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31 December 2007

WOLVES WEEKLY PRESS NOTES FOR DEC. 31

Fri., Jan. 4
at Rockford IceHogs (21-6-3-5)
Rockford MetroCentre
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 5
at Milwaukee Admirals (17-13-1-1)
Bradley Center
8 p.m.

ALL GAMES TELECAST LIVE ON COMCAST
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ABSOLUTE POWER

Sixteen of Chicago's last 31 goals over the last six games have been recorded on the power play; the Wolves have netted an AHL-high 52 man-advantage markers in 32 games this season and rank second overall on the power play at 24.4 percent
(52 of 213).


WOLVES HEADLINERS

Jason Krog: Currently on a team season-high nine-game point streak, recording 20 points (5G, 15A) during that span, which includes 14 (4G, 10A) over the last five tilts ... Leads the AHL with 32 assists and 46 points in 32 contests and shares 10th with 14 goals ... Accrued 126 points (40G, 86A) in 76 career regular-season games with Chicago over the last two seasons, which includes notching at least one point 67 times

Darren Haydar: Netted multiple points in five straight games since being assigned by the Atlanta Thrashers, collecting two goals and 11 assists ... Potted his first career NHL points (G, 7A) in 16 matchups with Atlanta earlier this season ... Ranks 13th all-time in franchise history with 135 points (43G, 92A) in 79 career outings with Chicago over the past two seasons

Joel Kwiatkowski: Recorded three goals in Friday's win at Milwaukee, becoming the first defenseman in franchise history to notch a hat trick ... Shares the lead among AHL defensemen with 10 goals and ranks third with 26 points in 32 games ... Leads the squad with a +10 plus/minus rating ... Notched 13 points (6G, 7A) in 12 games during December

Brett Sterling: Ranks second in the AHL with 19 goals in just 24 games after
leading the league with 55 markers during his rookie season last year ... Notched a point in eight of his last nine games (6G, 4A) ... Ranks fourth on Chicago with 30 points

Ondrej Pavelec: Registered wins in six straight starts, racking up a 2.93 goals-against average and a .903 save percentage during that span ... Shares second among AHL rookie goaltenders with eight wins and has racked up an 8-3-0 record with a 3.06 goals-against average and a .894 save percentage in 11 appearances with the Wolves this season

For complete team statistics, click here

WOLF TRACKS

-- The Wolves rank second in the AHL with 23 wins, tied for the most in team history through 32 games; Chicago's 47 points trails only Rockford (50 points), which has played three more games, for the West Division lead.

-- Defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski's three-goal effort last Friday marked the team's fourth hat trick of the season, three of which have been recorded on the road; prior to Friday, Chicago's previous 68 all-time hat tricks were tallied by forwards.

-- Four Wolves are currently in the top 20 in AHL scoring (KROG, SCHULTZ, MARTINS, STERLING).

-- Chicago leads the AHL with an average of 3.84 goals per game, which includes lighting the lamp at least four times in 20 of its 32 contests.

-- Fifteen of Chicago's 32 games this season have been decided by one goal (46.9 percent), which includes two 4-3 victories last week; the Wolves have accrued an 11-3-1-0 record in games decided by one marker this season.

-- The Wolves allowed just one power-play goal in each of their three matchups last week (13 of 16); Chicago's 84.8 percent penalty kill efficiency ranks 10th in the AHL.

HOME, SWEET HOME

The Wolves share second in the AHL with 12 home wins and have registered a
12-4-0-0 mark at the Allstate Arena this season; Chicago did not post its 12th home victory last season until March 4.


WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)

Sat., Dec. 29
Quad City 5, (at) Chicago 2
-- Down early, Chicago rallied to tie the game at two before falling 5-2 against the Quad City Flames at the Allstate Arena
-- Center Jason Krog and defenseman Brian Fahey posted the Wolves' goals with right wing Darren Haydar assisting on both tallies
-- Netminder Robert Gherson registered 33 saves on 36 shots

Fri., Dec. 28
Chicago 4, (at) Milwaukee 3
-- Chicago came from behind twice early in the contest before holding on for a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee Admirals at the Bradley Center
-- Defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski potted three goals while right wing Darren Haydar dished out three assists
-- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec recorded 28 saves on 31 shots

Thu., Dec. 27
(at) Chicago 4, Rockford 3 (OT)
-- Left wing Brett Sterling posted his second straight overtime-winning goal as the Wolves earned a 4-3 victory over the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena
-- STERLING (PPG, A) and linemates Jason Krog (G, 2A) and Darren Haydar (2A) each netted multiple points while defenseman Nathan Oystrick added a power-play goal and an assist
-- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec tallied 27 saves on 30 shots



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