06 May 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for May 7

Thu., May 10*    
at Iowa Stars    
Wells Fargo Arena    
7:00 p.m.

Sat., May 12*    
vs. Iowa Stars    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

Mon., May 14*    
vs. Iowa Stars    
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.

*If necessary

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--- DARREN HAYDAR: Leads the AHL with 14 points and shares first in the league with six goals during the postseason, which includes netting a playoff-high two goals and three points on Sunday in Game 3 against Iowa ... Matched a postseason franchise record four assists and four points in Game 2 on Friday ... Collected 87 points (39G, 48A) in 63 career Calder Cup Playoff matchups

--- MICHAEL GARNETT: Shares second among AHL goaltenders with six wins and ranks
third among active league netminders with a 2.09 goals-against average and fourth with a .923 save percentage ... Registered a 8-1 mark in nine career Calder Cup Playoff contests, allowing just 18 goals during that span

--- BRETT STERLING: Posted his fifth goal of the playoffs on Sunday, establishing a postseason franchise record for a rookie ...  Shares third in the league with five goals during the playoffs and holds third on the squad with seven points in seven tilts

--- JASON KROG: Registered a point in each of Chicago's seven postseason matchups, which includes matching a single-game club playoff record four points (G, 3A) in Game 2 on Friday ... Shares the team lead with eight assists and ranks second on the squad with 10 points in seven outings during the postseason ... Racked up 37 points (14G, 23A) in 33 career Calder Cup Playoff matchups  

--- NIKO DIMITRAKOS: Recorded four points (2G, 2A) in the first three contests of the West Division Final after being held to one assist in the four-game first round series against Milwaukee ... Shares fifth on the club with five points during the playoffs
For postseason team statistics, click here


This marks the 10th time in franchise history that the Wolves have led a postseason series, 2-games-to-1, entering Game 4.  Chicago has notched a 9-0 series mark all-time in the playoffs when entering the fourth game with a 2-1 advantage.  The Wolves have accrued a 15-11 mark all-time (.577) in Game 4 of a
postseason series.


--- The Wolves have outscored Iowa, 16-8, through the first three games of the West Division Final and lead the AHL with an average of 4.14 goals per game during the playoffs; Chicago, which netted five goals in its Game 3 victory over the Stars, potted five or more markers in 33 of its 80 regular-season contests (32-0-1-0).

--- Chicago has allowed 2.14 goals per game during the playoffs, second-fewest in the AHL.

--- Wolves defenseman and Glenview native BRIAN FAHEY, who played for the Iowa Stars last season, leads the AHL during the postseason with a +8 plus/minus rating.

--- Chicago is undefeated on the road during the postseason (3-0); the Wolves have notched a 39-32 mark (.549) all-time away from the Allstate Arena in the playoffs.

--- Sunday marked the first time in seven games this postseason that Chicago did not open the scoring; the Wolves six first-goals share the league-lead with the Manitoba Moose during the postseason.

--- The Wolves have allowed four power-play goals in their last two outings after giving up just one in the previous five tilts to start the postseason.


Chicago has potted six power-play goals in the last two games, which includes matching a postseason franchise record with four man-advantage markers in Game 2 of the West Division Final on Friday.


Sun., May 6                                                         
Chicago 5, (at) Iowa 3
--- Despite skating short-handed 12 times in the contest, Chicago tallied three times in the third     period to snap a 2-2 tie and earn a 5-3 victory over the Iowa Stars at Wells Fargo Arena in Game 3 of the West Division Final
--- Right wing DARREN HAYDAR collected two goals and an assist while right wing NIKO DIMITRAKOS recorded a goal and an assist
--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT posted 24 saves

Fri., May 4                                                         
Iowa 5, (at) Chicago 4
--- The Iowa Stars notched three goals in the second period to grab the lead for good on the way to earning a 5-4 win over the Wolves in Game 2 of the West Division Final
--- Forwards DARREN HAYDAR (4A) and JASON KROG (G, 3A) each posted four points while MARK POPOVIC netted two goals and a helper
--- Netminder MICHAEL GARNETT recorded 26 saves

Wed., May 2                                                      
(at) Chicago 7, Iowa 0
--- Ahead 2-0 after just 63 seconds of play, Chicago never looked back as netminder MICHAEL GARNETT turned aside all 28 shots he faced to help the squad to a 7-0 victory over the Iowa Stars in Game 1 of the West Division Final
--- Left wing COLIN STUART's four-point effort (G, 3A) and rookie JORDAN LaVALLEE's two goals led a pack of five Wolves that posted multiple points