19 February 2008

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for Feb. 18

Fri., Feb. 22
at Iowa Stars (26-26-2-2)
Wells Fargo Arena
7:00 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 24
vs. Iowa Stars (26-26-2-2)
Allstate Arena
4:00 p.m.

To watch or listen to the action live online, log on to www.chicagowolves.com


The Wolves are currently on a seven-game winning streak, tied for a season-high and the fifth-longest of its kind in franchise history; Chicago, which has won four of the seven on home ice, has allowed just seven goals during the streak, while posting 25 markers.


--- Brett Sterling: Registered the game-winning goal in all three games last week, racking up four markers and two helpers overall ... Notched his single-season franchise record and AHL-best fourth overtime marker of the year on Thursday ... Leads the AHL with seven game-winners and paces active players with 28 markers ... Ranks second on the Wolves and is tied for 11th in the circuit with 48 points in just 42 outings ... Tied for fifth on Chicago's all-time goal scoring list with 83 tallies in 119 career games

--- Ondrej Pavelec: Currently on a six-game winning streak, allowing just seven goals during that span (159 saves on 166 shots) ... Leads AHL rookies and ranks fourth overall with 21 wins (21-8-0) in just 29 appearances this season ... Held opponents to two or fewer goals 12 times this season, six of which have come in his last six games

--- Jason Krog: Dished out two assists on Saturday to push his AHL-leading totals to 50 helpers and 74 points in 52 games ... Ranks second on the team and is tied for fifth in the league with 24 goals .. Notched at least one point in 31 of the last 37 games ... Ranks ninth on the franchise's all-time list with 104 assists and 11th with 154 points in just 96 career games

--- Joel Kwiatkowski: Matched a franchise record for a defenseman by notching his 17th goal of the season in Saturday's win ... Leads AHL blueliners with 17 goals and shares third with 40 points in 50 outings ... Thirteen of his 17 markers have been recorded on the power play, which paces the squad and shares third in the league

--- Bryan Little: Tallied points in a career-high four straight games, racking up five during that span (2G, 3A) ... Collected 21 points (8G, 13A) in 27 games with Chicago this season, which includes eight (3G, 5A) in his last eight

For complete team statistics, click here


--- The Wolves' 77 points, which lead the West Division and Western Conference, are the most registered in team history through 52 games.

--- Chicago's 38 wins rank second in the AHL behind the Providence Bruins (39); the Wolves have notched 20 of those victories on home ice (20-6-0-0), already surpassing last year's win total at the Allstate Arena (19-17-1-3).

--- Thursday marked the Wolves' sixth overtime win this season; the squad has
racked up an AHL-best .944 winning percentage after regulation (6-1-2), which
includes a two for two mark in the shootout.

--- Chicago has potted an AHL-high 75 power-play goals this season, 11 more than the next-closest team; the club has bagged two or more man-advantage markers in
25 of its 52 tilts, which includes twice in three games last week.

--- The Wolves rank third in the league on the penalty kill at 85.7 percent (288 of 336); the club's penalty kill efficiency ranked 10th in the circuit on Jan. 1.

--- Saturday marked the 32nd time in 52 tilts this season Chicago lit the lamp at least four times (29-3-0-0); the Wolves lead the AHL with 201 goals and an average of 3.87 tallies per contest.


Wolves right wing Joey Crabb will visit the Hodgkins Library, 6500 Wenz Ave., at 4:30 p.m., and the Stickney-Forest View Library, 800 West 43rd St. in Stickney at 6:30 p.m., on Tuesday as part of the team's Read to Succeed program, sponsored by Borders. CRABB and members of the team will make more than 30 library visits throughout the Chicago area this season. For more information, log on to chicagowolves.com or call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.


Sat., Feb. 16
Chicago 4, (at) Rockford 1
--- Chicago snapped a scoreless tie late in the first period and never looked back, earning its seventh straight win by defeating the Rockford IceHogs, 4-3, at the Rockford MetroCentre
--- Four different Wolves found the back of the net including forwards Brett Sterling and Bryan Little, who each added an assist
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec posted 33 saves on 34 shots

Thu., Feb. 14
Chicago 3, (at) Milwaukee 2
--- The Wolves led twice during regulation before putting the Milwaukee Admirals away, 3-2, 1:08 into overtime with a goal off the stick of Brett Sterling at the Bradley Center
--- STERLING also netted a goal in the first period, while Jordan LaVallee tallied a short-handed marker early in the third stanza
--- Netminder Ondrej Pavelec accrued 31 saves

Wed., Feb. 13
(at) Chicago 6, Houston 1
--- Chicago jumped out to a 3-0 lead en route to posting a 6-1 victory over the Houston Aeros at the Allstate Arena
--- Defenseman Joel Kwiatkowski led the offense with three points (G, 2A) while center Kevin Doell chipped in two goals
--- Goaltender Ondrej Pavelec recorded 19 saves on 20 shots