20 February 2012

Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 20

Photo: Steve Woltmann/Chicago Wolves


LotteryCupFri., Feb. 24^
vs. Rockford IceHogs#
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 25^
vs. Abbotsford Heat
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 26*
at Rockford IceHogs#
5 p.m.

#Illinois Lottery Cup


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Wolves captain Nolan Baumgartner is set to play in his 1,000th professional game on Friday; the 35-year-old defenseman has appeared in 143 National Hockey League contests and 856 American Hockey League games throughout his 16-year pro career.


--- Eddie Lack: Backstopped the Wolves to two victories last week, which included a 31-save performance in regulation and overtime to earn his third shutout of the season on Saturday in a 1-0 shootout win over Charlotte ... His shutout victory was his second whitewash in his last six starts and his fifth win in his last six outings ... Has surrendered just eight goals, five while the team was short-handed, and has posted a 1.32 goals-against average and .958 save percentage during that span (5-1-0) ... Shares fifth in the league with a .923 save percentage and ranks seventh in the AHL with a 2.38 goals-against average in 30 games this year (14-12-3)

--- Jordan Schroeder: Shared the team lead with 3 assists and 4 points in three games last week ... His two-point effort on Feb. 15 (G, A) surpassed the 28 points he posted in 61 games as a rookie with the Manitoba Moose last season ... Shares second on Chicago with 15 goals and ranks third with 32 points in 52 contests this season ... Has accrued 16 points (7G, 9A) in his last 17 tilts

--- Michael Davies: Tallied the first multiple-goal game of his career on Sunday (2G) and has posted 4 goals and 5 points in his last four outings ... Accrued 9 goals, 16 points and a +9 plus/minus rating in 26 contests this season ... Ranks third among Wolves forwards with a +12 plus/minus rating and has posted a plus or even rating in 27 of his 29 matchups this season ... Registered 15 points (9G, 6A) in his last 16 contests after dishing out one assist in his first 13 games this year

--- Bill Sweatt: Shared the team lead with 3 assists and 4 points in three games last week, which included bagging the game-winning goal 18 seconds into overtime on Wednesday ... Shares fifth on the Wolves with 11 goals and sixth with 25 points in 47 contests this season

--- Mark Mancari: Collected his seventh multiple-goal outing of the season on Sunday (2G), which included the eventual game-winner ... Paces the Wolves and shares eighth in the AHL with 22 goals and ranks first on the team with 43 points in 46 games this season ... Shares first on Chicago and first in the AHL with six game-winners this year


--- The Wolves, who are on a four-game winning streak, have posted a 9-2-0-0 record over their last 11 games after suffering through a four-game losing streak from Jan. 14-21; Chicago sits in second place in the Midwest Division with 64 points (30-18-1-3) and trails first-place Charlotte by one point, but holds two games in hand.

--- Chicago has outscored its opponents 35-20 in its last 11 outings; Twenty-eight of the Wolves last 35 markers have come at even strength, while the other seven have been split on the power play (three), while short-handed (three), and a shootout winner.

--- Forward Tim Miller posted a +2 plus/minus rating Sunday night, the seventh time this year he has accrued a +2 plus/minus rating or higher in a game; the 24-year-old shares third among AHL forwards and is tied for sixth overall in the league with a +19 plus/minus rating; he has posted a plus or even rating in 30 of his last 34 tilts.

--- Chicago was perfect on the penalty kill for the 28th time Sunday night, thwarting both of Charlotte’s power-play chances; the Wolves rank 11th in the AHL with an 83.3 efficiency rating on the penalty kill this season (170 of 204).

--- After scoring 14 power-play goals in their first 14 home games this year (14 of 57), the Wolves have scored just three man-advantage markers in their last 14 tilts on home ice (three of 51); Chicago ranks 24th in the league with a 15.0 efficiency rating on the power play this season (33 of 220).

--- The Wolves sit in second place in the Illinois Lottery Cup with 10 wins in 18 games; Chicago trails Peoria (11 wins in 18 games) and leads Rockford (7 wins in 20 games) in the Illinois Lottery Cup standings.


--- Wolves forward Stefan Schneider will visit the Naperville 95th Street Public Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr., at 4:30 p.m. and the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21, as part of the team’s “Read to Succeed” program, presented by Vista Health System and Butternut Bread. Four other members of the squad will make six library visits this week throughout the Chicago area for the program, which has reached more than 600,000 children since its inception in 1995. For more information visit chicagowolves.com.


Sunday, Feb. 19
(at) Chicago 6, Charlotte 3
--- The Wolves scored twice in each period to double up the Charlotte Checkers 6-3 at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Michael Davies and Mark Mancari each lit the lamp twice for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie kicked out 32 of 35 shots

Saturday, Feb. 18
(at) Chicago 1, Charlotte 0 (SO)
--- The Wolves and Checkers battled through 65 minutes of scoreless hockey before Chicago earned a 1-0 shootout win at the Allstate Arena
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack turned aside 31 shots in regulation and overtime and four of six attempts in the shootout

Wednesday, Feb. 15
(at) Chicago 4, Grand Rapids 3 (OT)
--- Left wing Bill Sweatt scored 18 seconds into overtime to lift the Wolves to a 4-3 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Tim Miller, Michael Davies and Jordan Schroeder also scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack posted 36 saves