30 November 2009

Weekly Press Notes for Nov. 30

Fri., Dec. 4*
vs. Lake Erie Monsters
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 5^
vs. Texas Stars
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

*Comcast Network 100


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After allowing five power-play goals in the first five games of the season (14 of 19), the Wolves have surrendered only five man-advantage markers in their last 17 contests (67 of 72); Chicago ranks sixth in the league with an 89.0 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (81 of 91).


--- Jason Krog: Collected four points (G, 3A) in three games this week ... Tallied seven points (G, 6A) during a current five-game point streak ... Paces the Wolves and shares second in the AHL with 19 assists and ranks first on the team and fifth in the league with 23 points in 20 games this year ... Notched 16 points (3G, 13A) in 12 games during the month of November

--- Johnny Pohl: Recorded three points (G, 2A) in three games this week ... Registered five points (2G, 3A) during a current five-game point streak ... Shares third on the Wolves with five goals and ranks fifth with seven assists and 12 points in 16 games this season ... Amassed 10 points (4G, 6A) in 11 matchups during the month of November

--- Spencer Machacek: Dished out two assists in his past three games after being held scoreless in his previous three contests ... Ranks second on the Wolves and shares 20th in the AHL with 12 assists in 22 games this season ... Shares third on the team with five goals and second with 17 points

--- Brett Sterling:
Potted the game-winning goal against Grand Rapids on Wednesday, the 23rd game-winning tally of his pro career ... Ranks second on the team and is tied for 11th in the AHL with nine goals and shares second on the Wolves with 17 points in 18 games this season ... Accrued 10 points (6G, 4A) in 12 games during the month of November

--- Peter Mannino: Earned his third straight victory on Wednesday, thwarting 25 of Grand Rapids' 27 shots ... Notched a 3-0-0 record with a 1.33 goals-against average and .955 save percentage in five outings this season ... Has held opponents to two or fewer goals in each of his five appearances


--- Chicago has allowed the fewest third-period markers of any AHL club, and is outscoring opponents, 22-10, in the final frame, which includes holding opponents scoreless in the third frame 13 times.

--- Defenseman Chris Chelios paces Wolves defensemen and shares third on the team with eight assists, and ranks sixth on the team with nine points in 14 contests; he shares second on the squad and 17th in the AHL with a +9 plus/minus rating.

--- Chicago allowed two or more goals on Friday and Saturday - the first time in seven games the team has surrendered two or more tallies in back to back games; the Wolves rank 11th in the league with an average of 2.59 goals against per game this season.

--- The Wolves have scored four power play goals in their last four games (four of 15) after being held to four man-advantage markers in their previous 13 matchups (four of 54); Chicago ranks 22nd in the league with a 13.5 rating on the power-play (12 of 89).

--- Defensemen Grant Lewis and Nathan Oystrick notched assists on Nov. 25 against Grand Rapids, their first points this season; All 24 players on the current roster, excluding goaltenders, have registered at least one point this season.


--- The Wolves will be collecting toys for the United States Marine Corps "Toys for Tots" drive at home games on Dec. 4, Dec. 5, and Dec. 19. Fans who donate a new, unwrapped toy will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2009-10 team-signed stick.


Sat., Nov. 28
Manitoba 4, (at) Chicago 2
--- The Wolves fell behind 19 seconds into the game and never recovered, despite a two-goal third-period rally, as they fell, 4-2, to the Manitoba Moose at the Allstate Arena
--- Right wings Joey Crabb and Anthony Stewart potted goals for Chicago
--- Goaltenders Drew MacIntyre (nine of 12) and Peter Mannino (eight of nine) split time between the pipes

Fri., Nov. 27
Abbotsford 3, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves scored 65 seconds into the game but never again on the way to a 3-1 loss to the Abbotsford Heat at the Allstate Arena
--- Center Johnny Pohl tallied Chicago's lone marker
--- Goaltender Drew MacIntyre stopped 29 of 31 shots in the loss

Wed., Nov. 25
(at) Chicago 3, Grand Rapids 2
--- The Wolves scored twice in a span of 1:38 in the second period to earn a 3-2 win over Grand Rapids at the Allstate Arena
--- Right wing Tim Stapleton, left wing Brett Sterling and center Jason Krog tallied for Chicago
--- Goaltender Peter Mannino stopped 25 shots in his third straight win