- Defenseman Mark Matheson has tallied 2 points (G, A) in his last two games after going six tilts without a point; the 28-year-old blueliner shares second among team rear guards with 12 points (4G, 8A) in 30 games this year.

--- The Wolves have been shorthanded just 122 times this season, the second- fewest in the AHL; the team ranks 27th in the AHL with a 79.5 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (97 of 122).


--- Wolves alumni player Bob Nardella will visit the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 South Raymond Ave., at 4 p.m. and the Tinley Park Public Library, 7851 Timber Dr., at 7 p.m. today as part off the team’s “Read to Succeed” program, presented by Butternut Bread and J.U.L.I.E. Inc. Members of the squad will make more than 20 library visits throughout the Chicago area this season for the program, which has reached more than 625,000 children since its inception in 1995.


Sunday, Jan. 6
(at) Chicago 6, Oklahoma City 3
--- The Wolves exploded for six goals and dropped the Oklahoma City Barons 6-3 at the Allstate Arena
--- Left wing Brett Sterling (G, 2A) led a pack of four Wolves with multiple points
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped a season-high 42 shots to snap a five-game losing streak

Saturday, Jan. 5
Grand Rapids 4, (at) Chicago 3 (SO)
--- The Wolves rallied back from 3-1 to send the game past regulation but it was the Grand Rapids Griffins earning the extra point with a 4-3 shootout win at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Andrew Ebbett and Zack Kassian and defenseman Mark Matheson scored for Chicago, while right wing Darren Haydar was the lone skater to convert in the shootout
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 18 of 21 shots in regulation and four of six attempts in the shootout

Thursday, Jan. 3
(at) Milwaukee 4, Chicago 3
--- The Wolves surrendered two third-period goals to fall to the Milwaukee Admirals 4-3 in an Amtrak Rivalry game at the Bradley Center
--- Forwards Andrew Gordon, Darren Haydar and Jordan Schroeder netted tallies for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 24 shots