Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 25 Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves
25 February 2013

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 25

THIS WEEK:

Fri., March 1*
at Texas Stars
Cedar Park Center
7:30 p.m.

Sat., March 2*
at San Antonio Rampage
AT&T Center
7 p.m.

*CN 100

GAMES WILL BE TELECAST LIVE ON MY50 CHICAGO, THE U TOO OR COMCAST NETWORK 100 ON XFINITY TV FROM COMCAST

Log on to chicagowolves.com for broadcast schedule, or to watch or listen to the action live online

TEXAS TWO-STEP

Chicago travels south to Texas for the first time this season this weekend and will play the AHL-leading Texas Stars on Friday and the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday; the Wolves lost six of their eight games inside the Lone Star State last season (including playoffs).

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Darren Haydar: Had a hand in all 7 of Chicago’s goals last week, scoring four times and assisting on three others en route to being named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week ... Tallied his 56th and 57th three-point outings dating back to the start of the 2005-06 season on Wednesday (2G, A) and Saturday (G, 2A) ... Paces the Wolves with 17 goals, 23 assists, 40 points, and a +11 plus/minus rating in 45 games this season ... Amassed 13 goals and 26 points in 21 tilts since the start of 2013, which includes 8 markers and 13 points in his last nine outings despite being held scoreless in three of those contests

--- Andrew Ebbett: Collected 4 points (G, 3A) in three games last week after he rejoined the Wolves from Vancouver on Feb. 19 ... Ranks third on the Wolves with 17 helpers and 25 points in 32 games this season ... Tallied 6 assists and 8 points during a six-game point streak dating back to Dec. 30 ... Has averaged 1.07 points per game over his last 15 games with Chicago ... Skated in five games with the Canucks this year

--- Matt Climie: Started all three games for the Wolves last week and posted a 2-1-0 mark, 1.63 goals-against average and .952 save percentage ... Turned in a 38-save performance to earn his fourth shutout of the season on Saturday against Peoria ... Shares fourth in the AHL with a .921 save percentage and ranks ninth in the league with a 2.39 goals-against average in 31 games (14-14-2) during the 2012-13 campaign ... Stopped 239 of 248 shots and has posted a 1.11 goals-against average, .964 save percentage, and three shutouts over his last eight victories ... Has only dropped two regulation decisions since Jan. 3

--- Kevin Connauton: Dished out 2 assists on Saturday and has earned six helpers and a +4 plus/minus rating in his last five tilts ... ranks second among Chicago defensemen with three goals, 16 assists, and 19 points in 45 games this season ... Notched 10 points (G, 9A) in his last 10 tilts after collecting nine points (2G, 7A) in his first 36 outings this year

WOLF TRACKS

--- Chicago won its 500th AHL regular-season game on Saturday, becoming the 22nd franchise - and second-fastest - to reach the 500-win plateau in the 77-year history of the AHL.

--- The Wolves have posted a 12-5-1-1 record in their last 19 games (since losing players to the end of the NHL lockout on Jan. 6) to move into a tie for seventh place in the Western Conference playoff standings; Chicago sits in second place in the Midwest Division with 59 points in 50 tilts (26-17-4-3); the team’s 50 games are tied for the fewest-played in the AHL and it holds at least two games in hand on 11 of the other 14 teams in the Western Conference.

--- Starting with its game at Texas on Friday, Chicago will sprint to the close of the 2012-13 campaign by playing 26 games in the season’s final 52 days; the Wolves have 11 home games and 15 road tilts remaining.

--- Chicago has bagged a power-play goal in 12 of its last 13 home games, including each of its last nine tilts in Rosemont (16 of 56), but has lit the lamp with the extra skater just once in its last six road tilts (two of 21); the Wolves, who ranked 25th in the AHL on the man-advantage on Jan. 1, now hold 12th in the league with a 17.7 conversion rate on the power play this year (35 of 188).

CLOSING TIMES

--- Four Wolves players will make six library visits this week to close out this season’s “Read to Succeed” program, presented by Butternut Bread and J.U.L.I.E. Inc. For the full schedule of appearances visit chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES. Members of the squad made 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.

WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)

Sunday, Feb. 24
Rockford 2, (at) Chicago 1
--- The Wolves lost in regulation for the first time in six tilts by dropping a 2-1 Illinois Lottery Cup decision to the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena
--- Captain Darren Haydar potted the lone tally for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie thwarted 29 of 31 shots in defeat

Saturday, Feb. 23
Chicago 3, (at) Peoria 0
--- Right wing Darren Haydar’s three-point night and goaltender Matt Climie’s 38-save shutout paced the Wolves to a 3-0 Illinois Lottery Cup win over the Peoria Rivermen at Carver Arena
--- Forwards Andrew Ebbett and Devin DiDiomete also scored for Chicago

Wednesday, Feb. 20
(at) Chicago 4, Abbotsford 3 (SO)
--- The Wolves avoided a late rally by Abbotsford and won 4-3 in a shootout at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Darren Haydar (2G, A) and Bill Sweatt (G, 2A) posted three points for the Wolves
--- Goaltender Matt Climie stopped 32 shots in regulation and overtime and three of four shootout attempts