11 March 2007

Wolves Weekly Press Notes for March 12

Fri., March 16    
at Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights
Omaha Civic Auditorium
7:00 p.m.
Sat., March 17    
vs. Milwaukee Admirals
Allstate Arena    
7:00 p.m.
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--- NIKO DIMITRAKOS: Registered three goals and five points in three games
during his Wolves debut last week after being acquired on loan from the
NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers on March 1 ... Collected 18 goals and 33 points in
48 AHL tilts this season, 45 of which were with the Philadelphia Phantoms
... Posted six penalty minutes in five contests with the Flyers this year
--- BRETT STERLING: Recorded goals in each of his last two games to bring
his AHL-leading total to 46 markers, tied for the sixth-highest
single-season output in franchise history ... Leads AHL rookies and ranks
third overall with 79 points in 63 games this year ... Paces the league with
20 power-play markers
--- DARREN HAYDAR: Tallied his AHL-leading 96th point of the season with an
assist on Sunday, the most by a Wolves player in seven years and the
eighth-highest total in franchise history ... Leads the league with a
career-best 64 assists, the fourth-best total in the club’s 13-year
existence ... Posted at least one point in 52 of his 59 tilts this year
--- CORY LAROSE: Posted a point in five straight games, racking up three
goals and three assists during that span ... Shares third in the AHL with a
career-high 51 assists and ranks sixth with a career-most 69 points in 49
--- COLIN STUART: Collected 10 goals in his last 21 outings, which includes
setting a career-high with his 15th marker of the season in Sunday’s win ...
Registered 24 points in 53 matchups this season, three shy of matching the
career-best 27 points he tallied in 78 games with Chicago last year
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The Wolves (83 points) begin the week with a three-point lead over the Omaha
Ak-Sar-Ben Knights (80 points) for first place in the West Division.
Chicago and Omaha face off two more times during the regular season, which
includes a matchup at the Omaha Civic Auditorium on Friday. The Wolves lead
the season series with a 5-3-0-0 record against the Knights.
--- Chicago rounds out its franchise-high, eight-game home stand against
Peoria on Wednesday; the Wolves have notched a 3-4-0-0 record during the
swing so far and a 14-14-1-3 mark overall at the Allstate Arena this season.
--- The Wolves and Rivermen did not convert on any power-play opportunities
in Sunday’s contest, marking just the fourth time in 66 games this season
Chicago and its opponent did not register a man-advantage marker.
--- Chicago’s AHL-best 96 power-play tallies are just two away from matching
a franchise record.
--- Blueliners ANDY DELMORE (15), NATHAN OYSTRICK (12) and MARK POPOVIC (12)
have combined for 39 goals this season; DELMORE’s 15 markers lead AHL
defensemen while OYSTRICK and POPOVIC share third.
--- Defenseman BRIAN SIPOTZ leads the AHL with a +34 plus/minus rating;
ex-Wolves forward NIKLAS ANDERSSON set a franchise record with a +33
plus/minus rating during the 2000-01 season.
--- The Wolves have netted a league-best 279 goals this year, 26 more than
the next closest team (Norfolk, 253) and just 22 shy of equaling the
franchise-record 301 markers the Turner Cup Championship squad recorded.
The Wolves will continue to sport their special St. Patrick’s Day jerseys,
sponsored by Jewel-Osco, at the Allstate Arena on Wed., March 14 and Sat.,
March 17.  Fans can purchase raffle tickets and bid on the green jerseys
worn by their favorite Wolves players at the games.  The jerseys of four
players will be available in the raffle.  Proceeds will benefit Easter
Seals.  For more information, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.
Sun., March 11    
(at) Chicago 4, Peoria 2
--- Four different players tickled the twine as Chicago built a 3-0
second-period lead and hung on for a 4-2 victory over the Peoria Rivermen at
the Allstate Arena
all recorded goals
--- Goaltender FRED BRATHWAITE racked up 31 saves on 33 shots
Sat., March 10    
Milwaukee 6, (at) Chicago 4
--- The Wolves jumped out to a first-period 3-0 lead but allowed five
straight goals en route to losing, 6-4, to the Milwaukee Admirals at the
Allstate Arena
--- Forwards NIKO DIMITRAKOS (2G), CORY LAROSE (2A) and JASON KROG (2A) each
tallied two points
--- Netminder MICHAEL GARNETT accrued 25 saves
Wed., March 7     
(at) Chicago 4, Houston 1
--- Chicago tallied three times in a span of 2:59 late in the first period
and never looked back, posting a 4-1 victory over the Houston Aeros at the
Allstate Arena
--- Four different Wolves found the back of the net, including JORDAN
LaVALLEE, who added an assist
--- Goaltender MICHAEL GARNETT registered 35 saves on 36 shots