28 November 2011

Weekly Press Notes for Nov. 28

Forward Tim MIller and defenseman Chris Tanev. Photo: Ross Dettman/Chicago Wolves


Fri., Dec. 2*
vs. Abbotsford Heat
Allstate Arena
7:30 p.m.

Sat., Dec. 3*
at Grand Rapids Griffins
Van Andel Arena
6 p.m.

Sun., Dec. 4*
vs. Abbotsford Heat
Allstate Arena
4 p.m.



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The Wolves posted a 6-3-0-0 record (.667) during the month of November after opening the 2011-12 season with a 3-4-0-2 mark in October; Darren Haydar paced the team with 9 assists and 12 points in November, while Kevin Connauton and Nathan Longpre shared first with 4 goals.


--- Kevin Connauton: Paced the Wolves with 3 points (G, 2A) in three games last week ... Saw his career-best five-game point streak snapped on Sunday after posting 4 goals and 7 points from Nov. 12-26 ... Paces Wolves defensemen and shares first among AHL blueliners with 6 goals and ranks first among Wolves rear guards and shares second overall with 11 points in 18 games this season

--- Mark Mancari: Dished out 2 assists in three games last week ... Ranks second on the Wolves with 7 assists and shares second with 11 points in 18 games this season ... His 4 goals are tied for fourth on the squad ... Collected 7 points (2G, 5A) in his last six contests

--- Nathan Longpre: Recorded 2 points (G, A) in three games last week and was held scoreless on Sunday for just the fourth time in 11 games this season ... Paces Wolves rookies and ranks third on the team with 5 goals and ranks first among team first-year pros and shares fifth overall with 8 points in 11 games this year

--- Darren Haydar: Saw his five-game point streak snapped on Saturday after he amassed 9 assists and 12 points from Nov. 8-23 ... Ranks first on Chicago and shares ninth in the AHL with 20 points (7G, 13A) in 18 games this season ... Paces the team and shares 12th in the league with 13 assists and leads Chicago with 7 goals this year ... Is 6 points shy of becoming the 22nd player in AHL history to record 700 career points

--- Steve Reinprecht: Tallied 2 assists in his Wolves debut on Saturday, which were his first career AHL points ... Skated in five contests with San Antonio before being acquired by the Vancouver Canucks from the Florida Panthers on Oct. 22 ... Split last season between Florida (NHL) and the Mannheim Eagles (Germany) ... Notched six assists and 10 points in 29 games with Florida and posted 13 points (4G, 9A) in 18 games with Mannheim


--- The Wolves have been perfect on the penalty kill 12 times this season, which includes thwarting all three of Peoria’s chances Sunday night; Chicago, which has killed off 55 of its opponents’ last 60 man-advantage chances, ranks fourth in the AHL with a 86.5 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (64 of 74).

--- Chicago was blanked on its two power- play chances Sunday night, snapping its streak of seven straight games scoring a man-advantage marker; the Wolves, who have converted on nine of their last 31 power play opportunities over their last eight outings, rank 15th in the league with a 17.7 efficiency rating on the power play this season (14 of 79).

--- The Wolves are currently on a season-high five-game road winning streak; the last time Chicago won five or more straight road games was a six-game streak from Nov. 2-16, 2007.

--- Goaltender Matt Climie saw his five-game winning streak snapped on Sunday; he kicked out 160 of 170 shots during his five-game streak, which matched a career-best.

--- The Wolves surrendered four goals for the second time in four games on Sunday after allowing four or more markers just three times in the previous 14 contests; Chicago is averaging 2.61 goals-against this year, which ranks sixth in the AHL.


--- Wolves forward Stefan Schneider will visit the Fox Lake Library, 255 East Grand Ave., at 4:30 p.m. on Tue., Nov. 29 and the River East Library, 813 W IL Route 120 in McHenry, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the team’s “Read to Succeed” program, presented by Vista Health System and Butternut Bread. Members of the squad will make library visits throughout the Chicago area this season for the program, which has reached more than 600,000 children since its inception in 1995.


Sun., Nov. 27
Peoria 4, (at) Chicago 0
--- The Wolves couldn’t muster any firepower and were shut out by the Peoria Rivermen 4-0 at the Allstate Arena
--- Wolves goaltender Matt Climie stopped 27 shots in the loss, while Rivermen netminder Ben Bishop posted 28 saves

Sat., Nov. 26
(at) Chicago 5, Peoria 3
--- The Wolves fell behind 19 seconds into the game, but rattled off the next three goals en route to a 5-3 victory over the Peoria Rivermen at the Allstate Arena
--- Forwards Jordan Schroeder (2G), Nathan Longpre, and Tim Miller and defenseman Mark Matheson all scored for Chicago
--- Goaltender Eddie Lack stopped 21 shots

Wed., Nov. 23
Chicago 3, (at) Texas 2
--- The Wolves raced out to a 2-0 lead four minutes into the game en route to a 3-2 victory over the Texas Stars at Cedar Park Center
--- Defenseman Adam Polasek and Kevin Connauton and forward Antoine Roussel tickled the twine for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climieposted 40 saves