Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 11 Goaltender Matt Climie stopped all 23 shots during the Wolves 3-0 victory in Hamilton. Photo: Rick Andoga
11 February 2013

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 11

THIS WEEK:

Thu., Feb. 14*
vs. Charlotte Checkers
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sat., Feb. 16^
vs. Lake Erie Monsters
Allstate Arena
7 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 17+
vs. San Antonio Rampage
Allstate Arena
3 p.m

*U Too
^My 50
+CN 100

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

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PROTECT THIS HOUSE

Chicago opens a season-high four-game homestand on Thursday when Charlotte visits the Allstate Arena; the Wolves, who will play five of their final six games during February in Rosemont, boast the fourth-highest home winning percentage in the Western Conference at .659 (13-6-1-2).

WOLVES HEADLINES

--- Darren Haydar: Paced the team with 3 goals and 5 points in three games last week, which included bagging his seventh AHL hat trick on Feb. 5 ... Dished out 2 assists on Saturday to pass former teammate Jason Krog and move into third place on the Wolves all-time scoring register with 343 points (120G, 223A) in 310 career tilts in a Chicago sweater ... Ranks first on the team with 20 assists and 32 points in 39 games this season ... His 12 markers hold third on the club

--- Bill Sweatt: Tallied 2 goals and 3 points in three games last week, which included his second career overtime goal on Feb. 5 ... Ranks fourth on Chicago with 9 goals and fifth with 16 points in 36 contests this year ... Notched 5 goals and 8 points in his last nine outings after he earned 4 goals and 8 points in first 26 contests this year

--- Andrew Gordon: Collected 3 points (G, 2A) in three games last week, which included recording two helpers on Feb. 5, which marked the first time he dished out two assists in a game since March 26, 2011 ... Ranks second on the Wolves with 13 goals and third with 23 points in 40 games this year ... Earned 8 goals and 13 points in his last 14 tilts

--- Matt Climie: Returned to the Wolves lineup Friday after missing six games due to injury and stopped all 23 shots he faced to earn his third shutout of the season and 10th of his AHL career ... Shares ninth in the AHL with a .919 save percentage and 10th with a 2.42 goals-against average in 25 games (11-12-1) during the 2012-13 campaign ... Saw his personal five-game winning streak snapped on Saturday

WOLF TRACKS

--- The Wolves have posted a 9-4-0-0 in their last 13 games (since losing players to the end of the NHL lockout on Jan. 6) to move within two points of a Western Conference playoff spot; Chicago sits in second place in the Midwest Division and 10th place overall in the Western Conference with 51 points in 44 tilts (23-16-3-2); the team’s 44 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.

--- The Wolves allowed two power-play goals to Toronto on Saturday, the first time they surrendered multiple man-advantage markers in a game since Nov. 28 (26 games); Chicago shares 23rd in the AHL with a 81.3 efficiency rating on the penalty kill (135 of 166).

--- Chicago has bagged a power-play goal in seven of its last eight home games, including each of its last four tilts in Rosemont (nine of 31); the Wolves rank 16th in the AHL with a 16.4 conversion rate on the power play this year (28 of 171).

--- Forward Michael Davies became the ninth different Wolves skater this year to notch a multiple-goal outing on Friday; the 26-year-old forward has tallied 3 goals and 4 points in his last four tilts after collecting three markers and four points in his previous 16 contests.

CHEVY RUNS DEEP

--- The Wolves will host “Kevin Cheveldayoff Night” at their game against the Lake Erie Monsters at 7 p.m. on February 16. The team will honor its longtime general manager, who now serves as the same capacity for the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets, with a pregame banner ceremony.

WOLVES REWIND (2-1-0-0)

Saturday, Feb. 9
(at) Toronto 4, Chicago 2
--- The Wolves were doubled up by the Toronto Marlies 4-2 at Ricoh Coliseum
--- Forwards Bill Sweatt and Andrew Gordon bagged tallies for Chicago
--- Goaltender Matt Climie thwarted 21 of 24 shots

Friday, Feb. 8
Chicago 3, (at) Hamilton 0
--- Wolves netminder Matt Climie posted a 23-save shutout to backstop the team to a 3-0 win over Hamilton at Copps Coliseum
--- Forward Michael Davies (2G) and defenseman Kevin Connauton provided the offense for Chicago

Tuesday, Feb. 5
(at) Chicago 4, Peoria 3 (OT)
--- Left wing Bill Sweatt’s overtime goal and right wing Darren Haydar’s hat trick lifted the Wolves to a 4-3 win over the Peoria Rivermen in a School-Day game at the Allstate Arena
--- Goaltender Joe Cannata posted 20 saves in regulation and overtime