08 December 2008

WOLVES WEEKLY PRESS NOTES FOR DEC. 8

Sat., Dec. 13
at Rockford IceHogs (13-8-0-2)
Rockford MetroCentre
7 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 14
vs. San Antonio Rampage (5-20-0-1)
Allstate Arena
5 p.m.

GOAL FIGURE

The Wolves have tallied a season-high six goals in each of their last two home games matching. Chicago is outscoring opponents 40-29 in Rosemont this season and currently shares 16th in the AHL with an average of 2.96 goals per-game.

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Joe Motzko: Ranks first on the team and shares fourth in the AHL with 13 goals in 25 games this season ... Paces the club with 22 points and seven power-play markers and shares third with nines assists ... Posted three goals in the last two games after being held without a marker in the previous four outings ... Tallied six points (3G, 3A) during a current three-game point streak ... Ranked third on the Wolves and 14th in the AHL with a career-high 70 points in 72 games last season

--- Brett Sterling: Ranks third on the team with seven goals and shares second with 14 points in 14 games since being assigned by Atlanta on Nov. 7 ... Shares sixth with seven assists and is tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals ... Registered 10 points (5G, 5A) in his last seven games after netting four points (2G, 2A) in his previous seven matchups ... Recorded a goal in three NHL games with the Thrashers this season ... Ranked second on the Wolves with 38 goals and 71 points in 70 contests last year

--- Jeff Hamilton: Leads the team with 12 assists and shares second with 14 points despite appearing in just 13 games this season ... Matched a team season-high three assists on Saturday ... Dished out six helpers in during a current three-game point streak ... Posted nine goals, 15 assists and 24 points in 58 games with the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes and nine points (3G, 6A) in nine AHL matchups with the Albany River Rats last year

--- Matt Anderson: Ranks second on the club with 10 assists and 14 points in 21 games this season ... Paces the team and shares 12th in the AHL with a +12 plus/minus rating ... Matched a season-high two assists on Saturday, his first multiple-point outing in 14 games ... Collected two points (G, A) in 14 regular-season outings with the Wolves last year

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves have held their opponents to 60 goals through 25 outings this season (2.40 per game), which ranks second in the American Hockey League and includes allowing two or fewer goals in 15 contests (10-4-1-0).

--- Sixteen of Chicago's 25 games this season have been decided by one goal, including five of the last six; the Wolves have posted a 7-7-1-1 record in matchups decided by one tally.

--- Chicago staved off all six of Rockford's power-play opportunities on Saturday, the ninth time the Wolves have held opponents without a man-advantage marker this season; the Wolves rank 16th in the league with an 82.5 percent efficiency rating on the penalty kill (118 of 143).

--- Chicago has potted four power-play goals in the last two games and nine in the last eight contests after recording only two in the previous eight outings; Chicago ranks 29th in the league with a 10.7 percent efficiency rating (14 of 131).

--- The Wolves have not been outshot in three straight games after failing to outshoot opponents in the previous six; Chicago is averaging 29.8 shots per game which ranks 12th in the AHL.

READ MY LIPS

--- Wolves defenseman Grant Lewis will visit the Northbrook Library, 1201 Cedar Lane, on Tue., Dec. 9 at 7 p.m., to kick off the team's "Read to Succeed" program, sponsored by Pace. Members of the squad will make more than 30 library visits throughout the Chicago area this season for the program, which has reached more than 450,000 children since its inception in 1995.

WOLVES REWIND (1-2-0-0)

Sat., Dec. 6 (at) Chicago 6, Rockford 1
---The Wolves scored first and kept rolling to sail to an eventual 6-1 victory over the Rockford IceHogs at the Allstate Arena Saturday night.
---Right wings Joe Motzko (2G, A) and Jeff Hamilton (3A) led the offense with three points each, while left wing Brett Sterling (G, A) and center Matt Anderson (2A) also added multiple points.
---Goaltender Robert Gherson posted 27 saves on 28 shots which includes holding the IceHogs scoreless for the first 56:14.

Fri., Dec. 5 (at) Peoria 3, Chicago 2
---Chicago pulled within one midway through the third period but couldn't catch the Peoria Rivermen on the way to a 3-2 loss at Carver Arena Friday night.
---Right wing Joe Motzko and left wing Brett Sterling potted power-play goals.
---Goaltender Dan Turple kicked out 20 of 23 Peoria shots.

Wed., Dec. 3
Peoria 7, (at) Chicago 6
---Chicago and Peoria went goal-for-goal for three periods until Nicholas Drazenovic scored on a penalty shot with 4:50 left to play to give the Rivermen a 7-6 win at the Allstate Arena.
---Defenseman Chad Denny led the Wolves with three assists, while Spencer Machacek (G, A) and Grant Stevenson (2G) also tallied multiple points
---Goaltenders Robert Gherson (seven saves) and Dan Turple (eight saves) split time in TURPLE's loss.